Coping with test pain, discomfort, and anxiety

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That wasn't so bad now, was it?

Many of the tests your doctor arranges for you are less intrusive and more comfortable than they were in the past. A variety of specimen collection equipment has been specially designed with patient comfort in mind.

Understanding what will happen, communicating your needs to the health care providers who are assisting you, using simple relaxation techniques, and knowing how to take care of any associated physical pains will help you. Even the most apprehensive individual can be comfortable and prepared for a pathology test. Now, the next time your doctor requests some "routine tests" you can take comfort in knowing the routine.

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