Coping with Test Pain, Discomfort, and Anxiety

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Overview

Nobody particularly enjoys having blood collected or providing a urine or stool sample, but a medical test conducted on a small sample collected from your body can give your doctor information that can improve the quality of your life or even save it. If undergoing medical tests makes you or someone you care for anxious, embarrassed, or even difficult to manage, read this article for some general tips on how to make the sample collection experience more positive and less stressful. Related articles address Tips on Blood Testing, Tips for Children, and Tips to Help the Elderly.

In addition, the article Collecting Samples for Testing provides an overview of the variety of body samples that may be used for testing beyond the more common blood and urine samples, such as tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, and sputum.

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