I used to be terrified of needles. If a doctor pulled a needle on me my fight or flight response would kick in and I'd run out of the room. But there came a point where I didn't have an option. I had to get a blood test and there was no way of avoiding it. I was given some kind of pill to take before I went in to get it that was supposed to calm me down. It didn't. I got there and the second I saw the needle I had a panic attack. They put me in a room so that I could calm down. I sat in there for awhile and finally decided that I had to do this. I really had no choice and I might as well get it over with. So I finally let them stick me. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It turns out it isn't even really painful. It's more the idea that someone's sticking a needle in you and extracting blood that's bothersome rather than the pain. I still get nervous when faced with a needle but nowhere near the way I used to be. I can handle it fairly easily now.