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Was asked to take blood samples at home to send to a lab. My thumb isn't cooperating with me. Any suggestions on how to get enough blood?

Was asked to take blood samples at home to send to a lab. My thumb isn't cooperating with me. Any suggestions on how to get enough blood?

Which lab?: The major national laboratories have collection stations in most cities. Contact the lab for the local draw station and get your blood collected at that facility.
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Room spins every time I get up I feel like I'm not getting enough blood circulation that it's making me hard to breath just down and way worse when fast walk or cardio can't breathe at all. Check my tests I done. Just want to figure this out?

Room spins every time I get up I feel like I'm not getting enough blood circulation that it's making me hard to breath just down and way worse when fast walk or cardio can't breathe at all. Check my tests I done. Just want to figure this out?

Need an EKG: If it's worse with exertion it certainly could be simple vertigo but you mentioned that it's worse when you exert yourself. You need to see a doctor, sooner rather than later, have an EKG done and a good exam with more detailed history.
It could supraventricular tachycardia, cardiomyopathy, vertigo, CHF etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to not get enough blood/oxygen to your brain? I feel light headed at times. Wobbly head & get headaches a lot

Is it possible to not get enough blood/oxygen to your brain? I feel light headed at times. Wobbly head & get headaches a lot

Can be helped: Your description raises questions of a migraine etiology to explain most of your issues, but other explanations could be considered. However, would doubt insufficient blood/oxygen to brain. Still, have your doc check for postural hypotension just to be certain. You may be have anti-cholinergic reactions to your nortryptyline. Have your doctor reassess. ...Read more

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I get dizzy, like I'm not getting enough blood brain, heart fluttery, feels like I'll pass out if I don't lie down, the only way to feel ok is to nap?

I get dizzy, like I'm not getting enough blood brain, heart fluttery, feels like I'll pass out if I don't lie down, the only way to feel ok is to nap?

Orthostatics: Ortho-WHATICS? --You could use a set of blood pressures in different positions, lying down for a few minutes followed by STANDING (not sitting- for all my colleagues out there reading this...better immediately standing- greater stress on the system when looking for subtle problems) and then, remain standing for 2 minutes. You should also get some blood work and a urine & maybe a PREGNANCY TEST? ...Read more

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Not getting enough blood flow through my body?

Not getting enough blood flow through my body?

Exercise: Not sure how you determined this but the answer to not enough blood flow is exercise. Even walking for 30 minutes a day can be helpful. Avoid sitting still for long periods, just get up and walk around periodically. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when the right-side of someone's heart is not getting enough blood?

What exactly does it mean when the right-side of someone's heart is not getting enough blood?

Right heart: It means not enough blood is getting to it, this can be from low blood volume or from obstruction to venous return to the heart, sometimes this is hydrostatic leak into the tissues and sometimes it is mechanical obstruction. ...Read more

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Massage therapist said lots of knots behind shoulders. No pain. Elite cyclist. After removing knots my blood pressure dropped and my brain not getting enough blood. Could "knots" be protective?

Massage therapist said lots of knots behind shoulders. No pain. Elite cyclist. After removing knots my blood pressure dropped and my brain not getting enough blood. Could "knots" be protective?

No: Knots are a description of muscular regions with increased tension or even spasm due to activity, stress or injury. Have no relationship with the brain getting enough blood. Decreased blood flow to the brain would result in unconsciousness or stroke. ...Read more

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I have had a throbbing ache on my left side of my throat. Could it be that I'm not getting enough blood flow to heart?

I have had a throbbing ache on my left side of my throat. Could it be that I'm not getting enough blood flow to heart?

Possibly, yes: Not all cardiac angina is classical "elephant on the chest" type pain, especially in women. If the pain occurs w/ exertion and is relieved by rest, chances are high that it is cardiac in origin. If occurs at rest and not w/ exertion, chances are much lower. You need to see a cardiologist for further history and the appropriate testing based on your history. ...Read more

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How can I get my blood preure down?

How can I get my blood preure down?

See below: Apart from medications, you can lower your blood pressure doing a low salt low fat diet and doing regular physical activity. The current recommendation is 5 times a week, moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day, or a total of 150 minutes a week. Losing weight may normalize your bp. In that case, you should do 60-90 minutes daily of physical activity. ...Read more

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How long hash get away from my blood?

How long hash get away from my blood?

As above: It depends how much and how often u have smoked it ...Read more

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How to get my blood flowing in my body.

Heart beat: Make sure your heart continues to beat -- that's it's job. ...Read more

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Can you get hivfrom blood on toilet seat?

Can you get hivfrom blood on toilet seat?

Very unlikely: Transmitted through direct transfer of bodily fluids. If concerned see your dr. ...Read more

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Can you get anything from dried up blood?

Can you get anything from dried up blood?

Yes: There may be viruses and bacterial spores that may resist dryness. ...Read more

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Why do I get letters to give blood if I have o blood?

Why do I get letters to give blood if I have o blood?

Universal donor.: Your blood can be used in many patient who need transfusions. If you are o negative, you are e universal donor, which means your blood could be given to anyone. If you are o positive, it can be given to any one, so long as they are rh positive (a+, b +, o+, ab+). Blood banks like to have a large supply of universal donor blood, thus they send you letters. Thanks for giving regularly. ...Read more

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If you use amfetamin does the blood get more oksygen then?

Amphetamine: No judgement here, but if there was one drug in the world I would eliminate it would be methamphetamine. I just see so much damage to health from amphetamine use that I would wish this was not a recurring problem for you. But, nope. One's blood does not get more oxygen when one uses this illicit drug. ...Read more

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I sometimes get 1-3 blood noises a day. What could be causing it?

Nose bleeds: You could have a blood vessel that is exposed and/or very dry mucous membranes. If you use afrin (oxymetazoline) a lot or use drugs as cocaine, this can also cause it. You should be checked both by an ENT doctor and a general doctor for routine blood tests checking your clotting factors and bleeding time. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get misoprostal out of your blood system?

How long does it take to get misoprostal out of your blood system?

Misoprostal has: A half life of just a few hours. It would be unmeasurable in your blood stream within 24 hours. The effect of misoprostal on its target organs (stomach or uterus) might last longer, however. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Is it in any way possible to get a false negative on a blood peegnancy test?

No, not Realy: Some of your symptoms sound like pregnancy. Perhaps the next test will be different. You may become pregnant after the first test if you are sexually active. See a physician for an examination to be sure. Backache is not usual in early pregnancy but can be seen in urinary infections. ...Read more

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Before entering a mental health facility do they test your blood when you get there?

Yes: Usually, if you're entering an in-patient ward, you will have a physical, including a blood test. For partial hospitalization programs (php) or intensive outpatient programs (iop), you might be asked for a physical from your primary care doctor. There's no need for a completed physical or blood test if you start individual outpatient psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How come the nurse had to stick me 5 times to get a sample of blood? Is something wrong with me?

How come the nurse had to stick me 5 times to get a sample of blood? Is something wrong with me?

No: Nothing is likely wrong with you. Some people are "harder sticks" then others. Sometimes the veins are deeper and less obvious on the surface. Sometimes when people who are hospitalized their veins become a little "worn out" if you are dehydrated, your veins may be harder to find. ...Read more

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When I use neil med in the morning, I get a (very) small streak of blood. Should I be concerned about this?

When I use neil med in the morning, I get a (very) small streak of blood. Should I be concerned about this?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Before you get tested for things at the dr. They draw your blood. If that all comes back normal. Does that mean there's nothing wrong with you? Or

Before you get tested for things at the dr. They draw your blood. If that all comes back normal. Does that mean there's nothing wrong with you? Or

Lab values: Do not know why the doctor is ordering labs before seeing you, but such values can only be interpreted in the context of clinical signs and symptoms. It is good news that all the tests are negative, but it does not necessarily mean that there is nothing wrong with you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My blood is super thin. When I get the smallest scrape, it bleeds like crazy! What foods naturally thicken my blood, & are there foods I should avoid?

My blood is super thin. When I get the smallest scrape, it bleeds like crazy! What foods naturally thicken my blood, & are there foods I should avoid?

Get a consultation: Coagulation is a very complex process. There are numerous causes of bleeding. You need to see a hematologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Could I get HIV by splashing blood?

Could I get HIV by splashing blood?

Very unlikely: The blood would have to come from someone with a viral load that is positive and would have to enter your body through an open wound or break in the skin. ...Read more

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