Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Also on Prilosec 2x a day for reflux.
So to answer your question, I asked the nurse the same thing yesterday. She said you could but it might hurt more. Apparently she said she's heard it hurts more in your thigh as well. I also was not so excited at the thought of having it in my stomach. I actually didn't want to sit or lay down either but I sat and had all 4 in my stomach. It really wasn't TOO bad. Slight stinging but I think the anxiety of thinking about it was WAY worse for me. I would definitely still ask about the arm though.
Post Edited (karendee) : 6/18/2008 7:40:13 AM (GMT-6)
sounds like everyone reacts differently to the shots...and that makes a lot of sense.
we all have varied levels of tolerence for pain...and many of us are sensitive in certain areas that others are not.
For me what works is to be sure to let the pens sit out for about 45 minutes in the winter months and maybe 20 to 30 this time of year...once at room temp I inject holding/pinching the skin looslely.
i have found that the tighter I hold the skin the more painful the shot....I think by pinching the skin tighter I create a more dense site for the medicine to penetrate and therefore it hurts more.
I rotate the shot sights...I take two shots every other week...1st set upper abdomen left and right side...two weeks later the next set goes into the right and left side of the lower abdomen and finally two weeks after that I inject once into each thigh....this way I let each area rest for six weeks before injecting in the same area again.....for the most part it is all very painless and usually takes less than 2 or 3 minutes out of the day.
texcactus, my nurse said if someone else gives me the shots I can go back of my arm, love handle area etc... She gave me a chart. I did my thighs and was ok.
I do my shots again tonight so we will see if the tummy hurts. I plan to do at least one there. the legs are just easier for me.
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort Switching to Humira June 2008 will wean off Pentasa and Entocort
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma - Also on Prilosec for reflux.