I am glad to know I am not the only one out there that experiences pain during the injection. When I first consulted my RA and GI, they had never heard of it being painful. So I call the Humira hotline and they were of no help. I have been taking injections for over two years with the pen and now am up to once a week. You are right...it is mind over matter. I can't fathom receiving the injetion in my belly. My husband has to give me the shots every time in alternating thighs. He distracts me with kisses, then sticks me. Everytime I scream (he has to wear ear plugs now) and cry. ( and I am not a screamer) Had to warn my neighbors about
it when it became hot enough to
open the windows. But, the stinging does now only last about
a couple of minutes compared to when I first started. During those few minutes, I cannot even rest a cottonball on the site as it feels like an elephant just sat down on my leg. Some nights are better than others. But I always have anxiety everytime I remember that tonight is the night I need the shot. I take it right before I go to bed, so I can lay down and fall asleep to disctract from the pain (now that the sheets can finally rest on the skin). I tried icing it and it didn't work. I do take out the drug a couple of hours prior to the injection which seems to help. And, I know it isn't the needle but the drug since I have been on other injectable meds in the past. It also beats sitting in the Remicaid chair for hours especially since I developed a reaction to Remicaid. The Humira is the last drug that has worked unless I go to a clinical trial.
I know my rant (and thanks for letting me rant) won't help you with the abstract thought of the pain. But, I feel the same as others do, honesty is always the better option. So is taking the drug if it creates a better life for you.
As I see it has been a couple of months since you posted this. I hope all is going well with you.
38 yr old female diagnosed with Crohn's in lower colon in 1999 with one stricture
Also have anemia and Crohn's related inflammatory arthritis
Currently on Humira, one injection a week for the last 2+ years
Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Bio-Dophilus, Glutamine, Glutegenics, Caprylate Complex, Inflammase, Ultramax InflammaX, Ultra Meal
Past drugs: Asacol, Pentasa, Prednizone, Remicaid, Methotrexate, Imuran, 6mp
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