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Terrified of IM shots! Help!

Postby tigersuz22 » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:50 pm

Hi everyone,
We're less than a week away from ER and close to starting IM shots. Our sub-q shots have been a piece of cake and any other IM shot that I have administered (like flu, tetanus, etc.) doesn't hurt in the least bit... but I'm terrified of these. I trust my husband immensely - he's been GREAT with the sub-qs, but because the medication is thicker and it's a huge needle, I can't get past my fear.

Any advice?? I was thinking of having our nurse draw a circle where they should be injected so it can minimize any errors... and pain!

Thank you all!
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Postby Liam'sMommy » Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:13 pm

Just always remember it is not the needle that hurts. It is the medication. Some meds hurt more than others. If you inject a refrigerated medication while it is still cold and/or thicker it will hurt more. Make sure you warm it up first. That will thin it out and it will not hurt that much.

HTH Kelly
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