Injectable prescription medications - can you inject yourself?

United States
April 9, 2007 10:32pm CST
If you've been prescribed an injectable medication like insulin or humira,etc, are you able to do you own injections? If so who taught you? If not, why don't you self-inject? Who does the injections for you? Does that person look at this as a chore or is it bothersome to them? Do they feel that it is just part of helping you?
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@gleznov (391)
• United States
10 Apr 07
My grandmother was on something, I assume insulin, a long time ago. She had to inject herself every morning in the leg. During the summer we all went to the beach house together, so I saw her doing it every day. I always wondered how you could do that (I soooo hate needles). I wouldn't be able to do it to myself - I'd need someone else. Just because moment to moment, I couldn't make the decision to stick myself. I HATE being stuck.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
Me too! I hate being stuck and can't get over my fear. So my hubby has to do my injections for me. They're only every 2 weeks but it's bothersome and I need to get a grip and learn to be able to do them myself. I don't like relying on others to take care of me.
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@mahea01 (19)
• United States
19 May 09
I can give myself injections, I have done so in the past. Due to a blood disorder I had to take Heparin 3X's a day, a shot in the stomach or the thigh. My doctor also prescribed procaine (Novocaine) to put into the syringe so that it was less difficult. That really helped. I've also given myself B-12 shots in the thigh. My doctor showed me how to do the injections. Glad that is over! Since then, we found out the source of the issue, dealt with it and now I no longer have to take them. It wasn't fun. When you're sick enough, you will do what it takes to feel better, that's what I've found... in my case, anyway!
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• United States
19 May 09
That's true about having to do it when you're sick enough. I'm lucky to have my husband or my mom give me my shots. I know that if they wouldn't do it, I would have to learn how. The pain without the Humira is awful. Glad that you don't have to take those shots any more. Thank goodness!
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I am the type of person who feels the need to be self reliant. I do my own injections. My doctor was the person to show me how to it. My partner is willing to help my inject if I would like for him to so i might one day show him how but I haven't decided if I really want to yet.
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• United States
23 Apr 07
How I wish I could be like you! I'm just so scared to do it. I can handle pain, but it's the inflicting pain on myself thing I can't get over.
• United States
10 Apr 07
Hi there! Recognize me? Ha Ha!! Personally, I've never had to inject myself with medicine. And I'm a big Fraidy Cat with needles! But if the time ever came that I would need to inject myself with medications, such as insulin, I'm pretty sure that I could do it, I guess because I would feel like I'm in control. If I felt that I couldn't do it, I'm sure that my husband would be able to administer my injections.
• United States
10 Apr 07
Sure do recognize you! My doctor has tried to teach me, but I'm just too scared to do it. I just found that the company that makes my meds will send a nurse to teach me. I'm going to call them so I can feel more self-reliant.
• India
4 Jun 07
Well my dad is having diabaties,he use to self inject insulin injections for a certain period of time .everyday i use to watch him doing that. no i cant inject myself. i need somebody toinject it.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I haven't had to do it but I have seen others do it daily. i wouldn't want to do it but if I had to I would learn how to get use to it. I really don't care for needles though
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17 Jun 07
NO NO NO i have just done a discussion on needles about 10 mins ago i dont know how i would cope!!!!! im ssooo scared of them!!!1