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Do You Remember Your First Injection Of Any Kind?

I can remember like it was yesterday and it's been over 20 years. I was terrified. I was in a psoriasis community that kept saying, it's not that bad. I had someone on the phone with me for the first time. It took me 10 minutes, she kept saying just do it. Well, I stuck the needle in and pulled it right back out. Well, guess what, I had to do it again because I didn't inject the medication. Ouch!!!

How did you do on your first shot? Were you terrified? We would like to hear from you. Diane (Team Member)

  1. Hi ! Great topic, as always. Injections can be very anxiety-inducing - it feels very unnatural to stick a sharp object into our skin. Did the injections get easier for you as time has gone on?

    I have not been on an injectable medication for my psoriasis so far, but I did have to suddenly start injecting myself a minimum of four times per day last summer, due to another autoimmune disease. I was scared but I felt SO awful that I would have done literally anything to try to feel better. When I did my first injection, it felt like I was watching someone else do it, rather than doing it myself. It was like I had stepped outside of my body momentarily. I guess that was my brain's way of trying to protect me. Now, having injected myself goodness knows how many times over the last nine months, it feels very natural to me and I'm not scared anymore.

    For anyone who's interested, we have a few articles that I think are relevant to this topic. In the first, talks about having a fear of needles: and in the second, Lisa shares her tips for doing biologic injections:

    Very interested to hear how others feel about injections. Thanks for starting this discussion, Diane! Warmly, -Catherine, Community Moderator

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