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Tue Dec 1, 2020, 10:30 AM

Anyone else here have a fear of injections?

Most people just scoff at this, but Iíve suffered from it my entire life. I think it goes back to my mother having cancer in the late 60ís and passing when I was a child.

With all of the discussion about the COVID vaccines, I am literally having nightmares. I know it probably sounds trivial and I will definitely get the vaccine when itís available, but the panic is real. I have fainted before. Itís humiliating and most medical personnel donít seem to take it seriously.

This is NOT the typical dread of a moment of pain. It goes much deeper than that. It is sheer terror. Anyone else ever dealt with this?

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Reply Anyone else here have a fear of injections? (Original post)
hamsterjill Dec 2020 OP
no_hypocrisy Dec 2020 #1
jrthin Dec 2020 #2
Hoyt Dec 2020 #3
Cicada Dec 2020 #4
Clash City Rocker Dec 2020 #5
hamsterjill Dec 2020 #11
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2020 #6
Iwasthere Dec 2020 #7
hamsterjill Dec 2020 #10
2naSalit Dec 2020 #8
Thunderbeast Dec 2020 #9
hamsterjill Dec 2020 #12

Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 10:41 AM

1. I'm better, perhaps now more apprehensive than fearful.

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It started as an infant. Pediatrician used the same needle on countless "patients" as it was the late 50s. (He sterilized them I'm sure, but the tip became blunter with each use -- and that hurt.) As I became a young child, my doctor tried to fool me into injections by giving them a euphemistic name as a "click-click." It didn't fool me or my nerve endings. It got so bad that during one visit, I grabbed my mother's purse, ran through the waiting room, out the door, to the car, and locked it. My mother couldn't extract me as I had her car keys. (She enticed me out by offering me a nickel and I sold out.)

Later, as an adolescent, I developed cystic acne, which on occasion required a numbing shot of an agent prior to another injection of cortisone to reduce the size of the cyst. The injection was in my upper face, lower than and to the side of my eye. I practically had to be tied down to the table. My dermatologist first sprayed something that I was told would somewhat reduce the pain of the first injection by "freezing" the nerve endings. It didn't completely work. I'm guessing this happened at least 10 times. The cyst was painful enough without an injection.

2020: I now extend my arm without blinking for flu shots, blood work, etc. Fortunately for me, I guess that there has been progress in training phlebotomists, doctors' assistants, and pharmacists. When I reflect on my past, I know I'm accurately remembering the pain and the trauma. It WAS bad. But -- as I've been a "player" during my decades and have had experienced incredible pain relative to the injection pains, the shots really aren't that bad IMO.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 10:42 AM

2. Although I have gotten a tad better, I feel as you do.

I start to scream before the needle touches me.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 10:46 AM

3. I get it. I've walked to the ER with a big gash in my head, only to freak out over needles.

I used to have trouble with injections and blood draws. I'd get nauseous and either pass out or have to lower my head to keep from passing out.

But nowadays, it doesn't bother me. I honestly think it's the smaller needles and well train nurses and lab techs. When to doc the other day, had three injections and a long blood draw. Barely felt them, even had to ask if that was it.

There is actually a reaction that may be responsible, and your mother's condition could have something to do with it --

"However, needle-phobes aren't keeling over because they're wimps or scardey-cats. "They've inherited a genetic predisposition to fainting combined with a negative experience that triggers the fear," explains Antony."

"A majority of needle-phobes have a parent, sibling or child with the condition, and many have inherited what's called a vasovagal reflex in response to fear. When they see a needle or get a shot, this triggers the vagus nerve, which widens blood vessels, slows heart rate, and drops blood pressure. Ultimately, they may lose consciousness often for a couple of seconds."

https://www.nbcnews.com/healthmain/afraid-needles-why-some-faint-very-sight-1C6437247

Sorry for the "needle-phobes" characterization, because I know it is real.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 10:52 AM

4. I'm afraid the nurse injecting me will give me covid

Just like those drawing blood from me scare me.

I want them vaccinated immediately.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 10:59 AM

5. Sorry to hear that. It sounds terrible.

It sounds like it could be trypanophobia. Hereís a write-up on it that includes possible solutions. I hope it helps.

https://www.healthline.com/health/trypanophobia

Phobias are hard for other people to understand. Others may try to use logic to convince you itís not real, but if itís real to you, itís real. The first person I met with a phobia had a fear of cats, and if she even saw one, she flew into a blind panic. At first, I thought she was irrational, but I learned that itís a medical condition, and telling someone not to be phobic is about as effective as telling someone in a wheelchair to get up and walk.

Please look into solutions. Donít just try to grit your teeth and bear it. Good luck.

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 12:25 PM

11. Yes, I'm familiar with all the different names assigned.

Vasovagal syncope is the real issue. But Iíve never figured out how to DEAL with it. I mean, you faint and fall on the floor and THEN they take you seriously? The desensitization doesnít seem to work for me.

I had a colonoscopy several months ago and the young woman who put the IV in my arm was astounded by the fact that I almost blacked out. Shouldnít that be medical knowledge 1.01?

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 11:01 AM

6. I don't mind them but can't watch!

Can't even watch when it is shown in movies!

But I used to let my wife practice inserting IVs when we were a young couple and she was moving about the hospital in different RN roles. She got really good really fast!

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 11:45 AM

7. I'm waiting for the nasal version

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Response to Iwasthere (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 12:21 PM

10. Seriously!!!

Iím 61 years old and my whole life Iíve been waiting for medical science to address this. Microderm needles, etc. ARE possible, and there has been advancement in transdermal patches.

Wouldnít it make sense to seriously consider these types of delivery with the massive need for COVID?

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 12:00 PM

8. Yup!

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 12:20 PM

9. Let me rant about my daughter.

Love her dearly.....BUT...

Growing up, we spent literally thousands of extra dollars for dentistry because she was terrified of the novocaine injection. Vaccinations were a nightmare!

Fast forward to her 18th birthday.

First stop?

Tattoo Parlor for some "ink"!

Grrrrrr....

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Response to Thunderbeast (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 12:26 PM

12. I can understand your frustration!!!

Iíve used sedation (halcion) for a root canal. Worked great and was two pills less than $10.

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