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How can I manage pain from a needle injection?

The following are tips of how to best manage pain from needle injections.
  • Tensed muscles actually make shots hurt more, so while the doctor’s getting things ready, dangle your arm to the side, shake it out, and make it as loosey-goosey as possible. It makes a big difference; I do it myself! Or try progressive relaxation: tensing and then relaxing one body part after another from head to toe. Or do deep breathing exercises. Relaxing your muscles eases your nerves and the ouch factor, too.
  • Distract yourself. Bring an iPod and listen to some favorite music; close your eyes (so you never even see the needle) and think about something you’re really happy about; chatter about a coming trip or a pet’s new trick or a great restaurant.
  • If you have one, bring a vibrating massager, really! Or ask if your doctor has one. Applying it for two or three seconds before an injection, an inch or two from the site, is a proven way to reduce needle pain.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler. 

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