Do You Give Yourself Shots?

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    Apr 25, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    I have to give myself regular vaccine injections (I'm highly allergic to my dogs.) I've been doing it for years but it seems like half the time, something goes wrong and the injection site hurts really bad for a while. Sometimes it even swells up like a golf ball and turns blue. Anyone here have experience injecting themselves? I've got to be doing something wrong. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 25, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    Hell ya I shoot up daily. Heroin, roids, you name it I inject it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Talk to your doctor. It's probably the chemicals that you are injecting into your body that cause the pain and inflamation, not your injection technique. You'd probably have the same amount of pain if someone else injected you.
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    I do insulin twice a day. Kind of a grind.

    Be sure to use alcohol to clean the medicine vial membrane and your skin before injecting. Maybe your doctor's nurse could go through the routine with you as a refresher to make sure you are doing it right and in the right place.

    You are using single use syringes, right?
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI have to give myself regular vaccine injections (I'm highly allergic to my dogs.) I've been doing it for years but it seems like half the time, something goes wrong and the injection site hurts really bad for a while. Sometimes it even swells up like a golf ball and turns blue. Anyone here have experience injecting themselves? I've got to be doing something wrong. icon_confused.gif


    Oh scruffs - maybe it's time to let the pooches go?

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    Apr 26, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Have you ever thought of placing your dogs up for adoption? It seems like a perfect solution for all concerned.
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    Apr 26, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    You could either be having a reaction to the medicine (or dosage) or injecting at a wrong angle or injection site. Have your doctor administer your next shot and see if anything changes.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    How clean is the needle? Is there any doggy dandruff on you or the needle?
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    Musclefitness_101 saidHave you ever thought of placing your dogs up for adoption? It seems like a perfect solution for all concerned.


    Absolutely not! In fact, I might be getting another one.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidHow clean is the needle? Is there any doggy dandruff on you or the needle?


    I use a new needle each time. And I have a maid to keep the place very clean, as any buildup of dog hair makes me really sick.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    You could be hitting a vein. I had to take injections when I was sick last year and a couple of times the injection site turned blue and swelled and the Doctor said it was because I hit a vein.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    LJay saidI do insulin twice a day. Kind of a grind.

    Be sure to use alcohol to clean the medicine vial membrane and your skin before injecting. Maybe your doctor's nurse could go through the routine with you as a refresher to make sure you are doing it right and in the right place.

    You are using single use syringes, right?


    Yes, single use syringes. And yeah, I clean my skin with alcohol before injecting, but I do not clean the vial membrane. Think that could be causing a problem? I keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    thirtytwentytwo saidYou could be hitting a vein. I had to take injections when I was sick last year and a couple of times the injection site turned blue and swelled and the Doctor said it was because I hit a vein.


    That's what I think is happening. How do I avoid veins when my leg is full of them?
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    I'm a Type 1 diabetic. I'm a human pen cushion. 3 bolus shots daily before every meal ( sometimes additional correction shots depending on BG readings a few hours after meals ) and 1 Basal shot ( long lasting ) at night.

    You need to check the gauge and length of your syringes. You might want to make sure you are properly injecting as well and make sure you are picking the best sites to inject.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI have to give myself regular vaccine injections (I'm highly allergic to my dogs.) I've been doing it for years but it seems like half the time, something goes wrong and the injection site hurts really bad for a while. Sometimes it even swells up like a golf ball and turns blue. Anyone here have experience injecting themselves? I've got to be doing something wrong. icon_confused.gif


    Are you talking about Immunotheraphy (allergy shots)? I used to get regular shots every 2-3 weeks for 5+ years. The dosage was carefully administered and recorded by my immunologist. I have really bad seasonal/environmental allergies. Every time my doctor tried to increase the dosage (if no adverse affects occur, the frequency of visits/injections decreases) I would get hives, shortness of breath, and very itchy. Therefore, I was pretty much on same dose for very long time.

    Another thing my doctor used to do is observe the size of swelling at the point of injection. It should not exceed size of a quarter, although if it did I am not exactly sure what it meant.

    In my opinion, it appears as though your dosage is too high because the type of swelling you've described exceeds the norm or what is to be accepted. You should probably speak to your doctor and he will most likely lower the dosage.


    PS: I no longer receive allergy shots. For very long time I've had really bad skin and severe acne. Shortly after I quit getting those injections, my skin improved greatly. So if you experience any side-affects, consult your doctor.

    Also... <3 dogs!! Too bad they excite my allergies icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    I do weekly injections. Here's how I do it. You should consider meeting with your doctor and have him or her watch you inject to see if you're doing something wrong. Good luck.

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    Apr 26, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    SlickCalifornia saidI do weekly injections. Here's how I do it. You should consider meeting with your doctor and have him or her watch you inject to see if you're doing something wrong. Good luck.



    WTF? The guy intentionally sucks air into the syringe before injecting!
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    The "guy" is me.
    I've been a nurse for 20 years. It's called an "air lock" and it helps keep the medication from leaking out.
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    SlickCalifornia saidThe "guy" is me.
    I've been a nurse for 20 years. It's called an "air lock" and it helps keep the medication from leaking out.


    My doctor told me to make sure I got all the air OUT before injecting. So confused.....icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    This technique is for intramuscular (IM) injections only. Yours may be subcutaneous (sub-Q). It's best to check your technique again with your doctor or nurse.
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    SlickCalifornia saidThis technique is for intramuscular (IM) injections only. Yours may be subcutaneous (sub-Q). It's best to check your technique again with your doctor or nurse.


    You're probably right. Yeah, my vaccine is very liquid and not thick at all. Plus they had me doing mine much higher up on my thigh for some reason.
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    Apr 26, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
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    thirtytwentytwo saidYou could be hitting a vein. I had to take injections when I was sick last year and a couple of times the injection site turned blue and swelled and the Doctor said it was because I hit a vein.


    That's what I think is happening. How do I avoid veins when my leg is full of them?


    I had to give my shots in a square within 2 inches of my belly button. Try not hitting a vein there. They had me pinch the skin and pull it out a bit to take the shot. I had to do this twice a day for 4 weeks and had to stay laying down for a half hour after the shot. I hit a vein twice and it wasn't pretty. I also used to give myself allergy shots and I took mine in the arm. occasionally I hit a vein there too with the same result.
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    Apr 26, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    I would talk to your Doctor about what is happening though. Just in case if it might be something else.
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    Apr 26, 2012 10:28 AM GMT
    Where are you injecting... what are you injecting... what gauge is the needle.. .. are you using a new needle after you draw up whatever meds?

    Turning blue is not good... unless you mean bruising which can happen if you knick a vein/artery and the blood gets trapped under the skin.
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:53 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    LJay saidI do insulin twice a day. Kind of a grind.

    Be sure to use alcohol to clean the medicine vial membrane and your skin before injecting. Maybe your doctor's nurse could go through the routine with you as a refresher to make sure you are doing it right and in the right place.

    You are using single use syringes, right?


    Yes, single use syringes. And yeah, I clean my skin with alcohol before injecting, but I do not clean the vial membrane. Think that could be causing a problem? I keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.




    If you doing allergy injections they are just Subcutaneous( ie going into the " fat layer" above the muscle. So First their isn't much of a chance of going into a vein in this area( most allergy injections are done upper arm Deltoid/ fatty area above tricep. However, if your concerned( about hitting a vein) just pull back on the plunger after you have " stabbed" yourself and see if theirs any blood, if so; remove and try another area, if not, just inject like normal. Second CLEAN OFF THE STOPPER on the vile with Alcohol just as you do your skin. Bio-films form on them and are breeding grounds for bacteria. ALSO depending on your routine for injections, if you miss any and still continue to inject the same amount of allergen/ increase the dose, your bound to get a local reaction.