All this numbing you are talking about, numbs the surface. That isn't what stings when you get a shot. It stings in the muscle where the medicine is injected. Just deal with it. Your over thinking is making it much worse than it is.
6 months ago
Last edited at 12:56PM on 6/20/2013
Self hypnosis worked for me, as did music and looking away. The point is this— I saw the needle, but I automatically thought "It's just like a larger mosquito stinger, except it will actually do something good for a change." Couple that with some decent music and not paying attention to it, and I didn't even feel anything. And if I did, I probably would've felt more of an inch than a pinch because I convinced myself of the mosquito comparison. Numbing your arm with a muscle cream is okay if you have the time, but numbing it with ice would cause more pain than the needle! Trust me! Just because the needle is a sharp pointy object doesn't mean it's going to obliterate your arm. In fact, the pain— should you even feel any— only lasts a second and a half at most. If you numb your arm, you're going to be feeling it for hours and it might not even last all the way into the session. So imagine hurting your arm just to not feel the pain of a needle, and then it winds up de-numbing minutes before you get the shot! There's also Tylenol. I wanted to try that, but my phobia of swallowing whole things got in the way...