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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am about to start enbral. This is injected into the thigh or stomach once a week. I am really nervous about this having never done it. Do you inject medication? How difficult is it?

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Hi Miocean,


I'm assuming you'll give these yourself? If so please don't stress. Make sure they demonstrate as many times as you need in order for you to be ready. Take a orange with you to the appointment, and make sure they let you practice on that with a syringe of normal saline or something. I'm a nurse and have taught many people to give their own injections. It's much easier than you realize. There are some tricks however that will make it less painful. I could help you with that once I know how you are giving the injection. What I mean by that is some medications go into the muscle "I.M" and some are to go into the subcutaneous tissues "S.Q." If you need help let me know.


You'll do fabulously!

Warm and gentle hugs,



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M -

I injected Methotrexate into my thighs for 3 years. Prior to that I was deathly afraid of needles, however, that obvious has changed. The first time was the hardest, but once I saw I could do it, it became quite easy. As Sweet mentioned, a nurse did demonstrate the process to both me and my hubby. It was good having him there. Plus the nurse gave me a hard copy of the instructions. I did refer to these the first couple of times, but then the process became a no brainer after that.


The needle for methotrexate was very small, so I hardly felt it. In fact, some days I didn't feel it at all. It a natural reaction to be nervous. I sure was, but that goes away very fast and pretty soon, giving yourself a shot will be like taking a pill.


BTW - Did you see the newsroom article on Enbrel that I posted to the forum this week? It seems to be working very well for psoriasis. I sure hope it works for you.


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

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(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

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