So today was finally the day. I had watched more than a few youtube videos to prepare me for the injection. Some people it seemed to not bother, but for the majority I saw, they said it hurt, and that was obvious when seeing the expressions on their face when getting the injection.
So walking into my Rheumatologist office today, I already figured I was in for a small treat. Let me just make one thing clear about me first…..
I gave birth to 2 children, naturally and with difficulty.
I have broken a tailbone (more than once)
I take shots like a champ
I have numerous tattoos
I have had a few piercings in my day
I eat cortisone shots like they were for breakfast (don't get me wrong they are VERY unpleasant)
I was hit by a car when I was younger on a bike and had to have a bicycle chain and rock removed from my knee
Now where am I going with this? I am a pretty tough chick. The doctors usually say I am a great patient because I really don't complain as they poke and prod. I can take pain, I don't like it, but I can take it in rather large doses when necessary.
So with said, today I had my first shot of Enbrel ( my Rheumatologists nurse did the injection ).
THAT SH*T HURT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( sorry for the language )
I didn't cry out like I seen some do, but I did flinch a little. I had to send my mind elsewhere for that 20 seconds. She did it in my right upper / outer thigh area.
What it basically felt like for me was, someone taking a burning cigarette and putting it out on my thigh for 20 seconds. honest to God.
What is going to suck, is doing it by myself next week. Not because the needle bothers me, cuz I could care less. It's because I know what to expect from the liquid fire. lol …… Maybe she hit a vein in the leg ? Who knows. It's been 3 hours since I had it done, and I feel bruised all though nothing is there to see. The nurse told me that the level of pain I feel from the injection correlates to how much acid my blood has? No clue. Never heard that before. Never had an issue with any shots before. So this was new.
I do know that I have an overwhelming sense of tiredness that has swept over me quickly and I can hardly stand to hold me eyes open much longer. I have parent / teacher conferences to get to tonight, but I must nap first or I will never make it.
That sums up my first ever experience with Enbrel. Ta Ta for now !