Fear and how to Deal

Cat Weaver
By Cat Weaver Latest Reply 2015-02-26 09:14:55 -0600
Started 2015-02-25 02:20:16 -0600

Okay, I know I can't be alone when I say I have a fear of needles. I realize no one is going to enjoy giving themselves shot's everyday but for me it can litterally produce an anxiety attack, body trembling (which makes injections more difficult if I don't manage to stick before the shaking starts) temperature rising, sweating on my face and flush in my cheeks. I have only been on insulin treatment for a few weeks and I have never let it cause me to miss a dose but the fear has cause up to a 30 min delay between sugar reading and actual delivery of the insulin (R) I have tried breathing exercises, counting, practice on an orange with a needle to get comfortable, being alone, being with my fiance, having him count for me, sometimes they help others I just have to just do it. Does any one have any hints, tricks, techniques, or ideas on how to control my anxiety with this? Trying to stay positive <3

3 replies

Type1Lou 2015-02-26 09:14:55 -0600 Report

Are you considering an insulin pump? You still have to inject the infusion set but that is done only every 2 or 3 days. When I was on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections), I took an average of 4 shots per day. Now I change infusion sets every 3rd day; that's one injection vs 12 when I was on MDI? It doesn't eliminate injections but reduces them and gives me better control as well with less overall insulin. It may be a bit early in your life with diabetes, but may be something to bring up with your doctor.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-26 02:56:30 -0600 Report

Have you tried injectible pens? Insulin Pens? They do not have as bad a reaction with most people who have needle phobia as syringes do. I'd ask my doc for a trial of those to give it a try. Needle phobia is real and very hard to deal with but it is necessary. Good luck to you.

jayabee52 2015-02-25 02:40:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Cat
No you aren't alone in your fear of needles. When I was first Rx'd insulin in the hospital I was unsure of how to inject myself, and a little scared. However I didn't have a major needle phobia. I just took "the plunge" and did it and it had never been a problem ever after that.

I have read of many people on these boards have had a problem.

Have you tried to go to a "happy place" or take a mental vacation (mine is a mountain meadow with a babbling brook running through it with the wind rustling through the branches — it was from my son's cubscout outing of several years ago) If you go to a happy place in your life you may reduce the anxiety and stress associated with the injection.

I expect you may hear from others with their suggestions of how to minimize the anxiety also.

God's best to you and yours

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