I will be giving myself the shots, because I can not afford the copay every month to get them at the doctors office. At first I did not realize that I was being charged a co-pay until the 10th of this month. Also the doctors office is 25 miles away from where I live. I too have a very bad fear of needles, but I have had to overcome a lot of things in my life and well I will get over this too. I talked with the doctor about my fear of needles and he told me that he has little old ladies that give themselves the shots and that I can too. I will do okay with it.
I learned to speak up to the doctors out of pure desperation. I thought that I was going to die. I am serious. As it turned out the Lupus was attacking my heart muscle big time and it put me into a heart arythmia that could have caused me to die intantly. It was not good. Sometimes you have to speak right up. I learned to speak up big time when a doctor told me to go out and get drunk, because there was nothing wrong with me and that I was worrying and stressing needlessly. I had always been very shy and quiet and never said very much until that happened to me. I decided that no doctor would ever treat me like that again. I had to learn to speak right up and not get walked all over. It breaks my heart to hear what some of the folks are going through with the doctors. They too need to speak right up and remind the doctor of who is paying for their services, etc. I wish that there was a way to get the medical community to listen better to people and not be so quick to dismiss them. I am doing pretty good with this illness, but as you know there is no cure and every now and then the Lupus rears it's ugly head to let me know that it is still here. Well good bless and hope all is ok with you.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.