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IS ANYONE GIVING THEMSELVES DHE INJECTIONS?

  • By 808sandra

    I AM TAKING DHE INJECTIONS AND TRIPTANS. MY INSURANCE COMPANY CUT BACK ON MY TRIPTANS SO I NEED TO STRETCH THEM FROM MONTH TO MONTH. I HATE THE INJECTIONS AND I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAD ANY TIPS? SOMETIMES THE INJECTIONS AREN’T BAD, BUT SOMETIMES THEY REALLY HURT AND BURN. ANY HELP OUT THERE??

    PEACE,

    SANDRA

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  • By 808sandra

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! AS FOR THE TRIPTANS, THAT IS AN EXCELLENT SUGGESTION. MY DR. DID SUBMIT A PRE AUTHORIZATION WHICH WAS REJECTED. I WILL ASK HER ABOUT SUBMITTING FOR A SECOND DIFFERENT TRIPTAN.

    MUCH MUCH THANKS,
    SANDRA

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    808sandra,
    I’ve learned a few tricks in giving myself injections.
    The faster you push down and inject, the less it will hurt. I used to go really slow and a nurse told me that only makes it hurt longer.

    If you use your free hand to smack your leg near the injection point while you are injecting, it helps the muscle to relax, which will also lessen the pain.

    Lastly make sure the needle goes all the way in and down into the muscle. If it doesn’t the medicine will pool under the skin and not disperse- that hurts too!

    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By merrie

    Has anyone here injected toradol subcutaneous instead of im? I am finding it very painful, and I end up having bruises. My Dr told me to do it this way, but I have not heard of anyone else that does.

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  • By merrie

    I take 2 ml, 30mg per a ml, and I draw up the solution myself from a vial, and self inject sc using a 25 Gage x 5/8th needle as well. It hurts quite a bit, more so the worse my migraine is, as it seems like my whole body is super sensitive. I inject in my stomach, same as I used to dhe.

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  • By Tammy Rome

    Merrie,

    I have Toradol at home by prescription for self-injection as an alternative to the ER. The nurse at my doctor’s office instructed me to inject in the thigh or upper arm. It needs to go into a large muscle. My hands are too shaky during an attack to safely self-inject, so my husband or son will help me. I can draw up the solution and sterilize the area, then one of them will insert the needle. I then push the syringe slowly. That helps with the pain.

    Honestly, Toradol stings no matter how you inject it, but it shouldn’t hurt for very long.

    Tammy Rome

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  • By merrie

    Thanks for all the responses. I actually have been shown how to do im injection in my behind for hormone shots, so just got the ok from Dr to do the toradol im instead of sc. He said he was having me do it sc bc he thought it would be easier. Guess he didn’t realize it would make my stomach one big bruise. Oh well. Also, my hubby knows how as well. I have not tried it im yet, would like to have hubby there first time I do, as I too can be very shaky with migraine.
    Thanks again
    Meredith

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  • By taralane

    I did this, and got the same burning, and also bruising at the injection site. Ask your Doc for a bottle of saline. Draw in about the same amount of saline as your DHE after the DHE, so the saline goes in first. This will stop the burning, and in my case also stopped the bruising. I was injecting daily, so this was a big help.

    Hope this will also work for you. It was a miracle for me.

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  • By ninjaqutie

    I just got DHE and Toradol to use IM in my thigh if I need to and I am getting the needleless imetrex once my insurance approves. I am afraid to use them all. LOL.

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    • By Dana

      I have all of that in the same forms. I will tell you I am not afraid of needles, but I could NOT give myself the injections until one day I had no choice…..I needed one and no one else was home. And I lived right through it!! I stressed myself out like nobody’s business, but I have no problem giving them to myself now. You’ll be fine, do it yourself right from the beginning. And if you’re worried about it being too much med, you know you can’t use the DHE and the Imitrex at the same time, right? Good luck!!🍀

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  • By Codybone

    Here is a suggestion, if you get the goodrx app some triptans are cheap on there to get. I don’t have prescription coverage and that is what I have to do. I know for rizatriptan 10mg (30 count) is around $40.

    I hope this helps

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