Dear Ms. Meniscus,
I have RA and have been told by my sister-in-law who also has RA and now my rheumatologist that I need to start using biologics. And I can avoid trips to the hospital by injecting myself at home. The problem is that I am deathly terrified of needles, always have been. Any advice?
Dear Needle Nervous,
Starting treatment with biologics can seem intimidating.
Since Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a degenerative disease, you should consider the alternative. Biologics have been developed to stop not only the symptoms of RA, but also its progression. Once the disease affects your joints, it cannot be undone.
CreakyJoints has created a video guide which helps new auto-injector users manage this treatment option. It is called, New Freedom with Self-Injected Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. You can also view the video at the end of this column.
My recommendation if you simply cannot give yourself the shot is to ask a husband, wife, partner or friend to administer the shot for you. You can also visit the nurse at your doctor’s office to administer the biologic. If you continue to have serious anxiety over this process, you could also consult with your doctor about taking an anti-anxiety medication like Xanax or Valium before taking your biologic.
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