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March 18th, 2010, 07:03 AM
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I do just fine doing the shots but my thigh is killing me afterwards. I do my injections myself which is why I do them in my thigh and not the butt. Last time I remember getting sore but not like this. It is difficult for me to sleep because my legs hurt so much. I woke up this morning and couldn't go back to sleep because my leg was just throbbing in pain. I finally took some tylenol which seems to have helped some but I am having this problem night after night.

Any tips for pain relief?
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March 18th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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I actually called my RE's nurses today about the same kind of thing. Well, I was more concerned with the hardening muscle I'm getting on the right side of my butt and didn't ask about the pain. She just said it's completely normal and if the pain would get to be unbearable, they would switch me to Endometrin.

I hope someone has some advice for you!
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March 18th, 2010, 07:12 AM
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I actually called my RE's nurses today about the same kind of thing. Well, I was more concerned with the hardening muscle I'm getting on the right side of my butt and didn't ask about the pain. She just said it's completely normal and if the pain would get to be unbearable, they would switch me to Endometrin.

I hope someone has some advice for you!
Yeh, my muscle is feeling pretty hard where it is hurting too. I have been massaging it and that seems to help some. I just don't remember it hurting this much last time.
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March 18th, 2010, 07:27 AM
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Do you put a heating pad on it right after you give the shot? It helps the oil to spread so that the muscle won't knot up as much. Also massaging it helps to move the oil around too. Neither of those is a perfect solution though I still have a knotty, itchy behind even with those but it doesn't really HURT.
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March 18th, 2010, 07:38 AM
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the knot is from the oil being in the muscle still, massaging should help a lot. I got them if i didnt massage after wards.

Patty- i did my PIO shots myself and was able to do them in my bum. I just twisted around and did it. You might try it a couple times to give you thigh a rest. My RE wouldnt let me do them in the thigh because he said it would cause a lot more discomfort than the bum.
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March 18th, 2010, 07:52 AM
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the knot is from the oil being in the muscle still, massaging should help a lot. I got them if i didnt massage after wards.

Patty- i did my PIO shots myself and was able to do them in my bum. I just twisted around and did it. You might try it a couple times to give you thigh a rest. My RE wouldnt let me do them in the thigh because he said it would cause a lot more discomfort than the bum.
The nurse I saw recently said I could do them that way but I feel safer and more comfortable doing them in my thigh. For me, twisting like that is awkward. I do think that is partly why it is hurting so much. I am going to try your suggestions of a heating pad and massaging. How long after you do the injection should you massage & use the heating pad? Should I be doing this right after I do the injection?
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Ditto on the heating pad...I had one on my office chair and sat on it all day long during my PIO shots. That $15 pad saved my life....I could barely walk without it!
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The nurse I saw recently said I could do them that way but I feel safer and more comfortable doing them in my thigh. For me, twisting like that is awkward. I do think that is partly why it is hurting so much. I am going to try your suggestions of a heating pad and massaging. How long after you do the injection should you massage & use the heating pad? Should I be doing this right after I do the injection?

yep do it right after the injection.
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I always drew up the PIO into the needle - wrapped the needle in my heating pad for a few mins until it was warm - injected it and then immediately sat on the heating pad for like 15 mins.

I never really had any pain like that.

ETA: when the needle was wrapped in the heating pad - I held it to the injection site to warm it up too - forgot that part!
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I actually bought smaller needles (25g) to do my PIO shots. Before I ended up with severe allergic reactions to it, I warmed up the PIO for 15 minutes, then warmed up my butt, then injected and kept the heating pad on my butt for another 5 minutes while DH massaged. Worked while i was on PIO. Then i ended up on PIEO and never had pain
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March 18th, 2010, 04:59 PM
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I used a heating pad this time and I REALLY think it helped. I will have to see how I sleep tonight before I make any final decisions on this. I really appreciate the tips because I think the heating pad may have done the trick!
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March 18th, 2010, 05:26 PM
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massaging the area is also important! It helps distribute the PIO! :-)
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Hope the heating pad works for you Patty!
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