I just recently started Lovenox injections after becoming pregnant because I have Factor V Leiden disorder and low anti-thrombin III and protein S levels. The shots have turned out to be pretty dreadful. In fact, it is the worst injection I’ve had to endure to date, including the progesterone in oil shots in the hip. The medicine really hurts going in, hurts afterward as well and tends to bruise really bad!
What it feels like (for me)
- Burning, aching, throbbing all at once
- Feels like you’re being injected with tiny little daggers
- Feels like someone is pressing on a wound
There are different schools of thought on how to inject these, but here’s what I’ve discovered personally and from talking to others.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Get the air bubble out by flicking it pretty hard several times and then pushing up to get it out.
- Make sure there is no liquid on the needle. If necessary, use your alcohol pad to wipe it by running it along side of the needle. This should help with the bruising.
- Pick a spot on your belly in the love handle area. It says to inject at least two inches away from your belly button, but two inches away really hurt me. I would recommend even farther away, closer to your side because it won’t hurt as much.
- Wipe skin with alcohol pad.
- Make sure to inject with the cut side up.
- Pinch an inch and inject the needle all the way in as far as it will go. I think this helps with bruising as well.
- Here’s where it really differs for each person. Try injecting fast and try it slow. Some have said that doing it slow makes it more tolerable for them. I have tried both ways. For me, it hurts either way, so I’d rather go fast.
- Pull the needle out as straight as you can and let go of the skin.
- Wipe with alcohol pad or apply pressure if bleeding.
- DO NOT MASSAGE! This will cause even worse bruising.
- Lay down for a few minutes until the pain subsides. I use a little icepack on the injection site right after and that seems to help some.
These tips have helped me a lot. We ended up getting really good at doing these, and were able to avoid the bruising and lessen the pain. In the beginning, I could not even imagine doing these every day, but it really did get better.