Are you wondering what lies beneath this band-aid on my shoulder? A teeny needle prick. My rheumatologist injected a shot of cortisone into my joint.
It was painless. Really, it was.
I have a wonderful doctor who knows that one of the best ways to take the focus off that jab is to get the patient talking about a passion. In my case, it's stress, or more-aptly, the absence of it.
Over the years, I've had a number of cortisone injections in joints that have refused to settle down. It's a very effective treatment; but not one to administer on a regular basis.
Tip: Whether you're anticipating an injection or some other procedure, start talking. Talk about a passion - something you love. It could be an activity, a place, a person or your pet. Talk. Talk. Talk.
Not only do you distract yourself from the pain, but you also have an influence over the chemical cascade that occurs in your body. Fear activates the stress response, that famous flight or fight mode. The antidote is to deactivate it. You can start by igniting your passions.
For more information on how to do this, click here.