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What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

What's excessive?: Nobody likes shots. Phobias grow as avoidance of the feared event increases. Perhaps your fears have caused you to exaggerate the pain associated with shots. The fears can go away quickly. I treated a person with shot phobias who shortly after starting treatment was dx'd with diabetes. He had to start giving himself Insulin shots and lost his shot phobia in about one week. Quick cure! ...Read more

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How do I overcome my intense fear of needles (shots)?

How do I overcome my intense fear of needles (shots)?

Phobia tx: consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are some times indicated as well. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee about 4 years ago in swimming and It felt like pins and needles shot into my knee and I still bugs me should I have it checked out?

I hurt my knee about 4 years ago in swimming and It felt like pins and needles shot into my knee and I still bugs me should I have it checked out?

Yes - ortho consult: If you injured your knee four years ago, it should have healed?? If you continue to have pain, it should be evaluated by your ortho specialist - you may have a small tear in the meniscus which could have worsened? An mri would show the severity of the problem ...Read more

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I hurt my knee almost 5 years ago and I felt like pins and needles shot up to my knee and doctors keep saying it's just a sprain but it still hurts ?

I hurt my knee almost 5 years ago and I felt like pins and needles shot up to my knee and doctors keep saying it's just a sprain but it still hurts ?

Its time for a Mri: Chronic knee pain implies a structural problem. Plain weight bearing xrays can evaluate joint line space, patellar tilt. An MRI can evaluate for a meniscus or cartilage injury which sounds more likely. A sports or PMR MR can help look for other causes and complete treatment. PT and core conditioning are likely to be recommended. ...Read more

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Irrational fear of needles and shots- can a kid overcome it?

Irrational fear of needles and shots- can a kid overcome it?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Irrational fear of needles and shots- can I ever overcome it? What about taking a pill before each shot visit?

Irrational fear of needles and shots- can I ever overcome it?  What about taking a pill before each shot visit?

Fear of needles: If the fear is there, it is usually automatic. You are not really in control of it, so plan appropriately. For some people numbing medicines like Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream eliminate the pain and gets rid of the fear. Sometimes the fear is not about the pain, and a sedative or anti-anxiety medication may help. For most people it is not worth the trouble or expense to do formal phobia desensitization techniques. ...Read more

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