I got my doctor to give me Rx so I could use a much smaller 25G1 needle rather than the HORSE needle that comes with the Avonex. This needle is a little shorter but MUCH thinner.
Second cheat is I got the same doctor to give me a Rx for EMLA CREAM. It is mixture of lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5%. This stuff numbs a spot in the skin VERY VERY well.
I use a NEXCARE "Tegaderm" (3M) Transparent Dressing to cover the ELMA CREAM while it numbs the skin.
It takes time but it works. I was not using the pre-mixed Avonex. I had more side effects with that stuff.
The next week came and I couldn't do it. I was lucky that I had a good friend who was a nurse so I called her up and she came over and did it for me. This continued for a few months until she had to go on a trip and I had to do it myself. I was able to do it and threw my hands up in victory afterwards!
Enough with my story, but here is what I recommend.
1. Get in a relaxed position. Stressed muscles are harder to push through and hurt more. I like to sit up in bed and shake my leg a little to remind myself to be relaxed. You want your leg to feel like jello.
2. Have a distraction. I put the TV on so that all of the focus is not on my injection.
3. Breathe. Once you have assembled the pen, unwrapped your alcohol wipe and bandaid, take a good deep breath, hold it and then let it out slowly. Feel your shoulders drop and your body relax. Relaxation is key.
When you are done, pat yourself on the back. You did a good job - anyone would have trouble with this. Even my nurse friend said it was much harder to inject herself than someone else.
Good luck and hope this helps.
Edit: just noticed the original post was almost a year ago. I am sure they are over it by now...
I actually have my mom or my husband giving me the injection, I can’t do it my self, they hold the pen for me. And I just play loud music on my head phones so I don’t listen to the click.
I also prep my leg by putting an ice pack 10 mins before the shoot so the area is a bit numb.