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Question Posted Friday June 24 2005, 1:32 am

I'm kinda scared of shots, and tomorrow i have to go to the doctor to get a physical and i have to get a tetnis shot. im freaking out. do u have any tricks to help me relax or to numb the pain? i need some advice asap b/c the appointment's tomorrow morning. thx!
signed, shot-phobia

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Additional info, added Friday June 24 2005, 1:33 am:
I was also wondering, if you've had a tetnis shot, are they bad?.

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xolittleshortyox answered Tuesday January 29 2008, 10:21 pm:
I had just got a tetnas shot today, and I too have a huge shot phobia! But it looks and sounds a lot worse than it really is. It just feels like a pinch and your arm is a little sore later on. It is really not bad at all and is over in 2 seconds, so don't worry you will be fine!

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xoxunforgetablexox answered Sunday June 26 2005, 10:26 pm:
its not that bad, just breath before during and after the docotrs givin u the shot, and ask 2 squeeze someones hand to relieve the stress

-- it shouldnt hurt that bad after if u move your arm around a lot, but i kno my arm hurt 4 about a week after because i didnt want to move my arm around -- its a good excuse 2 get outa things and its just soreness so its not that bad

-- hope this helps -- x0x --

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cesoir answered Sunday June 26 2005, 1:33 am:
Do some drugs.

Hey, it might kill you, but it'll sure calm you down.

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im_falling_4_u answered Friday June 24 2005, 4:21 pm:
i used to be afraid of shots but when you are there relax your arm by looking the other way and thinking of something that you love even if it's a pet or a boy it really works just don't think about it

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iSLAND_x_KiiSS answered Friday June 24 2005, 3:07 pm:
I have had a tetnis shot before, it's not that bad, it just stings for a little bit. When you go to the doctor, ask him specifically what he's going to do and what it's going to feel like. He will be used to this behavior. It's perfectly normal. good luck

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sunshine1232 answered Friday June 24 2005, 1:20 pm:
yes i have had one before you just feel a little pinch nothing to worry about try not to look at the needle so much try looking at other things in the room such as pictures posters also you could listen to your favorite song and it will get stuck in your head then you will be humming it while you are getting the shot or just think of something good in your head until it is over they aren't bad either your arm will be sore for a few days but nothing to get stressed out about perfectly normal everybody gets them once a month or whenever. signed, the sun that brightens up your day~ sunshine 1232

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smartgirl321 answered Friday June 24 2005, 12:16 pm:
io had to get a tetnis shot about a month ago. it doesnt hurtwhen you get the shot, your arm feels sore for 2 days after.

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mushoku answered Friday June 24 2005, 11:19 am:
Talk to the nurse/docotr, or someone else who is standing somewhere where you can look at them without seeing the shot. Tell them you're really nervous about shots, and that you need a distraction. I had to get an I.V. and it didn't work on the first hand (nervousness causes veins to go limp), so on the second one the nurse and I were in a conversation and she did it without me noticing much. JUST MAKE SURE YOU AREN'T WATCHING OR PAYING ATTENTION TO IT.

Lastly, make absolutely sure that you relax the muscle they give the shot to - if you don't, you'll be sore for sure. Then use that muscle afterwards, like excersize it a little, flex it, swing it around - this will help with the soreness. DO NOT TENSE IT WHILE THE NEEDLE IS IN.

If you succeed in this advice, it won't be bad. They used to be bad, about 10 years ago, but not anymore.

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xO_thAtS_hOTt_Ox answered Friday June 24 2005, 10:55 am:
I'm also afraid of shots!! They scare me like crazy! I got my tetnis shot not too long ago though, and it really wasn't that bad! For reassurance, bring a bottle of water and a book, relax yourself before it's time to get it. When you get the shot, turn your head away, focus on something else in the room: a poster, anything! Think of your favorite place in the world, such as the beach, and think of what it's like to be there. Before you know it, it'll be over! Good luck, and hope I helped!

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Realpeoplew/realproblems answered Friday June 24 2005, 10:48 am:
well when i got a tetnes shot it didnt hust at alll but to keep u occupied tell the doctor not to tell u wen hes gunna do it and bring something to squeeze

~*hope i helped*~

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ModernDayAudreyx3 answered Friday June 24 2005, 10:42 am:
I'm scared to death of shots too so I know exactly how you feel. Whatever you do, don't build the shot up to be "Oh my gosh I'm so scared I'm gonna die!!" or anything negative. If you do, when the shot comes your gonna be even more nervous. Just relax and think of maybe a good time you had with uour friends or something your looking forward to. Take deep breaths, or anything to calm you down and take your mind off the shot. Don't worry, it's not bad at all.

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chaos answered Friday June 24 2005, 9:20 am:
I have a huge shot/taking blood problem that is totally embarrassing at my age. So these are the things I have tried:
1. Drink lots of water before you go if you can. If not drink them the day before.
2. Bring a Cd player, ipod, or other headphones to listen to while you get your shot.
3. Relax your breathing as much as possible.
4. Read a book.

Tetanus shots aren't that bad. It hurts a little after, like most shots. But getting tetanus is much much worse.

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sweetjewel answered Friday June 24 2005, 9:00 am:
i hate shots also.. if you had seen me... anyways just stay calm and look the other way and hold someones hand. i think the fear is worst than the treatment

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K2204 answered Friday June 24 2005, 8:44 am:
they arnt bad, and i dont think they hurt. you have to stop thinking that they will hurt, and think that they wont. or just not think about it at all. and dont watch when they give the shot.


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S_C answered Friday June 24 2005, 8:17 am:
I'm scared of any kind of needle, you should hear some of my stories...
Anyway, the last time I got my tetnus shot was back when I was in my first few months of 7th grade (now I'm going into 10th) but, it actually didn't hurt that bad. My Dr. asked me questions as she was doing it, plus me and my sister had our physicals at the same time, so she got her shot first, and her telling me that it didn't hurt was a definite nerve relaxer. But maybe just think of a song you know most, or all the words to, sing it in your head while they're doing it. Or do something difficult that will take a lot of thinking. Suck as counting down from 1570 by a weird number such as 51 or make the first number bigger and the second smaller (I just hit random numbers on the keybord, but it still works out where it'd be a little difficult to count down by)
Or if there's anyone in there besides the doctor, such as a parent or sibling, then start up a conversation with them to keep your mind off of it.
And at the end, me and my sister had to wait like 10 minutes, maybe longer, just to make sure there weren't any side effects to it. But it's normal. So trust me, from someone deathly afraid of shots, the tetnus wasn't so bad.

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Girlwithamansname answered Friday June 24 2005, 7:33 am:
I've had a tetanus shot and it isn't any different from other jabs. Don't worry.

To help you relax whilst your being given the shot talk to the person doing it. They always ask questions to distract you so just answer them. You can talk complete nonsense if you want.

You might also want to try doing maths problems in your head like the 8 times table or counting down from 1000 in increments of 13. It's pretty distracting.

Some people also find rescue remedy a good way to keep them calm for exams etc so it might work for this. Ask the assisstant at your local "alternative" or health food shop.

Good luck for tomorrow and try and relax as much as possible. I hope the advice helps.

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Teza answered Friday June 24 2005, 4:03 am:
It doesnt hurt!! I know it seems horrible.. I had to get my blood taken out and I was so scared of the needle. It just takes like 5 secons and you cant feel it. Just dont look while the doctor is doing it. ♥// ex_oh

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