Injections are a common way to receive medication for IBD patients. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, so PAC experts have compiled a list of tips and tricks - for patients, by patients - that can help make your injections go as smoothly as possible!

Here are some top tips from PAC members to improve injection experience:

💚 Deep breathing: taking some deep breaths, then doing the injection while steadily breathing out

💙 Fun distractions: Listening to a friend talk, watching a movie, playing a fun song, or eating a noisy food 

💚 Supportive info: Knowledge is power; if you have questions about travel or feeling itchy after injections talk to your IBD nurse or another care team member

💙 Reward yourself: Putting on a cute Band-Aid, watching a favorite show, or doing self care is a nice reward after

Disclaimer: This content is not intended to substitute for medical advice. If you have questions, you should always consult with your provider!

Are you looking for ways to connect with more support around injections and IBD? Here are some ideas that might help:

✅ Join the Patient Advisory Council - if you are 14+ and living with IBD, you're invited to join this supportive & inclusive group of patient advocates. 

🎧 Listen to Episode 16 of the imPACt Podcast - Infusions, Injections, School & Life - an imPACt podcast episode where Vanessa and Fionna chat about their experiences with changing treatment plans and how injections & infusions fit into school and life.

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