Like many of us I have had a number of different injectors and I always wonder who I am going to get. Some have been more adept than others, though the aftermath has been more or less the same, except after my 3rd injection when every bone in my face became hot and extremely painful. For the 4th injection I was offered an alternative to iodine, but quite frankly, I noticed no difference and as always had the usual soreness for the rest of the day. I was never offered the alternative again.
As for painless injections, out of 9 injections I have only experienced two occasions when I just felt a dull pressure, but the rest of the time I felt the sharp pain of the needle going in. My first injection was done by a female injector and she and the nurse were giggling about something while preparing everything while I was waiting on the couch, as if so by the way, for things to happen. Very little was said to me. And wow, the injection was painful!! I walked out of there almost in tears, though I am no one to fuss. She has done my injection at a later time, but her technique did not seem to have improved.
What makes my situation worse is that after the first 5 injections and a blissful 5 months break from injections I was placed on the "As and "When" system. though I have never had another break. This means I never know when the appointments come and planning ahead is very difficult. They always have to find a slot for me as best as they can, which can be any day of the week including Sunday.
As for stress, well, I no longer worry about who might be on duty and I have learnt to go with the attitude "Lets get on with it and get it over with. And for all my little moans I am grateful to the NHS as the injections are working for me. Things are not ideal, but perfection does not exist and I accept that.
I am due for injection No 10 on Tuesday. I still hope it is not my "female friend"