I don't consider myself that much of a softie, as I do my enbrel every week & have my bloods every month. However, my consultant said that he was concerned about my right hand and suggested the injection: I muttered something about managing ok with it and, "if it's not broken, don't fix it". The time has come: saw my GP yesterday and it looked like an alien was trying to burst out of my hand, nerves dragging down like carpal tunnel & lumpy wrist. Couldn't wipe my bum properly again (I last experienced this 2 years ago!). The time has come for the injection! I've never had one, and I'm worried. I keep telling myself it's nothing compared with the pain of RA, but no one likes pain perpetrated on them just for the thrill of it, not even us. Can I ask for a local, or am I just expected to take it?