I used to get shots on a regular basis. The doctor felt that my hip was the best place for the shot because I was “too skinny” in the arms. But I couldn’t drive or work comfortably after that. So I started insisting they be given in my arm.
Fortunately, the girl who administered the shot had a great little trick to minimize the pain. And I’m talking 100% reduce the pain. She would squeeze the area around the shot-spot a few times, really quickly, then insert the needle. I don’t know if the confusion over the activity causes you to miss the full pain of the needle or what, but I do know it worked. And well.
I just came across this video as well. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet myself. But basically, if you cough when they give you a shot, it also minimizes the pain, dramatically.
So next time you are at the doctor’s, try one of these methods and let me know how they work for you!