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How to get pain relief from daily Streptomycin injections


Doctor has prescribed Streptomycin intramuscular injection (0.75mg) daily for 60 days for my wife suffering from tuberculosis; she had Pleural effusion. It has been one month since the first injection. The injection site is on the side of the thighs. She complains about the pain after the injection and her thighs are swollen and also become hard at the injection sites.

Doctor specifically mentioned not to use ice pack or heat to injection sites. When we complained about the pain, he stressed again not to use ice pack or anything else to relive the pain. He did not mention the reason.

There are still 30 injections remaining and she is frightened of the pain. Is there any way to sooth the pain? Why ice pack is not allowed? Another doctor advised application of Thrombophob gel at injection sites. We are confused to use or not to use icepack/gel.

Please, help!
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replied February 15th, 2018
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Post injection site pain and inflammation is treated with ice packs and pain killers. If your doctor has advised against it, then please ask the reason for it. Usually it is advisable to use a buttock on alternate days so that it gives about 24 hours time for the area to heal and for the medicine to penetrate into tissues and reduce further inflammation. For now, please give her an oral pain killer and discuss this with her doctor as it is important to take the medication.

This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!

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