Did having bicillin shots make a big difference for you?

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tropicalsun
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   Posted 2/6/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
They want me to start bicillin shots 2/week. I was just wondering if those that have done them or know of someone who has, if they noticed a significant improvement/difference? Any input would be appreciated.

georgiagirl
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   Posted 2/6/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering about this as well. Do most people do these themselves at home?

Chris L
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   Posted 2/6/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I am starting my 9th week on Bicillin.  Honestly, I had more improvement on 40 days of oral ceftin then all 9 weeks of bicillin.  I have felt bad on bicillin and haven't had a single day of feeling better in the past 8 weeks.  I'm trying to stick it out as I have read from other users that it takes 3 -5 months to see improvement.  I had a nurse for my first 6 shots and she trained my wife. 

The shots are not painful, but they do ache a day or two afterward because the needle is so large and the bicillin is so thick.  A couple of tips:

1. Ice the injection area for about 4-5 minutes before the shot.  I never feel the shot when I do this. 

2. Take the bicillin out of the fridge about an hour before the shot and put the syringe under your armpit to warm up the bicillin...it is really, really thick.

3. Inject the bicillin VERY slowly.  If you don't you will end up with huge bruises.  I'd say an injection should take atleast between 45-60 seconds. 

Good Luck!  (Its not as bad as my post may make it seem like.) 

 

 


bcaring
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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband gave me my first shot at home. The drug is delivered to my home by Aetna Home Delivery.

Follow Chris's recommendations and it really doesn't hurt. I just started so I cannot tell you if it will help. Some people feel it has really helped. Search for posts by sfere. I think he had great success - came back from being paralyzed.

Good luck and try not to worry about the shot. It really is not that bad if you follow the instructions. Insert the needle, and then BE SURE to pull back on the syringe to see if there is any blood (ie. you are in a vien). If so, do not give the shot. It is unlikely that it will ever happen, but it is part of the steps to take in giving the shot.

bcaring

tropicalsun
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your input. Where are you guys inserting the needle (same spot all the time?) Which Dr. (initial) are you seeing?

Chris L
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   Posted 2/7/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I rotate from one side of buttocks to the other, then from one leg to the other. I see Dr. S in NJ.

teenLymer
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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I did Bicillin injections for 3 months.  Got rid of almost all my joint pain.  And the pain stayed away.

The only reason I stopped: I got really tired of my bum being constantly sore all week.  I don't have much "padding" back there, and I was getting a shot Mon. morns. and Thurs. afternoons every week.

I used everything Chris recommended and it helped a lot.  Also, I sometimes used distraction, like listening to music, while the injection was being administered.  My injections took a good 3 min.

Good Luck!


tropicalsun
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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I have had a lot of hip pain/aching (thighs) to knees since I started treatment in Sept.. I wonder if it is from the Lyme or Bart or Mycoplasma. Well they seem to think it will make a big difference so, I guess I will find out.  Yeah I don't have much padding there also.
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