Post Edited (Neurotransmissing) : 7/24/2006 12:40:53 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Neurotransmissing) : 7/24/2006 12:41:11 AM (GMT-6)
After the first couple injections of Betaseron, manual injections haven't been a problem for me. The autoject used to scare me till I actually did a dry run with a syringe (took about a year). I decided to use the autoject because the copaxone injections are way too painful for me and thought it would make it easier.
Tonight I am very scared of the stupid injection and want to cry because I dont' want to do it anymore!
Last Saturday, I have the one major side effect of chest pain, shortness of breath and flushing right after an injection... In real life terms this translates into SQUEEZING CHEST PAIN, FEELING LIKE A ROPE HAS BEEN TIED AROUND UR NECK, and like ur face WILL "POP" because of the cut off in circulation. Fortunately I had a friend here and was able to make it outside to him before I colapsed. He said I turned blue in the lips and purple in the face. By the time the fire dept got here I was starting to feel better, they gave me oxygen and by the time the medics got here I could almost think normally again. I didn't go to the hosp and I have done my injection every night since.
The fear of the injection is making the "normal" pain feel worse and/or diffrent. I am also injecting "virgin" spots because they were previously more painful...hmmmm. Yeah I know that sounds bad but even the routine spots are hurting more.
Post Edited (Neurotransmissing) : 7/24/2006 12:41:35 AM (GMT-6)
I have been useing the auto injecter for 3 years now. I couldn't do it without it. I was on Copaxone for 2 years then doc put me on Betaseron now. The Copaxone did sing alot for me. But the Beta is so much easyer to take, just putting up with the flue sxs is a pain. The auto injecter I use with the Betaseron is so much like the Copaxone one. And I to hate taking shots but I count to 10 and its over. So hang in there and you can do it. I use the back of a chair to get the backs of my arms, my husband helped me with the Copaxone and it hurt like ****. So I just do it myself. I feel like I have controll over hurting myself. lol
Take care tina.
Okay, I have that happen sometimes too, then I remember that I forgot to take my xanax...lol Do you take anything for the anxiety of the injection? I take my xanax half an hour ahead and I'm much better. I use Avonex, so it is a LONG needle and it still makes me nervous, but with the xanax, I can do it. Anyone who has a partner who will help is entitled to take a night off when it is needed.
Post Edited (Neurotransmissing) : 7/24/2006 12:41:55 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Member) : 5/26/2006 2:17:29 PM (GMT-6)
I've been reading this thread with interest as I just did my 5th injection of Betaseron last night. I have used the autoinjector the last 2 times and what a difference! I love it. (if you can love such a thing. lol) It gives me so much more confidence knowing that the needle is going to go in straight, come out straight, and the medicine will be delivered smoothly. My boyfriend tried it on me and also preferred it to doing it manually. Just my experience so far.
I was supposed to use a half dose for a month, then increase to a full.. but it's been going so well I increased it to 3/4 dose last night, didn't take my 2nd Tylenol, and still felt good. I hope this lasts and I don't get in trouble for increasing it myself.