Welts with Copaxone

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colee1979
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   Posted 5/10/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I get terrible,baseball size welts(within 24 hrs of injection) from the Copaxone. Well,my neuro believes it is from the nickel in the needle,not the copaxone itself. Any which way,these welts hurt and itch bad. Not to mention they look awful! I have tried to use heat and ice,before and/or after injection. I have tried massaging the injection site(after 24hrs) in the shower. This is what was recommended to me by shared solutions. None of this helps. I am getting used to living with the welts...but if there is something else I could try that may help...any tips would be great! TIA!!
 
~Nichole~
 
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis September 2002
Dx with Multiple Sclerosis August 2006
 
 
 


momofltlbrat
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   Posted 5/10/2007 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Nichole,

I too had the same problem. When I called Shared Solutions, they asked my weight, (which I didn't want to share) and told me being overweight I should set the autojet at 8 instead of six. The needle goes in deeper and for the most part I only occassionally get welts.
Hope that helps.

Debbie

Kimber
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   Posted 5/10/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicole,
 
    Wow those are some welts my goodness.  There's a couple of things you could try, which you may or may not do already.  Make sure you are injecting the med at room temperature and not right out of the refrigerator.  If you are using an autoinjector you could try doing it manually instead, sometimes manual injections cause less problems for some people.  Hope you find something that works for you and get rid of those welts!
 
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alana
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   Posted 5/11/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
colee1979, i'm also on copaxone and experience the welts and swelling.  usually, if i inject anywhere near muscle, i have terrible swelling.  i try to find the fatty tissue closes to my injection site and inject there. i'm pretty fit so i often have difficulty finding a really good fatty spot. it's only when i inject near or on muscle that i have this issue. make sure u are injecting in fatty tissue only. good luck

littlechina
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   Posted 5/12/2007 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had this same problem...ginormous welts!! But I got some really good advice from a copaxone nurse that helped immensley!! Try heating the shot to body temp, instead of room temp. Stick the syringe under your arm for 10 minutes before injecting.

Also, are you using the Autoject? I found that adjusting my depth to a deeper setting made a huge difference. I tried using the lower settings recommended for my weight, but I finally ended turning it all the way up as deep as it would go...that did the trick! I haven't had a single welt since.

You shouldn't have to get used to welts like that. I hope you can find a solution that helps with them. Good luck!!

colee1979
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   Posted 5/12/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow,I will definetly try that with my injection today. I have had my setting on mostly 6,and 8 in some areas...but after getting several bruises from it being set at 8,I stopped and have just been doing the setting at 6.

Yesterday I must have hit a blood vessel or something because I bled like crazy after injecting...and normally that doesnt happen. Do you all think I should up the setting,even if it bruises? I see my neuro again on the 17th...I'm going to ask again about my settings...
 
~Nichole~
 
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis September 2002
Dx with Multiple Sclerosis August 2006
 
 
 


littlechina
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   Posted 5/12/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I was getting bruises too with the lower settings, but that stopped when I turned it up. I would definitely try cranking it up. I spoke to two nurses who said it was okay to try it, so I don't think it can do any harm. I do find that I feel the initial poke a bit more, but it's sooooooo worth it to me not to have to deal with a second head growing out of my injection sight!

Also, can you see your veins where you inject? I can really only see them in my legs, but I was told to find the veins and then inject around them. This has helped with the occasional bleeding.

Good luck!!! Let us know if you try it and how it goes. :)

~Niki

Mishelitsa
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   Posted 5/17/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My advice would be to stop usine the autoiject and do it manually. I experience the same exact thing when I was on copaxone and once I stopped with the autoiject it was soooooo much better!! Good luck!!

dRaMa~
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   Posted 5/23/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to always use a heat pack after the injection. That helped soothe the itching and pain. I also would use Benadryl cream to heal the itching. As for the welts and bruising, I realized that the longer the needle, the more painful but then the shorter the needle, the bigger the welt. That's because when you inject to deep in, it's hitting your muscle instead of your fatty tissue. When the needle is too short, you're letting the medicine sit right under your first layer of skin. You need to find the proper setting for your body weight. I'm have a bit more fat on my body so I would use a 6-8 depending on what area it was... ex. My thighs are pretty tight so I would make the needle shorter but my arms are bit more fatty so I would make the needle longer. I also realized that my arms and hip hurt less than my stomach and thighs. Hope this helps.
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