Alternative areas for copaxone shots?

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mystery reader
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   Posted 7/25/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I now have welts the size of my hand on my hips and sizeable lumps in in my arms and thighs so I was wondering if anyone ever gave themselves shots in other areas.  I talked to Shared Solutions and they said that some people use their upper tummy, inside and outside of thighs (saddelbags) and cheeks of butt. However, of course they could not recommend this, and said I should ask my neuro.   I don't really was to use my inner thighs or butt as I imagine welts in those areas would be a tad uncomfortable!  But I am considering the other areas to give my sore areas a break. I do have fat in these areas tongue I did call my neuro's office, but who knows when they will get back to me. Plus, they usually jsut tell me to call Shared Solutions.  Any advice?
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madlou
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   Posted 7/25/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
The paperwork I received with the copaxone shows most of the areas you recommended. Not the inside of thighs. Are you moving the shot to one of the seven areas each day and not using any area two days in a row?
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mystery reader
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   Posted 7/26/2007 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am rotating everyday to the 7 areas, but I was told during training not to use the upper tummy, saddlebags, or butt.  Rather the paperwork shows from lower tummy (navel down), the hips, and the tops of the thighs.  That is why I was wondering if anyone used the other areas I mentioned. 

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rerbelgirl
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   Posted 7/26/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I myself do not have ms,but my brother does.  I used to give his injections before he learned to do it himself.sometimes it helps to massage the area after the injection or to apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes. I have given injections in the belly and buttocks.but welting has never been a problem.  you didn't mention how long you have been on this particular regimen, is this something new?

mystery reader
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   Posted 7/26/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been using copaxone for about one month. You are not supposed to massge the site for 24 hours after the shot, and you only supposed to use ice for a few minutes.
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Sunnycitrus
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   Posted 7/26/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Barb,

 

I am a small person, so I don’t have much surface area for my shot rotations. I have expanded on the areas shown in the diagram. For example, I do include my butt cheeks in my hip rotation (just don’t inject in the area where you sit, trust me..lol), and I have also added the outside of my thighs, and also a tad to the inside to my thigh rotation. One of the least painful and least likely areas to get lumpy on me is my upper outside arm, right below my armpit. I don’t know that any of these would work for you, but this is what I have tried so far.

 

I hope you are able to find something that works for you, and maybe these reactions will just ease in time as your body adjusts more fully to the med (this is what happened to me).

 

Sunny


littlechina
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   Posted 7/27/2007 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on copaxone since February and I too had problems with huge welts like you are describing. Are you using the auto injector? If so, what depth setting are you using? I was told for my height and weight a 6 or an 8 setting was recommended....but I have found that turning it up all the way (past the 10 setting) virtually eliminates the welts. I do occasionally get a tiny bump or welt, but nothing like I had before. 5-10 minutes of ice afterwards also helps.

I have also found that every single Copaxone nurse I have talked to (some from Shared Solutions, some from my local MS center) give me different answers and suggestions on injecting. So maybe call Shared Solutions again and talk to some new nurses, see if someone gives you an idea that no one else has told you before. I've been amazed at how the information has differed from nurse to nurse.

Best of luck,
Niki

snowdog
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   Posted 7/31/2007 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   

 

For what its worth,

I know I am replying a bit late, however....a friend I met in a local MS Society meeting suggested to everyone that if we were having injection "place" issues, to talk to a diabetic or a nurse that instructs diabetics. She also said that she got the best advice from her GP nurse not the CRAB nurses on the phone.

Dog

 

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