I had my first four doses two weeks ago, and did the next two shots two days ago. I think I noticed little differences within hours of my injections, and I'm definitely noticing great improvements in my health and energy now. I feel happier too.
I haven't had any experience with the pens, but I've been told that they hurt more. The good thing about
the syringes is that you can control how quickly you inject the antibodies - as soon as it starts hurting, slow down, wait for the pain to subside, and then start again.
Yes, is is fairly easy to inject yourself. For me, the hardest part is shutting down the part of my brain that tells me that I *must not* stick sharp things into myself
. I haven't needed to use ice yet, but I know it can help the people who experience more pain on injection than I have.
One of the things I really like is the freedom that comes with injecting myself. I don't have to hang around doctors' offices waiting for someone to do the injections, and I don't have to sit in the hospital for hours being infused.
Side effects - I was sleepy and itchy after the first four injections and I had the flu-like symptoms too. Remember, four injections is a large dose. I had less problems after the two injections I did earlier this week, and the nurse told me that that was understandable, as this was a much lower dose.
I hope this helps. Good luck,
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