Thanks for the kind words. I am just like everyone out there, trying to find my way with this disease. I am glad you feel supported here. I LOVE copaxone. I know you are worried about the IPIRs. I keep thinking about that and how you can deal with that. The only thing I can think of is to (if you can) see a counselor/therapist that is experienced with anxiety disorders. If you could explain your situation, perhaps this person could give you some really good tools (skill, techniques) for managing the panic that comes with an IPIR if you have one. While it is a miserable reaction, it really is your perception that you are dying. I used my lamaz/birthing class training - relaxation breathing (which is cool since I never got to use it during the birth of either son......c-sections lol!)
My only other side effects are occasional bumps. I don't use the auto-inject which some say makes the lumpy/bumpy thing worse. I manually inject and I go very slow.
With copaxone there are none of those flu side effects. There is a bit of pain. That is something you get used to pretty quick. It is a bit like a bee sting. Again, the slower I inject the less pain I have.
I work full time and I didn't want to deal with the interferon side effects so I chose copaxone.......so far so good.
Gretchen co-moderator MS board diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.