Well the manual injection went fine. The new needle did not hurt at all -- the burning and pain afterwards is another story. I had forgotten. I injected in my arm because that is the area that scares me the most. The nurse they sent was really nice, but knew nothing about copaxone. She had the book with her, but obviously had not read it in a long time -- if ever.
She told me to just inject in my tummy if the other areas bothered me. She knew nothing about IPIR's. This was a nurse (through the visiting nurses association) that my neuro had requested rather than one provided by Shared Solutions. I did not figure that out at the time. I have a call into my neuro's office to gently suggest to them that this office would not be a good one to use for new patients on copaxone.
Shared Solutions asked me if I needed training, and I told them my neuro had put in orders for training.
At least I had someone here for the first time in case I did have a reaction.
Diagnosed April 2007
Started betaseron -- May 2007 -- experienced allergic reactions after 2 weeks
Started copaxone -- June 2007 -- stopped after 4 1/2 months;experienced severe 5 IPIR's
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)