I started Copaxone injections last week. The first five shots went fine, except for the itchy red lump for 20 minutes or so after injection. I woke up after the sixth shot with a 2"x2" patch that was red, swollen, sore, itchy, and hot to the touch. I decided to try again in a different arm for number seven with the same results. Of course it was Memorial Day weekend so over a three day span the redness continued to grow larger and larger. I stopped my injections and finally called my PCM for a prednisone prescription. Since I started the prednisone the redness has begun to fade, but I can still see where the reactions were and after three days they were measuring about 4"x12"!
I called my neurologists office but the nurse wasn't very helpful. She suggested I review my technique and check my needle length, then keep doing injections. First of all, the friend I was camping with gave me my injections and she is a nurse. Also, she did one of those injections with the auto-injector and one manually, so I am pretty sure the technique is not to blame.
Does this sound like an allergic reaction to the Copaxone? I worry about
continuing the injections because more exposure can lead to more of a reaction, and I live 45 mins. from the nearest hospital.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).
Post Edited (dianna30) : 5/31/2009 2:29:05 PM (GMT-6)