1st injection last night with nurse

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voodoodoll
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   Posted 3/26/2014 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Did my training with the home nurse & did my first injection--used the auto inject b/c she was really pushing me to use it instead of doing manual. She said I need to set it at 6 for all locations. The auto injector was less scary after using it once--i didn't even feel the needle go in. Had the bee sting feeling start while holding on the cotton ball, and some swelling about the size of a mosquito bite--but no itching. The cold pack seems to ease the sting a little. The swelling was gone when I checked 4 hours later (might've been gone before then, but I forgot to keep checking it). Think I'll stick with the yearly log book she gave me to chart the injections..the android app only lets you use the abdomen once in a rotation, but I want to use it twice. I started left arm, so want to go down left side to left hip, left side abdomen, left thigh, then do same on right using the abdomen area again. I'm just glad to be started on it so I feel like I'm doing something to help the situation :)

Bad Mojo
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   Posted 3/26/2014 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Voodoodoll,

I'd like the Android App! I switched to Tysabri a couple years ago but I hated the abdominal injections when I was on Copaxone. I thought the thighs were the easiest. I also thought the auto-inject was super easy. I have shaky hands so inserting it myself seemed scary. Good luck!

Frank

voodoodoll
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   Posted 3/26/2014 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
did my left hip tonight...hurt about the same as my arm. I'm hoping to have at least one favorite area...the home nurse said the abdomen was the easiest/best place...but guess i'll find out tomorrow night lol. Since it wasnt a good area for you Frank I'm wondering how it will go for me...the plan was to use the abdomen twice in the rotation but that may change :D the hardest part for me so far is mapping the 8 small spots to use in each area so i know what exact spot to mark in the log book. hopefully that gets easier over time. thanks & good luck to you too :)

Gretchen1
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   Posted 3/26/2014 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations!!!

I love my stomach. It's my favorite place for shots. Everyone is different. My least favorite was my thighs. I don't do thighs anymore. Shots are easier done in fat. I've got it made in that department!!

I'm pretty lazy about keeping track of my shots. I just feel around for a non-lumpy spot. Hehe. I mapped the first year or so then got more relaxed.

I do hope you learn a manual injection too. I'm glad the auto-inject worked for you. Many people find success with that.
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Bad Mojo
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   Posted 3/26/2014 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I quit mapping them after about one month, lol!

I don't carry much fat so I think that is why I hated injecting in the stomach area. I'm sure I skipped a couple of stomach turns :) The shakiness in my hands made the arm location difficult too but it never hurt there.

Beau2006
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   Posted 3/27/2014 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, yes congrats... you have brought back old memories - when I first started Copaxone back in 2007.  After awhile it becomes so second nature, I even forget some night if I took my shot or not - gees...
 
I still inject into all areas - arms, legs, stomach, and yes, the stomach is my least favorite. 
 
Couple fo tricks I learned over the years...
 
  • make sure the needle is going in straight up and down
  • never inject when the syringe is cold - it will burrrrrrrrn!!!
  • if you have resistance when attempting to push the plunger down (mostly for those who do not use the injector) pull out and choose a different location.  If you push the plunger down with resistance, the area being injected is going to rebel, and yes its gonna hurt. 

A secret to your success, as told to me by my Neurologist - do not miss a day - inject every day (every other day with the new Copaxone coming out) and you should experience benefits of taking the Copaxone.

Have a great day,

Gary


voodoodoll
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   Posted 3/27/2014 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips! My training nurse told me to put a weeks worth of shots in my bag & label the days of week on them so that's what I did so I don't forget if I did it or not :) did stomach tonight....stung just as bad as other spots lol....but was easier to see. No swelling around the site on this spot though....maybe because more fat there? Lol. I'm never sure with the auto inject if I have it held at 90 degree angle. Thanks a lot to all of you for your responses/help....this is all new so it's nice to hear from people who know what they're doing :)

voodoodoll
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   Posted 3/28/2014 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my thigh is officially my least favorite spot....swelled up about a 3" x 3" area after for about 3 hours...and hurt for about that long too :(

Gretchen1
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   Posted 3/29/2014 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah. It was my least favorite spot too! I have two of those dents there. I stopped using my thighs. I do more shots on my tummy than anywhere else. Do you feel like an expert yet? It won't take long! You are doing great!
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