Did my first Copaxone shot!

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   Posted 1/5/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
So the nurse came over last night and I have to admit, I was very nervous... She went through potential side effects etc. We practiced on a wash cloth. Anyways, I started with my right arm. Arms are supposed to be the most painful, but honestly it was fine. I couldnt even feel the needle...I did feel the sting for a few minutes afterwards and it was a bit red, but went away... Is there a way to avoid the reddish brown spots? Does rubbing cocoa butter or Vitamin E oil on it help?

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   Posted 1/5/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad that went well for you, and I hope you continue to have only minor problems. I can't help with the spot..sounds like a small bruise? It'll probably fade in time.
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   Posted 1/5/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey ConfusedGal

WOOHOOOO!!!!! I'm glad things went so well for u!! Sounds like u'r gonna be a pro at this! I'm not sure of the spot either. I'm not dx'd, so don't use any of the meds, but do have a friend who used to get demples and she was told (by the nurse) to apply a cold washcloth to the area before and after the shot for a bit. Maybe that'd help? I imagine that'll be one of those things that u work out in time for what helps u best individually. I hope all u'r shots go as well!!


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   Posted 1/5/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Confusedgal,
   Good for you, and good job on your first injection!  Those spots should go away in a few days. You might also find the area tender too for a few days and thats a big reason why the need to rotate areas.  My husband likes arm injection day the best, says it hurts the least of the other areas.  Thighs are his dreaded days.  Take care and sounds like youre off to a good start!
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   Posted 1/6/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
YEAAAAAA!!! You did it!!! congratulations!!!


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   Posted 1/8/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   


I started Copax back in November, and the red spot goes away
but I have never adapted to the "Wasp Sting".

I have been told by many to use cocoa butter or aloe butter.
But since I am a guy, I just never tried it.

Great start.


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   Posted 1/9/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I took my 5th shot last  night. the sting is there for about 10 minutes but the reaction goes away for me. Let's see....the only place I bruised a bit is my hip. My thighs left no redness at all. Neither did my arms. One thing I believe that helps with this which the nurse confirmed for me is applying HEAT (NOT ICE) to the area of injection prior to doing the shot. I have been applying heat with a heating pad for about 5 minutes before hand.. But also, I want to try cocoa butter after to make sure I dont scar...So far, no redness or spots leftover. Hope it stays that way!

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   Posted 1/16/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go!!!!!!!  I hear ya on the dreaded thighs, id rather have 5 shots in my stomach than do my thighs lol.  I tried ice before and after, warm before ice after, ice before warm after, it didnt really make a difference in my reaction.  except using cold made the "burn" last longer, so now i dont do either.  well thats my story, im just glad your becoming a pro at giving them yourself, keep up the good work.
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