Good evening Littlechina,
It's easier for me to cut and paste your original post and type in caps my response. I don't want to miss answering any of your questions, but didn't want you to think I'm yelling by typing in caps!
Thanks for sharing your experience. I'M GLAD I COULD HELP! ASK AWAY!
I have now done three days of shots with the Copaxone. GOOD FOR YOU!! I'M PROUD OF YOU!!
I too have a huge fear of needles so this has been a hurdle for me :) They tried to get me to do it the first time, but I had a huge panic attack in the office. SEEING THE NEEDLE AND DOING IT MYSELF WAS NOT AN OPTION SO I DIDN'T EVEN DO THE TRAINING UNTIL THE AUTOJECT ARRIVED!! IT TOOK about
3 DAYS FOR THEM TO SHIP IT AND ALL YOU NEED IS A RX FROM YOUR DOCTOR.
My husband has graciously agreed to do my shots until I am comfortable trying it myself (I have been doing his IV injections for his condition for the last 5 years...so I guess it evens out :)). So far it hasn't been too bad. I'M GLAD YOU HAVE A SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. MY HUBBY HAS BEEN A LITTLE SQUEEMISH A OUT THE WHOLE MS THING, SO I'VE TRIED TO DO THE INJECTIONS WHILE HE'S NOT AROUND. :-(
I hear ya on the fatigue. Sheesh. I'm wiped. I WORK 6 HOURS A DAY AS A SYSTEM TESTER AND AFTER WORK PICK UP MY DAUGHTER FROM SCHOOL, I COME HOME IMMEDIATELY AND TAKE A 3 HOUR NAP. I'M USUALLY READY FOR BED AROUND 11PM. I'M REALLY STRUGGLING WITH THE FATIGUE. I E-MAILED MY NEURO JUST TODAY AND ASKED about
I haven't had any injection site reactions so far, but I get a bit nauseated after the shot. And I'm lightheaded sometimes. Still, overall, it seems pretty tolerable. I TYPICALLY DO MY SHOT RIGHT BEFORE I GO TO BED, SO HAVE VERY LITTLE SIDE EFFECTS. JUST MY "LOVE LUMPS" AS I LOVINGLY CALL THEM.
Does it burn and ache for you when it goes in? Last night was the first time it didn't ache as it went in, but it did afterwards as usual. It lingers for about
10-15 minutes before it starts going away. YES, IT BURNS BUT ONLY FOR A BIT. I ICE IT RIGHT AFTER I DO THE INJECTION AND I'M NOT SURE WHICH ONE HURTS MORE. ICE SUCKS BUT HELPS WITH MY "LOVE LUMPS!"
No one offered us the option of the autoinjector, and I suppose I can ask for it, but I am a little hesitant. I have read that some people have trouble with them malfunctioning. Have you ever experienced that? RESEARCH SHARED SOLUTIONS. THEY ARE WONDERFUL AND THEY ARE A GREAT SOURCE OF SUPPORT. NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE AUTOJECT2. QUICK AND EASY!! ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A FEAR OF NEEDLES! TRY IT. IF IT DOESN'T WORK, THEN GO BACK TO THE MANUAL WAY. IT'S WORTH A TRY. LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES.
Where do you do your shots? I have stuck to my thighs so far, but am worried I will run out of space soon and need to rotate somewhere else for a while. I am really really hesitant of trying my tummy. Again, the needle thing (cringe) but also I don't know how that burny crampy feeling will feel in that area. Have you had any experience with that? GO FOR THE TUMMY!! JUST DO IT. IT HURTS WAYYYYYYYY LESS! I WAS CREEPED OUT WITH THE THOUGHT OF IT AT FIRST, BUT ONCE I DID IT, I WAS HOOKED. IT'S BY FAR THE BEST SPOT ON MY BODY. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. YOU WOULD THINK IT IT WOULD REALLY HURT. NOT EVEN CLOSE! MY THIGHS ARE WAYYYYY WORSE. TRY IT. IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE THIGHS YOUR TUMMY WILL BE A PIECE OF CAKE! TRUST ME! PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES. YOU'LL BE THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS.
Again, thanks for sharing and for letting me ask questions! It heartens me to hear that there are people out there doing okay on this drug! Good luck with everything and God Bless ya! :) GOD CONTINUES TO GIVE ME STRENGTH TO DO THESE DAILY SHOTS, AND HE'LL DO THE SAME FOR YOU. I'M REALLY HERE FOR YOU. IF YOU NEED ME FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT MY PERSONAL ACCOUNT AT GABIN98@AOL.COM. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER WITH 'HIS' HELP.