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   Posted 2/4/2007 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  ve been on Compaxone since January 2, 2007 and have had daily injection site reactions. On my Copaxone injection site areas cheat sheet, it says that I NEED to rotate daily. I tried my arm once and it hurt for 3 days! I haven't done it since. I typically do my stomach, hips and thigh areas. Also the chart shows that I can do the front of my thighs, so why not the back? Well I decided to get creative and take the injection in the back of the thigh. I still had swelling, itching and burning, but nothing more than usual. It even hurt less. I can't be the only one getting creative am I?

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   Posted 2/4/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
All of the instructions for all of the meds say you "need to rotate sites".  But the reality is -- it's better that you inject somewhere than not inject at all...and so long as you're careful to not inject where your skin might be irritated, or swollen, or exactly where you injected'll be fine.  I primarily inject in my belly, but sometimes in my thighs -- both front, back and sides. And like you, have nothing more than the usual mild irritation at the injection site.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 2/4/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MSblessed,
   Welcome to the forum!  As you've found out some sites hurt more than others, but don't be afraid to move around a bit, the areas of injections are a lot larger than what the diagrams appear.  For the arms, the back of the arm hurts but the side may not be as bad, might give that a try!  Good luck and glad you are doing well on the med.
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   Posted 2/5/2007 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so very much for your responses! I KNEW I wasn't the only one out there!! I figured if there's fat there, that should be an option. Anything to keep this going. I don't want to quit something that has been proven to be beneficial to so many people. I thank you again and will keep you updated on the progress and if I can find some new less painfull areas to inject. When you have to do it daily, it's amazing what you think of! tongue

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   Posted 2/6/2007 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay people...give it to me straight. Those of you who do the belly area....does it really hurt less?? I have only done my thighs so far and feel it's probably time to think about rotating soon. The thought of the tummy, though, freaks me out!

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   Posted 2/6/2007 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   

For me the belly is the best area by far.  Once in a while it hurts, but ususally I don't feel much.  It helps that I have an ample belly :-)   who knew it would come in handy

As far as the areas on the diagrams we are given.. I've asked my nurse about other spots and she told me that not all areas of the body are options because of differences in absorption.  Some sites are better, some may not be good at all.....

It would probably be good to ask before picking out new places not on the diagram.  I wanted to do my inner thigh instead of outer, and she said not to.




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   Posted 2/6/2007 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I did the belly in the begining and found that is was the worse for me so no tummy shots for me even though I have PLENTY in that area LOL.
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