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injection question

Postby sunshine12 » Sat Jul 17, 2004 10:35 am

hello, i have been doing the injections for 4 weeks now, my main problem right now is that my hand is numb and i cant feel a thing, so my father gives me my shots since i couldnt coordinate my hand to give myself shot, so i get the injections in my arm, here is my question, do i really need to switch arms each week? i have found that when i get the injection in my left arm the side affects are less, and would like to just inject in this arm all the time. does anyone know if that is a problem?
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Postby wilson » Sat Jul 17, 2004 12:30 pm

I am assuming you are using Avenox. If so, I believe the choice area is actually in your leg. I would think this area would be less painful and easier to do rather than the arm. The leg also has larger muscle groups.

I alternate right and left leg every other week as directed. I would think this would be true if you give yourself injections in other places.

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Postby sunshine12 » Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:46 pm

well the leg is usually done when you are self injecting since you really cant get a good angle on arm, but someone else injects me so the arm is rather easy, and there is no pain involved what so ever, i dont even feel the needle go in. i was afraid that switching was gonna be the popular choice. thank you for taking the time to respond, i appreciate it.
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Postby LindaR » Tue Nov 16, 2004 8:09 am

I have been taking Avonex injections since March of 2004. My boyfriend gives me the shot and I take it in the leg. Something about the arm scares me to much especially because of the size of the needle. I use Emla cream first and never feel the needle.
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Postby jasonc » Thu Nov 18, 2004 5:09 am

Sunshine 12 I think its critical to keep alternating arms. Sometimes people have numbness in a leg so they keep injecting in that leg as it is less painful but this is strongly discouraged. You must keep alternating to avoid site reactions (which might only crop up after a while). Good luck!
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