Who injects themselves?

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Do you inject yourself?

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Who injects themselves?

Postby jasonc » Thu Nov 25, 2004 3:54 am

Im wondering whether you guys inject yourselves or get someone else to inject you.
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Postby jasonc » Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:48 pm

btw this is just for Avonex
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Postby LindaR » Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:16 pm

My boyfriend injects me in my thighs, alternating each week.
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Postby CBRoberts » Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:15 pm

I've "shot" myself every dose but the first. I had an RN friend do that one for me. I'm not a veteran yet though. My sixth dose is due on Sunday.
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Postby MOMTO3 » Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:55 pm

my father does my injections for me, as i have problems with numbness and not being able to feel my hands.
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Postby looneybin94 » Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:19 am

My husband is a nurse and does my injections. We alternate between thighs and upper arms. I did it myself twice just to see if i could do it if I had to. I am in my 10th month on Avonex. Renee :D
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Postby 4WheelGirl » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:39 pm

My husband injects me with Avonex once a week. It is mentally painful for me to do it. He will only do it if I allow him to "give me a shot on my butt cheeks :oops: He once gave me a shot in the arm and was convinced he hit the bone. He and I both heard and felt what sounded and felt like the needle striking the bone in my arm. That freaked him out so bad, that he will only inject my buttocks. But thats okay with me because my butt is big enough so I don't feel the pain of it. :D I only alternate the cheeks..I have had no problems with this
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Postby weedenise » Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:23 am

I give myself the shot every Friday night. Top of the thigh - different leg every week and I iagine a clock face - one week I do it at the 12 oclock position on one leg, then the same on the opposite leg the following week, then back to the first leg at the 3 o'clock postion and so on.

No bruising or pain (so far - only 7 weeks into it).

Hubby has offered to do it but I think I prefer to do it myself - dont ask me why!

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Postby sh8un » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:09 pm

I am an RN but I get my fiance to do it for me. It was fun the first few times but then I decided that having to stick myself with the needle was the worst part of this whole mess. I no longer feel bad for my patients though. I think I am pretty good at injections. :P
I use smaller needles than the one that comes in the package and get my fiance to do it in my arm. I use the 3/4 inch :lol: but my arms are pretty small. That way he won't hit anything that may make him not want to do it anymore. I use the needles in the package for my thighs. They are pretty big :oops: I just had my shot tonight and the muscle ache is starting right on time ~6 hrs after the injection.
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Postby Tiramisu » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:30 am

Been a DIabetic for 23 years, I believe I have a lot of practice and really didnt think anything of it, but I can feel for those who have not had to take a regular shot.
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Postby Perenics » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:03 pm

I hate it, but I do it.

I inject myself. 394 times so far. I'm convinced this stuff is the only reason I can still walk.

Tried copaxone for awhile. It burns and made my muscles twitch involuntarily. df

Had one of those post injection reactions which the copaxone folks say they don't know what the cause is.

I figure if they don't know what causes 15 minutes of hyperventilating and erratic heart beat then I'm out of here.

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wife pokes me now

Postby batpere » Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:58 pm

I'm up to 436 and still counting (and walking unaided). Multiply that times even the wholesale cost of Avonex - ouch! Over $100,000 if my math's right. Glad I'm only paying a small copay.

After about 5 years of doing it myself, I became needle shy. I kept hitting nerves (in my legs) every 2 or 3 weeks - very painful and reflexes would jerk the needle out and I would have to start over. It became extremely difficult to poke myself. But it still took a month before I finally allowed my wife to do it. Now it's over quickly and is usually pain-free - sometimes my leg does twitch or jerk if she comes close to a nerve ending. But no more long, drawn-out traumatic sessions anymore.
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