Thanks for your responses! I have done 4 injections now and it has definitely gotten better since the first time. I'll try the icepack beforehand for tonight's injection - upper arm.
I haven't felt the medicine as intensely as I did the first time. I think it has to do with getting used to it and also with being so tense. If anyone comes to this thread that is getting started, I would say to do your best to RELAX the first time. It's so much easier! Also, Diane, I'm with you in that my injection sites have been different each time...sometimes sore, sometimes not.
cranberry, how long have you been on betaseron? when you did your training with the nurse, did she teach you to use the BetaJect and then you did the hand injection on your own the first time? I'm nervous about trying to do it without the BetaJect for fear of not injecting at the right angle/speed.
Oh, the other good thing is that the last 2 times I haven't had any side effects that I know of! I take 2 ibuprofen before my shot and do it around 7-8pm...go to bed around 11 and haven't felt anything so far. On Friday I even went out to a wine tasting and hung out at the beach until midnight after doing my shot at 6pm. No problems at all