Hello to both of you and sorry we have had to meet here
Nobody wants MS and I wouldn't wish it for my worst enemy. I have been on Copaxone only since October 7th, so It has not taken it's full effect as of yet. They say it can take anywhere from 6-9 months to start working. I too was in your boat just a few months ago and I must say after reading all the hype about reactions/burning etc, I was scared out of my mind! I was actually thinking about it while reading this and today was my 53rd injection, which made me quite proud. I must say in all honesty that the burning isn't that intense, for me anyway. I think for a lot of people they just build it up so much that they will it to hurt. The one thing that bothers me most about the site reactions is the ITCHING that develops on day 2 and doesn't seem to subside for a few days. Other than that it has already become second nature with me. As for the autoject that thing scared the heck out of me and from day one I have been doing manual injections. I like it better because you have more control. I like that I can put the needle in quick, but the drugs in slow (which for me reduces the burning) I have read so many positive things as far as the Copaxone reducing the relapses in most cases, and I am determined to stick with it.
Doodlebug I'm not sure how it will help with the pain management, and I would imagine it will take the 6-9 months to know so. I would imagine that if it is pain from your MS and not something else that it could help, but can't really offer insight as I am a newbie at this too.
I wish both of you all the luck in the world with Copaxone
I am personally looking into the liberation treatment (CCSVI) which you can find a thread on this forum about.