To say that copaxone is not that bad, is a relative thing. My husband seemed to be allergic to it, after about 8 months, he had the chest reaction, followed by shivers and then hives more and more often. Maybe it's because he lost so much weight while on it, that it was very hard to find fat to inject into. Anyhow he quit Crabs altogether in 2004, since he was progressing on them anyhow, and he felt much better for stopping and gained weight, which he needed.
I would also like to remind people of the Cochrane report which found copax to be useless long term, as all the current therapies seem to be. You are probably better off on a diet (Best Bet, Swank, Palaeolithic), while continuing to do exercises as long as possible.