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Problem during injection - sudden shooting burning pain

I've been on Avonex for just under 3 years now. I started on the pre-filled syringe, and was switched to the powdered form to see if it would help with the terrible flu-like side effects I get that haven't let up. (It didn't help, but that's not what this post is about.)

Tonight, I attempted to do my Avonex shot at a normal place on my right thigh. Jabbed the needle in, and when it ...
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PEGylated Interferon Beta-1a Phase III - anybody on this is

Hi all,
I completed a trail with Firategrast a while ago and all was looking good during the trail and afterwards until a few months ago (about 2 years after stopping the medication) when I had a relapse.

My neurologist has suggested that I'm eligible to join a trail for PEGylated Interferon, which he says is like Avonex but you only have to inject every two weeks.

Reading about some of the problems people have ...
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Injection Locations

Does anyone know where I can find a diagram of the acceptable locations for the avonex injection? i.e. a picture of someones thigh with a shaded area, for example.

I want to make sure I am 'rotating' sites, but I'm nervous about choosing a location that is not appropriate. Also, in what location is that nerve that I hear people talking about? I'd hate to hit a nerve!!
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I have been on Avonex for 8 years. I started with the powdered form, and had bad side effects. Then they switched us all to the pre-filled form and the side effects were horrible. Chills and shaking that rocked the pictures off the wall, headache, muscle cramps and worst of all - depression. I was approved to switch back to the powdered form, and the side effects are less. However, the depression continues. Sometimes it ...
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Good results from 10 year study

First Ten-Year Follow-Up Shows That Treatment With AVONEX® Leads To Long-Term Benefits In Early Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
Also Included In: Clinical Trials / Drug Trials; Pharma Industry / Biotech Industry
Article Date: 08 Sep 2009 - 1:00 PDT

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Starting Avonex, question

Hi All,

I'm about to start Avonex and have a question. This is a big deal for me and I don't want to take the first shot in front of a nurse, but in privacy with my wife. Will the nurse require that I take the first shot in her presence? I'm imagining they want to monitor that patients actually take the drug...

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Head Fogginess/MS Fatigue


I am just wondering if anyone has ever experienced extreme fatigue sydndromes I just came back from my neuro. I've been complaining about major fatigue for about a year now and I described to him about the strange fogginess in my head and that I could not lift up a piece of paper because of this. He is a wonderful doctor. He notates every single thing in his file that you say to him ...
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Sea-sickness/Motion sickness and MS

Does anyone have any problems with sea-sickness and their MS? I have never really had a problem with that, but I know that I do get car-sick if I am in the back seat or trying to read. I also have balance problems and slight issues with vertigo (both symptoms of my MS). It has been quite some time since I have been out on a boat in the middle of the ocean. The last ...
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First injection today : /

Hi everyone :) I'm newly diagnosed with MS and just did my first Avonex injection about 30 minutes ago. Was much easier than I had thought it would be.
It was only a 1/4 dose so I'm hoping initial reactions will be mild... guess I'll find out as the night goes on.

Anyway... just wanted to say hi.. and I'm glad there is a forum here for ...
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new to avonex


I started my avonex injection on monday night and as i was expecting got the shivers and sweats during the night. Today i feel awful, woke up and felt so weak and tired with pains in my legs. Just wondering is this normal when you start avonex??
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