been on Copaxone 2.5 years, but still bruising a lot and now have extensive lipoatrophy. Not a pretty sight
Copaxone nurse visited recently and was shocked at my legs.
She said I needed to increase needle depth.
I put it up to 7 for my leg, but I hit muscle, got a severe cramp that lasted half an hour, hopping around groaning.
6 seems to work on less fleshy areas, 7 I can get away with on stomach and upper thighs.
Is this the depth others are using?
Has the depth anythingn to do with lipoatrophy?
I think 6 is about right for me too Terry, but I had been using 4 or 5 for years up until the nurse saw all the lipatrophy recently.
I'd check with Copaxone if 4 is too shallow Dealing, because I have a feeling that it might have contributed to my "dents" and bruises.
I have started warming the area first, injecting, then putting a cooling pack on it, and then massaging the area the next day. There does seem to be less hard lumps but time will tell with the lipoatrphy.
I'm curious how you got the Copaxone nurse to visit. When I was on Betaseron I had one visit from the nurse. When I was switched to Copaxone I did not have a visit from anyone. It would be nice to at least get a call or something from them occasionally. Follow-up would be nice.
Lynda, that's very interesting about vit D - I'm a bit nervous about taking that amount of vit d, I take max 1,000 IU, and I'm even a bit worried about that. How do you monitor the level in your body?
Lori, I agree, I am having less lumps at 6/7 depending on the area. Lipoatrophy is definitely a side effect, typical or not. The nurse said it is a lot more common that they would have even thought 5 years ago. That's dreadful you've never got support on Copaxone, I'm shocked. It could be that we have better services here in Ireland. All I have to do is ring the Copaxone nurse whenever I need her and she visits in a couple of days, and they phone back and check on you afterwards etc. That's really bad that you don't have the same support.
Vitamin D has been in the news here LOTS this summer. An item on National Public Radio (NPR) on June 22, summed it up in understandable language: researchers now think people need much more D than previously thought. The US government will review the recommended amount in the next year or two. The expectation is that 4000 IU will be the new standard; the Cooper Institute in Dallas is already recommending that amount.I'm a bit nervous about taking that amount of vit d, I take max 1,000 IU, and I'm even a bit worried about that. How do you monitor the level in your body?
You would have to swallow a hundred of your capsules per day before you got into trouble with toxicity!
Read the forums here on Vitamin D (and Mega D; also in the insulin general discussion, I repeated a couple GOOD links).
A physician can order a blood test (25-hydroxyvitaminD) to monitor levels; here it costs $68.75, not a bad cost even if the patient pays it completely without insurance.
When I didn't have the allergy to Copaxone, I found I needed to change my depth all the time. My leg is very muscular so 6 was all I could do. I am a little overweight so 7-8 worked fine with my belly depending on where I injected. I had a tire, so 6-7 did just fine in my back. I had to do 4-5 in my arm since that was fairly thin. It all varies.
Lying on the cold bare ground.
Someone came and stepped on me.
That is why I'm cracked you see.
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