I continue to have injection site issue they say I should not have. I am doing great on the Beta. The side effects are minimal and the injection itself is nothing. Most of the time it is totally painless.
The injection sites are weird. They turn red and the area grows to about a softball size sometimes. They sometimes bruise.
When I give a new injection the other injection sites start to itch. Weird.
I am supposed to be seeing a Beta nurse here soon.
I am in the process of switching to Beta due to similar reactions from Rebif. My Beta nurse said that the initial pain at the injection site will most likely be reduced because there is no preservative in Beta like there is in Rebif.
But the reactions you describe are actually a reaction to the interferon and most likely I will have the same probs with Beta. It is a good reaction apparently which seems wierd. She said that is means it is working its magic but I don't understand exactly what that means.
It sounds like you are having the same reactions the nurse is talking about. Make sure you work with the nurse as they have great ideas.
One thing they told me to do was to put antihistimene(sp?) rub on the site after the injection. For me this made the itching worse with my Rebif.
It is possible that you may need to switch to another med. I know I am not ready to inject daily with Copaxone :(
You say "how can you mess this up" but I did at first, I hadn't listened properly when the injection procedure was demonstrated to me and I wasn't massaging the site after the injection, according to the nurse this could have meant that the drug was just "sitting under my skin".
I must admit that massaging hasn't made much difference. My MS nurse seems more concerned about the reactions than I am. After reading this forum I am aware that quite a lot of people have this sort of reaction.
That is weird about other injection areas itching when you give yourself a new injection.
I am also very fair skinned, I wonder if this does have anything to do with it?
Like you though I am tolerating the Beta well and the injections are almost pain free, I am going to stay on it.
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