I started Glatiramer Acetate (Copaxone) injections last Friday. I had a nurse with me for the first one and I did my first one on my own today. The one with the nurse was a breeze (my stomach) and I barley felt it. I thought “oh this is going to be easy, no problem” and I had a tiny reaction for an hour after, but the actual shot itself wasn’t bad at all. The one today was really painful (on my thigh). I had a sore thigh most of the day and I won’t be surprised if I wake up with a bruise. I am trying to decide before my next injection if I should start self injecting instead of using the auto-injector.
Do people find they prefer to self inject? I used to give myself allergy shots in my arms in college, but for some reason this makes me a tiny bit more nervous. The nurse said only remove the air bubbles if I am self injecting and to go at a 45 degree angle. I am not sure how deep to put the needle into my skin. Are there any “how to” videos online like there are for the auto-injectors?
@emma_madamn_degrimes, I was looking at your last response to me and you mentioned that you preferred to self inject. Did you only do your thighs and stomach since they are the only ones you can reach self injecting? Or did you have someone help you with the other locations? How do you know how far to stick the needle in before injecting the medicine? Any additional help with this is appreciated.