It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about my MS. I have been through enough to put you to sleep, so I’ll try to keep this short. Yeah right? I find that’s impossible to do for me, but I’ll give it a shot. I’m up for the challenge!
When I was first diagnosed with MS, I was put on Copaxone. It’s the only synthetic multiple sclerosis drug. It hurt like hell too! The most frustrating thing about this drug for me was how I reacted on it. I had to give myself a shot every day in specific areas on my body. It was a subcutaneous shot so it’s given just under the skin. Doesn’t sound too bad, but it was very frustrating with the ice packs and the lumps that would occur afterwards. I was told by both the nurse and my doctor not to give myself a shot in areas that was hardened or lumpy. I’d have to only give the shot in areas unaffected, but only the areas allowed by the drug. Well, after a few weeks of taking the shot, ALL areas were hardened with a big 2-1/2″ lump! So I’d have to skip the shot that day. I told my doctor this and I don’t think she believed me. She’d only write down that I’m inconsistent with taking my shots as I’d complain about them often. Who wouldn’t? If you had to give yourself a shot every day, you’d start feeling like a pin cushion too! So, eventually I got sick of not being able to take these dreadful shots due to my lumps. I started to “forget” to take them. I didn’t really have much of a choice as I was very limited on where I could give the shots anyhow. So, Now in North Carolina, I continued my attempts with Copaxone. They just weren’t getting any easier and my skin irritations were not letting up. Read more