Okay all you Copaxone pros. I've been on Copaxone for just over a week now and the injections are no problem. I was on Rebif for seven months prior to starting Copaxone. I'm injecting manually. I rotate sites, but within about a minute of completing the injection it starts to really hurt. I'm not a wimp either I have a fairly high pain tolerance. I've been through natural childbirth and have tolerated other painful procedures well and have been told several times that I must have a high pain tolerance. Rebif was not a problem for me it did sting a little if injected too quickly, but I never needed an ice pack or anything. However, with Copaxone I can hardly carry on a conversation for about 20 to 30 minutes after I take it. The pain continues to be pretty bad for about an hour and then starts to subside during the second hour. The next day I'm just sore. I use a heat pack. I've tried cold, but that makes it so much worse. Any suggestions? Does it ever get better? I think my doctor is going to eventually put me on Tysabri because she doesn't think Copaxone will be strong enough to work for me as I have had MS for a long time and went undiagnosed and without treatment for most of that time.
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