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Old 10-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Pain with injecting Rebif shots??

I am having burning pain when I inject my Rebif shots in my body. My doctor wants me to try some numbing cream first to see if that takes away the pain and if that doesn't she said we may have to consider switching treatments. Does anyone else have this kind of pain? Sticking the needle in is not the problem, but it's when I inject the solution that it burns like I'm getting stung by a bee. I don't store my shots in the fridge, so it shouldn't be that the solution is too cold. The nurse suggested that I use the auto-injector again. I've been doing that for a few months and it still burns every time. Any ideas or thoughts are appreciated!

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:01 AM   #2
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Re: Pain with injecting Rebif shots??

Hello The Happy One. Rebif burns. There is no two ways about it. I just did 6 years of Rebif injections and only a few of them did NOT burn....the Interferon, when it is injected, burns. They had a new "no burn" formula which was supposed to be released at least 3 times over the past two years and it never got approved. Just so you know, Avonex and BetaSeron have the same burn involved.

What can you do? Are you icing the area with an ice pack before hand for a minute? If so, and thats not helping, try using a heated pad. I used to alternate, ice packs and a warm washcloth which I would put in the microwave for 30 seconds- the heat sometimes relaxes the skin so its not so bad. Also, the burn you describe, is it going away as soon as you massage it? If so, thats normal....and, you probably shouldnt think about changing meds if its only a 30 second burn. Its probably working for you. The alternative, Copaxone, is going to give you some pretty severe site injection marks, so think this through before you give up.

I used to use Arnica Gel, which is available in any health food store, to massage with as soon as I injected. Arnica, made from a root, is an all natural gel which helps to ease the redness and prevent bruising. It seemed to help. IT has the slip of Aloe Gel, which makes it easy to massage in the injection- and no smell or stain. You can put your clothes on top of it immediately.

I hope this helps. After 6 years of Rebif, it finally stopped working for me and I have moved on, but its only been 8 weeks since I was injecting, and belive me, not having to do THAT anymore, has made me a very happy camper!
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Pain with injecting Rebif shots??

Hi Happy One. I have been on rebif for 3.5 mos now and the sting is the worst part for me. Its stings while the "juice" is going in and then afterwards until i massage it and it then goes right away. The MS lifelines nurse told me to massage for an entire 2 mins after injecting. The sting is always gone way before the 2 mins is up. When i notice that the sting is a little worse than other times, i massage longer.

I have read on here before that Arnica gel helps (thanks MS Nik!) and i just bought some last week. I have been putting a small amount of it on all injection areas each time i inject and already i think it really is helping a little. Maybe its psychological but whatever - i think its helping I bought it in target and it was less than $5. I haven't looked yeto to see if there is a better one in a health food store.

Hey maybe if it didnt sting so bad, then the needle going in would still be the worst part??

Good luck.

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