My ass is hot! No really, it's wide but HOT! I've just done my 5th Copaxone injection, this one in my hip, and it's making my WHOLE ASS BURN. Is this for real? Have I accidentally sat on the iron again? No. Did I mistake the stove top for the desk chair? No silly, they don't make stoves out of leather. It must be that vial of evil I just shoved into my ample layers of subcutaneous fat. So far, I have had around 20 minutes of intense sting with each shot. Lumps in a variety of shapes, sizes, and firmnesses. The sites are sore for DAYS after. What the HELL?!
Listen, I am not chicken shit about needles. I have a lot of tattoos for Pete's sake (including on the ribs and feet, which some think are the most painful spots), and hardly flinched through a year and a half of Avonex injections. I can start an IV on myself with one hand, and would trust my husband to suture me if I ever needed it. So what am I doing wrong here? The alcohol is totally evaporated. I've tried compression, heat packs, and ice packs. I am not rubbing or scratching. And while I have limited square footage that doesn't have a scar, freckle, mole, tattoo, stretch mark, mosquito bite, or booboo nearby; I've managed to steer clear of all those things so far. I am still screwing this up somehow? The hubs thinks I'll get used to it after a while (he said, "I'm sure you won't notice it after a year or two. Then you can be in charge of all the wasps nests in the yard!"), but I find that VERY hard to believe.
At the same time, I'm freezing. Again.
I've always been one of those people who's always cold. My average temp is like, 97F. We live in sunny Florida, so when the DH turns the air lower and lower, I stack the fleece blankies higher and higher. When I lived up north with my folks for a winter, I shivered off 25 lbs. in one cold season. I got a mild case of frostbite as a kid and never seemed to warm up again. Until Avonex.
At first I would just be hot for a day or two post Avonex injection. For the last year however, I have been schvitzing hot ALL the time. Like, sweating bullets in the scan rooms at the hospital that have to be kept at 65F or lower so the machines don't overheat, kind of hot. I had a hysterectomy this year, but I kept my ovaries so it's not early menopause. I was pregnant during the 4 months of wildfires in '98 that rained ashes down on us, and even then I was not this hot. But I'm happy to report that after 4 weeks OFF Avonex, I'm not hot anymore! I've never heard anything about Avonex being related to increased body temp but I guess it makes sense for an interferon to have that effect. So I'm sitting here with a burning ass and frozen fingers, but altogether I'm happier and feel better than before. Maybe the Avonex was affecting my mood too.