Hi, I’ve been using Avonex since July 2012. I was scared to death of the thought of injecting myself at first! But it’s now just part of my Wednesday routine. Most of the time the injection is painless and even when it isn’t it’s only a stinging sensation. Nothing terrible!! A diabetic nurse who I work with told me to make sure I stick to the midline of the thigh and outwards. Avoid the soft part of the thigh. Don’t take any notice of the diagram that comes with the starter pack, the injection area is much smaller.
The last time I saw my MS nurse she told me that trials have just finished that proves that Avonex is just as effective being injected once a month and she thought that that fortnightly injections might be introduced in the near future. So hooray to that!!
To be honest, the actual injection is nothing, the flu side effects were pretty awful to start with but regular paracetamol mean that it’s not too bad now.