Hey Rory, I want you to post after you've used the pen. I'd like to know what you think! It just doesn't get any easier than this......except for a PILL, but I'm staying on Avonex. I no longer dread "shot day" as I've done for the past 15 years.
Hey Ed, Sorry it's taken me such a long time to get back on the MS board and "talk" to other people with this goofy disease we all seem to share. And, as long as it's been, I may have already replied to you, and I've just forgotten. Thank you, MS and NOT the Aging Process.......right?
I'm still on Avonex, have started the injecting with the new Avonex Pen, and after 15 years, I'm finally FREE of having to depend on someone else to inject me weekly. Yes, I was a chicken and never could stab that needle in my leg!!! The Avonex Pen is TOTALLY PAINLESS and I'm thrilled with it!!! Onward and upward!!!
I'm assuming you're still in Houston? Henderson is 30 miles from the Tyler, Longview, and Carthage areas and a 15-minute drive away from Kilgore. I've been in Henderson most of my life (13,000 people) and know most everyone, so it would be interesting to know who YOU might know from Henderson. It's a small world, right?
Are you injecting Avonex also, or Betaseron, or what? I don't plan to change anything with meds. I believe in the old saying, "Why fix it, if it ain't broke???"
Hope to hear from you again, so keep in touch. I gotta get caught up with my "old" friends on this board from years past and it's gonna take me a while. I see Dave, The Swampster, is still on the board.
Several months ago, I posted about using the newly FDA approved Avonex Pen and had a reply or two to it, and I'm following up to find out if anyone else has tried it.
The Avonex Pen has been a miracle for me since I started injecting with it. Yes, I still have all the weird things that accompany MS (mine is relapsing/remitting) but the best part of ALL is that I no longer have to depend on anyone to inject me weekly.
The pen injects instantly WITHOUT any kind of pain whatsoever. I still experience some muscle tightness and chills afterwards but just take two more Advils and go to bed and sleep off the effects.
I'm totally HAPPY with the Avonex Pen. Just hate that it took Biogen-Idec 15 years to get it on the market!!! GRRRRR!
I agree with everyone's posts back to you. It's time for you to find another neurologist........the sooner, the better........and one that will get you on a MS medication ASAP. What's he waiting for??? Your current neuro sounds INCOMPETENT to me!!!View Thread
Well, Dave, I just got blown away by Eva Cassity's voice and her music as I listened to her a few minutes ago. Such talent and such sorrow that she lost her life to melanoma. Thank you for sharing her with us.View Thread
Hi Kim ~ I started using Avonex back in 1997 when it was first FDA approved. Back then, my nurse had to MIX with the diluent then inject, then the prefilled syringes became available and made things somewhat easier. The Avonex pens are the GREATEST!!! Easy to load and inject, and NO needle pain whatsoever. The "effects" of Avonex are still there (after 16 years) but tolerable for a few hours. Now I can just inject before bedtime, take some Advil, and go to bed and hopefully, SLEEP thru the bad effects. I'm actually looking FORWARD to giving myself another injection next week!!! The Avonex pens are truly wonderful!!!View Thread
Today was a MONUMENTAL day! For the first time in 16 years, I was able to give my own Avonex injection......thanks to the wonderful Avonex pens that have been developed/released recently. I had a fantastic nurse who walked me thru the steps, took a deep breath, then pushed the pen's plunger, waited 10 seconds, and it was all with so quickly. I NEVER felt the needle!!! What a wonderful feeling NOT to have to depend on someone else to give me a weekly shot simply because I've always been too chicken to give my own.
Just wanted to share my good news with others who are contemplating using the Avonex pen. I can't say enough good things about its development.
Hope everyone is surviving this year's heatwave and staying cool. Enjoy the upcoming weekend!!!
I know IZ's music well as I got hooked on listening, once I heard his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow years ago!!! After listening to one of his CDs four or five times, I began to sing along with him, even though I had NO IDEA what he was saying/singing. LOVE his ukelele and his soft voice. Sadly, he died a few years ago and took his style of music with him. I'll check out Eva Cassidy once I get a few free minutes.View Thread
I finally got back on this forum and saw your reply/questions for my post on the thread about where we live. Sorry it took me SIX MONTHS to reply. I'll try to pop in more often. I used to be a "regular" on this board and was known as "fire-and-rain" until the moderators or the "powers that be" changed up everything and confused me and I'm now posting as Farside_Fan.
It's always nice to meet another TEXAN!!! Thanks for your reply from a while back.