Okay, I'll go first. I admit it, I do not rotate injection sites like I should. I actually rotate them very little.
This is not good. I know that I would be better off if I rotated sites between the "approved" territories on the body for injecting my subcutaneous medication (Copaxone). These sites are:
- Backs of both arms
- Upper quadrants of hips/buttocks
I find myself sticking with the hips and upper buttocks area for many reasons: 1) this area is easier for me to reach; 2) this is the fleshiest area on my body, giving me plenty of room for that needle to go in without hitting muscle (I have nicked muscle before and had a pretty bad reaction with swelling, redness and bruising); 3) I already have lipoatrophy on my upper thighs and a little in my stomach/abdomen area that bothers me and I don't want it to get worse (I don't really care how bad it gets on my hips, as that is not an area that I have to look at); and †4) injecting into the other areas just really hurts.
I would probably be better off if I used an autoinjector, but I am not a fan of that device - although some of you love yours. (Read more: Do You Like Your Autoinjector?)
I can say that in a moment of honesty with my neurologist, I did share the fact that I did not rotate injection sites for all of the reasons above. He said, "Yeah. That's pretty common."
So, I am asking to hear from you, the real people with MS - not the smiling people in the MS drug educational videos who seem to enjoy injecting themselves in all of the places on their bodies - to give us all some feedback.
Where do you inject your meds? Why do you inject here? Do you rotate injection sites as instructed or do you have your own strategy? What else can you share about injection site rotation or location that can help some of us who may be looking for some real-life guidance? Leave your tips and experience in the comment section below and know that you are helping someone, somewhere by telling your story.