Massaging injection sites after an injection of one of the disease-modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis (MS) can really help reduce irritation in these areas. However, it is extremely important to pay attention to the rules of WHEN is the best time to massage your injection sites, which depends on which medication you are taking.
If you are injecting Copaxone, it is important that you NOT massage the injection site for at least 24 hours after the injection. Massaging the site right after injecting could cause destruction of the fat right under the skin, leading tolipoatrophy.
However, one of the most common side effects of Copaxone is hard, red lumps at injection sites, which typically appear 24 to 36 hours after the injection is given. Vigorously massaging these lumps (as long as you wait more than 24 hours after the injection was given) can help reduce the irritation and make them go away faster. Some people apply heat to the lumps, then massage them. I have even gotten a professional massage and asked the therapist to concentrate on any lumps she found.
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I acquired a problem 10 days after injection, hot red lump of soreness. 7 days previous to that I began a new prescription which it turns out, I was allergic to. Then I was switched to new meds, but after 2 weeks still am very sore. Used icepack and massage for over a week but hasn't seemed to help. Should I try heat?