I've recently started on Pegasys (my third injection will be on the 9th March) and I was wondering if anyone would like to share their experiences of injecting interferon?
On the 14th February my platelets were at 674 and by 28th February (after 9 days with no medication and one injection of 90mcg of Pegasys) they were at 1548! Because of this my dose was immediately increased to 135mcg and I am due another blood test and review on 14th March.
So far, I have injected into my stomach but, because I now have two pink patches on my stomach, I am wondering if I should try injecting into my thigh this time.
What do others find easiest to do?
Is there any difference in how quickly the injection site recovers?
Side effects are, so far, quite grim, I've been feeling, looking and sounding pretty ill. In particular I've been finding that I get very very cold (and clammy), even with the heating on and with a blanket wrapped around me. I am also getting tired very quickly and have really struggled to work because of chills, fatigue and an inability to think as clearly as I usually do.
If anyone has experienced side effects with Pagasys, I am wondering if they have settled into any sort of pattern, along the lines of, it's 5 days since my injection so I can anticipate feeling pretty reasonable?
Any tips and guidance, either about injecting, or about side effects, would be very welcome because most of the information I can find seems to relate to hepatitis (in combination with ribavirin) and so I don't know to what extent they apply to me.