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Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Digest Number 266

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  • 2byteme@bellsouth.net
    Dear Gina: The needle will probably always be there, and you will either learn to ignore it, or it will become less uncomfortable. If you could focus on
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 25, 2000
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      Dear Gina:
      The needle will probably always be there, and you will either learn
      to ignore it, or it will become less uncomfortable. If you could focus
      on something else when getting the shot, it will relieve some of the
      tenseness in your muscles and skin, which will allow the shots to be
      less irritating. If "slower" works, great, but, by body
      absorbtion/irritation, there really is no change.
      If you have not tried Wellbutrin, aka Zyban, it might help in
      conjunction with the inhaler, and problems from the smoking withdrawal.
      You may need a maximum dose, but, maybe several items at the same time
      will be to your benefit.
      As far as the eating goes, this may not get much better. Most people
      lose their appetite, or, can only eat small amounts when they sit down.
      This is NOT the time to try to lose weight, even though you will. You
      may want to try either increasing the number of times you eat a day, and
      smaller portions, or use some type of supplement instead of eating. You
      need the vitamins, minerals, protein etc., so your body does not become
      vulnerable to other problems. Do whatever it takes to try and either
      maintain your weight, or try to shoot for no more than 1 lb a week.
      You should take 1-2 ibuprofens, or regular tylenol just before you
      lie down to sleep. The onset of problems usually occurs between 3-6
      hours after the injection, and if you "premedicate", most are able to
      avoid many of the problems when they sleep. Also, with the patch, where
      is the most irritation. If it is the adhesive, you can cut around the
      medication, and use something else to secure it. That might cut some of
      the problem. You could also try something like benadryl cream applied to
      the area 1-2 hours before you place the patch. It might help to get rid
      of some localized problems without taking away from the medication.
      I know it is difficult, but, try to stay as positive as possible,
      under the circumstances. At least you have all of us to share these
      things with. Marty
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