Growth Hormone Injections Four Weeks In
In December 2015, I was started on Growth hormone injections for Human Growth Hormone Deficiency. I was sent a starter kit in that was home delivered. This included an injecting pen, needles, information booklets, a sharps bin and of course the medication Omnitrope.
I had a specialist Endocrine Nurse come out to see me at the start of December to show me how to inject myself and start me off on the medication. When starting Growth Hormone medication you start on the lowest dose and then after a month or so move up to the next dose. I was started on 0.2mg but will need to go up to 0.4 and so forth.
The nurse appeared to be a know it all. He listed off some symptoms patients with my illness usually have and told me they will disappear and I’ll be feeling better soon. I wasn’t quite so sure. After all, I have more than one condition. The Nurse said in two weeks I’d be a changed person, however, everything I’ve read seems to indicate improvements in symptoms can take several months.
Here is a video about me starting my injections:
I was eager to start my injections as I’ve been growth hormone-deficient for a long time, maybe many many years and I was keen to see some kind of change. The first few days were different. I had serious bone pain like nothing I’d had before. my shins hurt like when you get shin splints. My knees and my thigh bones hurt and I was in real pain. This only lasted about 4 days and then the pain went away. I assume it was my body getting used to something that has been missing for so long.
I then noticed a change in my mornings. For the past few years, I’ve struggled to get up in the morning. Not only do I feel really rubbish, headachy and dizzy until my adrenal steroids have kicked in on a morning, I also feel weakly fatigued and exhausted. Slowly over the first two weeks, I started to feel a slight change. It was nothing big but I found myself able to get up a little easier each morning. I still had other symptoms but I did feel a little more refreshed as I awoke, something I’ve not felt in years.
After four weeks, my energy levels had improved. I am still unwell and exhausted. I still need naps and feel weak but not quite as much as I did before. I am still very brain fogged and need to sleep a lot but there is a difference. it is not as bad as before and I find I can last an extra 10 minutes or so more doing things than I used to.
My Nurse rang after one month to ask me how things are going. I told him, there is a slight change but it’s not significant enough to make me feel well or anything like that. I was then told, it may be like this until I get onto the right dose. However, I can’t change my dose until I see the Endocrinologist who is supervising the treatment.
I’m now used to taking my injection each day. I could inject my stomach easily but I didn’t like injecting my leg but now I’m used to it. I’m hoping that things may improve in another month and once my dose is increased. There is some difference but it is still such a small change I cant say it’s changing my life yet.
So, until my next appointment, I will keep injecting and hope for greater improvement. I hope to see a big change in my muscle pain and weakness. I hope to strengthen my muscles and bones and to lift this fog which makes it so difficult to do simple tasks such as write.
It can take me three times as long to write something like this blog post than it would if i were not unwell and that frustrates me at times. I hope to eventually get a clear mind and be able to do things without the fog and concentration problems.
So that is my update and my experience of the first month. I hope things improve some more. I shall report again in another month.
Here is a video of me taking my injection:
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!
I’s good to hear that your energy levels have improved. Good luck. I hope everything works well for you.
Thanks. I’m pleased with the small changes. I’ve also not used the wheelchair on every single journey which is amazing. This could changes though as my health fluctuates. Hopefully things are going uphill from here.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
Oh wow, thank you for the update. Can’t wait to hear your results next month.
Your welcome. It’s something I hope to write about each month as my journey to better health continues.
Eve Redmond says
So glad you’ve got them and i hope you start to see a difference soon!
Thanks Eve. I’m hoping to see a good difference too!
tara pittman says
A shot every day would be hard to do for me. I would do it though if it helped me.
I’m now used to it and although I was scared at first it does not hurt and i cant even feel it. Thank goodness.
Sylvia Jules Kal says
I hope yo do feel well better soonest. Glad you have a bit more energy now. Good luck!
Thanks Sylvia. It’s great noticing the small changes as they occur and I hope it keeps on changing.
Mardene Carr says
Ouch…all the best to you. I am a chicken when it comes to needles. Very brave
Thanks. I was a chicken but I had to be brave and now it’s easy as pie.
Miranda (Anosa) says
Hope all works out well for your, I can not do injections it’s one of my biggest fears but hope all works out well for you.
Thanks Miranda. Luckily the needles are fine. I hate needles and injections too but over the past two years I;ve had so many it’s become quite a normal thing.
Ana De- Jesus says
Glad to hear that there is a slight improvement even if it is not a big change at least it is helping you. Your such an inspiration I really feel strength when I read your posts because no matter what you have been through you always remain positive but unfailingly honest.
Thanks Ana. I try to be positive through it all. I have had a day where i’ve cried and been upset though and days where i feel grumpy but I do like to be honest and try to be strong through it all. my motivation is my daughter.
So impressed that you can give yourself and injection. I think I would be out for that part.
Thanks. I did injections once before when i was doing fertility treatment and ovulation stimulation to have my daughter and during pregnancy diabetes when i had to go on insulin..i got used to that but it was 7 years ago. This is really very similar and now im used to it after a month.
I wish you all the best with your treatment. I too do needles, two, each night so I understand your process. Namaste
Thanks Claudette. 🙂
i’m hopeful that you will see more improvement and soon
Thankyou Michelle 🙂
Elizabeth O. says
I’ve never tried anything like this before. I hope all goes well with your treatment!
Thanks. It’s not a common illness and treatment is hard to get so I’m really pleased i was approved for this!
Lexie Lane says
Tis is amazing, I didn’t know this before. I’m so glad that it has changes to you.
Thanks so much. The changes are small but good.
Edwin Lao says
Good for you everything is getting improvements, little by little just keep it up, no worries. Just bury in mind It can be treated just be patient and everything will be fine.
Thanks Edwin. I’ll keep being patient and things will get better.
Rachel Mouton says
Thank you for sharing your story.
Your welcome. I’ll keep on sharing as i know it can help others
Liz Mays says
It’s so great that you’re beginning to see some positive changes. I hope that this continues and only gets better and better.
Thanks so much. Life is going to improve for me in 2016
Nicole Escat says
Wow, I’m so glad that it has a improvement, that’s good news. I’d like to spread this. Keep positive 🙂
Thanks Nicole, It’s something that may help others going through the same amount in the future. Please do share and spread this to help others.
Dhemz Apdian - Dias says
I wish you well and looking forward to your next update. Thanks for sharing this to us.
Thanks so much. I’m looking forward to the improvements too! 🙂
Shaylee @ Data Nerds says
Sorry to hear you have to give yourself injections 🙁 You’re very brave though I think I would have to make someone else do it for me! Hopefully this starts to help you feel better soon!
I am use to it after 4 weeks and it’s not too bad anymore.
Lisa Bristol says
I am happy to hear you are having some improvement. I hope you will be able to see your Doctor soon so you can start increasing your dosage.. I look forward to your next update.
Thanks so much. The improvements have helped and I’m looking forward to some more.
You are a very strong person Angela and a great inspiration. I have been taking care of patients with chronic illnesses and so much younger than you are and I hope that they have the same strength that you have.
Thanks Tisha. I have become strong and have been through a lot and hopefully through sharing my experiences and staying positive I can help others in similar situations.
stay strong and keep rocking on I hope that you continue to keep getting well
Thanks. i’m looking forward to better health
Awwww glad things are looking up!!! Biofuel you continue to have great success 🙂
Teresa Bowen says
Small improvements are still improvements, let’s hope they are cumulative. I will be looking out for your next update and hoping it is positive news.
Thanks..it’s true..small steps lead to big changes.
Happy to hear that you are starting to feel some improvement. I hope that you continue to gain your strength and restore your energy.
I hope these will make you feel better month by month. Good to hear that you gain your energy. Many more to come. Good luck
Thanks so much. me too!