My Cosentyx Hangover
Last updated: April 2023
As time goes by, I'm getting less and less nervous injecting! I never, ever thought that I would be saying this. But now, I look forward to my injection. I used to cry before each injection and feel stressed about it for days. It took me seven months to start injecting myself. My brother's girlfriend is a nurse, so she used to inject and support me through this.
My body reminds me to inject
My body knows when I'm due for my injection. Usually, for 2 to 3 days before my injection, my body tells me that it needs it. I am stiffer, have more pain and wow am I tired!
I always inject in the evening time, about 8pm. I do this because I feel a bit sick after my injection, so I prefer to sleep through that.
I wake up the next morning and I am exhausted. Each step I take feels like I have sandbags tied to my legs. I feel extremely weak for a day or two, like I could pass out at any time. Luckily, I never have (touches wood). I hate fainting, like I imagine everyone else does. I used to faint a lot in my teenage years.
I make sure to listen to my body and rest. My tummy may feel a bit off. When I feel like this, I don’t have much of an appetite. This doesn't happen every time. When it does, I never feel like having proper meals, I feel like I need to snack on sugary or salty foods throughout the day. At the moment, I am trying to have a healthier diet. But when I am feeling like this, I eat what my body wants and needs. After all, it's only for a day or two. I deserve a treat after my injection.
Usually, I feel a little congested and have a dry throat. My whole mouth is sore, and my tongue feels like sandpaper. I make sure to drink plenty of water and usually I treat myself to an ice pop.
Sometimes, I will have a headache for a day or two, I take paracetamol throughout the day to keep this at bay and to prevent it from getting too intense. I hate headaches, again, I would imagine everybody does.
The hangover is worth it!
This is my Cosentyx hangover, and it usually lasts for no longer than two days. I inject every two weeks. So, four days a month of feeling like this is worth the benefits of Cosentyx.
Cosentyx has given me my life back. I've been on it for about 7 months. It has given me hope, hope that I can live a "normal" life (with some adjustments).
Do you get a hangover from your biologics? Is it similar to mine?
Has changing your diet helped manage your pain and flares?