Hi everyone! Can you please share your experience and/or any tips and tricks on injecting insulin? My abdomen is covered with bruises and I am noticing small unsightly lumps near my navel.. do these go away? Anyone else experience bruising? I'm already using a Nano needle (I believe the smallest), and sometimes I notice a lot of pain when I inject, other times I don't feel it at all. Sometimes the insulin burns like hell then other times it doesn't. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
bill, the happy diabetic also does a video on injecting in your arm against a door frame. i still have not got the guts to do it. i dont know, it seems too close to my face...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFSaRF8KUmw
when i was on lantus it burned and was sore for like 30 minutes after injecting. such a pain i the arse that i got my basal changed to levemir. no burn now.
sometimes an injection will hurt but i always find theyre bleeders, those ones that hurt. touching a blood vessel? so gross, this whole business...
i dont get bruising all the time, here and there. after getting a really big one after trying to do my lantus shot still laying down in bed i learned my lesson...
ah, and i use the tiniest nano bds and the cde told me i wouldnt have to pinch anything with them, if youre gonna go for the arm. good luck!ç
I inject in the love handle area and below it. I don't have a lot of padding and that's where it's the greatest. I get tiny bruises sometimes, but rarely any pain and I'm not getting any bumps. I also use the Nano and don't pinch up. The insert with the needles says not to.
I prefer the longer needles. I swab with alcohol, a lot of it, and then inject. Also, the nurse at my clinic told me to constantly rotate to different areas of my abdomen. So I pretty much never use the same area twice in a row.
I want to use my arms and thighs but I am lean (145 pounds)so it is hard to grab fat anywhere except my abdomen.
My injections, for the most part, are pretty painless...unless I am in a rush (which is bad I know) and just jam the needle in.
With the Nano pen tips you are not supposed to pinch the skin. If you pinch the skin the insulin will not go to the correct depth. My ex-CDE said you can even stretch the skin slightly. She claimed that the Nano gives better absorption. I have seen product literature than supports this. Very awkward to pinch the arms for an injection unless you use a door frame or something.
I use Nanos and have no problems. I use a standard 12.7 mm syringe for B12 injections and even at a slight angle, the penetration really hurts. For insulin I use the stomach and arms. My legs are too painful even with the nano. You should avoid the navel area.