My fingers really get sore and hurt from poking them with the lancets. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas about this? And if we (as diabetics) have trouble healing, why are we poking our fingers anyway?
You can use an alternate test site on your arms, but just be aware that the reading is said to be about 15 minutes behind in lag time compared to finger sticks. With your lancing device, there's another cap (usually clear) for using on arms.
I've not hard sore fingers since my skin has toughened up from doing this. Keep alternating fingers. People are told by doctors to use alcohol swabs first, but this is useless & just dries out your skin more.
I have used every lancet device on the market and my favorite is the Accucheck mulitlclix followed by the renew lancing device that Denise gave you a link to. Definitely take advantage of that free offer, it is worth it to try it out. The biggest difference for me was how much control I have over the depth of the poke and the size of the needle. I find I have more dial in ability with the multiclix than the renew but both of them hurt less. The less deep you set the poker, the quicker the healing and less pain from the poke so play around with this and find what works for you. I test 12+ times a day and I have had no problem healing.
Also make sure you are testing on the sides of the finger and not the tips or the pad of the finger. There are more nerves there and it hurts more. Definitely skip the alcohol, this will make your skin super dry.
GOOD GRIEF! 16 times a day? You poor lady! And I was griping because I had to do it once a day. Now, my doctor says I can do it even less, because I am so well-controlled. My last A1C was 5.9, and it usually is around that.
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