Just curious as to where people may be giving their injections in non-traditional areas (other than the belly, arms, and thigs). Anyone on injections using somewhere non-traditional? Just looking foor other places to inject (like easy access).
I've had Diabetes for 48 years and I ended up with Lipoatrophy(dents) in my lower tummy and mid arms about 11 years ago. Probably because they were my favourite spots and I wasn't rotating much. I don't want that to happen again so I've had to find more places. With the syringe/pen there are tons of places to quickly inject.
Aside from the normal spots, I also inject on the sides of my thighs, up and down the thigh(even 4 " away from my knee), the top of my butt, on the back of my love handles, on the back of my thighs, all along just under my ribcage and on my shoulder pads.
My Hubby helps, if I need a shot in an awkward spot, when he's around. I do not do marathons or do the treadmill soon after I give a shot in my thighs unless I want to bring my sugars down faster with the fast-acting. (I seriously can't do marathons. =) )
I have a Canadian Friend who lives in Japan. She gives injections in her calves. Okay, that I won't do since there is not even a thin layer of fat on my calves. Some Ladies give injections on the sides of their boobs. I won't do that either. Ouchie!! I'm 124 lbs. A couple of these spots cause some pain but if it's done fast then the pain disappears fast also. You must of course, be cautious and take notice of how a new injection spot affects you.
(If a Person injects too much on their butt, they will get Lipoatrophy there also. I've seen the photos on the net). Good Luck, it's a long Life. :)
i use my thighs a lot. I rotate within the 8 inches from the top of my thigh and from the inner inner thigh to the outside of the thigh. Even up to my hip bone and the hollow spot where the joints meet. I'm getting a lot of scar tissue on my thighs though and I can't wear short shorts anymore. The bruises are too noticable and my thighs certainly aren't as thin as they "should be" due to water weight from the scar tissue. Yuck. I'm wicked insecure about wearing a bathing suit bc of it, so I use the cover ups. My legs are wicked awesome from the 8 inches down, so I know it's just bc of my stupid injection sites.
I have a lot lot of scar tissue on my stomach from the pump (when I was on it). Little raised bumps on both sides of my abs from where the catheters were (and that was over 3 YEARS ago!)
Long life indeed. Can't wait to see what happens to my body after I've had those 4 kids that I want so badly. :) Guess I gotta start getting beautiful on the INSIDE. haha.
Nah, I'm sure everything will be fine. I'm pretty happy.
(and I will not try the calves thing either. Gosh that sounds really painful! I have considered the boob though. Not sure what will happen with that concerning absorption)
I hope that you are Well. Yes, the dents can disappear. BUT you MUST stop injecting in that area, if you haven't already.
I did have dents on both of my arms and both sides of my lower tummy since those were my fav spots. I started getting this fluffy flub on my lower tummy and arms but I continued injecting in the areas. Dents happened. I continued injecting just on my right side and the whole area of fluffy fat disappeared from the mid tummy to my right side. I totally stopped injecting in the dent areas.
Both my arms and lower left abs and close to the right abs have recovered. A part on my right side has not however. That dent will never recover, me thinks. It's been many years now. That is why I got into finding more places back then and Rotate every shot to different areas.
When I was little, my old country Dr. didn't know a lot about Diabetes but he did tell me to rotate every injection. He didn't tell me why or what would happen though. So eventually I found my fav spots. I always hated giving shots in my legs so rarely used them. Now I use them and other newer spots to inject. Good Luck to you Dino!!
My diabetic educator threw a fit when I said I sometimes injected in the thigh (usually don't cuz can't pinch enough fat). But she left a message on my phone saying that was "old school" and I should only inject in the stomach. I thought that was weird, what do you think?
Kathyann , weird I think that suggestion is ....even if one looks at updated brochures , where to inject thighs are mentioned . I agree, not a great place if you do a lot of exercise with legs, as in training or doing a marathon and that makes sense ...too quick an absortion . The best way is to rotate .Presently infusion set in the left thigh
( traditional site ) .I hope Nurse is willing to explain , why thighs are a No-No place .
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