I was curious to see if anyone used any other sensor site besides the abdomen. The nurse that help me do my first insertion site tonight has said some people do use their thighs. Does any else use their thighs?
Upper thighs work good for me. Occasionally, on insertion I have a lot of bleeding but overall the thigh works best for me. in the summer there is less sweating on my thigh and as a result I never have to worry about the sensor coming off. When I used my abdomen sweating caused many of my sensors to come off.
Are the alternate (non-abdomen) sites viable for really skinny folks? I'm about to go pump/cgm (still looking into which--but am thinking untethered so it'd have to be Omnipod/Dex I think), and I'm 6'2" and 160lbs. I don't have a lot of flesh to put these suckers on!
I'm type 1.5 and have been able to just do once a day basal Levemir along with strict diet control to keep in range up till now but my pancreas is finally winning.
I'm just concerned with having so little options for placement and irritation etc.
I'm ot on the Omniod so not sure on angle of insertion, but I use the Medtronic silhouette infusion sets, which insert on an angle. The Sensors of the CGMS also go in at a steeper angle of about 45 degree. I use both on my side/back areas, and top of my bum, and stomach abdomen.
I have been using the sides of my thighs almost exclusively for the past few months - I find that it is extremely painful in the stomach as I have very listt fat and I have plenty of extra fat in my thighs - it seems to be just as accurate (is that saying much?) and basically I have no pain and no bleeding when I do it there. Each person is different so just try different areas and see what works!
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