Insulin Pen Users

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Changing needles on your pen.

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New pen

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From pump to pen... And advice?!

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OCD and Diabetes

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What should I expect?

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of the pump on to pen

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How long dose your pen last?

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Accuracy of NovoPen Jr

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Comment by Emmy on February 7, 2012 at 1:26pm

Chaplain, I have the same problem with sore fingers, (from arthritis) so I use a pencil and gently tap the pen with the pencil instead of my finger. No more sore fingers. I only worry about getting the air bubble out if its large. If its very small I don't even bother trying, because I usually end up wasting too much insulin, and still don't get it out.

Comment by Emmy on February 7, 2012 at 1:15pm

Hi Ila, I use the shorter needles, the BD Mini, which are 5mm long and have a guage of 31G.

The only drawback is that when you switch from the original longer needle, to a shorter one, you are also switching to a finer gauge needle. Because the actual tube is a smaller diameter, it takes more pressure to inject, and yes, it can be a little slower. This isn't a problem, its must a matter of getting used to it.

Do be aware though, that the finer the needle, the more fragile it is, and the more easily bent.

The BD Nano (4mm) are the most easily bent, while the larger 12.7mm ones are quite sturdy. If your hide is tough, you'll need the larger ones. Most people can use the finer ones with no problem.

I prefer the 5mm minis, but if I'm injecting anywhere other than the abdomen, I find the Nanos are better, because they're less painful. (On the abdomen, there seems to be less nerve endings, so I don't notice the difference between the 5 and 4mm, but on my thigh or upper arm, it really makes a difference). Its a finer gauge as well as being quite short.

I started with NovoFine products, because that's what they had at the diabetes clinic and they gave me a sample or two. Later I read about BD needles and tried them. I like them much better. I used to get a few duds in each box of NovoFine, but I seldom ever get duds with BD, and I find that they hurt less. Novofine seemed to have burrs on their tips more often. I almost never have that issue with BD. I use a new needle with each injection. I used to reuse, but got a couple of serious infections, so I'll never do that again. I found out later that the infection was probably due to contaminated alcohol swabs, (one man actually died from an infection he got from them). I've since switched to BD alcohol swabs and never had any problems with them.

Comment by Ila on February 6, 2012 at 12:48pm

I just discovered that you can get 6mm needles for these pens. I have been using 8mm and decided to try the 6mm. I did notice that I had to wait longer for all the insulin to inject than I did before.

Does anyone know of any reason that a 6mm would not be a good choice?

Comment by hb on January 24, 2012 at 9:22pm

I started with a new pen called clikstar, by sanofi aventis.For 2 days I had highs and was wondering why, then tonight I noticed the turn part to push the insulin up out of the vile was retracted and not shooting the insulin out.Do these pens do that sometimes or could I have a faulty?I do air shots before hand but I think what I saw was the insulin going to the tip of the pen when I did push it out, and I thought it was just ready for me.

Comment by merileepearl on November 3, 2011 at 9:46am
yes, Chaplain ET- always bubbles. if the bubbles are too big, i prime the pen to get the bubbles out. if they are little, i flick once or twice and make sure the bubbles are at the plunger end. then, i make sure the bubbles stay at the plunger end while i inject. seems to work fine for me.
Comment by Chaplain ET on November 2, 2011 at 10:34pm
I don't claim to be an expert on injecting with my SoloStar insulin pen, but my fingers get rather painful, after trying, and trying, to flick those darned air bubbles out of the insulin tube! Has anyone else had that trouble, or am I the only one? Any suggestions? Chaplain ET.
Comment by Rosie Maher on May 31, 2011 at 10:48am
I'm injecting on my thighs, rotate my injections, am using Humalog with meals and Humilin N for nights (being sure to gently mix), and am using 4mm needles. The bumps only happen once every couple days (and that's about how long it takes for them to go away and also about how long they ache). They're not hot and red, just achy and pink, so I don't think it's an infection. I don't have to mix my insulin as it's not that type. I get a spot of blood now and then and have tended to bruise now and then as well, but they don't seem to be related to where I get the bump. They FEEL like a bruise...but they're raised, achy skin. Not itchy at all or anything.

I just so happened to get a call from my regular diabetes nurse this morning and asked her about it, and she wasn't sure what it was. I do have rather sensitive skin (I'll break out in itchy hives for no apparent reason sometimes and my skin will be ridiculously sensitive to touch sometimes), so perhaps that's the culprit?

Thank you for your help! :)
Comment by Lindsay on May 31, 2011 at 9:12am
Rosie, where are you injecting when you get these lumps? Do they occur only at certain injection sites and not at other sites? How often does this happen? How long do the pink lumps remain? How long do they ache? What kind of insulin are your using? Assuming you are practicing correct, safe & sterile injection practices (alcohol swabs, new needle with each injection, injection angles, etc.), hand warming the insulin prior to injection, and mixing the insulin prior to injection the most obvious possibility is you are getting some subcutaneous bleeding and/or bruising at the injection site. Do you bruise easily? You might try a different needle size (thinner, longer/shorter, etc). And different injection locations. You might even have a slight allergy to the insulin formulation in which case you might need to try a different insulin formulation. Depending on the answers to these questions I wouldn't hesitate to move your appointment up to address this issue.
Comment by Rosie Maher on May 30, 2011 at 11:28pm
Hey all...wondering if you can help me. I'm two months pregnant (diagnosed as T2 prior to pregnancy) and had to start using insulin. Now, I'm doing fairly fine with injecting, but noticed that sometimes I get a slightly achy/painful pink (not red) lump within 24hrs of some injections. What is this? It doesn't sound exactly like lipohypertrophy or lipoatrophy but maybe I found bad descriptions of it? Can anyone help me figure this out? I don't have my next Diabetes Centre appointment until the 25th. Thank you so much! :)
Comment by Trudy on January 12, 2011 at 2:38pm
hb, I just throw away my vial or my pen when my 28 days of use are up. I paid for them, they're for keeping me alive, so I have no second thoughts. Even on this, we are not alone!

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