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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.
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. http://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/page.aspx?cat=7002&id=7409
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.
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?
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.
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