Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users


Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm insulin pump.

Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Comment by Scott E on February 13, 2012 at 9:02am

That took me a long time to figure out, Dani. I always thought that the deeper (angled closer to perpendicular) the needle, the more it would hurt. But I couldn't be more wrong... the shallower the insertion, the more painful it is. I still can't quite figure out why; perhaps the cannula/CGM wire bends more as the skin flexes when I move?

Comment by Dani on February 13, 2012 at 8:18am

I use the Silhouette and the CGM and I've never had a painful injection with either. With the Silhouette, it's easy to go too shallow which is more painful because the nerve endings are close to the surface of the skin. I use my abdomen for my infusion site, and my lower back for my CGM.
I was terrified at first of the CGM needle because it's practically the size of a swizzle stick! But there was a kid in my class that was about 8 who did it with no problem, so I figured I should be able to do it too (i'm 40). :)

Comment by Mike S. on February 13, 2012 at 6:57am

How about holding an ice cube on the site, just before insertion?

Comment by Scott E on February 13, 2012 at 6:47am

I don't use anything -- I barely have 45 free second to prep the site (let the alcohol dry), much less 45 minutes. Besides, I feel like putting anything on the site that isn't intended to clean it could make it's way into the puncture-hole and cause an infection.

Comment by Sophie on February 13, 2012 at 6:41am

Hi Elizabeth-- I'm 23 and still use lidocaine cream from time to time. I also do not get an ouchless situation unless I leave it on for 90 minutes minimum. My doctor says it's fine to leave it on that long, if that's what it takes to get completely numb!

Comment by Hope on February 13, 2012 at 4:46am

No, I have never used the cream, never been suggested to me, I am guessing that adult docs probably do not suggest it. I am going to ask for some though! Lately my CGM has been hurting a lot, to the point I am delaying insertion. Strangely, it hurt much less when I was pregnant...maybe because I had a lot more "padding" then?

Comment by Elizabeth on February 12, 2012 at 2:49pm

Hm... with a four-year-old, going without the l/p cream is not really an option unless I want screaming tantrums and refusal to allow site insertions in the future. But it's comforting to hear from the horse's mouth that his "ouch" is probably a bit of melodrama (he's prone to that).

Comment by diabud on February 12, 2012 at 2:41pm

No, it hurts a bit, sometimes more than others, but I have never used lidocaine cream or other. It usually stings for a minute or two and then stops hurting. (Tape it well after to prevent moving and further irritation.)

Comment by Elizabeth on February 12, 2012 at 2:31pm

Are you guys using lidocaine/prilocaine cream before you insert the site? If so, how long to you let it "set"? I ask because I was told that 45 minutes of l/p cream should be enough to numb the site, but Eric always says "ouch" unless I let it sit for at least an hour — and with the CGM sites, I let it sit for 75-90 minutes in order to get an ouch-less insertion.

Comment by Hope on February 12, 2012 at 8:16am

I agree on the pain issue....the CGM does hurt when I insert it. The pump does not at all, but the CGM, yes, although it is still worth it. I agree, it does depend a lot on body type as to whether the CG will hurt.


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