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Dexcom pain? not a skin reaction.

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by EllieM, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Anyone experienced this?

    Ever since I inserted my last dexcom sensor (4 days ago) I have an intermittent sharp pain in my arm at the insertion site. The sensor works fine, so I could keep using it, but I'm not sure what is causing the pain, and this is a concern. It doesn't change when I press on the sensor.

    Any thoughts? Do I just abandon the (working) sensor?
     
  2. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi Ellie,

    You probably know I use a Libre.
    However, pending on where you placed it, could you have twanged some muscle tissue?
     
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    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello,
    Any chance you think there’s a bruise underneath it? I’ve had one which was quite painful, it was painful doing my daily routine including sitting and standing up. I kept it on for the full 10 days.

    Or you hit a nerve or a small bleed?
     
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    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When ever I put sensors on my arms libre or dexcom I get constant pain.. I tried a dexcom just a few weeks ago removed it after 2 hours as had constant stabbing pain which was unbearable

    So I wont use arm any more.. I don't have much fat on my arms so probably getting muscles or nerves
     
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  5. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, am guessing I've hit a muscle or nerve then. Much prefer not to put dexcom on my stomach, but I have a lot less fat on my arms than I used to (going to gym may not have reduced my weight but it has made the puny muscle on my arms slightly less puny. I think I might have a bit of a bruise, though as it's under the dexcom plater it's hard to tell.

    It alternates between being fine for hours and then quite painful. I guess I'll leave it there a bit longer....
     
  6. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Do you feel it more when you straighten the arm out perchance?
    I wear mine inside the arm.
     
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    Hopeful34 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use Libre, but the very first one that I used, which the person showing us how to use them insisted she insert for me, was painful and put me off using them for a while. No bruise or bleeding, so it's probably hit a nerve or muscle. I have no problem with lack of fat on my arms unfortunately!!!

    Do hope it settles down for you.
     
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    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not really, I've got it on the back of my arm atm, will try inside next time.
     
  9. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    To be fair, I'm pretty wiry myself. Even on the inside I get the odd (what I call.) "twang" once in a while..
    But I have a high pain threshold. Lol, I had an anti-VEGF injection as the anaesthetic was wearing off. I normally see the needle comming in "3D," not feel it..
     
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