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Injecting

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by sarah1282, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. sarah1282

    sarah1282 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys im hoping for a few tips.
    Im a newbie ive just started injecting today and I do it at a 90 degree angle but when I pull the nededle out it stings for a while. Is this normal?
    Also after injecting theres still a little drop of insulin left on the needle is that normal.
    Sorry I just wanna make sure im injecting correctly.

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  2. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    there's usually a bit of insulin left on the needle. As for injecting, some hurt, most don't. If yours always hurt, see your nurse. What size needles do you use ? 4mm is plenty !
     
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    JCarter90 · Newbie

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    Most fast acting insulins tend to sting temporarily after you remove the needle , I know it's hard not to but try not to rub the injection site afterwards have always been advised this , it will become second nature after a while , and regarding the pain after injections , unfortunately there's not much you can do , you will get used to that as well .


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    choudhry · Active Member

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    @ Mo1905

    Hope you will be okay. Today i been to see diabtic nurse regarding pain during injecting and pins and needle in foot.
    I asked for 4mm needle insted of 5mm , the answer was " there is nothing 4mm in screen"
    No useful advice given for pain free injection.
    Then i asked if she could see the blood glucose tests i been doing at home and writing them daily in diary and then decide whether i continue with oral aswell.
    She didnt even showed interest in my bg diary.
    Been told to come back if any thing is wrong!!!


    I think i am getting more help and assistance here.

    Not really happy today because of this :sad:

    Thanks
     
  5. sarah1282

    sarah1282 · Well-Known Member

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    I was given 4mm and 8 mm needles I went for the 4 mm thanks for the advice it makes me feel better knowing other people are the same as me :smile:

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  6. sarah1282

    sarah1282 · Well-Known Member

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    Choudry I would definitely ask to see a different diabetic nurse there are some rude ones out there but there's alot of realy nice caring ones x

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  7. choudhry

    choudhry · Active Member

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    @ sarah1282

    Yeah thats the best thing to look for another nurse who is more helpful... You know we all here are married to one single person called "diabeties " and to look after this special person we need a good nurse.:cool:

    I am on insulin since 28th last month and alot of people here helped me alot , specially mo1905 told me to help pain get 4mm needles....
    So thanks alot every one
     
  8. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    With the smaller needles there's no need to inject at an angle. I think the stinging might just be because your new to injecting and you may not notice it as much as time goes by, inevitably there's always going to be a drop of insulin at the tip of the needle when you withdraw but its nothing to worry about.
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Not sure if your asking the OP or myself as I was last to post Barbara, I'm on Novorapid and Lantus insulin.
     
  11. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    The BD site has some info on how to inject with both the smaller (4 and 5mm) and the larger needles.
    http://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/page.aspx ... 2&id=62855
    Sometimes when I start to inject and place the point on the skin I realise that place is going to hurt; presumably there are more nerves there. I stop and move the site slightly. (still do that with my pump cannula).
    I have a feeling that if you expect it to hurt then you will tense up and that makes it more likely to hurt. Maybe difficult to overcome this. Telling yourself to relax is sometimes counterproductive but at least remembering to breathe (ie not holding your breath) might help
    I know that some of the parents use anaesthetic cream (Emla) obtained on prescription) before injecting and I think that I have read of others rubbing the area with an ice cube to numb it. You could certainly try the latter.
     
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    sarah1282 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi barbara I take nova rapid twice a day and lantus at bed time

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    Hi Sarah

    I've been injecting just over a month myself with Nova rapid and Lantus, at first I had 8mm needles which bruised and stung, now using 4mm without any discomfort. I sometimes can feel over sensitive at an injection site and I just stop and move needle away from area.
    I always have a stinging sensation adter injecting Lantus but ive been told its because it is more acidic than Nova rapid :-(

    Hope you can get the smaller needles!
     
  16. sarah1282

    sarah1282 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you max. Ive now got the 4mm needles and wow they are so much better :grin:

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