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Injections

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by Scarlet10, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Scarlet10

    Scarlet10 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    When I recently picked up my prescription they gave me a different box of needles which were the same thickness 8mm as my novafine but a lot longer. The issue is when I remove the needle a big lump appears and then a black bruise. I always change my injection sites but I am very worried about this. any advice as to what is causing it and what I should do? My hba1c is really not good and I am stressing about this. I am due to go to the hospital next week so I will mention to them.

    Many thanks for reading :)


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    Hello Scarlett .
    Do you mean the new needles are 'longer' in length ?

    How do you do your injections ? as in just wack the needle quickly into your skin ?
    Or do you go in at a 90 degrees angle into a skin fold made by your fingers ?

    I use the skin fold as my own DSN explained to me it bruises 'less' this way .
    When I was quickly wacking the needle in - it nearly always bruised me .
    My DSN told me with some people it can bruise them others however are fine with using this way/style .

    It appears it is a personal thing with each person perhaps :)

    If you are stressing over this - yes 'do' mention this to them at the hospital next week. :thumbup:
    To be getting stressed over this cant be good for you .

    Hope this can help .
    Anna .
     
  2. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Take them back! I use 4mm needles as you only *just* need to go under the skin, whos skin is 8mm thick?! :thumbup:
     
  3. Scarlet10

    Scarlet10 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Aw thanks! The length of the needles I have been given Arecibo longer than my normal ones. I am not over weight and I am in my ideal weight range,so not sure why I have been given these.
    I guess it must be cost saving exercise.....



    A Simple hi can make you smile :)
     
  4. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. Your pharmacist MUST provide what your surgery prescribes so check your prescription. It may be the result of the re-naming of BD Microfine 4mm needles to BD Microfine Ultra which has meant all prescriptions have had to be changed and surgeries have taken different approaches. My surgery automatically changed over to the new name I still received 4mm needles.
     
  5. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I find that i bruise quite badly every now and then with 5mm needles. I'm quite lean and i think i occaisionally catch a small capillary or vein near the surface. Nornally hurts like hell when i do that too.

    Apologies for typos
    , its a small virtual keyboard

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  6. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm the same with the 4mm needles. I think that you can catch a capillary regardless of size. Hurts though!
     
  7. steveamos1234

    steveamos1234 · Well-Known Member

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    I currently use 5mm and prior to that 8mm and originally 12mm!!!
     
  8. Fetchmeacoffee

    Fetchmeacoffee Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I did DAFNE a few months back , was told you only use 4mm or less.
     
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