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Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by pipsy2014, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. pipsy2014

    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, ihave been diabetic for 20 years,i an on actos which is the last tablet they will give me,i will be starting injections if this tablet fails,i wanted to ask if the needles hurt,i am worried about atarting them thanks.
     
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    Clarence Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi depends what sort of needle they will give you,I use the flexipens,and always in the tummy area,and I can say I never feel them at all,only been t2for 6weeks so still newbie,sure it's nothing to worry about regards Clarence PlymouthPlymouth
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. I've been injecting for 18 months. Ask for the smallest needle that suits your body weight and fat thickness. I use the smallest 4mm needles as I'm not overweight. I inject in the stomach area. Nine times out of 10 it's painless but occasionally you get slight pain but I prefer it to meter lancets. I use pens with cartridge inserts; you can also get disposable pens and I was offered a choice of which to have.
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    No they rarely hurt, a good practice to get into from the start is to change the needle every-time (as per the manufacturers instructions).
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Interesting. There have been several threads on needle re-use and views vary. I use one needle per day e.g. around 3-4 injections and I find it makes no difference for me to re-use
     
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    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your reply,i just needed some answers,thanks a lot.
     
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    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot for your reply,just needed a bit of info,not looking forward to it.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Pipsy, have you considered you may be able to prevent this by changing your diet a bit?
    Lots of people on this forum have managed to reduce their medication by reducing their carbohydrates and adding a little exercise. Insulin may not be inevitable for you.
     
  9. pipsy2014

    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your answer,i just need a bit of reassurance,i am a bit worried about using them, thank you.
     
  10. pipsy2014

    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    HI yes I have cut my food down,i eat weight watchers bread,lots of fruit,I am always on the go,ive been diabetic for 20yrs,it a degenerative disease doc says,most people need more help as time goes on,
     
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    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi yes,I have cut my food down I eat weight watchers bread,lots of fruit and veg,i am always on the go,ive been diabetic for 20 years,my doc say its a degenerative disease,that people need help in the end,thank you
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Have a look round the low carb area of the forum. Fruit is something diabetics need to be careful with. It is almost all sugar. It may be natural sugar, but nonetheless it is sugar and will raise your blood sugar levels, as might Weight Watchers bread. All carbs turn to sugar once in the system, and if you are struggling, then cutting them down can only help you. Twenty years is a long time, and current thinking is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Why not give it a go? You can't lose anything and may well benefit enormously. Type 2 does not have to be degenerative. What are your current BS levels running at?
     
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    pipsy2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    There has been many threads on this subject and views do vary, however the needle packaging does say they are for single use only, as the OP is concerned about the needle hurting it's good practice to get into the habit of changing the needle after each injection (if they start on insulin).

    I use to reuse needles but don't any-more..
     
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    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use a 32G 4mm screwpen needle which is pretty fine, they do sting but don't hurt. Hope this helps
     
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    mine Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    if one do not take fruit.just make sure you take multi vitamin for the nutrients you need.
     
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