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New technique for finger pricking!

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Finzi, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. DaveNN

    DaveNN · Well-Known Member

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    I ,too, have tried this and couldn't get a drop out.
    I've also tried using my forearm ( and changed the head on my lancet trigger) and that was a waste of time too.
    After only two months, my fingers are shot at.
    Does anyone know a decent lancet trigger that will force its way through 47 year old hide?



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  2. DaveNN

    DaveNN · Well-Known Member

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    Correction, it hasn't worked since...


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  3. BobCornelius

    BobCornelius · Well-Known Member

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    I use Accu-Chek Fastclix lancets from Roche! They come in a cartridge of 6 needles, and withdraw back into the cart after pricking, so no sharps to dispose of!

    I'll try back of finger tonight, spinal nerve trap means the ring and little fingers on my left hand are virtually numb, so I'll try there first!

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  4. maxster

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    Good tip thanks, will take away the annoying tingling nips after testing
     
  5. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I tried the backs of my fingers but I cant get any blood probably because I have no flesh there I really would like to hear something about thumbs Please !
    CAROL
     
  6. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    Carty, I was told not to use fore finger and thumb because these are the digits needed for fine dexterity and regular pricking may damage nerve endings. I don't know if this is an old wives tale(ie that pricking can cause a loss of sensitivity) but I can certainly find several sites including DUK which say to avoid these digits.
    I noticed that this page from Bayer which says not to use thumb and forefinger also has a podcast on making testing less painful. I haven't listened to it.
    ( Personally, I don't have a problem, I use the pricker on the minimum and if I don't get enough blood the first time I try again. My fingers are like sieves with lots of holes in them :lol: )
    http://www.bayerdiabetes.co.uk/sections ... osetesting
     
  7. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    ewelina Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For some reason only middle finger works for me. From others no blood.
     
  9. controller

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    I have never had a problem with normal finger pricking. My technique is to start with my index finger; left side AM, right side PM. I then continue up to my middle finger [three days] and afterwards I repeat the cycle with my index finger. This "spreads" the "load" without any soreness or discomfort. The "new Technique" sounds rather hit or miss, therefore, I shall not be using it. However, I would like to recommend my methodology to you.
     
  10. Kathleen Mc

    Kathleen Mc Type 1 · Active Member

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    I was told by my dsn not to prick my thumb or index finger as there are more nerve endings in them.
     
  11. dave howard

    dave howard Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Mine did too 25 years ago,good for you for sharing though :thumbup:
     
  12. dave howard

    dave howard Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have dupuytrens contractures in both hands,(where the fingers have contracted tendons and bend in to the palms of the hand) very frustrating but doesn`t stop me doing blood tests in my fingers.
     
  13. Camilla

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    Hi
    I don't fancy doing that - I use the side of my little finger. One thing is that I always thoroughly warm my hands under the hot tap first. It ensures a good blood supply. In the early days I never realised how important this was and tried fruitlessly pricking over and over again on cold fingers!
     
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    I saw this too, but I use my fore arm anyway.
    Hana
     
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    Menarini diagnostics have recently sent me a Glucomen LX Plus meter and it came with their finger pricker which has a circle of raised plastic 'dots' around the lancet hole. the theory is that the dots press onto the shin and the nerves sense that, and when the lancet pricks the finger the finger nerves don't feel the prick which is in the middle! Thought it was a daft idea, but it really works well. Hope this is of use. :D
     
  16. Finzi

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    My unistix have those. Hadn't realized what they were for!


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  17. Lyndesay

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    Was always told not to do it at the front of the fingers and thumbs but yet again, no reason as to why!

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  18. mikegrove4

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    I have been doing this for the last 25 years now (since diagnosis), all you have to do is bend your fingers all the way in and they positively bloom with blood just before the nail (well mine do).
    Makes sense if you don't want to loose feeling in your fingers...
     
  19. mikegrove4

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    Can't do that when I'm out on my motorbike! (wash hands in warm water) :?
     
  20. JMM

    JMM Type 1 · Active Member

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    Can't get any blood at all from the back of my finger. Am I doing it wrong!
     
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