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Painful finger prick testing in press images

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by eggs11, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. eggs11

    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not so much a discussion, more a "If I see another article where someone is shown pricking the tip of their finger, not the side, I think I'll scream!" Not only that, the models are usually smiling as they pretend to prick their finger, like it's the flipping highlight of their day! :banghead: Rant over, and breathe...
     
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  2. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    You know what they say "No sense no feeling" :)
     
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  3. derry60

    derry60 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Must admit, it does not bother me but fingers can become a little sore over time. I know what you mean though when the models are smiling as they prick their finger lol
     
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  4. bamba

    bamba Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps they are holding someone else's hand....


    (Seagues into Tom Lehrer )
     
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  5. eggs11

    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Haha, love it!
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to test 8 - 10 times a day and used to use every bit of my finger not just the sides. Fingers were always sore. Am so glad that I am now on the Freestyle Libre.....my fingers feel like they are on holiday as only finger prick 3 times a day now :D
     
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  7. Deleted Account

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    I don't expect these pictures to be realistic. If it was, you might see blood dripping down the side of the finger as they've pricked too deep (or, in my case, after exercise) :)
     
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  8. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I'm afraid I have to use the tips or just below the tips in order to see blood. Pricking the sides hurts me a lot more, and too difficult to get blood. :arghh: In hospital, the nurses always used the tip. I guess this is something else we are all different in!
     
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  9. eggs11

    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The tips are too painful for me, so I assumed it was the same for everyone, as had been told sides less painful - yes, something else we all differ in!
     
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  10. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    When I did my nursing training, many moons ago, I was taught to use the sides. However during my recent hospital stay they all without fail used the tips despite my objections! :arghh:
     
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  11. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I always use the tip no pain - the side of my fingers really hurt no matter how low I have the lancet set - whatever works for you is the key to happiness:)
     
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  12. Grant_Vicat

    Grant_Vicat Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    "...I've got bloodstains on my keyboard!"
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    In hospital the nurses all , wrongly, seem to use the tip. I always use the side to minimise pain.
     
  14. eggs11

    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Wonder why they've now been trained to use the tip - think it would be better for them to ask "where do you normally find it least painful to test yourself?" and then use place suggested by patient.
     
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    Until I had diabetes, my fingers were so rarely pricked that I wouldn't have a clue.
    I think most of the general population is the same as the old (young) me before I had diabetes.
     
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    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Agreed for new patients - I was thinking more of patients already diagnosed like @Rachox who tried to tell them where to prick, but they carried on using the tips.
     
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  17. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    When I was nursing I remember one particular patient who always asked to be pricked in his ear lobe :wideyed: He said it was less painful!
     
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    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That sounds tricky!
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I don’t think he ever did it on himself that would be tricky! But gave his fingers a rest while he was in hospital.
     
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  20. bamba

    bamba Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think the actual tips of the fingers are relatively nerve free - it's the finger pads that have the most nerve endings - so avoid sticking these at all costs.
     
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