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Supply of needles etc.

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Wee eck, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm a pumper these days but would reuse needles until they hurt when I was on MDI. When I was at school I used to inject through my tights and would rarely change the needle on that pen (only used at school as it had to stay in the nurses office) :bag:
    I think now I would change the needle more often but probably not after every injection. I would advise others to change theirs after every injection though, I don't want to encourage naughty habits.
     
  2. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    Humalog tends todo this to me but only if I don’t use the pen for a couple of days… dial in a couple of units and press the button hard normally pops out..

    Despite what I say above about could you should you…. Pre pump.. I tended to use 1 needle per pen.. sometimes the needle was so blunt you could hear it tear through the skin.. in 9 years on mdi I’m still on my 4th box of needles :-(
     
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  3. chrisbug

    chrisbug Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed 22 years ago and I'm pretty sure I had to pay for the needles, after about a year they became available on the NHS.
    I am rubbish (lazy) at changing my needles, I used to be a one cartridge, 1 needle man, unless I bent the needle, then I'd treat myself to a new one.
    I've just had a meeting with my nurse who pointed out that needles are designed to be used once, and when looked under a microscope after one use they have a rough texture that will damage the skin on insertion and drag the skin it out on removal, the smooth finish (lubricant?) goes. Possibly contributing to lipohypertrophy.
    I do change my needles more often these days.
     
  4. Seacrow

    Seacrow LADA · Well-Known Member

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    No, 50+. Severe insulin resistance and a funny reaction to most insulin meant a maximum of 30 units per jab, making about 20 jabs per meal. Throw in a couple of correction shots and you get severe lipohypertrophy. My stomach was solid with lumps. At the time my consultant said I was definitely in the top 1% of insulin dosages.
     
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  5. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for replying, another example of how complicated diabetes can be and how different we all are.
     
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  6. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Listening to all this I have to count my blessings that I have been so lucky , 46 yrs of doing this and never had a problem .
     
  7. Struma

    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    One needle one injection.
    I do believe this also reduces risk of lipohypertrophy.
    There are photos of a multiple use needle going the rounds every now and then. They're not too good.
     
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    Lisa69free · Well-Known Member

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    I'm on my 3rd box of needles and only came home from being diagnosed on the 12th of last month. On the subject of needles... Do I just go to my local chemist to swap sharp box?
     
  9. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    you care team should advise. in our area we call the local council and they come collect and swap it
     
  10. Fenn

    Fenn Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    Yikes! That’s not nice sorry mate.

    I used my novo pen to prick finger for COVID test last week, there was a single use little needle thing but messed it up first try and wouldn’t work twice, bloody hurt, made me appreciate finger prick pens, won’t be doing that again.
     
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  11. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed 46 years ago at 16 and never payed for a prescription in my life , Good old NHS !
     
  12. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    How ever long are the needles you are using if you can bend them ? I remember in the old days when we had to use a proper syringe with needles that were I believe 16 mm long so it was possible to bend them but now they are so short ( I use 5 mm ) I would say it was almost impossible to bend them and I personally can not even feel them even after several uses .
     
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    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I do !
     
  14. jaywak

    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I do take mine to my local chemist and ask them to dispose of it for me , Blimey 3 boxes in 6 weeks ! that would probably last me 18 months !
     
  15. Hertfordshiremum

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    Phone the local council, waste and refuse dept. I bruise terribly despite using one needle per injection. My nurse is posting me a prescription for a different kind to see if this will help.
     
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