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Old 04-21-2012, 04:00   #1
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Im concerned about my stomach. Ive been taking insulin for almost a yr and ahalf. However lately i dread the site of my ins. Pen. It hurts so bad and my stomach is full of red painful lumps caused by the insulin. Anyone got suggestions? By the way i do not use cold insulin.

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Have you tried your thighs? Buttocks? Upper arms?

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Ive tried my upper arms and it hurt more. I used to do my thighs when i was pregnant. I will try that again. Where on the buttocks do i do it? And does anyone have insight onto when im actually injecting it why it stings? And do these hard lumps ever go away?

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Ive tried my upper arms and it hurt more. I used to do my thighs when i was pregnant. I will try that again. Where on the buttocks do i do it? And does anyone have insight onto when im actually injecting it why it stings? And do these hard lumps ever go away?
These are things you may know already but sometimes we forget the basics. I know I do at work a lot

Sounds to me like you've callused up your skin. Make sure you are rotating injection sites, I found that one out the hard way. Also, as was mentioned before, use all possible zones. You've got 8 for the stomach four for upper thighs and supposedly 4 in buttocks but I only used the outer ones so that was two. I use a zone a day so each one gets plenty of time to heal. That works for me and my injection routine. It may not for you. Hopefully it gives you some ideas.

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Well i just took my bedtime insulin and i did it in the thigh. It was great! Now is it true that there are certain injection sites that are better for long acting insulin vs the short ones? Im still getting accustomed to accepting im diabetic thus, My lack of true knowledge.

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I don't know about difference between rapid and long acting for injection sites, but I know that different site will yield different absorption rates for rapid insulin.

I do two long acting injections a day so I always have a nice basal level.

For my rapid I noticed that more muscular areas on me ( thighs, buttocks, and arms ) result in a mild delay in the effects beginning compared to fattier areas. It isn't much of a delay but it is noticeable so I have to account for it.

Just something to keep in mind.

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I don't know about difference between rapid and long acting for injection sites, but I know that different site will yield different absorption rates for rapid insulin.

I do two long acting injections a day so I always have a nice basal level.

For my rapid I noticed that more muscular areas on me ( thighs, buttocks, and arms ) result in a mild delay in the effects beginning compared to fattier areas. It isn't much of a delay but it is noticeable so I have to account for it.

Just something to keep in mind.

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Thank you i will keep that in mind.

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I copied the following information from a website when I googled skin problems from over injected areas with insulin:

http://www.sharecare.com/question/sk...njection-sites

Two main skin problems can occur at insulin injection sites: lipoatrophy and hypertrophy. With lipoatrophy, fatty tissue under the skin disappears, causing dents in the skin at the injection site. Hypertrophy is the overgrowth of cells, usually fat cells, that makes the skin look lumpy. It can look similar to scar tissue. By rotating the injection site, you can avoid some of these problems. There is also the possibility that some of the problems are caused by the type of insulin you are using.

Lipoatrophy is probably caused by an immune reaction, although its exact cause is not known. Your body is responding to insulin as an injected “foreign” substance. This problem is not common with human insulin. Make sure you are using highly purified insulin, preferably human.

Hypertrophy is not an immune reaction, so you don’t have to change your insulin if you are having this problem. But you do need to change injection sites to avoid this. When the same sites are used over and over again, fat deposits can accumulate in the area. This is also called lipohypertrophy. You may be reluctant to change because injections seem less painful in these areas. This can be true because the hypertrophy can numb the area. On the other hand, injections can sometimes be more painful in these areas. The abnormal cell growth can limit the
absorption of your insulin. Do not inject into the lumps. Insulin action can be restricted by not being able to move through the tissue. Inject away from the lumps and remember to rotate the sites. Ask a member of your health care team to check your injection sites periodically.



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We need you to include a link to the article, Renee . . . the copy/paste is okay, but the link is a must for copyright issues.

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Oops, sorry Shanny. I'm not really sure how to do that, so I just copy and pasted. Will remember next time. Do you just highlight, copy and paste the link in the box?

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