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Old 04-21-2014, 20:34   #1
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Does it matter where you prick your finger or which fingertip with the lancet to get the blood for testing? I test using my fingertips and do not have a problem with any soreness but does it matter if you prick your thumb versus your index finger versus your little pinkie? The result should be pretty much the same no matter where the blood comes from, correct? Seems like the easiest pricks come from the little pinkie. I can get a good blood sample and seldom feel the prick.

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My understanding is that the fingers (any of them including the thumb) are the best place because you get a more current reading than, say, you prick your arm or leg.

Most find that the sides of the end of the fingers are less painful than the pads or tips.

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Not stupid at all! All fingers should be equally reliable. Most of us rotate among them, at least to some degree -- but that's not a requirement.

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My understanding is that the fingers (any of them including the thumb) are the best place because you get a more current reading than, say, you prick your arm or leg.

Most find that the sides of the end of the fingers are less painful than the pads or tips.
Ok, thanks Veejay and Shalynne! Hope y'all are having a great day.

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I tend to avoid the thumb and index fingers since they do so much work but otherwise, any of the other six are fair game. Some doctors like Bernstein suggest that you use the back of the finger, personally I think that hurts! But I'm a big softy!

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LOL John...I think that would hurt also...ouch!

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I tend to avoid the thumb and index fingers since they do so much work but otherwise, any of the other six are fair game. Some doctors like Bernstein suggest that you use the back of the finger, personally I think that hurts! But I'm a big softy!
The BACK of the finger? Where exactly would that be? Certainly not just under the nail - wouldn't that would hurt? a lot?

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Mine is my ring finger- more on the sides! Once in a while the pinky!

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I tend to use my non-dominant hand. But I also have nails (occasionally) which means if I use the tip, I'll have to pierce the pad, because my lancing device has a fair amount of plastic around the needle opening. Piercing the side gives me good results, as long as I keep track of the required depth of the stick. The sides of my fingers have thicker skin, so I need to make sure I have my lancer set higher. Otherwise I have to do multiple sticks in order to have enough blood to test.

And I'm useless at sticking my pinky. I swear every 3rd time I try, I end up a mess. Doesn't stop me from keeping it in rotation, I just figure I need to practice!

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