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Old 01-03-2014, 01:02   #1
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I currently use lantus solostar pens and novolog flex pens and I dose twice a day with the lantus and 2-4 times per day with the novolog. Over the years I have pretty much used my stomach for the injection sites and while I have tried to spread the injection locations around the stomach area I would like to explore some other areas to spread the pokes out a bit.

Talked with diabetes doc about this and he said I could use my legs but not directly in the top of my thigh, more off to the side. Also could maybe use forearm area. I've tried in the leg but I have skinny legs (and forearms) and there is not much fat/meat there to inject into (even with pinching the skin). Also the chaffing of my pants against the injection site really irritates it for a number of hours post injection.

I'm curious how you all deal with injection locations?

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When I used insulin I did vial/syringe. Not sure how pens work. Sorry

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I asked my endo today, for I hate the thighs. She told me I could stick in upper back part of arms, (never heard of forearms), tummy, even inside of thigh and top part of butt lol just not in a muscle...

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I asked my endo today, for I hate the thighs. She told me I could stick in upper back part of arms, (never heard of forearms), tummy, even inside of thigh and top part of butt lol just not in a muscle...
Yeah, that's pretty much what my endo said as well. Easier said than done in some of those locations though.

Trying to give a shot using my right hand into my left forearm is challenging as there just is not much skin fluff there and of course since my right hand is occupied with the pen I can't very well pinch up a fold of skin to inject into.

I'm going to give the upper arm a try I guess. It looks like if I keep my forearm extended straight out there is a bit of skin fluff under the arm that could take a few hits.

Inside of thigh works because I can pinch of up a fold of skin to inject into but the chafing of my pants against the injection site is noticeable for a period of time post injection. Maybe I should put a bandaid over the injection site and see if that helps or not.

I have a classic case of man-butt (read: no butt) so even my rear-end doesn't have much useable real-estate for injections.
Plus if I try to inject back there while reaching around to pinch a fold of skin it might not end well considering how much coordination that would require.

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You do not need to pinch the skin all the time. If you inject in the rear, you should not need to pinch the skin. I have never heard of injecting in forearms, not sure I would enjoy that. You can certainly inject in the back of the upper arm. You do not need to pinch skin there either. If you like to pinch the skin, when doing the back of the arm, you can lean against a door jam to fluff up the skin. I inject in only my stomach or arms. Every once in a blue moon, my rear. I have not injected in my thighs since I was a kid. Never liked injecting in the thighs.

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You may also notice different absorption rates depending upon the site and your level of activity.

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I usually do my long acting in my butt, since no one who isn't related is around to see it… :P

I have tried my floppy upper arm bits but can only do that at home as I need to lean against a chair or doorjamb to "pinch" it up and it looks really darn funny.

I use the belly area when out and any fleshy thigh areas at home, so it works out to be a good balance….

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I have tried a few but the tummy is the easiest for me. Have bent a few needles on the pens trying to do it anywhere else as I dont seem to have as much control there. I dont have a lot of fat to plug into on the legs or arms so it has to be butt, saddles or tummy LoL.
I have found that there are some seriously sore spots on my tummy to avoid but mostly it works.

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I have found that there are some seriously sore spots on my tummy to avoid but mostly it works.
That's what I've been running into lately as well.

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I use my inner thigh area for Levemir and tummy for Novolog. Once in a while I do an IM shot in my left bicep (Bernstein prefers the deltoid but I seem to get better results my way ). I don't find the need to pinch skin either...

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