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Old 04-29-2011, 03:20   #1
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I've been testing my sugar twice a day for almost two months. Does sticking your fingers ever get easier, less painful? I've never had a very high pain tolerance. I've also noticed that sometimes the blood doesn't come out in a bubble shape, but like a line. Has this happened with anyone else? Am I doing something wrong or do I just need to use lotion more regularly?

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Some lotions will afect the test.

use the side of your finget tip... less pain

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Yes.. make sure your hands are clean and warm -- washing in warm water, rinsing and drying well can help with both. I use the sides of my fingers only -- the tips have more nerve endings so will be more sensitive. I don't use alcohol swabs as they can unduly dry out the skin and may lead to cracking.

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There are lots of tricks you use as you go along. I like to wash my hands in super warm water and then rub them to get good circulation. I usually set my lancer to the lowest setting I can and use the sides of my fingers. Sometimes I massage my fingers before I lance it. If I don't get a good blood drop, if I get a smear or line I will prick another finger to use for readings. Some lancers are better than others. I have heard the One Touch Delica is virtually painless. I haven't tried it yet because I just bought a ton of lancets for my contour.

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I've been testing my sugar twice a day for almost two months. Does sticking your fingers ever get easier, less painful? I've never had a very high pain tolerance. I've also noticed that sometimes the blood doesn't come out in a bubble shape, but like a line. Has this happened with anyone else? Am I doing something wrong or do I just need to use lotion more regularly?
Hi Connie,

I get that line once in a while if I put my lancing device's setting on too high (meaning that the needle of the lancet is sticking too far out of the device). I have the Contour Ascencia meter and I just twist the cap of the device to make the needle smaller or longer. The smaller the needle protrusion from the device, the less painful, however, you won't draw much blood. Unfortunately, the other way around, the longer the needle, the more painful, but you're more likely to get more blood.

Also consider the issue that I'm having at the moment. I test a LOT and I have callouses on the sides of all five fingers of my testing hand so I'm kinda running out of fingers! Testing on the calloused part obviously hardly draws any blood at all.

I hope that helps a bit!

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I have found that sometimes the lance shifts further out in the holder, wich results in a deeper jab

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Thanks, everyone! I feel better now. I do stick the sides of my fingers. I even started using both sides of my fingers. I use a Freestyle lancer set on 2 because 1 didn't do anything but annoy me. I guess the biggest thing is that I just need to quit being a big baby!

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Thanks, everyone! I feel better now. I do stick the sides of my fingers. I even started using both sides of my fingers. I use a Freestyle lancer set on 2 because 1 didn't do anything but annoy me. I guess the biggest thing is that I just need to quit being a big baby!
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I test often. Somedays as much as 10 times. When the sides of my fingers are getting sore, I will test the TOP of my fingers, about 1/4" under my nails. Basically between the bottom of the fingernail and the first knuckle.

You'd be surprised how little it hurts, and it's a trick I learned from Dr. Bernstein's book.

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I test often. Somedays as much as 10 times. When the sides of my fingers are getting sore, I will test the TOP of my fingers, about 1/4" under my nails. Basically between the bottom of the fingernail and the first knuckle.

You'd be surprised how little it hurts, and it's a trick I learned from Dr. Bernstein's book.


I thought that was the nerve-damage danger zone - am I wrong?

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