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Old 03-10-2019, 18:38   #1
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Ideally you are supposed to test before meal, 1 hr post meal, and 2 hr post meal. Thatís a lot of pricks in one day. My finger gets blue and sensitive. How do you all deal with the pain and soreness?

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First, the sides of the finger pads are less painful than the tips. That might help.

Rotate one side, then the other, then go down the line of the 8 fingers (and possibly the thumb). That's 16 places that should give some relief to the previously poked spots for a day or so.

Once you learn what kind of a meal is not going to raise you BG, you can eventually skip testing around those meals except for now and then to spot check. But, in the beginning, when one has to test everything, it does put stress on those fingers.

One more thing... dial the lancing device down a notch or two - you only need it to go deep enough to draw blood. Any deeper can result in bruising.

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Also as you learn more about what foods do to your BG, eliminating those that elevate it above your target (not to exceed) BG level and eat more foods that do not raise your BG too high, the need to test will be less. I could safely go for weeks and not have to test unless I eat something new or off plan.

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Testing technique is key! Most who suffer, do so because they do not know all the important ways to minimize the pain. #1, as noted above, DO NOT STICK THE END OF YOUR FINGERS! Do the sides of your finger, above the first joint. #2 Use the lowest setting on your lancet. Mine goes from 1 through 6. This setting determines the depth of the stick. To deep more pain, to shallow, low pain not enough blood. I wash my hands in warm soapy water and dry well before sticking. This increases blood flow into the hands. Then I stick the side of a finger using my # 1 setting. Do not squeeze the finger after the stick as the blood sample may give a false reading, let the blood flow naturally. If a #1 setting does not work, go up to a #2 setting, using a different finger. I do not change the Lancet until it feels dull (begins to hurt). But you can if it works better for you. I primarily use my pointing fingers and middle finger, but I have tried them all and they all work. Do not use alcohol before or after the stick as in time it will toughen the skin making it harder to puncture. Try these tricks and good luck...


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I don't find it necessary to test 1 hr. after a meal. I test 2-3 hrs after a meal. And when it starts to hurt, change the lancet; it hurts when it's dull. For me, that's about every 10 tests.

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When testing my blood for specific foods I always test before I eat and then at 1 hour after my first bite and at two hours after my first bite. Different foods react differently and people react differently. Many of us react quickly and will actually see a peak blood sugar at about 1 hour, then at 2 hours we will see it went down meaning we already had the peak. Sometimes, especially, for me, with foods high in fats and carbs I also test at 3 hours, as the fats seem to slow absorption.

My key point here is that we are all different and we react differently. That is why I believe following the pre-test,1 hour, and 2 hour, protocol is where everyone should start. In time you will adapt this and know what foods to not eat.

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I just started to use the 14 day Libre. Can read as much as I want and don't worry about pricking. Doesn't hurt to apply sensors.

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I have been testing on the side of my fingers, above the first knuckle. With my OneTouch lancet it hurt like h e l l.

I just received a FastClix lancet with my new Accu-Chek meter. It is so painless, I am amazed. I am very happy with it.

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One more thing... dial the lancing device down a notch or two - you only need it to go deep enough to draw blood. Any deeper can result in bruising.
I did not know this information. I bruise with every test. Thank you.

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I did not know this information. I bruise with every test. Thank you.
The depth of the stick also is the difference between pain and painless...

I am a big guy, 68 years old, been testing for over 12 years and I still only need the #1 setting (the shallowest setting) on my testing devise.


Also, as noted above wash you hands in warm soapy water and dry well before testing as it makes the blood flow increase in the hands...

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