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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? :confused:
 

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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? :confused:
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! :Cry::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! :Cry::baby:
You can quit, but I won't! :D
 

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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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well now I'm on insulin I test a whole lot more. Yesterday I lost count how many times I tested... maybe 12-15 times? I'm going through my test strips like crazy I know that much. I'm dropping quite low a lot lately... but then again I can suddenly go quite high. I get calusses on my fingers... but I tend to have my favourite fingers I use... usually the middle fingers on both hands. I always use the side of my fingers too as I was told that tips of fingers have nerves. At one point today I lanced a couple of my fingers 4 times before I got any blood. lol. I only need a small amount thankfully. But I try not to make my fingers too warm as I find then my fingers won't stop bleeding... actually I've had that a bit lately... it's annoying when you're in a hurry. I would encourage you to keep testing regularly.... yes it can still hurt no matter how long you've had diabetes for... but it's the only way to know what your BGLs are. :D
 

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I thought that was the nerve-damage danger zone - am I wrong?
Jenny Ruhl at Blood Sugar 101 doesn't mention that as an issue - and I would think she would, considering the research she's put in.

She does mention that for HER, that site hurts. But it's fine for me.

There's a video here:
... of a guy testing on the top, where I do, also.
 

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We aren't in danger of doing damage to the nerve by our finger pokes . . . it's just that areas which have a higher concentration of nerve endings are likely to hurt more, fingertips being one of those areas.
The tops of the fingers hurts me no more than the sides. Just after a while of testing, the sides get tender for me.

The downside to the top of the fingers is it seems to leave more noticeable marks... little red prick marks, lol.
 

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I never have tried the tops, but so far I'm not having problems with the sides of my fingers. Glad to see the video on how to do it tho'.

Now to remember it when I need it! :)
 
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ouch! looking at that video Beefy I would have never thought of lancing near my nail like that... I already complain when my skin breaks there because it stings... I can't imagine I'd be Ok with the lancing. lol. I guess everyone is different though.... just do what you know works best I suppose. I have tried end of finger tips before and it's rather painful for me... and then I got told why by the diabetic clinic nurse... so now I stick to the sides of my fingers. I still can get sore fingers like you're saying though. I have to remember to use the cocoa butter cream which I find helps... but even though I'm a lady I'm hopeless at looking after my hands daily as well as I should. I have placed cocoa butter cream everywhere in my house and at work to help me to remember and I still don't always... I even buy cocoa butter for the rest of my family. I'm the same with feet... have good intentions to care daily, but get side tracked easily and forget. lol. My family and friends claim I've got the best skin, but they're probably talking about my face because I'm good at caring for that at least.
 

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ouch! looking at that video Beefy I would have never thought of lancing near my nail like that... I already complain when my skin breaks there because it stings... I can't imagine I'd be Ok with the lancing. lol. I guess everyone is different though.... just do what you know works best I suppose. I have tried end of finger tips before and it's rather painful for me... and then I got told why by the diabetic clinic nurse... so now I stick to the sides of my fingers. I still can get sore fingers like you're saying though. I have to remember to use the cocoa butter cream which I find helps... but even though I'm a lady I'm hopeless at looking after my hands daily as well as I should. I have placed cocoa butter cream everywhere in my house and at work to help me to remember and I still don't always... I even buy cocoa butter for the rest of my family. I'm the same with feet... have good intentions to care daily, but get side tracked easily and forget. lol.

I did it earlier today, it hurt like a ----! :scared:
 

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since im testing twice a day, i use one finger in the morning, and one before my evening meal
 

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Out of curiosity, I tried the poke below the nail thing - six times on six different fingers, even changed the setting on the lancet to the deepest setting but couldn't get even a small drop - and I can still see the mark from the poke after an hour or so. I don't have a problem with pokes beside the nail.. I've averaged about 8 tests a day for the last 8 months and I only use 3 fingers for testing. I only hit a tender spot about once a week, then I might be able to feel it for a couple of hours. I don't know if it's my ultra thin Reli-on lancet or supple skin, or what, but I rarely feel any pain and after poking I can't even tell which finger I used.
 

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