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I got a couple of free boxes of BD ultra fine mini needles for my humalog and lantus pens when i was at the dr last week. but before dinner tonight I injected my humalog and it bled a little. then while eating dinner i felt a lump under my shirt. i pulled it up and sure enough I've got a lump under my skin..and it very red. have not had a problem with these needles up untill this point. not sure what i did wrong.

I was wondering what size needles everyone uses if you use a pen. And what problems you've had with different size needles. Is this a common occurance with these shorter needles??? they a 5mm length i believe. Any input is greatly appreciated.
 

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kansan said:
I got a couple of free boxes of BD ultra fine mini needles for my humalog and lantus pens when i was at the dr last week. but before dinner tonight I injected my humalog and it bled a little. then while eating dinner i felt a lump under my shirt. i pulled it up and sure enough I've got a lump under my skin..and it very red. have not had a problem with these needles up untill this point. not sure what i did wrong.

I was wondering what size needles everyone uses if you use a pen. And what problems you've had with different size needles. Is this a common occurance with these shorter needles??? they a 5mm length i believe. Any input is greatly appreciated.
I use 5mm... I bleed sometimes and I've also gotten the lump
 

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i use ReliOn 31G 8mm insulin syringes and try to keep each site to around 8 IU a la Dr B so i split my shots. i get no bumps and few other problems except having to inject insulin on a time schudule


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I use 5mm and have not bled or gotten the lump yet,even on large doses. Have not been using them that long though, so we'll see :)

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you didn't do anything wrong. Just remember that getting poked is an unnatural thing for you body and sometimes it just has to say that it didn't like that.
 

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you didn't do anything wrong. Just remember that getting poked is an unnatural thing for you body and sometimes it just has to say that it didn't like that.
I really like this quote. I think it might go in my signature. I know this probably wasn't the intention but it made me laugh a little.
 
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I've only ever used 8mm size. I always put it in on the angle as I was advised. I do get bleeding every now and then and the burning sensation. I've noticed I bruise sometimes and I get the little red lumps which looks like a rash after a bit as I tend to go for same areas.
 

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I use 8mm. First time I took my insulin I pulled it out and had a lump under skin for about 5 mins after. I think coz I was nervous I was shaking the needle around inside me lol. I bleed sometimes after pulling needle out. And at the moment my belly looks like a pin cushion. And I have random bruises on my belly too from needle.
Joys of insulin. I have only been on insulin for a month and a half now.

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I use 8mm. First time I took my insulin I pulled it out and had a lump under skin for about 5 mins after. I think coz I was nervous I was shaking the needle around inside me lol. I bleed sometimes after pulling needle out. And at the moment my belly looks like a pin cushion. And I have random bruises on my belly too from needle.
Joys of insulin. I have only been on insulin for a month and a half now.

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I was silly enough to think I'll become a pro and work out how to not bleed and bruise myself. lol.... but it hasn't worked to date. I've been on insulin since Feb10. I was advised to aim below the belly button to inject... that's what I stick too. I'm not game to try anywhere else at the moment.
 

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True. Do you change spots often. I inject either side of my belly button. I try to rotate where I do it.
When I inject on my left side I hardly feel it but when I inject on my right side it always hurts.
Weird huh. Lol. Prolly all in my head.

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True. Do you change spots often. I inject either side of my belly button. I try to rotate where I do it.
When I inject on my left side I hardly feel it but when I inject on my right side it always hurts.
Weird huh. Lol. Prolly all in my head.

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yes I change spots often... and I swap sides. I notice some spots I hit doesn't hurt, and others do. I have my own pin cushion really that looks like a balloon.... luckily the needle doesn't make it pop. lol. (although the thought of instant relief from my stomach problem is nice)
 

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I sometimes have stinging, and even once a bruise, from injecting. The longer I inject, I develop some techniques to prevent twisting or turning the needle. The needles claim they are "no pinch," but I reuse them ... a LOT. Laziness more than cheapness, frankly ...

Anyhow, one thing I do is put a finger on either side of the injection site, not quite pinching, just stabilizing ... since I count to 15 before removing the needle or else I get a bead of insulin, which makes me wonder, b/c 8 ul is not a very big volume! It seems if any twisting is going to occur, it is during that count.
 

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Usually when I do it on the left side of my belly button is when it hurts more. I don't think I even think about the angle or anything like that anymore. I just stick it in and push the insulin through, usually while having a conversation with someone and trying to count to 8 or 10 in my head at the same time.
 

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I have 1CC, 1/2 CC and 3/10 CC all short needle. I don't have any problems with my injections. I would like to have a pump someday.
 

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I'm using 8mm and I was told to go in straight. I was also told I couldn't use anything shorter as they were for babies (as in very young children, not wimps). BD's site says you should pinch with 8mm and with their 4 or 5mm you go in straight and that they can be used by anyone. I do get a small blood droplet occasionally and once bruising. Several times have had a lump and often a mild pain or burning if I bump my stomach.
 

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I use a 6mm needle because with the longer needles I was getting insulin lumps, shorter needle made a big difference. I was initially advised to inject at an angle but about 2 years ago I was advised to inject at a 90 degree angle. I was a bit apprehensive and thought it would hurt but it didn't and I have had no lumps or bleeding since. It's worth a try
 
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