Painless Injections

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syckryck
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   Posted 6/17/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Injections don't need to be painful. I've talked about this with many in the medical community and I am surprised by the number of nurses and doctors who don't understand how to give a subcutaneous injection. Their methodology seems to be to just jab the needle in and get it over as quickly as possible.
 
Generally, the nerve endings in you abdominal skin are associated with your hair follicles. The trick to a painless injection is to insert the needle between hairs. Prep an area and position the needle between hairs and touch the needle to your skin. You should not feel the prick of the needle, if you do just move the needle a bit and you should be fine. Insert the needle and inject. You don't need to use a random stabbing motion to insert. Unless you're bothered by the sight of a needle, you can just slowly guide the needle into your skin. I have only 1 in a 100 painful injections.
 
Try it.
 
Sorry ladies, you may have a more difficult time visualizing your hairs then us burly, hairy guys.

LanieG
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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting.

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/18/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
syckryck,
If you had to give as many subcue injections as nurses and doctors do in their daily work you wouldn't bother looking for a hair follicle. Also, some people are just more sensitive to the needle pain than others. As long as it works for you, great! Me, I do mine in my excellently padded hips when I'm on insulin. Your mileage may vary.
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tjbessey
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   Posted 6/18/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
That brings out an interesting point. If I were in the hospital for any reason, I would be in charge of administering my byetta shots. There would be no debating that point.

TJ

uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
I just started using the Solostar Pen and it is wonderful.... I had never given myself a shot and was freaked out about it.  After oral meds alone weren't helping get my levels down, my Dr. said Lantus....So, it has been 4 days and I can't even feel the needle.... I also inject in my tummy.
 
Thanks for the info...
 
Me.

 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
                                                                    

 


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/19/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
5-7 injections a day and I ALWAYS lightly touch the injection area before actually deciding on that site. Whenever I've felt a pick, I move over a hair till I find just the right spot. The few times I've ignored that process, the injection always ended up with blood, pain, lump, or bruise. Much as I try (for rotation purposes), to inject my thigh... I always end up with one of the mentioned. Using 32 gauge, 6mm needles (the smallest, thinest possible), still doesn't help. Sigh, my hips/butt will just have to do :-)

I just don't understand how some folks inject through clothing. That just freaks me out.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My pen needles are 29 gauge, 1/2 inch. And I can't imagine doing it through my clothes....What is wrong with people? That cannot be sterile.

Me.
 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 10 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   

 

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