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winnie1
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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I hope everything is going fine. I just want to ask some people who use pen needle, what size needle do you use to go on top of the pen.  Right now i having a hard time find one that will hurt (of the size that will hurt.
 
Thank everyone confused

Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/15/2010 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a lot of fat on me so, I've been using the shortest needles with the thinnest gauge. I use the Novofine needle tips that are 6mm (length) and 32 gauge (thickness). There is one size smaller (shorter & thinner) that is used for infants only.

I find that pinching up a mound of skin and injecting at a 90 degree angle is the least painful. In fact, I find the BGL finger pick testing to hurt more than the injection needles :-)

My abdomen is the best area for me to inject. I still haven't been able to inject into thighs without bruising (not enough fat). Never tried the arms but, have been using butt-hip area successfully.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/15/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Winnie,
Didn't use the pens but I did find that injecting into my "fat pads" just above where the pockets are on your jeans was the least painful place. There aren't enough nerve endings there to feel much. Hope this helps.
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Chaul22
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   Posted 7/16/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Unifine 8mm 31G ones. I don't always find a spot that does not sting, but sometimes it's painless, most of the time it does not bother me. I have practically no fat in my hands and arms, so I can't imagine anyone injecting there, but thighs, butt and abdomen are good areas - anywhere you can form that mound of skin. I was taught to inject in an angle, change the position after each injection, but I know I should be changing the needle more often too.

However, I think there is something in Levemir that causes a formation of a hard bump the width of a golf ball to rise when injected in a new spot (rarely). It's not necessarily the needle and this never happened during the 20 first years and it never happens with the rapid insulin. I have had one on my abdomen and one on my thigh. I wonder what's up with that, but my doctor said it's possible..

Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/17/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Chaul - the back of the upper arms is also an area that can be used to inject. Most diabetics I know don't use the spot (or very often), simply because it's awkward; you need a wall or something to help push up the back of the arm in order to inject. You'd never inject into the hand area!

I moved from Lantus to Levemir for the the reasons you mention. I still have some of those little balls and it's been more than 2 years since I used Lantus. I also found it stung - was too alkaline for me.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Chaul22
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   Posted 7/17/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor set me up to test Levemir as soon as it appeared on the market. I've been on it for a few years and I moved from some old "mixtards".

In any case, I wouldn't be able to inject anywhere on my arms. It's a new idea to me. It does seem awkward, yes. After I was diagnosed, they put the drip on the back of my palm, but I wouldn't inject on my hand...

uniquelyme
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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Winnie.... when I was using Lantus I used the pen...it was great.....until my insurance decided that I should use vials....and syringes....YUK I say.....Anyway, I am now taking 4 shots of insulin a day instead of pills and the Lantus so I use syringes and vials again.... When I used the pen I used these needle tips: BD Ultra-Fine Length is 8 mm. with a 31 gauge needle....the short ones not the mini ones...those minis are so short that I'd be afraid they wouldn't go in all the way....these never hurt me...at all...and I don't like doing shots....

good luck..
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