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Type 1 Injection Site Issues
A familiar scene for anyone with type 1 diabetes: No matter how hungry, checking blood sugar comes first. Pain is a big issue. Not just with finger pricks, but with injection sites. More tips to avoid injection pain:
Brunilda Nazario, MD:
First and foremost is to make sure that your insulin is at room temperature. Secondly, if you are applying a little topical alcohol, make sure that it evaporates. Because if it’s not you are injecting alcohol into the skin, and that can be a very painful reaction. The third thing is, make sure that your muscles are relaxed when you are giving yourself the injection. That tenseness will only cause you to be a bit more heightened to that sensation of pain.
Proper injection techniques lessen pain and bruising, and patients are then more likely to rotate injection sites, a key step to reducing permanent and unsightly scarring.
The other thing I tell patients is when they inject themselves, you don’t want to go in, inject, change the angle, and then come out at a different angle because you’re tearing the skin. That’s gonna cause pain.
And scarring. But for some, it’s inevitable.
The pump seems to cause more scarring than the shots ever did. The needles are a little bit bigger, they are staying in there a little bit longer, you’ve got a catheter in there rather than a small little shot, so that’s where I started noticing the scarring. So it’s kind of just something you have to accept. It’s like the woman with the C-section scars, it’s just kind of that’s what -- you pick your bathing suits appropriately. ... Well, I guess we could always have a worst disease. There are plenty of them out there.