Scar Tissue & Injections

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-03-29 08:17:32 -0500
Started 2011-03-28 15:54:58 -0500

Does anyone else skip injections sometimes because they are tired of the pain and scar tissue lumps from the injections? I have 2 big lumps about 2 inches on each side of my belly button. I DREAD giving my shots now a days. My arms dont hurt as bad but with long sleeve shirts on most of the time, its a hassle to give them there. (and No, Im not a fan of giving shots through clothing as I think its very unsanitary) It hurts about 85% of the time when I give it in my leg because it always feels like Im hitting a muscle. (Even when I rotate sites) I do take my insulin, however, if my sugar isnt too high around snacks or lunch time (to me) I will sometimes just skip my insulin dose till my next main meal (Breakfast or dinner). Just want to know if anyone else goes or has gone through this. I REALLY need to start taking control of this horrible disease as I am a mom and wife in my mid 20's and have had this since I was 8. I already have very early signs of the diabetes affecting my kidneys and I really need help with this. Thanks for letting me share with you all at DC…

6 replies

Yewfy 2011-03-28 21:36:35 -0500 Report

I have had a lot of issues with injection sites over the years. My thighs are not visibly affected but when you feel them there are hard spots. I try not to inject in my stomach because that's all I did as a teen and noticed a build up and I am way too self conscious about my body now because of it. I have a tiny body, except where I injected around my belly. It's so awkward. This was a huge reason for me not taking my shots at all for a number of years.

kalie101 2011-03-28 20:28:39 -0500 Report

Try to talk to your doctor about smaller needles i had just got smaller needles and i dont feel them very much

Anonymous 2011-03-29 08:12:57 -0500 Report

I use the smallest needles they have. They are called the Nano. (for the pens) and i also use the smallest for the regular syringes when I take my Lantus.

jayabee52 2011-03-28 18:46:16 -0500 Report

I don't seem to have problems with that. I always use my fat-roll around the middle. I stay 2" away from my umbilicus, so I have lots of room on either side of that (as far as I can reach around on each side). I will show a bruise from time to time, but no scar tissue is formed as I don't inject close to the same spot with each injection. Of course I only have to inject 2x/day, so that may make a difference if you inject more often than that. But even my bride, "Jem", who injected sometimes 4x/day didn't seem to get scar tissue. However I do know some ppl more prone to scar tissue than others

Anonymous 2011-03-29 08:17:32 -0500 Report

Well, I inject my Lantus and Humalog first thing in the morning and those 2 there can not be mixed so thats 2 shots already. Then I take another shot at lunch, another at dinner, and one more before bed. So, in total, I take 5 shots a day. And thats only if I dont need a little extra any where in between meals to cover a high sugar. I soooo want the pump!

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