By Alexx_x Latest Reply 2011-04-28 09:44:34 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 19:09:25 -0500

Lately it doesn't seem to matter where I put the insert for my pump, after a few large doses of insulin the pain becomes almost unbearable. If it wasn't for the fact that supplies are so expensive I would probably be changing my site daily to try to avoid the pain. I was just recently at the doctor and she told me that my sites look fine but to try a new one. I started using my legs the next time I changed my site and it still hurts! I don't know what to do anymore, it always hurts and I can't stand the pain anymore! Has anyone else had a similar problem?

8 replies

northerngal 2011-04-27 09:35:36 -0500 Report

I also use the Ping and I noticed that if the site isn't perfectly straight, it tends to be a little painful. I rarely need as much as 10 units, but that shouldn't make any difference. When you remove them, has the tip been bent? If yes, that could be the issue. When I implant one, I tilt it so the needle is straight up and down, not like they show (at an angle) and have had few problems that way. Ping "combo bolus" dispenses it over time, so the entire amount isn't being dispensed all at once. Hope this helps.

Alexx_x 2011-04-27 09:52:07 -0500 Report

Thank you very much for this information. I was having some problems with the sites before where either the tubing would be bent and not working, or just not going in at all. I'll try to watch out for the way I'm putting it in.

northerngal 2011-04-27 10:14:54 -0500 Report

I noticed that the tip would bend once in a while and it would be painful every time I moved, not just when injecting. Thats stuff the educators and manufacturers don't know because they don't use them. I have pretty tough skin and bent needles more than a few times, so it has to be perfectly straight. Hope it makes a big difference, because I love the pump (even when its in the way sometimes)

Alexx_x 2011-04-27 10:49:56 -0500 Report

I'm lucky to have a good Animas rep, who is also a diabetic and uses the Ping. I'm hoping to get in contact with him soon to see if there are any other things I can do to help.
Thank you for the help :)

northerngal 2011-04-28 09:44:34 -0500 Report

My Ping has settings that calculate how much I take. I enter the carbs I'll eat and it calculates the dose, I can adjust the dose if I need to but usually don't. Hit "go" and it does the rest. The book that came with it is tough to follow because it's too basic. I have a chart that shows which buttons to hit in what sequence to accomplish anything I need to. Its just a sheet of paper with the steps marked. Maybe your rep has something like that. Until you get comfortable using all the available settings, most go unused. They are there for any type use so they have to cover everything. Get familiar with what you need to know and the rest is not really relevant. I think you'll like it once things are more settled.

Harlen 2011-04-27 06:56:32 -0500 Report

If I need a large dose I use the square wave and that will give me the dose over 30 min or an Hr up to 8 hr lol
Hope this helps

Alexx_x 2011-04-27 08:20:50 -0500 Report

I'm not quite sure how to do this. I have an Animas Ping and I do know that the injection rate is on slow, but I'll have to look up how to do that.
I'm also worried that this might affect my bloodsugars if it's not covering for the food I'm eating right away. The doctor already told me to give the insulin before I eat (ugh can't do it!) and if im waiting even longer wouldn't that be a problem?

Harlen 2011-04-27 14:57:34 -0500 Report

I will give it up to 30 min before I eat and it works out just fine for me
It take time for the food to absorb just as it takes time for the insulin to absorb
I dont even knoe it the ping will do a square wave bolis ??
I have the medtronic 722 but I would think they all would do it ??
I hope this helps
Best wishes

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