bruised fingers

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-08-01 17:22:10 -0500
Started 2011-07-18 09:43:24 -0500

Another newbie and probably answer-obvious question. my fingers are bruised after I test my bg. Is my lancet set too high? I have it on the highest setting. Is the bruising just normal?

6 replies

CAGrandma 2011-08-01 17:22:10 -0500 Report

You are starting at the wrong end. Start at the very lowest setting. If you don't get any blood, go one number higher.
Different meters require different amounts of blood - and some lancet devices are less painful than others.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-07-18 16:11:02 -0500 Report

I agree you are most likely set too high. For the first 14 -16 months after diagnosis I had mine set too high. I was bruised alot! Finally I started lowering it over time. Now it's set third from the lowest (out if 10) and I still get my blood just fine. And haven't had a bruise in many months!

jayabee52 2011-07-18 09:50:46 -0500 Report

You already figured it out Mary. The lancet pen is probably set too high. Back off on the depth a couple of clicks, and see if you can get a blood droplet at that setting. If you can't then move it to the next highest setting and try again.

I don't think bruising should be normal for finger sticks. But it also depends on whether or not you're on any type of blood thinner, then all bets are off.

Mistletoe 2011-07-18 10:00:27 -0500 Report

If I have my lancet pen set at 4 it bruises, but at a 3 it is perfect.

jayabee52 2011-07-18 10:06:51 -0500 Report

Great! We're all different in that way too. I have some pretty thick skin (phlebotomists have commented on that) and I need the lancet pen set at the hightest setting or I won't get a droplet. And I don't get bruising at that setting, So we're all different.

That's why they make those lancet pens with all those different setting options.

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