Insulin Injections

By Doryian Latest Reply 2011-08-20 15:02:53 -0500
Started 2011-08-15 15:39:30 -0500

Is there a rule about how far you have to space insulin injections apart? I have to give myself 4 injections a day (2 different types of insulin). Could I put them a quarter inch apart - administer all four injections within a one inch strip of skin?

11 replies

Type1Lou 2011-08-16 14:53:42 -0500 Report

Up until today, when I started on an insulin pump, I'd been taking 4 shots a day, sometimes 5. My Lantus shot was always in my belly or hip or buttock but rotated every day. My pre-meal Novolog shots were in my thighs. I've been on insulin for 35+ years and have had no absorption problems. If you inject too frequently in the same area, you likely will develop a problem where your insulin absorption is not as good. Always good to rotate the sites.

Doryian 2011-08-20 09:56:19 -0500 Report

Baby steps… I just don't see how I can inject anywhere but in my legs. I have a little grid system on each leg & switch legs every week. I'll get more adventurous as time goes on. You have been such a big help to me. Thank you for all of your advice! <3

Type1Lou 2011-08-20 15:02:53 -0500 Report

Dear Doryian,
I'm so happy that my experienced can be of help. One side effect I had with my insulin shots is that I would frequently nick a blood vessel and get these gorgeous black and blue marks. (This is something I will no longer have to deal with on the pump.) Once, when I went for a physical and I had a number of these bruises, my doctor shyly asked me if everything was all right at home. Luckily, I was able to reassure her that I had no problems in that regard…but I was happy that she noticed and asked. Good luck…it will get easier.

Armourer 2011-08-15 17:34:15 -0500 Report

Correct, It took me a couple of years to know this. I always inject on my left side because its nerves are less aware of pain. One day I looked in the mirror and noticed that my left side was bigger then my right and was less in color. The answer is to change around the site.

realsis77 2011-08-15 16:07:48 -0500 Report

Hi. I always change areas. I take lantus in the am and humulin after meals. I try and make sure to move the spot around because you can develop scar tissue if you do not. I'm one of the few who choose to inject on my outer thigh so I'll actually change legs everyday.its best to not stay in one area.

Doryian 2011-08-20 09:58:18 -0500 Report

I need to create a system like this. With sticking my fingers, I was loosing track of which one I stabbed last until I developed a routine. Thank you for all of the advice you have offered me. I love this site - it is very reassuring. <3

margokittycat 2011-08-15 15:54:31 -0500 Report

Yes you can there is no set rule on the injections other than not putting them in the same exact spot. Been diabetic for 30+ years and on 4 shots for over 27 of those 30+ years and when sick I can take up to 8 shots a day. Like I currently am do to illness until my dr. appointment next week.

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