Stretch Marks & Insulin Shots

By Doryian Latest Reply 2012-04-02 00:15:36 -0500
Started 2011-09-10 06:35:44 -0500

OK, my original plan was to give all my shots in the legs. After a month, my poor legs are sore, sore, sore… I'm thinking I can't give insulin shots in my belly because I have lots of stretch marks. I'm fat & have had one pregnancy, so my belly is literally almost one big stretch mark. There are about 1/8 inch spaces between the stretchmarks that looks like regular skin. Is that enough space to inject? If I aim the needle between the stretch marks, will that work?

19 replies

danielle2010 2011-09-11 11:42:42 -0500 Report

I am big. I do and had to give myself shot when I was pregnant and I have to now. I have stretch marks from having three kids. I give my shot in my stomach because to it is less painful. With a big belly you do not feel it as if in the legs or arm. I have tried it. I have not tried to buttocks because well I can not reach lol. But, I rotate my sites. I give myself. 78 unites once a day. But, good luck.

margokittycat 2011-09-10 22:48:53 -0500 Report

Doryian, I have been diabetic for 30 years and had two kids in the mean time. I rotate sights and do the arms leg, thighs butt and stomach. I have stretch marks and give myself shpts in through stretch marks all the time. I take 4-6 shots a day. Being allergic to all insulins but regular. You want to rotate shots because you don't want to end up with sunken spots from giving yourself shots in the same place all the time. Good Luck and God Bless.

Pat D.
Pat D. 2011-09-10 20:58:48 -0500 Report

I was told not to inject my stomach but to put it in my thigh, upper arm or buttocks. Haven't did the buttocks yet, but the thigh and the upper arm is working out. To put it in your upper arm all you have to do is sit in a chair that has a back to it and put your arm on it to show the back side and then you can inject it.

Type1Lou 2011-09-11 12:24:19 -0500 Report

I never liked injecting into my arm…lucky for me that I had my abdomen, legs and buttocks. Was on insulin shots for 35 years before starting a pump on Aug 16. Still have to rotate the infusion site every 3 days and learning the good and not-so-good spots for it.

Doryian 2011-09-12 05:17:39 -0500 Report

Shot the stomach 4 times yesterday. So far - so good. Having a hard time seeing where to stab because the boobs block the view. LOL.

Harlen 2011-09-10 20:13:18 -0500 Report

I give or did give them in the strech marks as long as it got absorbed it didnt matter to me ,I am on the pump now thank god I was taking 11 to 14 shots a day
I too am fat and there is so menny places to give shots let you mined run lol lol
Best wishes

Doryian 2011-09-12 05:20:09 -0500 Report

Oh… I read not to give shots in scar tissue. Maybe stretch marks aren't scar tissue? Just assumed they were. It would be much easier if I didn't have to worry about aiming. <3

Type1Lou 2011-09-10 12:10:37 -0500 Report

Make sure that you rotate the site of your shots as much as possible to avoid developing the condition where the tissue you inject into doesn't absorb your insulin as well…(I can't remember the name of that condition right now…"lipo-something I think) OK, I just looked it up and here's what I found: it's called insulin lipodystrophy and means the loss of local fat deposits in patients with diabetes as a complication of repeated insulin injections into the same subcutaneous tissue.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.

Doryian 2011-09-10 19:41:56 -0500 Report

I know… Only been at this 4 weeks. Still a little squeemish. Thanks for the encouragement! <3

realsis77 2011-09-10 11:46:11 -0500 Report

Hi! I give all my shots in my OUTER thigh. This works out well and I'm NOT sore at all! Yes! Aim the needle between the marks and pinch the skin. I think you also will find this comfortable! I do it every injection! I have also had two children so I know exactly what your saying. Give this a try! It works wonderfully for me! :)

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