Finger pricks

By BrookeLauren Latest Reply 2012-04-07 00:07:37 -0500
Started 2012-03-26 00:19:02 -0500

I've got a question. I've wondered about this for a while now. For the first month that I found out I had T1 diabetes they had me testing myself on my fingers however after talking to my doctor about how it hurts he switched me over to testing myself on the spot between my hand and my elbow and I don't feel a thing when I test there. It's awesome! What my question is, is why doesn't everyone test there? Yeah I know it looks like you've gotta a little bruise there but having a little bruise, i feel, is a trade off I'm willing to take if it means no pain!

28 replies

techguy87114 2012-04-06 16:04:49 -0500 Report

While I think alternative site testing is fine, most doctors will tell you that you get the most accurate sample of blood and therefore the most accurate reading from your meter when you prick your fingers. This is what all mine have said.

I myself am newly diagnosed with T2, & have started using a BGM. I too have to prick a finger etc draw blood.. I guess its a matter of the setting on the lancet device as well as the guage of needle.

Somone below mentioned the "delica" which does not hurt at all. I have tried it and there is no pain. Its funny but if you look at the name d-e-l-i-c-a, those are the first letters of the word DELICATE!!

this has been my experience anyway. the feelings and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone.

Hope I have been some help.. sorry if this has been said before.


oldman62 2012-03-29 18:28:12 -0500 Report

One touch has just came out with a new lancit device called the "delica". Painless, painless, painless. A very well thought out and smart device that uses a newly designed lancet. You think it didn't work till you squese the ol pinkie. No lie. I'm surte you could find it without buying the whole meter. Probably on their web site. It will be well worth your time to check it out.

2manypricks 2012-03-29 17:24:32 -0500 Report

Some fingers are more painful than others. For me i found that running my finger im gonna poke under warm water for a bit hurts less for me :)

MrsCDogg 2012-03-29 13:48:41 -0500 Report

I had an adaptor for my lancing device that allowed me to check in other spots besides fingers but it never seemed to work for me. Besides I have a nice little calous built up on my left thumb where I test and it hurts way less. However I hate it when I have to have a nurse or someone else check my sugar. They always insist on checking on the side of my finger where it's bony and it REALLY hurts there!

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-03-28 12:29:52 -0500 Report

I would say that as long as her doctor is the one who told her to check her b/g on her fore arm he should know what he is doing. " after talking to my doctor about how it hurts he switched me over to testing myself on the spot between my hand and my elbow "


kdroberts 2012-03-28 06:23:45 -0500 Report

A big reason if you take insulin is you can't rely on those readings to figure out your dose. As said, in general the reading you get is not what your blood sugar is at the time you take it so if your blood sugar is changing, it won't be accurate.Personally I never feel much pain on any of my fingers. As long as you rotate where you do it, use the sides, use a decent device and have the depth setting you shouldn't feel much.

GabbyPA 2012-03-28 08:44:04 -0500 Report

I figure I have about 20 good poking points on my hands. Each side of each finger and my thumbs. It takes me a while to run out of spots. BUT, I don't test as often as some. Keeping a fresh lancet also helps reduce the pain and the bruising.

roshy 2012-03-28 03:39:18 -0500 Report

i find it hard to get blood from that area too. Is there is special tecnique or do you just need to use more pressure then usual amd increase the strength on the pricker??

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-27 00:33:11 -0500 Report

I find it easy to test in my fingers, and do like getting the most up-to-the-minute reading. I tried testing on the arm, but had trouble getting blood!

I don't use my index fingers as they are actually tougher. My problem is that I any know which spots on the fingers "work" best, and I tend to use those spots too often and sometimes end up with a bruise or overly torn skin. I also use the Freestyle meter which does not require very much blood.

Jan8 2012-03-26 18:15:31 -0500 Report

it's great that you found a way to decrease the pain. There are many different types of lancet devices and some hurt and others don't.

Armourer 2012-03-26 15:26:05 -0500 Report

It was a happy day when testing the forearm came into being. I quit testing for a couple of years because I couldn't handle the pain on my finger tips. My father-in-law doesn't bother him, but for me had to set the plunger at the deepest setting then jam it into the skin with a table top on the other side. I had terrible bruises, but I don't bleed well. Forearm for me was great!

GabbyPA 2012-03-26 09:03:51 -0500 Report

Alternative testing sites have been in conversation for a few years now. There are meters that come with a special "cup" that helps get the blood from other sites such as the fore arm or the palm of your hand.

The talk is that the finger tips are "more accurate". I suppose if you adjust your timing for the 15 minute delay that James is talking about it is fine. And if you have to test a huge amount of times, finding other places has to be a god send.

Have you ever looked into a continuous glucose monitor? That way you don't have to keep poking your fingers.

sseddog 2012-03-26 09:01:49 -0500 Report

Best advice I got was never test the index finger - too many nerve endings - and only test on the sides of the finger tips. No pain for me except for the time my daughter was looking at my testing kit and changes the needle depth to 1 mile. OUCH!

GabbyPA 2012-03-26 09:05:01 -0500 Report

Yeah, I remember when I had my setting too deep. It looked like I smashed my finger in the door. Ouch is right! LOL

roshy 2012-03-28 03:41:19 -0500 Report

the multiclix lancet pen device is brilliant!! have you ever used it?? instead of just one lancet it comes in a barrel with 6 lancets!! i loooove it!!

roshy 2012-04-04 19:53:08 -0500 Report

dont worry gabby!!!! i was doing some reseaarch the other day and it looks like soon enough we may be using nano ink technology to monitor our blood sugars!!!! imagine that!!! nano ink particules triggered by uv light will send our bs reading to a wrist watch!!!! that would be cool!!

GabbyPA 2012-04-05 09:37:56 -0500 Report

I have heard about things like this such as tattoos as well. Kind of like a mood ring for your sugar. LOL There are some neat ideas for control out there.

roshy 2012-04-06 20:37:33 -0500 Report

ah human beings became sci-borgs aaaaaaggggeeeesssss ago!! look at all the vacinations we get at birth and blood pressure & colestural tablets we munch on!! and the flu jabs !! i started calling myself robo-cob when i moved onto pump therapy!!!!

GabbyPA 2012-03-28 08:41:31 -0500 Report

I have not seen that, but I just change my lancets as I go. Those are one of the least expensive parts of being a diabetic. Figures...the thing that pokes you would be cheap. LOL!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-26 02:11:35 -0500 Report

My onetouch meters come with lancing device that has a numbered wheel on it so you choose the depth of the skin prick. The number I use doesn't hurt.

jayabee52 2012-03-26 00:49:42 -0500 Report

One of the reasons folks don't like to test on the forearm, Brooke, is that the blood flow is delayed on the forearm. You can know what your BG was like 15 minutes ago testing on the forearm. The most up to date Blood Glucose reading is in your fingertips. That is why I do it there. And I find if one does it correctly it is rather painless too.

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