You may be testing the wrong way

By SkipT Latest Reply 2009-04-27 08:54:06 -0500
Started 2008-11-25 01:55:15 -0600

When I first started poking my finger to test, I said to myself I am going to hate this. Then I learned that you should NOT use the tips of your fingers, but instead use the SIDES of your finger tips. This gives you two places on each finger, and it really doesn't hurt as much since most of the nerve endings are in the tips and not the sides.
Hope this helps.

15 replies

sexyswamprat 2009-01-10 20:38:34 -0600 Report

I have always tested on the sides. Your right, it doesn't hurt all that much. I'm a bleeder though so it doesn't take much of stick to get the juices flowing.

Anngelia 2009-01-17 13:26:09 -0600 Report

I'm the same way. I can set my lancet for a child and still get a good drop. I bleed very easily. I used to wonder why all the blood sugar meter commercials talked about pain. I thought it was just a matter of people whinning. But then I realized that other's had to go much deeper with the lancet. So now I have much more sympathy for those who have to go a little deeper. But using the sides makes such a difference. So anyone who doesnt do that already should give it a try. You might as well make anything you can a little more comfortable.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-01-09 21:14:36 -0600 Report

The sides was where I was told to poke by the Dr. and in diabeties class. I, too hate needles and this dosn't hurt as bad as I thought.

sparkysmom 2008-11-30 15:45:33 -0600 Report

I was told by a friend to use the side of my finger. I like it much better. You are so right, way less painful

ancoto 2008-11-30 15:14:17 -0600 Report

I use the sides of my fingers so that way I barely feel it. I also use my palm sometimes.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-25 06:19:50 -0600 Report

I have always learned to use the side of my fingers. And your right it doesn't hurt much. I know as a patient in the hospital the nursing aids come time to check your sugar, they just want to get their job done so go figue they could care less where they poke you or if it hurts. They aminly poke the middle of my finger and I tell them I would be much easier if you do it on the sides…Debe

vgarrison 2008-11-30 02:43:41 -0600 Report

When I was in the hospital, I actually wouldn't let the aide test me…I made them hand me the lancing device and I did it myself, or I used my own lancing device and they checked my bg level…I figure they are my fingers and I have to be the one to deal with the pain..not them.

patchman1164 2008-11-30 14:33:39 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info. I am newly diagnosed and I hate needles. I also work on a computer all day so the side of the finger will help.


Anngelia 2009-01-10 09:57:50 -0600 Report

It's been years since I spent any time in the hospital but when I have been there I make them let me do all my BG tests and I ALWAYS made them let me give myself my insulin. I'm now on a pump so they would have no choice but to let me do my own needle changes. I would never let anyone change my set.

As someone else said "it is my body". And I know how to insert needles and test my blood sugar without any pain. I know nurses are trained and I think their services are wonderful but I think their time is better spent on other things.

Desdemona 2009-04-27 07:29:50 -0500 Report

Those of you on pumps- heads up! Most hospitals don't want to deal with your pump, and will jerk it off of you to place you on MDI, no matter how long you are to be there! It's not that they're being difficult- it's more that there are too many pumps to train the staff on their use.
Rmemeber- you have the right to refuse anything. You can manage your own DM while you are hospitalized- talk with your dr. But remain aware- they may take over anyway if they think you're incapable of managing sensibly. Just consider these things, and make preparations BEFORE the situation arises!

2008-11-25 06:06:07 -0600 Report

Good subject, post; There are a lot of things that people don't know and no-one is starting discussions about the actual illnesses we are dealing with; so thanks for your contrubution. It has been days since I learned something new.

2009-01-11 07:04:11 -0600 Report

I have a hard time drawing any blood out of the tips of my fingers, always have had to use the sides, and since my circulation is bad, only seem to get it out of left pinky

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