Allergies and needles.
By Latest Reply 2013-03-02 12:29:12 -0600
Started 2013-02-24 20:31:06 -0600

I was recently diagnosed with type one diabetes, and it's a little hard to cope with. I was admitted to the hospital for three days, and I am PETRIFIED of needles, and I get myself in the vein constantly. I've tried taking it in my thigh and arm, but it hurts worse than my stomach. I was on Lantus for about a week, and I started to get a burning sensation on the inside of my stomach, and it would last for an hour or so, including inflammation (I would even get the burning if I took it elsewhere). So my doctor switched me to Levemir because she said that I was allergic to the Lantus. Now being on the Levemir for about two weeks, that burning sensation is coming back.

Could I be allergic to insulin? Both brands? Is it possible that I became diabetic because my body was allergic to my own insulin?
Has anyone else experienced this?
Is there any tricks where you won't prick yourself in the vein nearly every time? I have a lot of trouble with that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

11 replies

RebC 2013-03-02 12:29:12 -0600 Report

I get that burning sometimes too. It is worse if the insulin is cold, but really it's just where you inject. You might be injecting close to a nerve or a vein (easy to do) and that's why it burns for so long until it has a chance to dissipate. It will not be as bad once you have the…how would you say it…calloused? spots, for lack of a better word, where you inject often.

And you have to learn to go fast. A slow needle is like death.

I was deathly afraid of needles before I was diagnosed. I still don't like blood draws, but the little syringes I give insulin with have kind of disappeared from my fear because they are so commonplace now.

Good luck with everything. if you have any questions, we're here for you!

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-25 21:10:46 -0600 Report

Get the book, "Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Richard Bernstein. Dr. B is a type 1 diabetic and has been since he was 12 years old. He was an engineer and he approached his diabetes from the view point of an engineer. He found that if he did certain things his blood sugars would come down significantly. His doctors didn't believe him because he wasn't a doctor. So at 45 years of age he went back to school to become a doctor. He is now nearly 80 years old and is still a practicing physician in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

The first 10 to 14 pages of his book are filled with success stories. People who were very ill and who reversed their conditions because of Dr. B's work.

I highly recommend this book because it worked for us. My husband is a type 2 diabetic and has been for over 30 years. After over 20 years of dealing with his diabetes, in 2002 was very ill back. He was on 43 units of insulin, he was morbidly obese at 280 pounds for a man who stood 5' 10", He had neuropath in both his feet that limited his walking to no more than 75 feet at one time. He was on Neurontin pain medication for the painful neuropathy. He has psoriasis. He had profuse night sweats because of hypoglycemic episodes during the night. He was on diuretics. I could go on and on. Suffice to say - he was very ill. And he was so angry and irritable too.

I read Dr. B's book. It was the most refreshing and most hopeful thing I had ever read. It set me to learn as much as I could about diabetes. It also gave me a road map to follow.

In 2003 I set up a program for my husband. Within 3 months he was off of insulin completely and has never looked back. Within 9 months he lost 80 pounds and has since lost another 20 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds. Within a year he was in 2 5K races (walking) and finished. He came off of pain medication, came off of diuretics, came off of statins.

Enough said. Get Dr. B's book. You will find it very inspiring, very hopeful and very helpful.

Other books to read: Blood Sugar Solutions by Mark Hyman, M.D., Sugar - The Bitter Truth by Dr. Robert Lustig.

You will find that there is much you can do to control diabetes, prevent horrible effects and live a happy, productive and long life. Remember Dr. B is nearly 80 years old! :)

manapua72 2013-02-25 00:46:44 -0600 Report

If the doctors are right and you are a type 1 then NO YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC to your own insulin … You are type 1 because the cells in your pancreas that make insulin were attacked and killed … Thus you don't make insulin , which as a type 1 you need to be able to live …

Harlen 2013-02-24 21:07:11 -0600 Report

I know one D that's unable to take insulin they have a bad reaction to insulin ,like can die from it
That was three month ago and it's not looking good for him bs in the 1200s they don't think he's going to live that much longer.
A pump my help you ???
When you inject do you do it slowly ? Is the insulin at room temp??
Best wishes
Harlen 2013-02-25 06:35:20 -0600 Report

Yes I inject slowly, if I do it too fast then it burns even more. My doctor wants to get me a pump, but sadly my insurance doesn't cover it and I don't have money to buy it myself. I refrigerate my insulin, but I let it warm close to room temperature before I take it.

old biker
old biker 2013-02-25 08:27:07 -0600 Report

There is no reason to re refrigerate a insulin pen once you use it..They are good for 28 days at room temperature. Cold insulin will sting and burn, could be you were not waiting long enough for it to get to room temp

Mikeal72 2013-02-24 21:01:08 -0600 Report

I can't say that I've heard of allergic reactions to the basal insulins but I suppose its possible. I really empathize with you. I was mortified when I found out I was type I and couldn't stomach the thought of needles. It does get easier over time, I promise you that. I always inject in the fattiest area of my body, so I'm no where near a vein. Are you using the 32 gauge bd nano pen needles? I use those and it's not so bad. And if you are still having bad reactions, please call the doc/nurse for help. That's why they are there 2013-02-25 06:38:29 -0600 Report

I'm not sure if the needles are 32 gauge, but I've been using 6mm and 8mm. The problem is, my doctor gave me the pens, but when she put in a prescription for them, she realized that my insurance didn't cover it. So as soon as I'm done with this pen, I have to start on syringes, which I can't even bear to think about it.

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