I feel like giving up :(

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-11-12 10:00:59 -0600
Started 2013-11-05 21:48:56 -0600

I'm tired of taking insulin. I just cannot do it anymore I can feel the needle Going through my sking. Its so painful and I have no family support.

29 replies

Landser08 2013-11-11 03:04:59 -0600 Report

It is not easy but it will get better. You always will have support from somebody here. You can and will get through this. I will keep you in my prayers.

tryingtohelpmychild 2013-11-10 01:16:28 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear that anonymous, You have support here, just talk to them about it. You can also try finding a therapist. Please try to understand those of us that don't have diabetes get scared of the unknown or even the known (my grandmother literally runs away from my daughter having to give herself glucose tests and injections). We know it's painful and there is nothing we can do to help. You have support here a diabetic family I guess you can call them/ us.

I have a child that is going through this too. She is tired of feeling like a pincushion, she is tired of being in pain all day everyday. She is tired of her plans and goals being derailed or cancelled. She is tired of lack of support from family and friends. She is tired of doctors that make assumptions. You have support here, just talk about it. Please don't give up on yourself or your life.

21Rose'syearsT1 2013-11-10 12:56:19 -0600 Report

I hate being in pain all the time. Like you say I'm always in pain. I don't feel like checking my glucose level or taking insulation. All my life I've been in pain. I know I cannot give up but I'm tired

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-09 21:19:06 -0600 Report

After taking injections for a long time, Mine started to hurt super bad too. It's okay though don't give up! :) Have you ever thought about getting a pump ? I HATED the idea of a pump. And I hated the tubes and the fact that something was supposed to stay under my skin scared me. But I tried the omnipod and it's the best decision I've ever made. It's small and no one notices it. And even where my injections used to hurt, it doesn't even hurt when you insert it. And unlike other pumps, it inserts itself. It changed my life maybe you can talk to your doctor about it. It's not a bad price either. :) Don't give up. God gives his greatest battles to the toughest soldiers.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-11-09 15:12:12 -0600 Report

Yep, wish I didn't have to inject twice a day. wish I didn't have to take BP medicine, cholestrol meds, meds for depression, meds for leg swelling and a few others. It does wear on me, but I also know that if I do not do this my life will probably be shorter. This means i would lose out on time with my 84 year old mother, my 2 30 something daughters, and my 6 year old grand daughter and 2 year old grand son. So I will continue to inject because I want to spend time with all of them.
Now, as far as painful…I do the skin test method. I will touch the needle lightly to my skin and if it hurts, I try somewhere else. See these is an advantage to having a big belly, more places to stab! Since I started this I have had very few painful injections.

Ohio Fats
Ohio Fats 2013-11-09 12:22:28 -0600 Report

I don't take insulin (yet), but I'm afraid it isn't too far in my future. Remember: Giving up means the disease is better than you. Is that what you think? Do you believe there's no one else in the world taking insulin who feels that same as you? There are millions in the same boat as you. Not long ago there was no insulin. People got Diabetes and died shortly thereafter. Then insulin was discovered to replace the insulin diabetics needed. But it was from cattle and pigs. My mother took that and had terrible allergic reactions. But she had no other choice. Now we have synthetic insulin that causes considerably less reactions and fewer side effects. This is a fight. To lose is to die. Our lives will be abreviated but can't we still fight the good fight? Don't give up!!

Stuart1966 2013-11-08 21:26:57 -0600 Report

If we could make the injection not painful would that help you?

Goto www.google.com and type in the following term "inject-ease". Goto the images sections and locate one, It is a device which will make your injection(s) ridicilously easier. This one happens to be a BD product, but there are several others too.

Another piece could (?) be the angle, the proceedure which you are using? Are you pulling up the skin when you inject, or raising the site in some manner?

How large a gague of needle are you using? There are quite a few needle thicknesses. Different syringes use more lubricant on the needles. Don't have a comparison (unsure anybody's ever done one re: needle lube???) but experience suggests brand name needles use more lube, and insertion below the skin is much easier…

Combined together, Im confident we can make this much better for you.

Take a video of how you inject from start to finish. Video every single step I'm absolutely certain we can help.

desertlilac 2013-11-08 16:17:28 -0600 Report

Thank you for posting this and sharing your feelings. I don't even need insulin (I take pills still), but the doctor has added to my prescription list and changed my diet and I HATE it! I need to count my blessings!! I feel like you do, though, that it's all too rough and woe is me! My friend, who helped me out this morning, said to take time to take care of myself by loving myself enough to do the things that keep me healthy. You can borrow my friend through me. We can be your family support.

karmelkakes 2013-11-07 18:42:15 -0600 Report

I know the feeling depression hits me most around the holidays when I can't eat what everyone else is remember emotional feelings are temporary and this will pass but if it gets to hard talk to your Dr about a mild non addictive anti depressant or vitamins help

1lady4 2013-11-06 23:46:17 -0600 Report

Try getting an insulin pump its way better than taking shots

21Rose'syearsT1 2013-11-07 11:25:20 -0600 Report

I cannot get a pump because I don't have a private insurance and I'm taking two different insulin

kejo 2013-11-07 18:53:34 -0600 Report

A pump can use one insulin but acts as both, for example… I use humalog, my pump gives me a percentage of a unit every hour ( according to what your Endo suggest. Acting like a long acting insulin ) and when I eat I can bolus myself accordingly !

GabbyPA 2013-11-06 18:17:11 -0600 Report

Have you tried maybe an ice cube where you give your shot? I find that my outer thigh is less sensitive than my inner thigh and I can find places on my tummy that don't hurt when I put it in. Maybe a thinner needle is what you need?

Like others have said, maybe a tougher skin. Comparing a needle stick to an amputated limb or chronic neuropathy or blindness. There are many other related things that can be part of our daily lives. Sometimes just a little perspective can help us through the times when we want to give up.

You have support here. Family doesn't get it a lot of the time, but we do. We are here to help.

Tony5657 2013-11-09 11:08:14 -0600 Report

You're a breath of fresh air and you're filled with wisdom. You're always an inspiration to me and I hope, also to "Anonymous." There is always "hope" but to make "hope" work, it involves our courage, self control and our faith.

correctionsnurse1 2013-11-06 16:44:09 -0600 Report

Everyone has their moments, so just let it pass and continue to care of yourself. I just had one of my "self pitty" moments yesterday, and then thought, there are others out there that are a lot worse than I am.

kejo 2013-11-06 02:46:27 -0600 Report

Everyone goes through this… We get burned out on taking care of ourselves! But you have to move passed this and continue to take care of yourself. It's not going to be easy, but everyone has the strength inside them… Even you!!

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