Pricking finger(I'm sore)

By dagger1234 Latest Reply 2013-12-04 14:17:20 -0600
Started 2013-12-01 21:44:53 -0600

My diabetic counselor advised me to prick my thumbs. I'm right handed so I've been pricking my left thumb so many times. It's sore and hurting :( I tried to prick my right thumb and I seem to get little blood and doesn't work for testing. I've tried massaging the area and squeezing downwards and up and not enough blood is coming out. I then tried my index finger and it hurted so bad!! Mind you, I am a newly diagnosed and the depth is only at a 2 for my thumbs and I tried a depth of a 1 for my index finger and it hurted so bad. Where and what do you recommend me to prick or what are your methods for less pain?

23 replies

imfeelingLO 2013-12-02 23:26:41 -0600 Report

Are you doing the sides of your finger tips? The pad are way more sensitive then the sides because of the nerves. Try that and see if it helps!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2013-12-02 16:08:37 -0600 Report

Lots of good advice here. But for me, I think the most important bottom line is that you just do what works for you. There's no magic to this. There's no perfect spot (though it seems generally agreed that the sides of the middle and ring finger seem to have fewer nerve endings and that the forearm and palm—if your meter supports alternate site testing—are also much less painful).

Best of luck.

mariacjuan 2013-12-02 14:20:56 -0600 Report

I prick my palm. In the bottom corner. My grandma taught me the trick. Cause when I'd prick my finger it would hurt later on.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-02 14:11:06 -0600 Report

I use any finger on any hand but I use the side of the finger after warming them in warm water. No pain and blood flows easily. I am also right handed but have no problem using my left hand to test my right hand. Rotating fingers saves wear and tear on the same finger.

I asked my doctor about arm testing. He said I could do that. I have done it and found it to be less painful. However, you need to first ask your doctor if you can do this and then buy a lancing device that has the head for arm testing.

You can also look at the setting on your lancing device. The higer the number the deeper the needle will go and the more painful it will be. You can also look at needle gauges. The higher the number the smaller the needle ( I think thats the way it goes)

mspiggy81 2013-12-02 13:10:13 -0600 Report

I guess I'm lucky, years of sewing and cross stitching has pretty much numbed my fingertips so testing doesn't really bother me. If your lancet supports it try using alternate site testing. A friend of mine gets really good results near his elbow.
The only time I really feel my finger pricks is if I get too close to the edge of the fingernail. The "sweet spot" for me is to look at my finger straight on, finger nail facing me. Start from the bottom edge of the fingernail and rotate my finger sideways. Exactly halfway between the side edge of the fingernail and the center of the pad of my finger.
You mentioned you are rubbing your fingertips, are you doing this before you poke? It helps to get the blood flowing good before hand.
Lastly, there is a difference in lancets. Some have smaller needles than others, some tend to be sharper than others. Ask your doctor if he has any lancet samples he can give you to try. You do not have to use the same lancet brand as your meter. I use the Contour Next meter with a Freestyle light lancet.

dagger1234 2013-12-02 13:16:17 -0600 Report

I found a new spot where it doesn't hurt! Yay!!! My index finger in the middle. Woot. I'll try alternating fingers still though.

jayabee52 2013-12-02 10:37:41 -0600 Report

Howdy Dagger!
I have had good results with using the side of my fingers of my left hand. It rarely hurts (stings) and usually get good enough blood flow there. I usually lance down close to the bottom of the nail bed about 1/4 in from the nail.


Carla48 2013-12-02 08:29:59 -0600 Report

I favor the left thumb myself Dagger, and it hurts. I try to rotate among the first 3 fingers of my left hand, because if I use the thumb too much I get too little blood after awhile, lol! If you have a lancer that has the interchangeable device, you might try the outside of the palm of your hand, or even the forearm. I have trouble getting enough blood from my forearm, but have some success with the outside of the palm.

apeape 2013-12-02 06:14:27 -0600 Report

i number the sides of my fingers starting at my left thumb & keep a post-it in my meter case to mark off as i go, then i can make sure i'm rotating evenly thru sites. i skip my right thumb entirely, i figure i should get one untouched digit!! lol!!

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-02 01:39:59 -0600 Report

Run your fingers under hot water first. And also if you test from the lower palm of your hand it doesn't hurt as bad! You'll get used to it trust me :)

Sherelle112 2013-12-02 00:22:55 -0600 Report

Also use the sides of ur finger! It will sting for a sec, but then u essentially have 30 places to poke. The sides of each or the middle of each. Ill even do my pinky, but use a lower setting, like 2. Also the more hydrated you are, the more easily the blood flows. Good luck!

Vigneswari 2013-12-01 23:34:49 -0600 Report

Pricking is inevitable for diabetics and that too for T1 its compulsory. I was also diagnosed as T1 just 6 months back and I not only prick my thumb but all the fingers. I am also a riggt handed person as u. I take turns on my fingers. If I once prick at the edges of my middle finger then next I prick in the center and on another day I choose my ring finger and another on my index, tiny and thumb finger. For the next week I use my other hand. This makes me avoid pricking at the same hand and gives time for my fingers to heal. Note: Finger pricking pains only if u have used the needle many times or u have been pricking at the same place. Take care of u n ur diabetes n it will help u to enhance ur life.

dagger1234 2013-12-01 23:44:39 -0600 Report

Vigne: have you noticed any one of your fingers that hurt less that you recommend me to prick and then I can just alternate to the other hand?

Vigneswari 2013-12-02 01:26:23 -0600 Report

Actually I don't get pain usually when I prick my fingers. You better squeeze the tip of the finger before pricking. I do it n I don't experience any pain

dagger1234 2013-12-01 23:17:14 -0600 Report

I'm used to the insulin pen I got. I'm talking about the pricking my fingers to draw blood to test my blood sugar level.