why does it hurt when Im giving myself my insulin shot ?

By bilow72 Latest Reply 2014-02-24 20:49:15 -0600
Started 2014-01-19 23:24:41 -0600

Ive been on insulin for going on almost two months. I give myself one shot at night. It hurts at times.
can anyone help me?

8 replies

bruinsgirl978 2014-02-24 20:49:15 -0600 Report

I agree with Gabby. I test poke and if that hurts I go to another spot. Also insulin pen needles I find smaller and thinner-ask for the shortest needle.

GabbyPA 2014-01-24 09:25:44 -0600 Report

If you can get it to room temperature it helps a lot. I kind of do a "test" poke to see if it's going to hurt. If I feel the needle, I move to a different spot. I have places such as my belly and outer thighs where I have spots I don't even feel the needle. I have tried near my belly button and it doesn't hurt, but I bruise up something horrible.

jaydoubleyou23 2014-01-23 21:28:26 -0600 Report

It hurts when it's cold and if you always give it in the same areas. Or if you don't pinch your skin and get enough fat. Or if the needle isn't exactly straight in.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-01-20 14:22:05 -0600 Report

Try to avoid veins and areas that are usually more sensitive. I have found the best places are
- inner thigh
- year belly button
- that fatty part of your upper arm between your chest and your armpit.

Avoid areas over bone. They hurt worse.
I talented to a friend who is a tattoo artist and he told me that tattoos are much more painful in areas over key organs (women should avoid lower abdomen) and over the bone (hips and ribs). I figured the same would hold true for insulin shots.

old biker
old biker 2014-01-20 08:45:05 -0600 Report

Are you making sure your insulin is at room temperature.Insulin if it's cold will sting when injected…

brent1023 2014-01-20 00:00:04 -0600 Report

Shot are nothing compared to an infusion set they can hurt i found the faster you go the less it hurts you can get an ice cube a put it where your gonna inject ( make sure u use a swab after you use the ice cube) the cold will numb the area. But the best for me is do it quickly its hard at first count to 3 then exhale and do it .

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