Infusion Sites

By drush Latest Reply 2014-02-05 14:24:20 -0600
Started 2014-02-02 16:43:22 -0600

Hi. I have had type 1 for 30 years this year. I have been a pump user on and off for the past 10 years. I am having insulin absorption problems pretty much anywhere on my abdomen whether it's an infusion set, or a needle injection. I have now resorted to inserting and infusion set on my breast. Can't reach my back or buttocks on my own, and my thighs get extremely sore from an insertion. Any advice?

6 replies

drush 2014-02-03 18:39:24 -0600 Report

I'm using a 9mm cannula. Medtronic Enlite with cgms. Love it. Just got it a couple months ago. I previously had animas ping and continuously had problems with leakage around the cannulas on their sets for some reason. Medtronics just seems to work better for me.

Type1Lou 2014-02-05 14:24:20 -0600 Report

My Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump uses the QuickSet Paradigm 9mm infusion set. I'm not a CGM user so have one less poke,

Type1Lou 2014-02-03 17:44:02 -0600 Report

Ouch! I've only been pumping since September 2011 and rotate my infusion sites from belly, hips, thighs, buttock where I can reach. I figure I get 3 on each thigh, three on each belly/hip/buttock side and one on each side slightly above the waist so I don't revisit the same infusion site area for about a month…hoping to avoid the absorption issues. (I tried the back of my arm but found it way too awkward, so haven't used that area. Some pump makers may have infusion sets with smaller/shorter canulas…worth exploring. What pump are you using?

drush 2014-02-03 17:18:55 -0600 Report

Well, the backs of my arms are rather lean…and I'm not sure I trust anyone other than myself with an infusion set! Lol. How long have you had diabetes?

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-04 06:33:16 -0600 Report

I've been type 1 since '87, when I was 15. Not exactly sure the cannula length, but I'm pretty sure that it's not deep enough to hit muscle. Skin and the underlying fat layer is a little thicker than you would think, even in lean spots.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-03 09:54:13 -0600 Report

I haven't had to go anywhere but my abdomen yet. When I was younger and took shots I did the backs of my arm, maybe there. Unless you have someone you trust with an infusion set and your backside…

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