Sore fingers....!

By Momto3 Latest Reply 2009-03-26 08:42:59 -0500
Started 2009-03-22 20:23:10 -0500

Okay everyone - here is a quandry I find myself in as a newly diagnosed diabetic..those darn finger sticks to do my blood sugar! I am running out of room - does anyone have any suggestions on how to make them hurt less??? Thanks so much!
Oh and on a personal note I went to a baby shower today and actually stayed AWAY from the dessert table, and as a door prize I chose the basket with the home spa goodies rather than the one with all the chocolate yummies in it!!

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Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-24 14:03:35 -0500 Report

My son pricks his forearm and he says it does not hurt..He can not prick his fingers.I know the finger gives more blood, but the forearm gives enough to get a reading…Good luck..let me know what you think…


Momto3 2009-03-23 11:27:02 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for all of the advice - you all are so kind! I am going to try adjusting the lancet to 4/5 - I have it set at 6 and doing it on the side of the finger/thumb.
Okay - another question - what would make my fasting level in the AM so high when I haven't had anything to eat in over 12 hours? It was 175 this AM, then after breakfast it was 155. I guess I still don't understand the dynamics of this disease…feel kinda dumb!

GabbyPA 2009-03-24 09:22:22 -0500 Report

Nope! Never dumb...just a complicated disease. What you might want to read up on is "Dawn Phenomenon". That is what many of us have who suffer high morning reads. Myself included. A carb snack with some protein or fat (apple with peanutbutter, cracker with cheese) can help. I have yet to find the magic combination...I still have high AM readings. It is a tough one. The thing I found that works best is an Extend bar or a Glucerna Bar a bit before bed. I am also now experimenting with taking my metformin with that snack instead of dinner to see if it helps.

BeckyJ 2009-03-24 11:20:39 -0500 Report

I suffered from "Dawn Phenomenon" for a long time until my doc suggested taking all of my metformin at night. Before I had split the 2 pills, one AM one PM, taking them both at night seemed to help considerably. Also since the Metformin usually gives me a bit of tummy upset I usually take it with some milk or yogurt. For the last week my fastings have all been below 130.

GabbyPA 2009-03-24 21:24:11 -0500 Report

How much metformin are you taking? I take 2000mg a day. Is that too much to take all at once at night? That sounds like a good idea, because I usually drop during the day anyway. I know if I can start lower I will do better.

BeckyJ 2009-03-25 19:52:41 -0500 Report

I take 2000mg of Metformin. Taking it at night has made a significant drop in my morning numbers. I had been told previously to seperate them but after having such highs in the AM the Endo said it would be ok to take them at night as long as it didn't cause too much stomach discomfort. You might want to check with your Doc to make sure they agree.

GabbyPA 2009-03-26 08:42:59 -0500 Report

Thanks, I will do that. I always start in the 160-180 range and drop as the day goes on. So this could really help me out.

dj7110 2009-03-23 09:34:34 -0500 Report

best advice is rotateing your prick spots. and always change lancets. luckly mine has an attachment to change on the end, than I can test from my arm also, which I do find less painful. Like I tell everyone starting injections. The finger pricks are by far more painfull.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-23 09:14:43 -0500 Report

Also someone mentioned that they alternate fingers each day so they are never poking a finger more than every 10 days. I not that organized :)

GabbyPA 2009-03-23 08:48:26 -0500 Report

Like Debe said, use the sides of your fingers and my thumb is very prolific. I can poke it a couple times a seems to be my least sensitive one. I also use 30g lancets. I have some that are larger and I can tell the difference. Also, change your lancet each poke and you will always have a good needle. Sometimes, if I wait too long to change mine, they start to hurt.
It does get easier...really.

jsd2005 2009-03-23 07:10:26 -0500 Report

Yes, your fingers certainly can get sore. Rather than the pads of the fingers, you should try only the sides. Try up nearer to the nail. This skin is a tougher. Also, how do you have your lancet set? What meter are you using? Most don't require a significant amount of blood. So, usually you can set it to two or three and it will get enough sample.

rbergman 2009-03-23 00:14:13 -0500 Report

Depending on your meter type some have other sites of the body that can be tested, if you prefer finger prick though, the sides don't seem to hurt as bad as the middle, or the lowest point before the first joint line in the middle area doesn't seem to hurt as bad as higher towards the nail either.

Fantastic job on avoiding the goodies you crave and instead taking the pampering basket, bravo for you!

vgarrison 2009-03-22 23:55:42 -0500 Report

Yes the sides work the best, but I use my pinky's more…I don't know why but it seems to hurt less for me…and I only have to set it on 2 for them…

Have you tried to use your forearm or the other "alternative" test sites…I have tried and failed, so I have stuck to the tried and true…


Splender 2009-03-22 21:17:51 -0500 Report

I also agree,sticking your finger on the side is a lot better. I also have been pricking my fingers for 20 years now about 4 times a day. Your fingers will toughen up,then you won't be able to get blood out of them sometime. Hang in there your fingers won't hurt much longer.


jaclyncrystal 2009-03-22 20:51:57 -0500 Report

usually set my lancet at about 4/5, only time it really hurt my finger was last night when i did a sample in a moving car, actually got a bruse (won't do that again) fingers on sides realy do get tougher. jackie

2009-03-22 20:32:48 -0500 Report

I totally agree with Debe. Also, what kind of lancet are you using? I use the freestyle lite meter but I use the onetouch ultra lancet because it's less painful for me. You may have it set to go too deep? Just a thought. I find myself going to my thumbs, they don't hurt like your other fingers. I was diagnosed in December and after a couple of months, my fingers got a little tougher, lol…Way to go avoiding the dessert table! Good luck to you, Angie

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-22 20:27:55 -0500 Report

The best way to prick you fingers are on the sides. I have been pricking my fingers for years and only had problems when the aides in the hospital pricked my fingers in the middle or really jabbed my finger where it felt like it hit the back of my fingernail…Debe

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