Just a little nervous ---- need an answer quickly

By teacherspet Latest Reply 2014-08-28 19:37:19 -0500
Started 2014-08-23 00:02:01 -0500

Need a quick answer…I'm just learning to inject Lantus…and tonight as the needle went in I moved and the needle bent…now I have a red line where the needle went, I am thinking, and it's burning like crazy. Please tell me this is no big deal, and I can go to bed. OR tell me it is a big deal…and I should call someone.

12 replies

Copperchef 2014-08-28 19:37:19 -0500 Report

No biggy, when the needle bent, the injection was closer to the surface which irritated the nerve endings. I have done that too. Talked with my doctor and that is the explanation he gave me.

MrsCDogg 2014-08-28 07:08:44 -0500 Report

There are times when you inject insulin that it hurts, burns and stings. I've even had it to make an itchy little knot under the skin. So, you are fine. Just relax and take your time when you inject.

alanbossman 2014-08-23 20:15:25 -0500 Report

I also keep my lantus warm once in a while mine will sting but most of the time its fine
You should be fine if the lantus made it sting some just try when it is warm

rolly123 2014-08-23 18:17:09 -0500 Report

D o u warm u lantus befor using it rubbing it in hand warm it up! I found if take it right out refrig
And I inject it right wY my will burn badly since I got pen and keep out I don't have problem because it room temp! Try that hopefully it work I know we all differnt but worked for me!

wraithmb 2014-08-23 08:23:02 -0500 Report

I also use lantus, and I usually find that burning sensation occurs more if I move the needle while it's in my skin. I don't think you have anything to worry about, as long as the whole needle came out.

GabbyPA 2014-08-23 05:34:10 -0500 Report

Insulin often burns, at least mine does and if you were so close to the skin, it might be more so since that's where your nerves are.

Do you have more needles for your injections. You don't want to keep using that one.

teacherspet 2014-08-23 16:24:52 -0500 Report

Nope, I change them everytime I inject. Can't see the sense in using it again…seems dangerous.

GabbyPA 2014-08-24 06:40:50 -0500 Report

How did it go today? Getting better at it?

teacherspet 2014-08-24 11:12:00 -0500 Report

Gabby, thanks for asking. Yes it did go better…and my numbers were much better also. Takes some practice and also I've been using Humalog sparingly in the past, the bending of the needle was a first…it's nice to know there are those who care and offer experiential advice and concern. Thanks

GabbyPA 2014-08-25 05:55:20 -0500 Report

I know I still have to "poke carefully" for myself. Its funny how spots on our bodies are so "jumpy" when it comes to the shots and other parts are almost numb. I am glad it's getting easier. Practice does make perfect...LOL

jayabee52 2014-08-23 00:27:40 -0500 Report

Howdy TP
I believe you will be OK as I have heard of Lantus having that effect upon injection. To be doubly sure I queried "Lantus burns" on Google and found this discussion on Diabetes Daily from 2007 ~ http://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/type-2-dia...

Note that Richard 157 who sometimes visits DC gave a very cogent answer to the question of the why Lantus stings or burns when injected He stated: "Lantus has an acid base and that causes the sting. The acid crystals dissolve in the body and the sting disappears but it can feel like a bee sting initially. If your insulin is in a vial then hold it in your hand until it no longer feels cold. If the insulin is warm the sting is not so bad. Many people have found this to help. The warmer the better. Let us know if this helps. Richard "

To me the burn tells me that you got the Lantus under your skin, so you should be OK. I take it that the needle came out intact.

If you are really worried I'd call the local ER and speak with an ER nurse and describe your situation.

Let us know what happens

God's best to you

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