Continuous glucose monitoring

By IzzyTypeOne Latest Reply 2014-10-22 19:49:28 -0500
Started 2014-10-18 07:24:50 -0500

Has anyone used a continuous blood glucose monitoring device? I've just been using one for the past week so that my doctor can get a better understanding of my bgls. They said it would not hurt however in the past day or two it has started to hurt A LOT especially every time I bend forward (it's on my middle, about 6cm to the left of my belly button). I can feel the needle. Has this happened to anyone else? I like the idea of Cbgms, but once I get it out in a couple of days I don't think I'd want to use one again, due to the pain- moreover, it's putting me off going on the pump, could a pump hurt like this?

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Neily149 2014-10-22 06:04:42 -0500 Report

I used the deacom product for a while when my insurance would cover it. But I had similar issues. I felt like I could feel the wire under the site all the time. I am fairly fit and pretty active and once the unit started to peel away it would move more and I would feel it more.

I was kind of relieved when the insurance stopped covering it. I have been able to maintain decent control without the CGM and ok not wearing one. I know others swear by theirs though, so it all depends on the person.

IzzyTypeOne 2014-10-22 19:45:51 -0500 Report

Yeah I was pretty glad to get it out, haha. Apparently they're not supposed to hurt and I was surprised it hurt as much as it did. But I'm glad I did it at least for that short time because now I have a better understanding of my how my levels fluctuate.

SweetSally 2014-10-19 13:55:19 -0500 Report

I have tried the Minimed Cgm and remember pain like that. I have been using a dexcom
for about three years now and animas pump for about 8. Other than the initial insertion I have very little pain with these.

Type1Lou 2014-10-18 13:01:27 -0500 Report

I haven't been able to use a CGM because of the cost that my insurance won't cover. I would love to use one to help me get a better handle on Dawn Phenomenon issues. I have been on a pump since 2011 and do not feel the infusion cannula which is a very, very tiny plastic tube. The needle used to insert it is withdrawn after the insertion. As kimfing noted below, there are different types of infusion sets, even within the same pump manufacturer. Sometimes they will let you "test-drive" one (without insulin) to see how it feels. I use a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump with a tubed Quick set Paradigm infusion set. The tubing is available in various lengths. Mine is 32 inches. My cannula is 9mm long but I believe they also have a smaller one. When you meet with a pump rep, ask about your options. I love pumping and never want to go back to injections.

kimfing 2014-10-18 08:38:01 -0500 Report

I have not used cgm but i am on a pump with a tubing. I couldn't use or liked the cannula infusion sets but love the steel needle infusion set. Yes, sometimes i do hit a spot that may be a little painful but most of the time i do not feel it. Make sure you get the smallest set that is effective

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