insulin injections

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2014-12-26 15:01:50 -0600
Started 2014-11-16 13:37:19 -0600

No special reason for this post, just sharing. If you inject insulin, where do you inject? During the warmer weather, I was injecting in my thigh or the back of my arm except at night. Now it's colder and I'm wearing Jeans and long sleeved shirts it's easier to just inject on my belly. Unfortunately, if I hit the wrong place, it leaves a bruise. I'm getting polka-dotted! LOL

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Kats49 2014-12-26 15:01:50 -0600 Report

I use the belly for my mealtime insulin and use my upper arms for the Lantus at nite. If I raise a tiny bit of skin up to the needle no bruise. I DO know it is important to keep switching around so you don't end up push the EXPENSIVE medicine into scar tissue

lilleyheidi 2014-11-16 23:40:19 -0600 Report

I do the injections in my belly. But I have been thinking of doing in my buttocks, not sure why i thought of changing spots, but I have been thinking of it. I do belly cause of ease of access.

Beanz1927 2014-11-16 20:14:16 -0600 Report

I know the feeling. I've been doin it for 20 years. My go to spot is my belly. Now my skin is getting tough. Make sure you keep switching spots.

GabbyPA 2014-11-16 17:34:40 -0600 Report

I know that polka dot pattern. I have never given my insulin in my upper arm, but I guess I could do that. One thing I recently discovered that seems to cut down on the "Poke" and the bruise is to squeeze my belly, but then also place my pinky next to my injection. The added pressure seems to help a good bit. I have not had any big bruises since I started doing this.

suecsdy 2014-11-16 18:22:47 -0600 Report

They told me at the hospital I could inject in the meaty part of my arm, kind of around the back. If I can't feel the poke, then no bruise.

Type1Lou 2014-11-16 17:01:33 -0600 Report

It's important to rotate the injection sites to prevent the formation of scar tissue that will affect the insulin's absorption. I am using a pump now, but when I was on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) I would rotate the injections around my thighs, abdomen, buttocks (where I could reach) and arms. I also frequently had bruises…not pretty!

BreC 2014-11-16 14:19:29 -0600 Report

I just started using insulin in October and still learning. When I am at home I wear shorts and tank tops year round so I can still alternate spots during the cold weather. I do find it easier to inject in the stomach/abdomen area. I do go into the bathroom or in my car so that hopefully people aren't weirded out.

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