Finger poking for blood glucose

By bellesme67 Latest Reply 2014-12-16 23:40:06 -0600
Started 2014-12-14 22:54:37 -0600

Hi I'm new to all this diabetes stuff.Is there any where that's less painful than fingers for testing blood glucose? The initial stick just makes me flinch and is not bad at all. However,I always end up with pain in whichever finger i poke afterwards.If my finger had mouths they'd scream.I make beaded and wire jewelry and because my fingers are sore and painfull I have had to put it on hold.Its depressing :(

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debzoe 2014-12-16 23:40:06 -0600 Report

I was on my way to bed, but stopped to add a quick comment. I agree with everything that James suggested, but you might want to adjust the depth that your lancet device sticks. If it is adjustable, you might have it set too high. Try dialing it down a bit and see if that helps. I know it can hurt sometimes, but I promise that this will be like brushing your teeth.. It is just something you do to be as healthy as possible. Hang in there!

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Susi Weigel 2014-12-16 10:45:57 -0600 Report

I use a One Touch monitor. I have found that the One Touch Delica lancets are not so bad. I used to donate blood and the worst part for me was them poking my finger to test my iron levels. The higher the gauge, the smaller the needle. I use the 33 gauge extra fine, & have found it really isn't so bad. In fact, I wish they had been using that to do the iron testing, LOL. You can change the numbers, and it won't poke as deeply, And it won't hurt as much. I have found that I can use it at the #2 setting and it isn't nearly as painful as with the 30 gauge. Good luck in your search.

Beca1 2014-12-15 07:25:37 -0600 Report

I am new to all this too! My dr. prescribed me Acu Check with a barrel type needle this is cool because you load your needs in a single barrel then you choose the force of needle prick, hope you are using that, it shows level 1 thru 6 experiment with that number to see which one gives the lightest prick with the most blood draw, mine I can barely feel it. First I bring the blood to my finger, hold it there with my other finger and prick it on the side and plenty of blood comes without my finger going numb. If you are really hurting there is a very New BG Monitor that is extremely light google it, but I don't think Ins. may pay for it but it is worth a try. Lets face it, if we have to be doing this constantly for the rest of our lives Lets be comfortable without any pain. I told my girlfriend who is diabetic, before, I knew I was, about this new monitor she went out and bought it and loves it. For the life of me I can not remember the name but I will get back to you on this and let you know when I find out. Hope this helps.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-15 02:23:33 -0600 Report

As James said, I use the sides of my fingers and not the tips, it is not quite as sensitive, but, a lot of the monitors come with attachments that you can use to test on your forearm and even on your thigh. I'd suggest asking your doctor or pharmacist about the monitors that allow you do test there. Best of luck. HUGS,Heidi

jayabee52 2014-12-14 23:26:19 -0600 Report

Howdy Belle
I never test on the fleshy part of my finger. Too many nerve endings there, But I use the sides of my fingers where there are fewer nerves. I poke myself along the side of my finger as close to the nail bed as I can get it. I test on all 5 fingers of my left hand (am right handed) and I test on one side of the finger and then switch sides. That gives me 10 places on which to test. I can also test blood from my right hand as well (but I am more awkward there) So all in all in both hands I have 20 test sites. If I really need more blood tess I could test on the tips of each finger ( a little more sensitive than sides) so that would give 30 sites on which to draw blood for glucometer testing.

My late wife used to need to keep the fingers on her right hand for reading her braille. So we tried poking her arm using a special adapter for her lancet device, but she didn't like it (Don't remember why now) so we went back to doing on her fingers in the manner I described above but didn't use her braille fingers,

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