Insulin pump advantage and disadvantage

By thiruvelan Latest Reply 2012-03-01 00:25:18 -0600
Started 2010-01-27 17:14:23 -0600

I request you all, who are using insulin pump? can put down their experience, both positive as well as negative. will help those who want to switch to insulin pump.
Also explain the disadvantages such as skin problems and if you solved the problem, then please put down that solution too.

22 replies

MoeGig 2012-01-10 18:50:45 -0600 Report

Thank you for the input. Have been shooting for 46 years…no problem with A1c (6.5), but have been reluctant to change. I guess I'll have to go to a presentation.

DocBubbles 2011-11-27 22:47:52 -0600 Report

I posted this on this site in another topic.

I love my Medtronic pump. Pros: my A1c has dropped from 7 to 5.9 almost immediately. Demand to test frequently and correct your BG 1.5 to 2 hr after eating. The pump is given your BG, it knows how much unused insulin is in your body, you tell it the number of carb grams, and it will suggest the dosage that you can modify.

I am very insulin resistant and my infusion set must be changed every 44 to 48 hrs.

SITE INFLAMMATION: If this describes your problem, change your insulin. I reacted to Humalog and Novolog but not to Apidra. I discovered this on my own, Apidra has an NSAID that the others do not have and does not have glycerin, zinc, or phosphate that the others have, too. Get a vial from your doc.

Richknowbody 2011-09-21 17:15:21 -0500 Report

I love the pump, and I love the Dexcom continuous blood sugar monitor. With the monitor I have really gotten tight control over my blood sugar.
I use the Animas pump. I never heard of the skin problems.
I hope the CGM technology becomes cheap so everyone can have it.

Type1Lou 2011-09-21 17:21:30 -0500 Report

Medtronics has a CGM option that I have not yet tried. It's my understanding that even with CGM, you still have to test your BG via meter…is that true? Seems like a duplication.

Richknowbody 2011-09-21 17:40:30 -0500 Report

Yes, there is duplication.
It tests every 5 minutes. So, there won't be any duplication when you are sleeping.
And the times you do not usually test, you will now know.
It makes you aware, of what you are not aware, so you can make adjustments.
Even using it for just a week is very enlightening.

Type1Lou 2011-09-21 12:42:47 -0500 Report

I started using a Medtronics insulin pump on Aug 16. Prior to that I was on Multiple Daily Injections (MDI) of NovoLog and Lantus. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 35+ years and resisted going on the pump because I did not like the idea of having something connected to me 24/7. What a FOOL I was…the pump is the best decision I've made in years! I had been experiencing some scary morning lows while on MDI and finally decided to try a pump to gain better control. We are still in the process of "tweaking" the settings to get them just right for me. Pumping allows for much more accurate dosing of the insulin and most closely mimics how a "normal" body works. I've had some challenges in disconnecting and reconnecting the pump to take a shower; I wasn't handling the "reconnect" properly but figured out what I was doing wrong. Right now, my biggest challenge is correctly counting my carbs and over-treating my low BG's. I also need to get better at refilling the reservoir every 3 days so I don't waste quite as much insulin in the process. Changing the infusion site every 3 days hasn't been difficult with Medtronics "Quick Serter". Also, you still need to test your blood sugars while you are on the pump. Initially, you'll find yourself doing it more often to help get the right data to implement the proper settings. I'm testing from 8 to 10 times a day right now. All-in-all, pumping has been a very positive experience for me and I wonder why I waited so long to try one.

ShaiBardy 2011-06-09 19:50:09 -0500 Report

I find that the insulin pump has a lot more better control of diabetes. It can make life a lot more easier but one thing that I don't like about is the carbohydrates. It can be hard sometimes. I think thats its an excellent idea..:)

Sidehack 2011-03-09 07:09:25 -0600 Report

How do you change your pump? Does it need to be replaced often? Is it painful or uncomfortable?
I'm type 2 and my Dr. has taken me off Metformin 'cause my #'s are borderline in that dept. Now it's like my insulin dosages need to be readjusted. It took me a long time to fine tune my dosages and now i'm fustrated and feel like giving up…again.
Please reply or e-mail me. your help and input would be greatly appreciated.

Type1Lou 2011-09-21 12:58:11 -0500 Report

You need to change the infusion set site every two to three days. You also fill your pump reservoir at that time with the 2 or 3 day supply of insulin that you will use. The pump itself doesn't change. I've found Medtronic's QuickSerter makes it easy to insert the infusion set with no pain at all for me. I've adjusted well to sleeping with the pump by sewing little pockets into my night-clothes. You will find that you will be able to even more fine-tune your insulin dosages with a pump (down to .05 of a unit). I finally turned to the pump because after 35+years on insulin, I was getting way too many scary lows…the MDI that had worked in the past were now creating problems for me. I'm very happy being on the pump and am kicking myself for resisting it for so long.

rankearl 2010-01-29 13:28:14 -0600 Report

i have been diabetic most my life i had my pump for aound 6yrs this is my second i have a cosmo it did change my life best decsion i made regarding my diabetes there are alot of good books for pumping that is probably wher you should start the more you do something the easier it gets when it becomes automatic you ngot it made my new wish list a pump for my pain and then thing would be better for me let me know if that helps and if you need anything just ask hugs julie

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Melissa Dawn 2010-01-27 20:36:16 -0600 Report

Hello! I've been using an insulin pump for about 3 years now. I've had Type 1 diabetes for 15 years now, so I spent 12 years taking shots. By the time I got the pump, I was taking anywhere from 5 to 8 (maybe more sometimes?) shots a day.

I love having a pump. I love being able to eat when its convenient instead of on a set schedule. If I'm not hungry, I don't have to force feed myself like I did when I had insulin shots. Exercise is easier than it used to be, because if I can adjust my basal in the middle of the day to accommodate for what I'm doing. I was never large, but once on the pump I was able to lose the 10 extra pounds I didn't want.

As to the cons… its always there. You have to sleep with it, play with it, etc. If you're going somewhere that you might get wet, you have to plan for that. I have to carry batteries, extra tubing, etc. with me just in case I have a problem and need to replace one of these things.

About two years ago (one year into pumping) I was having major problems with my blood sugars. I finally figured out that it was every third day that I was going sky high. It turned out that the pump sites, which were supposed to be okay for 3 days, were going bad after about two and a half days. Now I change my pump site every other day, and that's eliminated that problem. I also would get some ugly red skin at the site — but just by swabbing the old site with alcohol after I remove the tape I've gotten rid of that problem.

Despite the problems I've had, I really do love having a pump. Good luck!

ferk01 2010-01-27 19:46:56 -0600 Report

I absolutely love my pump, I received my pump over ten years ago to prevent the lows I was suffering with the needles. It makes your life much easier. The down side is that is always attached to you and you have to be alittle more educated on how it works. I have some spots on my body that were infected because I kept the pump in the same spot longer than I should have rather than the usual 3 days. I can not image my life without the pump.

Harlen 2010-01-27 19:33:57 -0600 Report

Hello and here it is
I love my pump.
the good, nubers that keep in line with what you need.No more swings up and down
numbers that are good in the morning as well as at night ,No more shots.
the down side.hummmm hummmmm hummmm
just cant think of anything.whait the tubing can get in the way from time to time I just tape it to me and then no more prob.
Best wishes
there is so much to pumping that you would need to ask a question to get a trate anser

nzingha 2011-08-11 22:39:38 -0500 Report

huuummm it expensive?

Type1Lou 2011-09-21 12:50:15 -0500 Report

I just received my insurance explanation of benefits for my pump bill…If I remember, the pump charge was around $7000. (I didn't have to pay that since the insurance covered 80%) It's a complex gizmo. That cost doesn;t include the insulin and subsequentl supplies of infusion sets and reservoirs that I haven't had to replace yet since I got a 3-month supply and I believe my pump came with a year's worth…need to check on that.