Just Wondering

By bieberfever21 Latest Reply 2010-12-15 19:22:05 -0600
Started 2010-12-13 14:59:24 -0600

Hi its me again i havent been on for awhile and im going to start getting back on everyday that i can and its great to be back and i have a question… When you test your blood sugars can you take the blood sample from your arm because it hurts alot when i do it on my finger and my finger is sore for a couple of days and so when i do it on my arm it doesnt hurt as bad so can i continue to do that or not??? and also will that make a difference with the readings or levels and can metformin affect your liver????

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GabbyPA 2010-12-14 18:47:49 -0600 Report

Testing on the arm is available, but you want to make sure that your meter is geared to read that sample and usually there is a special accessory added to the stick pen to get a sample from your arm that is larger. So check with your meter first and make sure it is one to use that way. If you can find out, call the 800 number on the back of your meter and ask one of the representatives.

All drugs affect your liver. Medicines are, for the most part, a form of poison that is added to your body in "safe" doses to deal with symptoms. Your liver filters out all the toxins in your body and so yes, it does affect your liver. If you have a liver that is at risk, have it tested every time you have your lipid panel lab reports done.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-13 20:42:03 -0600 Report

Yes, you can take it from your arm and it should not make a difference in your reading. I was taught in the education classes either one is fine. I've been doing that for 6 years. Don't know about the metformin.

Miminv 2010-12-15 06:12:38 -0600 Report

It does make a difference. I have tried it in my arm and the the finger and had major differences in the readings. The arm was way under the real reading from the fingers. Also try using every finger on both hands. Outside and then inside (like in between) your fingers. Keep track and switch hands every 10 testings. Good luck.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-15 19:22:05 -0600 Report

Wow! I've never had any major differences. That was when I first started. I may have to revisit the situation. Thanks!

jayabee52 2010-12-13 20:38:14 -0600 Report

Howdy Brandi, welcome back!

There are certain lancet pens which can allow you to take a sample from your forearm. The lancet pens from onetouch ultra USED to have a clear attachment come with it which allowed you to get a sample from your forearm. We tried it when my bride "Jem" couldn't get a sample from her finger.

Poking her forearm was not all that helpful because we often couldn't get a big enough sample and the strip would be wasted over half of the time.

I have also read here in some of the discussions on DC that the blood you get from the arm isn't as good as from the fingers because it's "older" blood. I don't know, perhaps someone else can speak to that.

Regarding metformin, Drugs.com list these common side effects: Diarrhea; gas; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset; temporary metallic taste; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Metformin:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain or discomfort; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or difficult breathing; feeling of being unusually cold; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; general feeling of being unwell; muscle pain or weakness; slow or irregular heartbeat; unusual drowsiness; unusual or persistent stomach pain or discomfort; unusual tiredness or weakness
( http://www.drugs.com/sfx/metformin-side-effec... )

Blessings to you and yours Brandi!