As you can see from the discussions on this site, it seems a large number of us are experiencing random, intense pain at the injection site, all with different types of insulin and different types of injection syringes and pens. Any advice? Lots of us are rubbing the Lantus injection site to reduce the pain duration, even if that is not recommended.
Here are some suggestions for reducing the likelihood of pain at an injection site: First, make sure the insulin is at room temperature. Second, make sure not to inject into muscle. Injecting into muscle hurts a lot more than injecting into fatty tissue. If you are having pain at your injection sites, make sure to pinch up the skin before injecting. Also, it may be helpful to think about changing your needle length. If you use a long needle, think about using a shorter one. And the same is true if your needle is too short, because sometimes if the needle is too short and you are on large doses of insulin, you can get a lump at the injection site and this can also increase discomfort. Some insulins are more irritating than others (Lantus tends to be more irritating than Levemir), trying a different type may reduce some of the discomfort as well.