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.

Patty Bonsignore


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.

2 replies

MyMamakat 2012-07-29 18:23:26 -0500 Report

I have never had pain at injection sites,just the little bruises,polkadot belly I call it.I too use Levemir,10yrs now,and have never had problems.I never rub the injection site hard in cleaning,it makes you bruise more,and also makes it hurt more.Just a genle wipe is all that is needed-you are not going into surgery for goodness sake.Be gentle to yourself.It's bad enough we have this disease without being hard on our skin too.Good Luck :)

dietcherry 2012-07-19 09:15:31 -0500 Report

Oooh good question dubyadd!! I forgot to recommend a shorter needle too. If I may add, a longer-length needle is better to use if youve developed scar tissue at injection sites as they penetrate deeper into the skin.