Why Do Insulin Injections Hurt Sometimes

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Painful Insulin Injections May Be A Thing Of The Past

One of the biggest complaints of those diagnosed with diabetes or fear of those who have heard their doctor’s mention ‘insulin’ is the pain associated with the injections. For millions of people worldwide with diabetes, these painful injections may be a thing of the past soon. This is all possible thanks to an innovative invention from the researches at the University of NC State and North Carolina. What have they created to make these injections go away? An Invention that May Save Lives There are many type 2 patients who refuse an insulin treatment regime simply because they do not want to give themselves insulin injections. Whether they are afraid of needles or simply do not want to deal with the pain that comes along with them, this new invention could literally save their lives. They have designed a smart insulin patch that will detect any increase in blood sugar and then secretes a dose of insulin into their bloodstream when it is needed. This amazing device is no bigger than that of a penny and on it has hundreds of teeny tiny needles that are only the size of an eyelash. These needles are known as microneedles. I recommend reading the following articles: These micronee Continue reading >>

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  1. Roxdel


    I am type 2 on the Lantus pen insulin, I give myself a shot every morning somewhere on my stomach. Sometimes it really stings and bruises and sometimes it does not hurt at all. Every morning I wonder is this going to hurt or not. Is there somewhere else I can give myself a shot that won't hurt at all?

  2. MillyJo

    I am a type 2 diabetic diagnosed 24 years ago. I have been using injections for 18 years. I was given some very good advice by the nurse that first told me how to use the lancet with the least pain. This advice has helped with injections also.
    (1) your skin has discrete nerve endings scattered randomly (supposedly) on the skin. If the lancet or needle hits one of these nerve endings YOU WILL FEEL PAIN! However, you can avoid these nerve endings very simply: gently touch the tip of the lancet or needle to the surface of the sterilized skin(just touch, don't poke). If you touch a place where there is a nerve ending, you will feel a gentle 'tingle' (not pain). Simple move the tip over a fraction of an inch (1/8) and touch again. When you do not feel the 'tingle' you are in a place without a nerve ending and you may inset the lancet/needle at that point with no pain. And, yes, rotate where you inject. I work on one area for a week, then change for the next week ( front of left thigh 1 week, front of right thigh, second week, etc).
    (2) When you get a bruise, it is because the tip of the needle has penetrated a small blood vessel and it has leaked a small amount of blood into the surrounding tissues. You can prevent this by pulling out the needle and immediately pressing on the site with sterile cotton and your finger and holding it for about 2 or 3 minutes. Of course, you can also prevent it if you do not puncture a vessel! (LOL) Actually, I have a theory about the relationship between the location of the pain sensors in the skin and the location of small blood vessels below: I believe that the pain sensors are placed directly above blood arterioles and capillaries. I have noticed that if I inject the insulin and feel pain when inserting the needle, I am more likely to get a bruise if I do not apply pressure long enough for a clot to form. If I do not feel pain when the needle enters the skin, I never bruise whether or not I apply pressure after withdrawing the needle.
    Hope this helps someone.

  3. Roxdel

    Thank you MillyJo, I will try these tips, you have been very helpful. Love learning new information about my body.

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