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Thu Jul 07 23:19:15 UTC 2011

Humalog injections have just recently become very painful. Very sharp, instant pains. Technique seems good and the insulin is room temp. Please help!
Asked By: robinsworld4  
Category: Insulin

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This question is for my husband. I have asked him if there are air bubbles or if his needle comes in or out at an angle and he says no. His insulin is fresh (far from expired) and room temp. He has been using Humalog for a couple months and this problem just started. He took Novalog before, but it is not covered by our current insurance. Occassionaly had pain with Novalog injections. Now, it is pain at every injection. He also takes Levemir at night with a pen, no issues. Pens are not covered by our insurance either...Dr gave him the Levemir pen as a sample.
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2011-07-12 20:20:41.0

Dear robinsworld4, thank you for writing into dLife with your question regarding pain at injection sites. The first thing I would check out is that the site of the injection isn't red, has raised lumps or depressions. This would indicate damage to the tissue and shouldn't be used. Needles come in different lengths. Perhaps your husband does better with shorter needles. The pens have shorter needles. If technique is good (go in at 90% angle), I don't have many more suggestions. Giving a shot in the belly shouldn't be that painful. Is he injecting into muscle rather than fatty tissue? Just some possible ideas to consider....
Answered By: Janice Fisher
Accreditations: RD, LD, PHD, CDE, BC-ADM
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