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Wed Mar 26 12:53:23 EDT 2014

How do I stop getting insulin pools and bruises? I've tried pinching/not, I rotate sites, it doesn't matter how much or how little, it always pools!
Asked By: t1harpy  
Category: Insulin
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I've had T1 for 7 years, since I was 10. I started with syringes and moved to a pump, but I hated putting it in, so I've used pens for three years. I inject myself wherever I can reach. The pooling is annoying and hurts and bruises, and ugh! Any ideas?
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2014-05-10 11:22:21.0

Dear t1harpy:

Ouch. 'So sorry to hear about your troubles.

I'm glad to see that you are rotating sites and trying everything you can think of to prevent this problem. One question: Do you bruise easily in general? If so you may want to talk to your doctor and consider having your Vitamin K level checked.

I have found, personally, that the length of the needle can make a big difference where bruising is concerned. I'm not going to suggest this is a scientific fact, but I find I have less bruising using longer needles than the short ones. You may want to pick up bags of different length pen needles at your pharmacy (rather than buying a whole box). Also, your Diabetes Educator or doctor's office may have samples available to you. Remember, your box of insulin pens should be kept in the refrigerator, however the pens you are currently using are safe at room temperature, just avoid extreme temperatures. As a real "this probably won't make a difference but you never know" stretch, have you tried changing insulin brands? This is also something you might want to consider.

I hope this helps. Good luck, and hang in there!

Answered By: Anne Carroll
Accreditations: RN, CDE
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2014-07-03 12:36:25.0

Sorry for being frank but I have used a pump for 20 years. You didnt like changing the pump location every THREE OR FOUR days but you are dealing with this serious issue instead. That isnt good for you health and makes absolutely no sense.
Answered By: mauiiufan

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