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From North Carolina, USA:

My daughter is 11 years old. She was diagnosed five years ago. She has been on insulin shots ever since. With almost every shot she complains about pain (sometimes severe) when injecting the insulin. Have you heard of this with anyone else or have you any suggestions?


Is this a new problem for her? if so, then look back to any changes made recently.

Have your daughter meet with her diabetes educator or physician to review her technique.

Is the insulin stored at room temperature or right from the refrigerator? (room temperature is often more comfortable -- you will need to change the bottles monthly, though).

What type of syringe does she use? Many people find the newer short needle syringes to be more comfortable.

How fast is she pushing in the plunger (it hurts more if you push the plunger in fast?

Is she using an injection device?

And finally, some children and teens may say the shots hurt when things are particularly difficult for them. This is not to minimize their feelings and symptoms, but rather to acknowledge that the diabetes itself is bothering them.


Original posting 21 May 1998
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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