From Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA:
I am an 18 year old who has had type 1 diabetes for seven years and recently has been getting bruises whenever and wherever I give my injection. They are so painful that I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night if I hit my arm, leg, or stomach the wrong way. I've never had this problem before. What could be the cause? Is there anything I can do?
I don't know why there would be a sudden change in your comfort level of getting injections or why there is now more bruising. I presume that you are using the same technique, same sized-syringes and needles. This is probably best addressed by your diabetes team nurse who can watch and review your technique.
Have you ever considered using an injection-aid device? Some of them are "needle-less" (but you can't mix your insulins together well) while others are spring-loaded devices with the purpose to provide the same degree of insertion pressure each time. If you are already using such devices, then they may need to be adjusted.
[Editor's comment: It may well that you got a bad batch of syringes. Try using a new ones (with a different lot number).
Original posting 28 Jul 2001
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:23
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