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Re: [IP] insertion pain?
email @ redacted wrote:
> Question: how much more does inserting an infusion set hurt as compared
> with standard injections? I've seen several posts on folks (parents
> especially) using EMLA to numb the site first, but I am assuming that
> you generally didn't do this before with just injections? So this leads
> me to believe there must be a great deal more pain? I am guessing also
> that certain types of sets might be worse than others: the rapids and
> sof-sets (and micros) seem to me more like how a regular injection would
> go in than a sil, and the needle doesn't look THAT much bigger than a
> syringe (course, I am not the one with the experience getting poked
> every day either)...
It really depends on WHERE the needle lands. Some spots hurt a LOT and
some are absolutely painless. I think it's because there ARE nerves just
below the skin, and those nerves seem to parallel the blood vessels --
most of the times I've gotten bleeders or bruises have been when I've
shot into a painful place.
When I was on shots, I developed the technique of just pressing the
needle on the surface of my skin first -- if it hurt, I'd move a few
centimeters to one that didn't hurt before actually doing the injection.
With the infusion sets, it's a little harder to do, because I need to
lay down a protective layer first; and then I need to stay pretty much
in the center of it. But I can still move a LITTLE bit.
One of the things I like about the pump is that I don't have to stick
needles in myself so OFTEN -- it DOES mean less pain!
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