Insulin injections

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I am injecting insulin with disposable pens and 6mm needles. I find that my legs hurts after injection. I am getting a bump on the skin, a drop of blood after taking needle out and the site it is hot . What to do?

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    Sounds like it may be getting infected from over use of the injection sight. Do you inject in different areas of your leg and not in the same place? Try changing injection sights, I have type 1 and I used to inject into my tummy but didn't like the bruises on my tummy in a bikini! So I now inject into the top of my butt, and don't get any problems! 
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      I am changing the site and needle always. I am injecting the novo rapid in my tummy and the lantus on my legs or left arm. When i do it in my leg it's juzt crazy..don't have pain while injecting, but after.
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    Hi anadumitriu

    I think what you need to do is to phone your GP first thing and tell them your concerns and stress the discomfort as it sounds like you may have an infection. In the meantime always change your injection site regularly.

    also if you can, call into a walk in centre, if you have one local.

    Don't forget to tell us how you get on.

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      Thank you i will go to my local walk in center where is my GP also. I am getting this on my right leg more because i use it more often, but even when i use my left leg it gets a bump and a little blood. I forgot to mention that the bump that i get after injecting goes down overnight but if i run my fingers on the side of my tight where i inject there seem to be some under skin bumps. I will keep you informed of what happens
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      A little while ago I had to use insulin infections after surgery as I was unable to swallow any of my usual metformin along with other tablets or food. The first time of self injecting the nurse was on hand to see if I was doing it correctly the same thing happened and she said try it on the tummy but go in a little deeper, which I did and was ok with that. She told me that if I don't go deep enough the insulin can create a bubble under the skin. But as you have been insulin dependent I sure that you are doing it correctly. I'm not saying that you are not, but it is just a suggestion.
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      I did not have this problem 4 months ago at all. Did not change the size of the needles either. I am injecting from the age of 7 so that is 14 years ago. The only thing that the GP changed without the advice of the diabetes specialist are my cartriges. I was using cartriges from begining and they changed them to disposable pens which i honestly hate.
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      I am now thinking if the needle part is disagreeing with you because it not quite long enough for the job. After the injection have you noticed if any of the insulin weeps out after you remove the hypodermic pen?
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      It sounds like that your GP needs to change the pen as it is not allowing you to go in far enough. If you call your surgery and explain that the hypodermic is not long enough to inject and that you are losing some of the insulin with each use, I'm sure that they will help.
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