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07-13-2009, 01:16 PM
I was dignosed with diabetes in Feb. and have a ???
I can not get it reglatored due to the fact of how I have to eat, Anyway my dr has me testing my blood several times a day. My problem is I have tried testing on my finger and on my arm. I am having trouble getting the blood to come out and have to stick myself more than once to get a reading.
I bruise easy and look like awful from it.
Does anyone else have problems getting the blood to come out with just a simple stick of a needle???
and is this something I should talk to my doctor about???
Could this be the effects of anemia (spelling) I have ???
I take 8 iron tablets a day and take 500 mg of metformin 2x a day...
07-13-2009, 02:19 PM
i'm a diabetic and occasionally have trouble getting a good 'stick' and enough blood. Make sure that your lancet is set to go in as deep as possible - most of the little 'guns' (I don't know what you call them) are adjustable; I keep mine on 4 (deepest) all the time.
If you're having trouble with your finger sticks, first try the side of the finger, not the pad. Second, try to warm up your hands -- tuck them under your arms, swing them around in a a circle, whatever -- before you stick. The warmth and movement will get blood to your extremities.
If none of this works, talk to your endocrinologist or diabetes educator -- they have all kinds of tricks and tips for this sort of thing. (I hope you are seeing an endo, and not just your family prac, esp if you have lupus too - you will benefit from the specialist's deeper knowledge).
07-13-2009, 07:00 PM
I dont have diabetes but I know lots of people with it, One of my friends poke themselves in their stomach have u tried that? I have another friend who has a little machine that looks like a litttle pager and it detects her blood sugar, I dont know exactly how it works but Im gonna call her and then I will get back with you with more solid info. Hang tight.
07-13-2009, 07:25 PM
sorry, i dont have diabeted, but i do have huge difficulties when i have blood tests in that they can never get blood out first go, sometimes they have 5-6 sticks before they get anything out.
Some things that may help is to put a heat pack on your hands, or soak them in warm water before you try, it helps to increase the circulation and it could help!
07-13-2009, 07:45 PM
I have diabetes. I sometimes have problems with a stick, but not usually and I use the smallest or 2nd smallest meter setting. Brian had some really good suggestions. I would also add that you should "massage" the blood in the finger you are pricking. Grab that finger at the base with the other hand and gently squeeze up to the tip. Repeat a coupl e of times. You will see your finger tip look a little more flushed and feel a little warmer then the rest of the finger tips. I would also suggest that you try the other hand if you haven't already. It's easier for me to get a draw on my left hand more then my right. Also, I know that my middle finger and thumbs don't like to give up the blood as easily as my other fingers so if you are always testing the same finger, I would suggest switching up fingers. The last suggestion, is to wash your hands with warm water before a stick (and dry them real well). The warmth and motion will get that blood flowing too.
07-14-2009, 06:27 AM
I had to stop testing on my fingers because of the Raynauda's started testing on my arm then I began to look like a junkie or something so then I started on my leg. I have it on the deepest setting possbile and have tried several different types of guns as Brian called it. I don't know what they call those things either.
Will try warming to see if that works never thought of that. I know when I have blood drawn at the hospital they bring someone down from nicu to stick me because it is so difficult to do. And the people in nicu work with such little babies who have little vains they get me the first time with almost no bruising (sp).
maybe the information I have now will help. Thanks all :yes:
07-15-2009, 03:02 PM
yup, what Sandy said:
"I would also add that you should "massage" the blood in the finger you are pricking. Grab that finger at the base with the other hand and gently squeeze up to the tip. Repeat a coupl e of times. You will see your finger tip look a little more flushed and feel a little warmer then the rest of the finger tips"
that's what works for me.
if you prick the inside or outside of your finger instead of the tip it hurts less. always use a new lancet they hurt less and work better -
07-16-2009, 06:27 PM
Try "milking" your finger by rubbing some blood toward the end of it. Also try sticking the side of your finger to the side of your nail where there isn't as much skin built up.
07-17-2009, 06:40 AM
thanks everyone will see how it works maybe all the information will help