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December 15th, 2009, 07:01 PM
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I started insulin in both AM and PM about a week ago. I have an insulin pen for both the morning and evening injection. I've having a terrible time getting the NPH pen completely empty under my skin. Plus I get a pain in my arm for awhile after I inject like maybe I'm hitting the muscle or something?

Anyone have any tips on how to inject easier?

I'm too chicken to do it in my stomach and the skin is also very tight and pulled because of the baby so I don't think it's going to work. I'm currently only injecting in the back of my arms but thinking about the butt area too. I have thin legs so I don't know if the thigh is going to work for me either.

Thanks for the help!

Andrea
currently 29 weeks pregnant with DD
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December 15th, 2009, 07:56 PM
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Congratulations on your pregnancy! I just happened to be lurking and wanted to post an answer for you

I was injecting NPH in my thighs until I, too, started getting pains like I was hitting the muscle, too. Unfortunately, I have enough fat in the abdomen that I was able to pinch-an-inch and inject it there with no problems (as an FYI --- injections in the abdomen are quickest to absorb; in the thighs they take longer to absorb).

Have you considered the option of shorter needles? I used the longest ones to inject, but I think there were a couple shorter options as well that you might want to talk to your diabetes educator about.

Good luck to you!
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