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jtaime2
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New to testing...sore fingers?

Does it get better in time? 

 

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GraceAlex
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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?

Yes, it gets better. Rotate and don't use the same finger twice in a row. It's easy to develop a "favorite" and overuse that finger.

 

You might try a finer lancet. They come in different sizes!

 

I'm sure you already know this - but remember to poke the SIDE of your finger, not the pad or very tip!

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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?


jtaime2 wrote:

Does it get better in time? 

 


 Here’s some hints on making glucose testing easier:

 

Wash hands with very warm water and rinse completely and dry.

 

Don’t use alcohol, it just dries you skin out.

 

Shake the hands a bit to bring the blood flow down.

 

Only use the side of the fingers, never the tip, to test with. Start with the lowest lancet setting and adjust higher until you find the right depth for you.

 

You can squeeze very gently, but not too hard because it can contaminate the blood and invalidate the reading.  It is important not to squeeze too hard when collecting a capillary blood sample. Squeeze quite firmly, but never with enough force that it hurts! Excessive squeezing will cause haemolysis of the sample, i.e., the rupture of red blood cells, thus releasing their content into the plasma. Tissue fluid may also contaminate the blood sample if you squeeze too hard.

 

If you have trouble with not enough blood for the sample wrap a rubber band around the first joint which will pool the blood at the tip and make it easier. Don’t forget to remove it after the test.

 

Blot when done, it should stop bleeding in a very short time.

 

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marty1955
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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?


jtaime2 wrote:

Does it get better in time? 

 


Take the advice about using the sides of your fingers.  I test at least 6 times a day, sometimes more and my fingers do not get sore. 

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Carleen656
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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?

Also, make sure that the depth of the little needle isn't too deep.  I was having problems with sore fingers and a quick look at my lancet showed me that it had crept up.  So now I just look before I proceed.

 

 

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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?


jtaime2 wrote:

Does it get better in time? 


 

It can get better today.

 

I wrote this with you in mind (click on it): Painless Pricks

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sweetbloodblues
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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?

no.. it doesn't get better.. but you do get used to it!  just remember to insert the strip before you prick... then there's going be the time when you push the button of your lancet gun and find an empty barrel.. LOL... oh yeah.. you'll have fun!  the mad dash to the pharmacy because your test strip bottle is empty and you forgot to refill it.. or the time you open your testing bag and find no lancets!  or the time you're at work and your tester is at home!

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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?


sweetbloodblues wrote:

no.. it doesn't get better..


Speak for yourself mate.

 

For many of us it did.

 

We are all a little different. You can never presume that just because something did not work for you that it will not work for others. Or vice versa.

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jtaime2
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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?

Thanks everyone.  Really good info.

 

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xannie_01
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Re: New to testing...sore fingers?

i've stuck my thumb so often that

now all I have to do is look at it and my thumb starts to bleed.:womanlol: