Do Injections Hurt?

Gretchen Becker Health Guide
  • One thing that always makes me wince is a news story about some new oral diabetes drug that the reporter says promises to free people with diabetes from “painful insulin injections.”   When I was a child, immunizations were painful. They were injected into a muscle, and after getting...

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Published On: September 22, 2015
6 Comments
  • astro
    Feb. 26, 2015
    I have been using a pen for injections 4x daily now for about three years and it does hurt! It hurts because it burns going in and for about 10 seconds after. It is something I dread every day four time a day. For those that say it does not hurt they are either nerve dead or lying through their teeth.
    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Feb. 26, 2015
      Astro, Are you using Lantus? Lantus does sting, but it's not the injection, it's the acid that Lantus is dissolved in. The way it works is that the Lantus insulin is soluble in acid, so the solution is clear. When you inject it into your body, which is not acidic, the Lantus precipitates and forms clumps. These clumps dissolve slowly, which is how Lantus is...
      RHMLucky777
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      Astro, Are you using Lantus? Lantus does sting, but it's not the injection, it's the acid that Lantus is dissolved in. The way it works is that the Lantus insulin is soluble in acid, so the solution is clear. When you inject it into your body, which is not acidic, the Lantus precipitates and forms clumps. These clumps dissolve slowly, which is how Lantus is able to control BG for long periods of time. Because this is causing you pain (both physically and mentally), you might discuss with your doctor if you could switch to Levemir, which doesn't work that way.
  • Jim Morton
    Nov. 30, 2014
    I hate needles. That said, I inject daily with Victoza into the belly. I dropped from A1C of 9 to 6.5 over 6 months. I dropped 30 lbs. My first time shooting myself with the victoza was frightening. It did sting some, and I was shaking horribly. Most of the time I have no pain at all, only sometimes. The only real side effects were weight loss and excessively...
    RHMLucky777
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    I hate needles. That said, I inject daily with Victoza into the belly. I dropped from A1C of 9 to 6.5 over 6 months. I dropped 30 lbs. My first time shooting myself with the victoza was frightening. It did sting some, and I was shaking horribly. Most of the time I have no pain at all, only sometimes. The only real side effects were weight loss and excessively tired for the first 2 months. I could hardly move and I was sleepy all the time. That has gone and my appetite has returned. But I have still maintained my lower weight. I spread the shots across my belly and have learned the sensitive area's and no pain at all area's. Victoza has been a lifesaver for me. Headaches are gone, dizziness is gone, I now have energy again. For those who need the shots, just know that they are mostly painless and they do wonders. At least they have done wonders for me.
  • Helen Mueller
    Oct. 04, 2014

    An all around favorite of mine, and the shots did not bother me.  The price was affordable, even without insurance.  I was sorry to see it disappear.  The first replacement offered to me was lantus; it just did not work.  The second was levemir.  Ron Sebol did an analysis of the way it was absorbed, years ago, and commented the action...

    RHMLucky777

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    An all around favorite of mine, and the shots did not bother me.  The price was affordable, even without insurance.  I was sorry to see it disappear.  The first replacement offered to me was lantus; it just did not work.  The second was levemir.  Ron Sebol did an analysis of the way it was absorbed, years ago, and commented the action was similar to ultra lente.  Unfortunately the price is not.

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Oct. 04, 2014

      Yes, it was sad when UL disappeared. I'm sorry the Lantus didn't work for you, as it will be generic soon.

    • turner
      Nov. 11, 2014

      When I started with Lantus, they gave me short needles (I think maybe 3/8"). I found with the quantity I needed (80 units or so), it caused the skin to bubble painfully. Because I have a reasonable amount of fat around my middle, I asked them to switch me to the 5/8" needles, which let me inject deeper and doesn't cause nearly as much discomfort. Once it's...

      RHMLucky777

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      When I started with Lantus, they gave me short needles (I think maybe 3/8"). I found with the quantity I needed (80 units or so), it caused the skin to bubble painfully. Because I have a reasonable amount of fat around my middle, I asked them to switch me to the 5/8" needles, which let me inject deeper and doesn't cause nearly as much discomfort. Once it's past the skin, the length doesn't make it hurt any more than the short ones.