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What can happen when a person uses the same injection site for 30 years

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by Lee, Feb 10, 2012.

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    Oh wow. That's a damn good reminder to rotate!
     
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    OMG! :eek: DD is pumping in two weeks..you bet we are planning to rotate, but after seeing this I will be super vigilant to rotate! ;)
     
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    With body art and tattoos being so popular it wouldn't surprise me to see someone trying to do this on purpose for "artistic" reasons.
     
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    It strikes me as more of a reminder of the need to be educated and educate oneself on any chronic condition. I don't understand how he apparently continued to get prescriptions for insulin for three decades without anyone ever having looked at the lumps on his belly?
     
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    What I always wonder is, if they used to get lipodystrophy with two shots per day, how is rotating my six shots per day going to prevent lipodystrophy?
     
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    Bottom line is, it's really not going to stop it, if you are prone to lipodystrophy... you will still build up fat in areas you use for injecting a lot. HOWEVER, if it's well distributed it won't really be that obvious... that guy injected himself in those two spots and nowhere else.

    I had an endo accuse me once of absuing my stomach for injection sites becuase of fat deposits and I dragged my then 3 year old daughter in at my next appointment to show her that my fat deposits on my belly are GENETIC (my non-D daughter has them too, as does my mom), not the result of overusing the area as an injection site (I actually rarely use it for infusion sets). I was just never meant to have a completely flat belly, and I'm okay with that ;)
     
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    I have a friend who is a dialysis nurse and she had a patient that injected his insulin in the exact same spot in his one arm for years. Developed gangrene in that location. Oh the horror stories we can tell.
    I have one Doc who says Ben is injecting too much in his belly, and another that says it is fine. He injects in his belly, I inject his arms. In the summer when he is wearing shorts he uses his legs.

    Lantusfiend, I think the idea was that the animal insulins contributed more to lipodystrophy.
     
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    When I saw this my first thought was why didn't his doctor notice? Phillip's doctor checks his sites every visit, and tells us to watch out for any lumpiness.
     
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    Lipoatrophy in a Girl With Type 1 Diabetes: Beneficial Effects of Treatment With a Glucocorticoid Added to an Insulin Analog

    Lipoatrophy in a Girl With Type 1 Diabetes: Beneficial Effects of Treatment With a Glucocorticoid Added to an Insulin Analog

    http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/35/3/e22.full
     

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