Would you like to check blood sugar without pain? In order to manage our blood sugar, we have to prick our fingers from time to time. We have to check our blood sugar even with this new Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)
Testing your blood sugar shouldn’t hurt. However, many of us complain that it hurts when you prick your finger. We even complain about the calluses that form on our fingertips.
I myself have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a year ago. Over 20 years ago, lancing devices were barbaric. The lancet got rammed into your finger.
How deep the needle would go was truly a guess. Ouch!
Looking at my fingertips these days, no calluses!
Fortunately, these days patients can see a diabetic educator. Since I was diagnosed about a year ago I have received proper training on how to test my blood sugar.
Nowadays lancing devices all work the same way. Almost every device has a button for adjusting the depth of the needle pricking your finger. However, you want to make sure you start with a lighter setting and work your way up. The smallest number is the lowest penetration depth.
They now have special devices that are specifically designed to hurt less. One of these is the Accu-Chek FastClix Lancing Device. This device has 11 different depth settings.!
Another device is the Genteel Lancing Device. Uses vacuum and depth control to stop the lancet from hitting any nerve endings. No pain!
PLACING THE LANCING DEVICE
When using the lancet, place it on the side of your finger to prick yourself. Never use the center of your finger. Placing the device on the side of your finger the poke does not hurt as much. Much less than if you poked the center of your finger. There are fewer nerve endings on the side of your finger. Simple trick, right?
ROTATING SPOTS TO TEST
It can be easy to prick your finger in the same spot all the time. However, its good to avoid those calluses on your fingers.
Did you know that you can test in other places than your fingertips? Many people choose to test on their forearms or palms. Having more options can help to rotate spots. Also, it is important to have all the information before switching testing sites.
Make sure to avoid pricking thumbs and forefingers because they are used for touching and feeling. I test using my thumbs and forefingers all the time and I don’t have any problems.
On a regular basis, have your healthcare provider check your fingers. It won’t hurt!
Did you change your lancet, recently? Changing your lancet regularly can help with the pain associated with pricking your finger. The lancets can become dull very easily. MySugr described it as cutting vegetables with a butter knife, more painful than it needs to be!
WARMING YOUR FINGERS
Have you tried testing your blood with cold fingers? It’s usually difficult to get a sample of blood. Warm up your hands by rubbing them together a bit before testing.
Another way is to run them under warm water while rubbing them together. This will only take a few minutes to warm the hands and fingers. It could make all the difference!
Do you have any tips to help people, so they can check blood sugar without pain? If so, feel free to post your finger pricking tips in the comment section below.