Injection site rotation/mapping/templates? Your thoughts please

Greetings All,

I’m new to the forums, but not to diabetes. Have had Type 1 for 17 years now. I use insulin pens (no insurance- otherwise I think I would be pumping). I’m curious what methods you all use to avoid bruising. I don’t inject into my arms at all, just thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. I rotate, but not with any accuracy, and I bruise often and hit real sore spots regularly. I’m a super lean guy and use the short pen needles. I inject at least 5 times a day.

Would love and welcome all your suggestions and experience. Thank you.

hmn… I have quite a bit of belly fat so I’m not sure I can be much help. When I was on MDI I would just try to keep mental notes on where I injected and move around to places I hadn’t remembered hitting before. I seldom bruised with all the surface area.

Maybe try to do a different part of the body for different times of day/meals?

I feel your pain I’m super lean as well and can’t inject into my thighs. Have you considered going to a pump? It made it a lot more bearable for me. 1 injection every 3 days to insert the cannula then on to the next site. I never had a problem with bruising but hit the sore spots all the time.

All I can come up with is to try to find some space on the border of the sites you use for injecting, leave out completely all the sore spots.
maybe you should try to use your arms, it adds extra places :slight_smile: if you’re afraid to hit the muscle, you can angle the needle…