When I was first Diagnosed (about 10 years ago), I injected myself in the stomach. My parents were still around, and so I would just have them, because they had a better view, inject into my arms. Sometimes I still ask them to inject in my arms for me just because I can and they are there :) (Im 21). I also injected my Lantus in my Butt every night. As I got older, my Endo told me to avoid the stomach area, and now I move around my areas a lot. My legs were originally too muscular I was informed, but now I inject in my legs when I'm wearing shorts/dress/skirt, my arms when wearing short sleeves, and my stomach (in different areas from my original scar tissue) for the rest. I still inject in my butt, that is just my before bed Lantus. I feel that moving my injection sites around just keeps me sane, and it's like a game..."where should I put this needle in me today?" :)
Definitely my stomach! I take two lantus shots a day, one in the morning and one at night. Plus humalog 2-3 for meals a day. I have always used my stomach. I occasionally use my arms during the summer because they are easy to reach. After 10 years I really haven’t noticed any scar tissue. I am sure I will eventually. I tried the butt one time and my mom did it for me. That did not end so well! haha.
My favorite injection site has been my stomach for majority of my injections. The easiest and the most the convienant location on my body.
I have been on injections since August 1977. I used to do stomach a lot, but got bumps there. Same with my arms. I abandoned those sites and the bumps eventually went away. I now have big bumps on my left thigh. I do arms too now but the bumps haven’t come back. I get bruising sometimes too.
I think I need to go back to stomach and better rotation.
rotation, rotation, rotation and then when you think you’ve exhausted every spot, find a new place.
During 60 years of depending on insulin for life I’ve used many schemes now I use a pump and rotate infusion sites between four locations on each of the following: the right side of my abdomen, right bicep, left bicep, left side of abdomen - 16 areas in all.
Prior to pumping, I also used both right and left buttock. I was taking six injections every day so my morning shot was right buttock, then during work day I had convenient access to both abdomen and both bicep areas and then my left butt for bed-time. I didn’t have any bumps or “sore” places after I began with throwaway needles. My thighs wore out in the 1950’s when I was having to use the old “horse needle” year after year - thighs still like shoe leather.
My suggestion, just because you find “a good place” keep looking for more locations and never use the same body are two times in a row. But be aware that activity [such as running after injection in a leg] can speed up insulin absorption.
I am fairly good at rotating because I’m scared of developing scar tissue! But I have noticed that I inject a lot around my stomach. It’s just so easy.