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After 22 years of T1, abdominal lypohypertrophy has appeared in my abs. Not severe, but enough to avoid ab injections and rotate sites consistently. Google lypohypertrophy and click on images to see the results of not rotating injection sites. It can become very unsightly.

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Manassas, VA
I had to have scar tissue removed from using same spot in my left thigh too often a few years ago

Skiatook, OK
I read that if you avoid the site for 2-3 months it may go away. I hope this is true. I am avoiding and rotating injections to other areas.

Manassas, VA
I had avoided my left thigh for over a year and it didnt even slightly diminish in size now I have a 4 inch incision along the top of my thigh that is by far more unsightly than the lump from the hypertrophophy ever was

Skiatook, OK
Great to know! I honestly thought the lypohypertrophy bumps were abdominal muscles! They really do appear as muscle. I am in nursing school and discovered via a fellow student presentation that they are lypohypertrophy bumps and not symmetrical bumps, which is why I am finally admitting lypohypertrophy has set in!

Skiatook, OK
Muscle would be more symmetrical....oh the disappointment!!

Manassas, VA
I had not yet started nursing school when I brought the knot in my thigh to my endocrinologists attention he asked me if it was a common place I used for injections and when I said yes he got me in for surgery the next week and said it was a good thing I was going on pump in very near future pump was best thing I ever did as far as diabetes control went! My first A1C after starting it was 6.9!

Skiatook, OK
That is an excellent A1C!! I was on the pump for about 4 years but decided it was a lot of hardware for me to pack around so I went back to injections. I am currently without health insurance so am very cautious about all I do regarding my health. I, thankfully, have found a disabled vet with diabetes who uses the exact supplies as I do . She receives an overflow of supplies through the VA and generously shares them with me at a very discounted rate. I hate to admit that I have to get my supplies via this route, but paying cash prices at the pharmacy is absolutely impossible at this point in my life.

Manassas, VA
I bet insulin is outrageous in price! I have had to go back on injections since my insurance doesn't really pay much for infusion sets my company on infusion sets is 500 for 3 months I'm disabled from a massive stroke due to another health issue

Skiatook, OK
Oh**** I am so sorry. The cost of chronic illness is so unfair. There was a great article on the front of the NY Times last Sunday regarding the cost of diabetes & the money companies are making when the products they produce are brought market. Ridiculous!! I was a pharmaceutical sales rep for 12 years and fully supported always purchasing branded drugs/meds. I am now on the other side of that equation & in full support of generics & purchasing my life saving meds on the "street corner"!

Manassas, VA
:)

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