Top
20
Doctor insights on: Is An Insulin Pump Inconvenient Or Uncomfortable

Share
1

1
Is an insulin pump inconvenient or uncomfortable?

Is an insulin pump inconvenient or uncomfortable?

Not usually: Pumps do take a little getting used to, and some trial and error to learn what works best for sleeping, sex, using the restroom, etc. The nurses and educators who help with the training do a terrific job to help each individual figure out what length tubing works best for them, and how to overcome any problems that arise. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Roshani Sanghani
94 doctors shared insights

Insulin Pump (Definition)

Insulin pumps is a convenient way to give insulin. The Insulin is in a reservoir and gets pumped through a needle into the skin nearby. You can program it to give a variable basal rate, and you tell it how much Insulin to give with meals. However, the pump does not measure glucose. You still need to do this. The Insulin pump is good for type 1 diabetics who are motivated to ...Read more


2

2
I need more info on a insulin pump?

I need more info on a insulin pump?

See an endocrine MD: There are many web sites that discuss pumps, both from the pump companies and societies. See a doctor who does pumps regularly to discuss whether it's right for you. ...Read more

3

3
I have a burning feeling with insulin pump. Should I be concerned?

I have a burning feeling with insulin pump. Should I be concerned?

Infusion site?: Hi. Did it start with insertion of the infusion cannula? Sometimes insertion will hit a sensory nerve and cause a burning sensation. That usually passes quickly. How old is the infusion site? Is it red or tender? If it persists, take that rig out and put a new one in in a different location. If the current site looks infected, notify your endocrinologist and be seen; sometimes antibiotics needed. ...Read more

4

4
I know a young person who is diabetic. Is there a site available for an insulin pump for him?

I know a young person who is diabetic. Is there a site available for an insulin pump for him?

See the doctor: There is a process to go through to get an Insulin pump. My recommendation is for him to see his doctor for a referral to a pump educator. He can then learn the pros and cons from all the pumps. Then he can make an informed decision about which is best for him. ...Read more

5

5
I have been on insulin 14 years and I have had a insulin pump now I ready to go back onbeen type one since I was 14 I was on the pump in my teens?

Please be specific: Sorry, but what is your question? It sounds like you have had experience with an Insulin pump before, but i don't know what you are specifically asking. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

Yes: You still have to insert the pump once every 3 days (for most pump) so you will still have to "inject/poke" yourself once every 3 days but that's better than injecting 3-4x daily. On the pump, you will still have to check blood sugar like before, if not more. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Where can I find an insulin pump?

Where can I find an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: Most Primary Care doctors and Endocrinologists get visits from Pharmaceutical company reps and they often leave "pumps" to show to you. Every one will tell you which one is better than the others, but that is your choice. All pumps are excellent and they are improving over time. Pumps are most often used in type 1 diabetes and that is the best way to go. The new systems will improve with time. ...Read more

8

8
What can I expect when on an insulin pump?

What can I expect when on an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: Do not go on an insulin pump until you have had appropriate training from a diabetes educator. When working properly your health and well being will go up and you will feel great! If not working properly you will not do so well. Getting things under control does not happen over night - be patient and careful! ...Read more

9

9
How do I get help for a insulin pump?

See your doc: See your physician to discuss appropriateness of an Insulin pump. He/she might send you to a pump nurse/diabetes educator or to an endocrinologist to get things started. ...Read more

10

10
How do I know if an insulin pump is the right choice for me?

How do I know if an insulin pump is the right choice for me?

It depends: Just like most other aspects of diabetes management there is no "right" answer to this question. If you need additional flexibility in your Insulin dosing and don't mind being tethered to a device 24 hours a day seven days a week and your insurance will pay for it then a pump may be a good option. If you are well-controlled on Insulin injections and have issues with any of the above there may not be a reason to change. Ask your endocrinologist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
How do I know when to change my daughters insulin pump settings ?

How do I know when to change my daughters insulin pump settings ?

Out of control: If her blood sugars ever go lower than sixty or higher than one fifty, the setting should be changed. I recommend checking with her endocrinologist or diabetes doctor before you do that, though. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

Varies by location: Laws for safe needle disposal vary by state, county, or city. Check with your diabetes educator or doctor. You can also google "needle disposal" followed by your state/city. Basically, dispose of these needles the same way you would dispose of syringes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
A trip and am diabetic. What do I do with my insulin pump and transmitter while on the plane?

No change: To be safe, i'd have a doctor's note but you should be able to wear your pump & carry it on the plane without problems. I would show the agent the pump, then walk through screening. They are trained to know what it is. You can use the same pump settings while on plane. 1 study came out in 2011 stating you might get a 0.623% increase in insuin delivery because of the altitude but that's nothing. ...Read more

15

15
Can a 7yo have an insulin pump?

YES: Generally, age isn't a limiting factor by itself. Our center uses Insulin pump therapy in infants if necessary. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
16

16
How is an insulin pump inserted?

Most aren't: A few clinics are involved in research for implanted pumps, where a surgeon places a pump under the skin in the abdomen, and a doctor uses a syringe to load Insulin into the pump once a month. Most Insulin pumps, though, are external pumps, where only a thin plastic tube, or catheter, goes under the skin to deliver Insulin into the fatty tissue, just as a syringe does. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
What are the precautions of an insulin pump?

What are the precautions of an insulin pump?

Plan ahead: Things can and do go wrong with an Insulin pump sometimes, so plan ahead for these. Infusion sites can fail if the catheter becomes kinked, or the tip comes out. Keep an extra infusion set with you at all times. Occasionally, the electronics of the pump fail, so keep a written copy of your pump settings with you. For the most part, pumping is very safe, but be prepared for emergencies! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Is an insulin pump safe for a 19yr. Old guy?

Can be: Insulin pumps are excellent for getting tight glucose control, and they are most often used for type 1 diabetes, aka juvenile diabetes. They do require daily maintenence & attention, and blood sugar check with every meal, so the safety depends a lot on the patient's personality. There is no substitute for an honest discussion with your doctor. ...Read more

20

20
What are the risks and benefits of insulin pump?

What are the risks and benefits of insulin pump?

See below: Risk: pump malfunction, insertion site infection. Benefits: you always have Insulin with you (no "surprise" meals with no Insulin cause you didn't plan ahead), can take Insulin for snacks without another injection, can decrease Insulin during/after exercise to avoid lows, you can have Insulin delivered more slowly for a meal that takes longer to digest (dual wave bolus), more. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
2,740 doctors shared insights

Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more