Mine is more of a question. What causes your hand to cramp after taking an insulin shot? This doesn't always happens, but when it does it last about 20 minutes. I take novolog, 20 units with a sliding scale and sometime my hand will cramp up. It is always my right hand. I have asked my endroconoligist and he said he has never heard of that, but it happens to me.
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Muscle cramping can be due to many things, such as deficiency in certain electrolytes, mainly potassium. I'm on insulin, too, and don't experience any muscle cramping while injecting.
If you are taking other meds, take a look at the info sheet to see if this might be one of the side effects.
Some doctors prescribe statins (cholesterol control) to patients diagnosed with Diabetes as a "precaution". Simivastatin, Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor...some people suffer leg, hand, even jaw cramps (when yawning) from taking statins...
Muscle cramping after injection is a rare side effect but you see from this link that it requires medical attention. It doesn't say the remedy. If your doctor is unfamiliar with this find someone who is. I wonder if you called the manufacturer of the insulin if a customer relations person might have an answer or remedy.
The same thing happens to me, and my answer came unexpectantly...My wife's Potassium was too high for surgery, and she was given a "K" cocktail. This contains Insulin, Glucose and Bicarb. The insulin forces Potassium (K) back into the cells. The Glucose basically conteracts the Insulin and vice versa...while the Bicarb settles any queezyness that may occur. This is pretty much the same thing that happens to diabetics. We have excess glucose in our blood controlled by insulin. When I overindulge and give myself an extra bolus my hands cramp...I call it the claw. My endocrinologist did not have a clue when I asked him about, however, my primary care doctor, sensed it was low potassium...and he was correct....temporarily low... about 30 minutes,,,and it then clears up.
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