Can insulin shots in the stomach cause the stomach to become distended?
Can insulin shots in the stomach cause the stomach to become very distended? My 88 year old mother has lost a lot of weight this past year (to the point that her bones are sticking out of her shoulders and arms), but her stomach sticks out so much that she looks very pregnant. She says it's from her insulin shots. Is this true?
I checked with a diabetes expert friend who said that insulin injections in the abdomen may result in local deposits of fat in the abdominal wall which might feel lumpy but it is not likely to cause the generalized bloating or distention that you are describing. It might be due to some other medical condition so a further workup would probably be helpful.
I am also diabetic. I woke up one morning with severe right side pain and swollen to the point I looked nine months pregnant. It took three years for a diagnosis of cirrhosis of the liver caused by my diabetes,