I have a friend, whom I'll call Mary, who has recently switched from snorting
heroin to shooting it, and is encountering a lot of problems.
Mary is totally familiar with proper injection tactics and has read the safer shooting guide several times. However, Mary has very, very small veins and low blood pressure - even the most seasoned junkies have a hard time finding a vein on her. Mary has found a couple sweet spots, but has been experiencing problems with them. For one, Mary has used her veins in both wrists, where the injection sites immediately became itchy and grew a white patch over them for about 10 min. Mary called a friend who said this was an allergic reaction of sorts, & she shouldn't be banging her wrists anyway with anything larger than a 31 gauge (she uses a 1cc 30 gauge short tip syringe). However since then both sites have been very sore (though her fingers on both hands are fine & not numb) but Mary is worried about potential permanent damage.
Second, Mary has located a spot on her inner arm near the elbow, and has trying to avoid overusing it. However, last time she used the site afterward it hurt a lot, grew very numb, and was been very sore and painful, which she treated with heat, and the pain has gotten better but is still there. She wants to know at what point she should go to a hospital / get herself checked out.
Also, sometimes when injecting Mary will only see a tiny bit of blood and none when she pulls back, but has injected anyway and felt very clearly she was in the vein. Is this dangerous? Should you only inject when there is a lot of blowback blood?
Also, sometimes Mary develops red flecks around injection sites, and bruises around the area but not necessarily on where the injection happened. She has also used the area of her shoulders that is right below the collarbone and wants to know if itís dangerous.
Any suggestions for injection sites for Mary or ways to cope with her small veins, as well as answers to her various symptoms is greatly appreciated!