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Injecting - Seasoned user, what to do if there are no veins left in the arms?

Discussion in 'Heroin' started by burner habit, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. burner habit

    burner habit Newbie

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    I know this is probably useless, but i was wondering if anyone knows any tricks for someonw who has used all of their veins in their arms arms and nothing is left? even the veins in their hands are so smalls its a miss ninety per cent of the time? this person is getting so frusturated, they are almost going to their neck or foot? any tips at all would be appreiciated? When blood comes in it looks ok ,or its really slow. I try as hard as i can and i miss every time, swells up really big bc the veins are so small and or theres so much scar tissue. what do i do besides my neck/groin or other places on my body???
     
  2. JJ1234

    JJ1234 Silver Member

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    First advice is quit. Now I know that isn't likely so if you can put up with the cost smoke or sniff it. Your veins are collapsed and you want to keep shooting in them I get that but unless you truly want to die then try another ROA. Maybe even sub-q(skin popping) or IM.

    Sorry I know you have probably considered this and once you go IV it's hard to go back but you got to draw the line somewhere.

    Edit: Forget the skin popping! I see that is wrong now. IDK if a 0.02 micron wheel filter would help or not though for this. Thanks Soma!
     
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  3. Soma Cruz

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    Definitely do NOT subcutaneously or intramuscularly shoot heroin. Because it's from the street, you don't know what's in it. Germs or particles that your body will not process easily without being able to pump them to the liver could potentially be in the shot. The risk of infection as the shot sits in your muscle tissue or under the skin becomes fairly high, especially if you prepared your shot using tap water or even bottled water. Intravenous injection is really the safest way to inject, if you must inject.

    Like JJ said, another ROA would be the safest way to go. Dissolving the dope in water and snorting or plugging it are fairly safe, with the plugging even giving some people a bit of a rush.

    However, you said that only your arm veins are gone, and I am guessing you will probably inject regardless. So I'll give some advice. Injecting into the leg is not the safest thing, but it is safer than using your feet, for a few reasons.

    1. Shots are less likely to miss into an artery, generally, farther up the limbs and closer to the heart.
    2. Veins are larger in your legs, compared to the feet, so it's less likely you'll miss.
    3. The feet are usually fairly dirty and sweaty places, meaning that even if you don't miss, the injection site in the feet could still become infected. This risk is lower for the legs.

    Check out the vein chart I posted below. You'll see that there are some fairly large veins running down the thigh and calf. I would recommend that you avoid the femoral vein, because it is a deep vein. Even the "superficial femoral vein" is a deep vein, which is confusing, but that's just how it is. This means it will be harder to hit, and the risk of thrombosis/blood clots are higher and can be fatal. Additionally, it's right next to the femoral artery, and hitting that can be fatal as well.

    The superficial vein running down the side of the calf can usually be seen by most people, and is a large vein that is fairly easy to hit. Always check the blood when you register to make sure you don't hit an artery, though. Leg veins can be difficult to spot, so it might help to do some deep knee bends, jumping jacks, even jogging to get the blood pumping and make them more visible. But use extreme caution if you do try to hit a vein anywhere on your leg, because a miss or an artery hit will be much less forgiving than in the arms.

    Does that help at all, OP? Post a reply if you have more questions.

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    Also, I linked this picture, but if a seasoned user can PM and point me in the direction of instructions for uploading pics in threads, I'd be thankful. I can't figure out how to do it from the upload stuff I've read.
     
  4. kailey_elise

    kailey_elise Gold Member

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    Are all the veins in the arm collapsed, or just the crook of the elbow ones?

    Especially as a male, you should have easier access to veins in your forearm. As a thicker girl, I can't find these veins easily, though I've had doctors ( my dentist, specifically) find a good one on the top of my forearm with no effort at all. I've seen friends inject in the side of their arm; they usually bend their arm so their fist is next to their shoulder (if that makes sense?) and then hit a vein there. And by "there", I mean in the part of the forearm that's now visible, not into the fist. haha.

    Another girlfriend of mine injects into her bicep.

    I recommend you try all the tricks for boosting your veins before moving to different areas. Make sure you're well-hydrated (this plumps up your veins), try a hot shower (a heating pad on the area you want to inject into can help, but the shower usually works better), a bit of exercise in the arm area. PROPER use of a tourniquet can help too - make SURE to loosen it up BEFORE you inject, lest you blow the vein.

    Actually, I *really* recommend that you quit, or at least quit injecting, but it sounds like that's not likely. Switching to another RoA for a while would really help. Going to detox for a week usually helped my veins heal a bit, though then you have to worry about OD when you get out - NEVER inject the same amount you did before you went in when you get out! The only time I went out was when I ignored this advice. It not only was a waste of dope, but if my friends hadn't been their with vials of Narcan, it would have been a waste of a life. If nothing else, follow that advice!!

    All the best,

    ~Kailey
     
  5. burner habit

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    Thanks so much everyone. I've never posted here before its really nice to get a reply so quickly.

    First off, quitting is definitely not out of the question. This person has done it before and will keep trying until they're successful. Also, she would never use as much as before after treatment. But she wants to wait until she really is ready this time bf going through that again.

    In the meantime, yes, she has used all her arm veins, everything, all the side ones, the one at the top of the arm, everything. Every once and a while she will get one but its rare.

    She really appreciates that advice about the leg and where to go, thank you for the map. and as far as snorting and smoking goes, she has considered both but with smoking gets so sick she always is puking and snorting feels like such a waste.

    Thank you very much everyone, any advice anyone else has would be appreciated. And, dont worry, always use clean everything, including sterile water. Very careful.
     
  6. kailey_elise

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    She should give plugging a try, then. Basically, set up the shot as normal, only stick it up your butt instead of sticking it in a vein. It goes without saying, you take the needle off the syringe first! haha!

    If it's not easy to get one of the rigs that come apart (insulin syringes are the most common in most areas of the States, I dunno how it is in Canada), you can either order some online, or get an oral syringe from the drugstore. It's usually in the baby care aisle, and either look like a traditional syringe (with a much bigger barrel) or like a mini turkey baster. either will work.

    Works best after a bowel movement, just to make sure nothing's in the way, if you know what I mean. ;) She'll want to add a bit more water than she would for an IV shot, but the rectum is a very efficient mucus membrane whose JOB is to suck up water. If that water contains opioids, it's good to go! ;) This bypasses much of 1st pass metabolism, just as IV injection does.

    ~Kailey
     
  7. Jimmy11

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    At the moment swim is going in his fingers.There so easy to get are fairly stable.You will have some fairly good veins around the bottom knuckle both on the inside and outside of your finger.swim used to go in his feet a lot but it can be quite sore even when you don't miss.
    As someone said the calf and leg veins are very good but be careful with clots and such.What swim used to do after he went in his legs was lie back and put his legs in the air to aid blood flow.Hope this helps.
     
  8. Dylan Haze

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    swim knows homies that shoot between the fingers, top of the hand, ankles, top of feet, thighs, and sometimes even in the neck. and if your a guy even in the dick o_O
     
  9. kailey_elise

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    Injecting into your penis can cause permanent impotence, or permanent erection. Neither is a good thing.

    Injecting into the fingers is also a bad idea; these veins are even tinier than the ones in the hand. Just as with the ones in the hand, they appear big & juicy because they are so close to the surface. They are, in fact, small & tiny & incredibly difficult to inject into properly. Sure, some people seem to pull it off, but a miss in this area could leave you without use of the digit for an unknown amount of time - perhaps permanently. If she's already having trouble injecting properly into the top of the hand, the fingers are absolutely out of the question.

    There are some decent ones in the wrist/side of the hand that can be better/easier than the ones on top of the hand. Needless to say, NEVER attempt the veins in the underside of the wrist - these are ridiculously tiny.

    I really highly suggest plugging for a while, to give the veins a break. Or perhaps an inpatient detox for a week. What about at least taking a week off by using Suboxone or something to stay well?

    ~Kailey
     
  10. westie420uk

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    My friend found that sitting in a hot bath helped to bring his veins up. I know running a bath can take time & would be the last thing on your mind when you want a hit, but you could run it before you go out to score. Just remember to turn the water off before you leave!
     
  11. Shigeru

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    I knew a guy who used to shoot up in his femoral artery about 6 inches below his crotch on the inside of his leg. He'd just drop his pants in the car and shoot up if we were out doing cocaine or crank. It looked like he had a permanent hole he stuck the needle in. My veins are long gone but I would never do it there.

    I have a vein in the crook of my elbow I used to use all the time that is tough as a garden hose. A dentist tried to hit me in it when I was getting teeth pulled and he was unable to push the needle in no matter how hard he tried. He referred to it as being sclerosed and asked me if I had any better ones in the other arm. I knew before he even tried it he wasn't going to be able to get a needle in but didn't want to say anything. It was embarrassing...not to mention it hurt like hell when he was trying to get it pushed in.

    I'd stop shooting dope if I were you before it progresses to that kind of thing.
     
  12. tweakette

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    I know you people are going to be pissy from me writing this but here goes. You only used your arm veins?!? Then you Are good for a LONG time. I lost my arms years ago, I was looking for a thread like this one that actually helped. I've used my arms, palms, fingers (tops, bottoms), calves, thighs, feet, ankles. I need help because I am running out of finger veins, at this point I prob have like 3 injections left.
     
  13. Holly021255

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    This is what my friend "Molly" said to me:

    "After about 4-5 years of IV heroin/cocaine use, I have pretty much no veins left in my arms. I only ever injected in the elbow crook and bicep veins (I think it is called the cephalic vein). Occasionally, I could use the one that sort of curves down the forearm, but I was never able to use my wrist/hand veins. Although I could still use the main vein in the crook of my elbow on my right arm, I like to keep that one available for if I ever have to go to the doctor or get blood work done, because I try to hide the fact that I am an IV drug user as much as possible, especially from healthcare workers. Also, it seems that the majority of the non-drug using population just assumes that all junkies always shoot up in their arms, so if you don't have tracks on your arms, people rarely think to check your legs/hips/femoral, etc. Right now, I'm currently using those tiny veins in my hips and thighs, they aren't super obvious, they just look like little blue lines, but they're actually very easy to hit, and I can almost always get them on the first try. I used to use my femoral, but stopped after accidentally injecting in my artery one too many times. Later, I'll post a pic of the little blue ones running down the thighs and hips that I use. Basically, just look for the blue lines that are all over your legs- they're much easier to hit than I thought they would be, and a 28 gauge needle is small enough, though a 31 might be better if you can get one that size."
     
  14. NativeViixen5280

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    Hey,

    If you wouldn't mind elaborating on this hip concept.. I've been thinking of this.. And I'm. Trying to figure out how to properly do it... It seems and looks pretty simple.. But its awkward when I stand up, of course I frel them in my hips better... But... Can't see them all too well. So when I sit down and lay back.. Blood flow changes and they disappear... How do you suggest I restrict blood flow?? Otherwise it looks simple. , thanks
     
  15. Alinabee

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    Once my veins in my arms were done, I started in my thighs. It worked well and, for me, the veins were much bigger and easier to find
     
  16. id2578

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    O, man! I just tried it and it works. saved my life. I would never tought about these. Thank you so very much!
     
  17. Inthegroove

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    I have recently quit, but when I did heroin, I used the insides of my wrists quite often. I found them easier to hit than the ones in my hands. It does hurt really bad sometimes, but that doesn't last long.
     
  18. Jessygregg

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    Did you ever figure out how to do anything in any veins besides the arms?