I don't have diabetes, thank goodness, but I did have to receive blood thinner injections a number of years ago, and they gave them to me (with the same type of needle that diabetics use) in my abdomen. The abdomen shots are not as painful, from what I understand. Even my diabetic friends, who inject in their abdomens, have said so. I'm pretty sure the visiting nurses weren't using the needles that "didn't hurt as much". And I am quite the sissy.