Tina, talk to your doctor or ask if there are any agencies that would provide you with more test strips. Talk to your health provider and explain the situation. It will cost them a lot more if you have to go into the hospital! Do not wait! Try to eat something "before" you workout, so you don't go so low. When I workout heavily for an hour, my blood sugar numbers go up, and then down later. Everyone is different. You're smart to want to check your numbers! Keep a juice carton or something sweet with you, in case you go low!View Thread
I absolutely agree that the exercise is a big key in keeping you pretty level in your feelings, especially since you've never seen this before.
For me, being on a certain heart medicine affected my whole nervous system, with depression, anxiety, and other major side effects all playing together. Once off this medicine, I'm doing just great. I was even exercising almost every day for an hour which helped me to maintain my mood. It didn't solve the problem.
So, I would check all medications on line and see if any two might cause a reaction such as this.
Then I would look at things going on his life, Did he recently retire, have any major stresses at work, etc. If so, having him go to a therapist might address issues coming up, maybe from the past, or something that is weighing heavily on his mind.
The best thing is to take it a day at a time. If he's developed an allergy to gluten in foods, etc. Just check everything out. Go online, first and check his medications. My mom used to say that sometimes the medications caused more problems than the main one. She was on betablockers, too, like me! The one I'm on now seems to be working okay, but that doesn't mean down the road I won't become allergic to that one, too. I just have to be body aware! Oh yes, my blood sugar levels went up while on this betablocker. They've leveled out now, I'm now exercising 6 days a week for 45 min. to an hour each time. I also went to therapy once a week, to help sort out small things, not big enough to have caused depression, but she helped me realize it "was" the medicine and not just my being depressed. Good luck! There's hope! I cannot tell you how happy I feel again!!!View Thread
Hi All, It's been a long time since I've been here. I've been really busy with some health issues, which I finally figured out, and I wanted to share them with the rest of you. If you have diabetes "and" heart problems, and are taking beta-blockers as heart medicine, be aware of side effects, one of them being higher blood sugar numbers. For the longest time, I was able to keep my bs numbers at bay with diet and exercise alone. When I started my first beta blocker, I started gaining weight and getting higher numbers, even with an hour of heavy UJam exercise every day! Even fruit, things I could have before like melons, a small apple started spiking me. I just couldn't figure it out. I started my 2nd heart medicine many months ago, and started having side effects, just little ones at first, but finally depression, nightmares, and even a hallucination, along with hair loss, blurry vision(surely from the diabetes I thought), out of breathe...couldn't make it through my UJam routines or climbing hills,etc. Here's what I want to say. Always research online side effects. Even with talking to both my regular and heart doctor, they would test me but nothing would show up. I finally talked to my pharmacist who told me I had almost every side effect to the medicine(beta blocker). Finally, the doctor told me (after I told him I found out my brother was allergic to the same medicine)that it had affected my nervous system. Guys...I even went for therapy, and she told me I was okay....That's what got me knowing it wasn't me. So, if you are having many, many side effects, check it out. Don't believe what your friends are telling you. I actually stopped seeing two of my friends who didn't believe me. Believe in yourself. I'm now on another beta blocker. Yes, keeping my numbers lower is much harder. I had to start on Metformin, which doesn't even work that well for me, either, but I "am" able to exercise again, and make it through an hour class! Hooray! My bald spot has grown over, my energy is up, depression has lifted, no nightmares, etc. YES! I'm myself again. I just believe some people have more trouble with medicines than others. Just be aware that it's not always what you've done wrong, but sometimes something else going on. I'll try to stop in once in a while. Take care and hi to all my "old" friends. I hope you are doing well with your diabetes!View Thread
Beta, sounds like you had a fantastic trip! Did you get some new ideas for your pottery? Are you still doing that? Did you retire, yet? I forget. My memory is worse, lately, but it sounds like many of my friends are forgetting things, too, so I don't feel alone. When I was on the other heart medicine, my memory really got worse. Yes, that was one of the symptoms, too.
I probably could eat like you do, Beta, as I do love meat, too.
I went to a BBQ today. The food was heavily coated with bbq sauce. I ate part of a chicken, & stayed away from the beans, corn, and garlic bread. I missed out on a long session dancing and celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the gym. Wished I had gone. I definitely would have lost weight today!View Thread
That's so interesting that you said that about your retinopathy. I had the "beginnings", slightly of retinopathy for the first time on Tropolol, which sent my blood sugars into the 200's, sometimes, high 200's. I also gained 8 lbs., in just a few months. I could not get it off! Now that I've been off Tropolol, and on another betablocker, my numbers are coming down, and staying down, low 100's mornings...128, and yesterday I had 106, which I hadn't seen in quite a while. I'm going to go for another retinopathy to check my eyes again. I'm not waiting a year. This other doctor started my on the Metformin when she heard about my eyes and my higher numbers. She told me to take 4 of these pills at night. Nothing happened for over a month, but now it's working. I'm exercising again, too. I couldn't with all the problems I was having, some caused by the medicine!
So, "if" you find your bs numbers going up for no reason, check it out!!!!!!!!!! There's something wrong!
Hi NutriJoy and others I know!!!
Hi Beta!!! How was your trip to China?? I've missed you guys! I just have been fixated on my photography. I'll be exhibiting some of my work at a local place in town soon. I'm having so much fun since I retired and continue to work on my photography!
I'll try to peek in every so often. I just didn't feel right about giving advice, when my whole system was out of whack! I wrote about it figuring maybe someone else was also allergic to medicines they take. It's good to check with your pharmacist AND do your own readings on drug interactions! It may save your life. My mom saved my dad's life when he had some of the same problems with medications that my brother and I do. My mom would say that the medicines caused so many other symptoms in her body. So what do you do...not take heart medicine? It helps regular my heartbeats. I have to do it. I liked taking no medicine for my diabetes. Beta and Flute....I know how very healthy you eat. I really feel your way is the way to go. I just don't know if I could go vegan, though, which one of my friends is doing. I would want to eat some meat, fish, and eggs. It's about moderation! Take care all of you!! How's our lovely doctor doing? Is he still on here?View Thread
A one time shot will help with the inflammation that also causes painful problems in your body. Yes, it "will" make your blood sugar levels go up for some hours the day you have the shot, but it will go down again. I had to have two, one in each shoulder when I had frozen shoulders. This was a year apart. It really does help, but do not have more than two in one area. I was told this by the doctor giving the shot. Did a doctor recommend the shot? I have no idea about it causing more problems down the road. It did help me get out of agonizing pain and on the road to recovery. Hope you're out of pain, soon.View Thread
It's so good to hear from some of my "older" WebMD buddies, and some of the rest of you. I'm glad you're doing so well, Beta, Flute, Auriga! For me, I just have to remember I have a body that doesn't do well with medicines. I've also had trouble with statins reacting with my heart medicine, Zocor with a past heart medicine. I had read it online before my heart doctor had even known about it. I had to get off the Zocor. That had upped my cholesterol medicine, and that made me sick, too. Now I take 1/2 of a statin a day, and that seems to be working fine. I do have memory issues, though...and not sure what caused that. We are the only ones that know own our bodies. We have to check things out, and make sure we are not have reactions. I'm also allergic to some anitbiotics. So....with that, I'm doing well, now. I just did a salsa class, 55 minutes of dancing. I have to be very careful of my lower back, and have had hip flexor problems when I couldn't exercise for months, but now am doing just great! I have learned how to modify my exercise. I was doing it too heavily. I'm 66 years old, and keep forgetting that!! My cholesterol numbers are doing fantastic! My trigs. and LDL are down, but I still struggle to get those HDL numbers up. Anon 615, you mentioned that. They had me on high doses of Zocor. My HDL numbers are okay, just not great! I "have" to be on Beta blockers for my irregular heartbeat. I have not had problems with that, except when in a spa hot tub for too long a time. My heart doctor said not to do that anymore. I have read these can cause heart damage. I just had an echo done of my heart, and thank goodness it wasn't damaged through this. I feel my dance exercise and walking on my photo trips is really helping keep my heart healthy. Anyhow, I just wanted people to know the dangers of some medicines for some people. Check online if you're having symptoms you've never had before. I'm very happy now, don't dance as vigorously as I did before, and am doing well. Photography has become my passion, even more through all of this, and I'll be starting to sell my work in a local place, soon. I'll try to visit once in a while! Keep well,my friends! Photo...View Thread
You cannot tell from one testing. It might be a bad test strip, or you had some food on your finger. Are you talking about a blood test at the labs, or just your test strip? Did you wait two hours after you ate for the reading? It's possible with your weight loss, exercising , and eating healthier that you've been able to manage your diabetes(if you were diagnosed to have it by the doctor). By eating the sweets and other things, it might have shot up your blood sugars. If I eat very sensibly and exercise, I don't get high numbers. For me, if I go off the stricter way of eating,my numbers go high. That's why I had to start the Metformin. I suggest you keep as strict as you can, as I was told by one of the nurses on here that diabetes is progressive. I balked at this, but now find my numbers have gone up, and I'm now on medicine. I "believe" if I had stayed very strict like I started doing for the first years, I "may" have held off taking medicine. Who knows for sure. I eat out a lot, but mostly get meat/fish, veggies, and salad. I was having a slice of bread with the meal at times. Just monitor your blood sugars for a week, a few times a day, and see what's going on, Then, get an A1C to see the whole picture. That tells you how you've been doing for a few months. Good luck!View Thread
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