Well, well, well, Ms. Hooty, that is quite a story. Holy moly. First of all, I am certainly glad you are good and healed. How scary is that? Your allergies to meds may have hindered things quite a bit. I brag to my family that I don't have any allergies like they do, you know the typical, spring fever, hay fever, allergies to grass, flowers, trees. We should have stock in allergy meds and tissues. LOL. Every room in the house has a box of tissues.
I do have allergies, though, to many meds. Nothing to brag about there when you need medicine to clear up an infection, etc. Antibiotics are the worst. The doctors struggle to find something when I become ill. I completely understand your fear of taking any new meds. Keeping informed is very important.
I had a reaction just like yours when I was bitten by a cat. My neighbor's domestic cat. Bit me on the hand in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger. Within hours my hand and arm swelled up all the way to my armpit. Then the red streaks appeared indicating a blood infection. Was hospitalized for that one, too. Overnight stay in a hospital for a cat bite.
It is nice to see you again, Hooty. Sorry you had to go through all that. I know it is so very important to be diligent when it comes to diabetes. Another silent killer, like high blood pressure.View Thread
No, have not been forgetful...more than usual. Yes, I can go to the fridge, open the door and wonder why I went there in the first place. It happened before the insulin usage. I do not know if there is a correlation between forgetfulness and blood sugar numbers whether it be high or low.
You need to call your doctor. Starting insulin takes time and patience. I really hate to make assumptions, but it sounds as if you may be taking a basal insulin. If that is the case, finding the correct dosage takes time and diligence. Most of all, it takes discipline.
If you cannot get your sugar below 200, you need to call your doctor and report this. He/she can adjust your dosage and/or tell you to up your insulin by 2 units at a time until you reach the desired blood glucose reading. I am not a medical professional and only speak from experience. This happened to me where I could not get my sugars below 250 until my doctor adjusted the dosage of my basal insulin. I also had to record my BS readings daily. I was taking my BS eight times a day so my doctor could see what was going on throughout the day.
I don't want you to feel stressed, but it is more important to get your BS down. When your blood sugar is within normal range you will feel better physically and perhaps mentally.
Insulin works when you are at the correct dosage. My dosages are adjusted constantly. When you are very physically active, the dosage may change once again.
I take two insulins, basal and rapid-acting (with meals.) My Lantus dosage in the beginning was 15U per day. It didn't work at all to bring my BS down. My doctor upped it every two weeks until finally I was taking 40U daily. The more physically active I became and the less carbs I ate, this dosage has come down to 26U daily. I don't even have to take my rapid-acting insulin at lunch because of all the activity.
Please call your doctor regarding your blood glucose readings. Again, at the correct dosage, insulin will work to bring your sugar down where it should be.View Thread
Barb, that is a significant rise in blood sugar during the night. If it affects your A1c, I would conisder trying another course of therapy regarding your diabetes. There is no such thing as "nothing I can do." As you know, I am a diabetic like yourself and not a medical professional. Just have a talk with your doctor if your A1c rises above 7%; or consider changing physicians if he/she says there is nothing you can do.
If your post-prandial (do you check 2-hours after a meal?) is within the parameters (140 or under,) you should work on your a.m. fasting. You don't want your A1c to be greater than 7.
There are physicians who believe that if your A1c keeps rising because of a high a.m. fasting number, basal insulin usage would be best to bring that down. This is taken at bedtime. Oral medications do nothing for that dawn phenomenon that approximately 50% of diabetics experience.
My a.m. fasting was horrendous. 250-300. Being that high with eating any food is disastrous. My doctor's only thought was insulin. I know, I know, horror stories abound regarding insulin and needles. It is the best thing to keep diabetes under control when used properly, eating less carbs and keeping active.
BTW, congrats to you on the weight loss. Give yourself a pat on the back.View Thread
Barb, generally 8-10 hours of no food is considered fasting. For example, if you sleep at least 8 hours, you can take your BS then.
I take insulin to control my diabetes (basal and rapid-acting.) I do not have high fasting numbers in the a.m. Maybe others can help you better with this. Generally, while sleeping, the liver secretes glucose around 3:00 a.m. This happens when most people do not eat food.
I don't snack normally. Maybe someone else will come along to let you know if they do and if it helps them.View Thread
Dang, Flute. You have a lot going on. I wish you the best and a very speedy recovery. You are dedicated and will most likely reach each and every one of your goals.
I do concur with your "thesis" regarding people and diabetes. I see it everyday at work and hardly believe that most of the seniors I deal with just don't care. I think they like being in the hospital because they get taken care of. It is not all of them, but most. There are some who will actually ask me questions, because I have made it known that I am diabetic taking insulin. They will actually look at their plate and decide to cut down on eating the carbs that are there. I have told many of them that they make me proud. LOL. It does not matter your age. Always take care of yourself and strive for a better you.
Much luck to you, Flute and come back soon. I do know you will take care of yourself.View Thread
Well, one you can see via diagnostic testing and the other you cannot.
I am not quite sure how they do it these days regarding finding out if your disc is herniated. Way back when, they used to do myelography. This is the insertion of dye into the subarachnoid space in the spine. I had this done and could see in black and white that I had two herniated discs pressing on my sciatic nerve. This caused pain in my back, through my hip and all the way down one leg to the toes. I had to get it fixed because basically I was useless. Could hardly walk.
Usually a herniatd disc will press on the sciatic nerve, one of the longest nerves in the body. It was a terrible burning sensation for me and I had to move, sit, sleep and stand differently. Because of the erratic changes in movement, my muscles started to cramp up in my back. My case was quite severe with my orthopod wanting to do surgery to remove the discs and fuse the vertebrae.
You really need to talk with your doctor. Maybe an MRI is in order to visualize what the problem may be.
I am not a doctor; only speaking from experience.View Thread
Rutger, so many questions, so many answers. Just kidding. Welcome and I am trying to make you feel at home here.
Any physical activity will help control glucose levels. As you said you are "recently" diagnosed. It can be an experiment each and every day when it comes to controlling your diabetes. Just have to tell you, when I first diagnosed, my dietician actually gave me a DVD for easy physical activity. Walking in place, a little stepping, etc. Along with that, she gave me a boatload of material to read regarding carbohydrates - the good and the bad.
Glucose is used as fuel by the muscles in our body. The more your muscles are "stressed" the more glucose your body will actually use as fuel. Do your cardio. Mix in some weights on different days. Many people do a lot of walking. You will have to see what works for you.
Our resident expert, Dr. Dansinger, recommends 7 1/2 hours of exercise per week for glucose control. Speaking from experience, this is completely true. I work five days a week in a kitchen and dining room walking, bending, lifting, etc. This physical activity even though it is not formal exericse, has given me the best control ever. I take two insulins, one a basal and one a rapid-acting. My job keeps my blood sugar within range (going low sometimes) that I do not even need my meal-time insulin at lunch.
So, with the 7 1/2 hours of exercise recommended by the expert, take it from there. Mix things up to keep from getting bored and to use most of your skeletal muscles. Walking, running, swimming, biking, lifting, whatever. Just keep moving.
Have you been able to see a dietician? Has your doctor told you about controlling the carbohydrates you eat? Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. Each and every one of is different in how many carbs we can consumer per meal/per day. Most of our foods contain carbs except for proteins and fats. Nutrition labels are your best friend. Always look at the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. Use portion control.
It would be wise to talk with a dietician to help you lose weight (if you still need to) and control your blood sugar with proper meal planning.
This is the weekend, and you may not see too many responses. It is a forum rather than a message board. Keep coming back to check things out.
Can't say that I have the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome even when my sugars have been at 500. I also have been as low as 26. When my BS was extremely high, I was falling asleep for hours. The lows scare me to death because I get the rapid heartbeat, shaking and sweating. I do not now I am low until I stop what I am doing. I have a job where I am physically active for 3 - 4 hours straight. The lows at times can make me feel a little disoriented telling me something is not right and I immediately test.
Your description of your BS levels at 130 and how you react is not normal for someone diagnosed with diabetes. Sorry, but I haven't talked with anyone describing these symptoms. This does not occur with me.
The title of your post includes the word pre-diabetic. Is that what your doctor diagnosed? Did you get an A1c test done? A1c = average blood glucose readings for three months. This can be very telling.
Try and destress and see what your test results yield.View Thread
LOL, Michelle. That same dog who would eat all of our raspberries, would eat our snow peas right off the vines, too. Our daughter would try to get a few in. Those peas never made it inside the house. They are great in salads with raspberry vinaigrette.