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Retired Mom
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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
 
First, I know I've been MIA again, but I promise it was for a last minute vacation and was much needed.  I'll try to do better (but next week will be BUSY too).  Anyway, I took some more blood tests on Saturday morning and my blood sugars were not so great.  The 2 hours after eating was 164, so off to the Endo I go tomorrow for a GTT.  I also dropped 54 points in my growth hormone, so I have to up that (which increases blood sugar, Carpel Tunnel, and swellling......like I have been fussing about for a while).  I need to keep my HGH level around 200 or better and it's at 146 now and my muscle spasms are increasing again. 
 
I realize that many of you are diabetic and do understand that 164 is not deadly, but the actual GTT is a concern right now.  I've been hypoglycemic since age 12 (severe idiopathic reactive hypoglycemia) and knew that it would one day "switch" to diabetes.  I took Met for quite a while, but I had to stop due to severe explosive bowel problems.  (Sorry so graphic).... anyway,  they have suggested that I will be placed back on Met (Glucophage ?sp) tomorrow after the test, but that the extended release is much better with the stomach. 
 
I would appreciate any information on the Met/Met CR relating to stomach issues and other meds if anyone is familiar.  
 
(These diagnoses are really starting to add up and not in a good way) rolleyes
 
Thanks everyone!!
Retired Mom


uniquelyme
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   Posted 5/20/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow!! I didn't realize how many of us were Diabetic until recently.... I was DX'ed in March 09 with T2.. My Dr. started me on Metformin (the standard) and when he had upped me to the highest dose he added Glipizide to the mix....then he switched me to Metformin ER  1000 mg. at night, Glipizide 10 mg. in a.m., and Lantus 15 un*** at bedtime.  I am now up to 70 units of Lantus, up and down on the Metformin ER but back to 1000 mg., and 20 mg. Glipizide.  Just last week I found out that after my A1C went from 12.5 last year to 7.5 4 months ago, and now it's up to 9.7....sooooo, I'm gonna ask to be put on regular insulin and get rid of the pills (they make me sick). 
 
Metformin is what most Dr.'s start you on....it's not working for me...
 
Let me know how it goes..
 
Me.

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1700 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning and bedtime
Lantus 50 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Byetta 5 mcg. 2X daily                                                                   

 


Retired Mom
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   Posted 5/20/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info ME.
 
I appreciate it.
 
Something just occurred to me......I was given a shot last week (PCP) of torodol.  Can this affect your sugars too?
Retired Mom


uniquelyme
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   Posted 5/21/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Retiredmom,
I checked and can't find any info. that says it causes blood sugar to go up....but they never know until it happens. But I don't think it has any effect. The blood pressure meds. I take do have an effect....Lisinopril HCTZ.

Me.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1700 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning and bedtime
Lantus 50 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Byetta 5 mcg. 2X daily                                                                   

 


uniquelyme
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   Posted 5/21/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/high_blood_sugar/side-effects.htm

This site has a list of meds that cause high blood sugar levels...

Me.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1700 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning and bedtime
Lantus 50 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Byetta 5 mcg. 2X daily                                                                   

 


Jim1969
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   Posted 5/21/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to wonder about that list posted and maybe it was suppose to be a list of LOW blood sugar.

The reason being is that it lists many drugs that are used to treat diabetes such as Actos, Avandia and many insulins.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


Jim1969
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   Posted 5/21/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
There are many medications that can effect blood sugar, causing it elevate or decrease depending on the medicine. Steroids are a biggie for elevating blood sugar.

Beyond that pain can play games with your blood sugar. Pain causes stress, both physical and mental/emotional. Stress causes the body to produce and release a lot of different hormones and chemicals. One of these is Cortisol, and too much Cortisol in your system for a long enough period of time can elevate the blood sugar. For people who do not have an issue with producing and/or utilizing your natural insulin this is not much of an issue, but if you have or develop problems with your natural ability to control your blood sugar levels it can pose a problem.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


White Beard
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   Posted 5/21/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Since Toradol is a very potent NSAID and like most NSAID's it is contraindicated in people with ulcers or gastro-intestinal bleeding problems, or any type of risk of bleeding or advaced renal impairment. It is not like some of the other anti-inflamatory meds like steroids that can affect your blood sugar. I know I can't take it as I have Ulcertive Colitis. If you have stomach problems such as ulcers it is best to stay away from it. But I have never heard of any problems with it as far as Diabetes goes, and I can't find anything that indicates that there is any problems with it as far as changing one's blood sugar.

White Beard

uniquelyme
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   Posted 5/22/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim, I know...it seems kinda odd...but that's what on the list.
 
Me.

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1700 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning and bedtime
Lantus 50 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Byetta 5 mcg. 2X daily                                                                   

 


Retired Mom
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   Posted 5/23/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the input guys.
 
I checked with the endo and the torodol does not have the effect I was thinking.  The growth hormone DOES. I could not take it the night before and I couldn't take any BP meds (or any meds at all) before my test.  Man am I glad that test is over....headache city!
 
It will be Tuesday before I get the final answers.  The plan is to do some serious testing on the blood for the insulin resistance and a different type of test for the actual blood sugar levels.  They do way serious testing there and I absolutely love this office.  I haven't found a single person there who is not excellent at their job and they all seem happy too.  The don't go much for talking about this and that....just the medical facts, which is so much better when you are looking for the specialist to do what you need.  This guy is amazing!  He did agree that my HGH needed to be taken up a level since my spasms are back so bad and I'm going to take a while to adjust, but that stuff is amazing with the mind and the other systems it affects.  Shots are no fun and keeping up with them is a drag, but I don't ever want to stop with this stuff because I feel so much better psychologically and emotionally, let alone the fatigue that is lifting.  A few months ago I was almost suicidal, but now that is all gone.  The pain is no different....it's always there and I ALWAYS hurt, but the emotional part is incredible.  My husband is SO happy that I found this problem because he says I complain so much less :).  He really is a sweeheart most of the time.
 
I really appreciate you all.   I'll post and let you know how the blood sugar thing goes.....
 
Thanks!!!
Retired Mom

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