Hypo incident yesterday... Is anyone else on BP meds????

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 4/6/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. Sometimes I think I have this diabetes under control and then something like this happens confused . Yesterday afternoon we were cleaning house and I had been doing floors and vaccuuming. All of a sudden I was really sweaty and shaky and my heart started pounding, and I knew my sugar was getting low, so I sat down and tested ... YIKES 57!!! I have NEVER been that low... even when I get hypo symptoms it's never lower than the high 70's. I can't believe how bad that low affected me... I couldn't even think of my phone # when the doc's answering service asked me for a callback #. I'm type 2 and have been on avandamet since I was diagnosed, and thought I was pretty stable. A few months ago I had 2 "borderline" high blood pressure readings and my doc decided to put me on a low dose of bp med, which we have already change once because of side effects. I've been on the new one for almost a month (enalapril) and have been a bit low in the afternoons but never like this. When the on call doc called me back he said that med lowers your insulin resistance, and that could have caused the low (and have fun eating... hehe). So he said to stop the med and tell my regular doc I need to be put on something else and to cut my avandamet in half for a few days. Has anyone else had bp meds mess with your readings?
 
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gelchick
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   Posted 4/6/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear
 
I don't take bp meds for that exact reason- I'm on the low side naturally (so far anyhow) and every time my doctor suggests it for the kidney protective effects- I decline the invitation.
 
Vacuuming and floor scrubbing drops my sugar like nothing else. I do not know why, I don't even break a sweat, but my doctor always jokes that she has a very large house with a lot of floors and carpets when I mention it to her. Yesterday (must be the nice weather?) I was down in the low 60's myself after I did my tile floors. 
 
I sometimes drop unexpectedly when I'm doing shows and on my feet for a long time without a break.  I keep a couple of those of those tiny cans of Pepsi handy.
 
Here's what I do when I drop too low for comfort- I test, eat/drink 15 grams of fast acting carb (sweet tarts, smarties, glucose tabs, glucose gel, sugared soda, 100% orange juice), wait 15 minutes, test again- repeat until I'm back in the 80's. It usually takes 1 or 2 rounds. By the time I get like that, it's usually the glass of coke or pepsi that gets me back to normal the quickest.
 
Since none of my meds are known to cause lows- when this becomes too much of a regular occurrence, my doctor and I have the talk about dropping my meds back again.
 
good luck getting your meds regulated
sandy
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ceebee
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   Posted 4/6/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on the same bp pill and it did the same to me. I stopped it and the bg level is good now and my bp is also in the normal range without it. I am with gelchick and won't try another bp pill. I know my body better than the doctor so question everything now. Doctors don't like it...but, OH WELL:)

tangerine bear
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   Posted 4/6/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hi sandy and ceebee,

I guess I mind the doctor WAYYYY too much. She has put me on aspirin regimen, tricor and zetia since I can't take statins, and now bp med even tho I've only ever had a couple of high readings. My sugar had been stable for the last 6 months before all this with my A1c at 5.6 2x in a row, but the tricor did bring down my cholesterol a lot. I think she thinks I'm ready to have a heart attack at any minute, even tho my echo came back perfect, my ekg's are perfect, and all my tests are way down. I worry that the second I go against what she tells me I'm gonna end up in big trouble, but I can't handle the lows I've been having. If not for the on call doc telling me to stop it and go back on the old one (which was working fine), I guess I'd be hypo right now. Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it. The med info didn't say ANYTHING about blood sugar.... that is so wrong! If I had known it was a side effect I would have been more careful. Thanks again, glad it's not just me being crazy :)

Bear
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/7/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear,
I got off my Avandia (Avandamet is Avandia and metformin) last year in April because of the cost. (In June it was targeted as causing a high incidence of heart attacks in diabetes patients...) I am not a doctor, but with all the warnings on that med I would ask the doc for plain metformin and modify your diet accordingly.

Avandia works to lower insulin resistance. Exercise works to lower insulin resistance. Hmmmm... Let's see. Which one do I choose? I'm swimming my brains out and off the Avandia. Without insurance it was costing me about $389.00 a month... not worth it to me.

Also, if your exercise is causing lows that means you are on too much meds according to your food plan. Get your doctor to change your meds. If you can lower your meds and eat better and exercise you will be doing exactly what your body needs. Don't let your doctor be a pill pusher. Mine was ecstatic when I was able to quit my insulin. Will yours be happy to see you decrease your meds because you are doing so much better with your food plan and exercise???
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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tangerine bear
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   Posted 4/7/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie and thanks for your reply. I've been on the Avandamet since I was diagnosed last year, and my doc gave me LOTS of samples recently, so I have at least 6 months worth. I've only been taking 2/500 which is 2mg of Avandia, and now the on-call doc has me cutting them in half. I'm really more worried about the bp meds than that for now, because I've been on it for a year with no problems until this bp med fiasco. I would rather just be off the bp meds entirely, because I don't really think 2 readings above normal (one of which was in the midst of a horrible panic attack) means I'm needing daily bp meds, but I'm not the doctor. The highest one was 130/90. If I had the money I would buy a home bp monitor too so I could see how high it is on a regular basis. I know that only having tried 2 different bp meds I haven't begun to run the gamit of all the bp meds out there, but I would rather not take them at all if I don't have to. The last one (enalapril) that made my sugar so low also was causing me to have a terrible cough and waking me up 4-5 times a night because of that. Last night was the first decent night's sleep I've had in a while. I really need to get in to the doc and see what she thinks I should do.

Bear
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mhmilligan
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   Posted 4/7/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on BP meds and i have never had a low yet, my is normal high
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/8/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
The enalapril kicked in my asthma at night, big time! I know what you mean about that. But the doc is trying to protect your kidneys. Elevated BP, even mildly elevated is a prime indicator of early kidney damage with fibro... Been there, got the T-shirt, wore it out washing it...

I purchased a very good old fashioned BP cuff and stethoscope on Ebay for about $20 including shipping and handling a few years ago. They actually had the one with the bigger cuff for larger ladies for a very reasonable price. You might want to check that out. My doc is all over me about my bp so I check it at least once a week and sometimes more often if I'm feeling rotten.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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