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uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hi neveryone,
I am new to the Diabetes forum, but I am a regular at the Chronic Pain forum.  I had been having symptoms for the past several months, always thirsty, lost a bunch of weight, blurry vision, and a yeast infection for over a year...others as well.  Well, I just got my insurance back last month and decided to get checked out. I had bronchitis and really HBP on my first visit.  Went back for a follow up and asked them to test my blood sugar.  Well, he came in and said I had Diabetes...I cried like a fool smhair ..
 
Luckily I don't have to do shots, just pills.  I am taking Metformin once a day. 
 
I was hoping that you guys could give me some advice...My blood sugar was up to 343 last night and 244 this morning. I know it could be a lot worse, but it's still high....
 
Also had to have an Ultrasound of my gallbladder yesterday and set up for an endoscopy later this week....
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 

 


LanieG
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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rhonda, wow, you've been through a lot, but I'm glad you're under a doctor's care.  Yes, those blood sugar readings are high.  Now, the most important question is:  what are you eating?  Your blood sugar responds keenly to the food you eat.

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Pin Cushion
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   Posted 3/17/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Rhonda.
Wellcome to our forums.
First off take a deep breath and relax. Your BS is coming down that's good. It will not happen over night. You and your doc will have to find the combo that works for you.
Also be aware of low BS...
If you start getting a shaky feeling, weak, or a sudden hunger check you BS reading right away you may be too low and have to take some glucose tabs if you have them or some sugar of some sort. OJ is good, other juice, or any kind of sugar that is on hand. Check out carb counts on what you have on hand to get an idea of what 15 to 25 carbs is. It does not have to be excact, just be ready it was one of the things they forgot to tell me.
Ok take another deep beath and relax. It will all become second hand after time.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/19/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Rhonda,
I've been on metformin and eventually had to take insulin, and as Pin Cushion can testify (he was here the day I gave myself my first shot!) I din't die or nuthin' ! I'm off insulin for now but it's not so bad to be on if it gets those numbers inline. Welcome to our little hide away from the busy world of peeps who don't understand diabetes. We will help you if you take it one step at a time.

Read back in the past posts and you will learn a ton about food plans, counting carbs, meters, foot care and a bunch of other helpful stuff. Glad to make a new friend but sorry for the reason. Take care and don't be a stranger!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/23/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Thanks, and I do have a question....or two..Ha Ha
 
I just started taking Metformin last week, well my numbers were still very high, as high as 400 one night. Then on Thursday night I got a stomach ache (before I laid down my numbers were 244), laid down for an hour and a half...When I got up I felt strange...shaky, disoriented, really out of it... I went and checked and it was 112.  Now I know that's a good number, but I've not been in a good range for over a year and that was a pretty good drop for me...The day before my Dr. wanted me to add a pill after dinner making a total of 2 Metformins a day (500mg). 
 
Was that drop the reason I felt like I did?  This is all so new to me and I don't know much yet, but I am testing at least 3 times a day, more if I feel odd.  Any help would be great.
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 
 
Type 2Diabetes 
Metformin 500 mg. once daily
                                                                     

 


LanieG
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   Posted 3/23/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rhonda, yes, that's probably it.  A body that is used to living with very high blood sugar can feel shaky, sweaty, dizzy and disoriented when the blood sugar is brought down to a near normal range quickly.  And that's most likely what happened to you.  You should tell your doctor, I think. Maybe it would have been a good idea to stay on the one pill for a longer time to get used it lower blood  sugar and then add the second pill.  In any case, the 112 is a whole lot better!  Has the doctor given you any food guidelines?

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/24/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
LanieG,
I am scheduled to go to a Diabetes Nutritional Class on April 2.  That was the soonest they could get me in.  My numbers are not staying that low...and I did call the Dr. and they still want me to take the other pill.  I am supposed to see him after I have an endoscopy on Thursday.  I guess they'll tell me more then.  I have had to get most of my info. on the internet or here...they really didn't tell me much about what numbers I need to get to so I have no idea...
 
Thanks for all the help. It has been a bad few weeks, not only about my health but my ex-sister in law (my sons aunt) was murdered last week.  So, we are dealing with that as well.
 
Thanks again to everyone,
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 
 
Type 2Diabetes 
Metformin 500 mg. once daily
                                                                     

 


LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5402
   Posted 3/24/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Rhonda, I'm very sorry about your ex-sister-in-law.  How awful for everyone.  Stress has its effects on health both emotionally and physically, even on blood sugar.  Now, you need to take care of you, for yourself and your family, too.  Small changes at a time is probably best so you can get used to the lower blood sugar.  When someone changes diet, sometimes the dosage of the meds have to be changed, which is why it's so important to monitor your blood sugar.  For example, if you take your blood sugar just before a meal, then 2 hours after you start eating, you will see how the food affects your blood sugar.  Even though you are on metformin now, don't feel you should "feed" the medication; that is, don't eat whatever you want because the meds will keep your blood sugar lower.  If you start cutting out or cutting down on obvious carbs like potatoes, corn and bread, food with sugar and flour, you will help keep the blood sugar lower.  In this case some patients have been able to have lower dosages on meds, too.  It's hard to know how your nutrition classes will approach a diet plan.  In my case, when I first went, I found the dietition followed strict ADA guidelines which included high amounts of carbs, which will raise blood sugar.  By the time I was sent to this class, I had already started following a low-carb meal plan and I did not like what the class was suggesting, so I didn't go back.  This is a decision only you need to make.  Some people are fine with eating like the old way and keeping up the meds to keep up with the carbs in the meal.  I didn't want to do that and have been successful, but this is me.  So, since you are empowered (after all you came here which means you are taking control of your health), I know you will try to learn as much as you can about diabetes and the effects of food (and activity) on your blood sugar.  No matter if your readings were high before.  You have the reins now!  Go back though our old posts here and read about how many of us have dealt with this.  And always ask questions.   
yeah
Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


uniquelyme
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 3/25/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Thanks LanieG,
You are right, at first I thought that I could eat like I wanted since I was on medication...after all, the meds will take care of it...Right?  Wrong! I very quickly changed my attitude and started cutting out the carbs and sugar.  It did make my numbers plummet at first, but I am slowly getting them on the right track. 
 
It's only been 1.5 weeks since I found out, and I think I'm doing okay.  I asked my PCP Dr. if he could refer me to an opthamologist so my insurance would pay for it and I have an appt. next Monday.  It seems like my vision is getting worse every day and it is scaring me.  So, I wanted to get it checked out.
 
So far I have been blessed with a fantastic Dr. that has an even better nurse..I can call her anytime and ask her anything...She always calls me pretty fast.
 
So, I am learning.  Mostly from the internet and this forum.  I go back and forth between this and the Chronic Pain forum since I have issues with both. 
 
Thanks
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 
 
Type 2Diabetes 
Metformin 500 mg. once daily
                                                                     

 


LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5402
   Posted 3/25/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rhonda, I'm glad you're seeing the eye doctor.  Since diabetes affects vision, you need to have a thorough exam.  Glaucoma is sometimes caused by diabetes, so you want to be sure your eyes are healthy.  One thing I've learned in the past few years since I've been dealing with diabetes is that it's important to take control of my health now more than ever.  I'm the only one who controls what I eat and do, so I know you're on the right track!   Good luck with the opthamologist. 

yeah


Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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