My sugar levels are still NOT under control!!!

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uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/9/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
WEll, Where to begin?  I have only been diagnosed Type 2 since March 16, 2009 and I have already been changing meds like an old pro... Started out on Metformin 500 mg./daily...went all the way up to 2000 mg./daily....Then switched to Metformin ER 1000mg./at night....then added Glipedimide 1 mg./daily...had to change to Glipizide 5 mg./daily...Now up to 20 mg. Glipizide a day...
 
Well, my levels are rising instead of going down and when I go back in a week the Dr. said something about Basal insulin therapy???  Can anybody tell me what I am getting myself into?  Why isn't my levels going down?  I am eating pretty well...and walking regularly... Cut my carbs, increased the good stuff like veggies and sarted drinking water as much as I can stand... Could I just be one of the people that this happens to?  Maybe I am destined to go on insulin?????
 
Help....Need good advice Please.....
 
Me. (Rhonda)

 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 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 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
                                                                    

 


LanieG
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   Posted 6/9/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Rhonda, you know I'm not a doctor here but I do know that hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) can raise blood sugar.  You list Lisinopril HCTZ for your blood pressure medication.  Maybe you should ask your doctor if that is causing the irregular blood sugar.  (And ask a pharmacist to confirm this.)  Can you take another kind?  I take an ACE inhibitor for BP that doesn't have HCTZ.  Let us know how it goes.  Good luck.


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

Post Edited (LanieG) : 6/9/2009 8:25:36 PM (GMT-6)


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear about your troubles, Rhonda. Sometimes the progression of meds can be a challenging process to go through, albeit a necessary one. Meds are usually started in small doses and increased incrementally or with supplementation (i.e. insulin) but it's all in an effort to get your BGLs in range. That is always the goal.

Basal (or "background") insulin therapy means to supplement your body's existing insulin production by adding a once a day long-acting insulin injection to your regimen. Lantus or Levemir are the 2 most prescribed.

I'm reading more and more about the benefits of starting patients on insulin sooner rather than later as, it seems to be less harder on the body than some of the oral meds' side-effects. Don't fear the insulin needle - it's NOTHING like the needles we get for other things. The ones I use are so tiny that I actually fear the testing lancet needle far more :-)

The insulin therapy is is one route. There are others... more oral meds. Other than that, the only extra efforts to make might be to cut carbs out completely or amp-up the exercise.

Cheers
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/11/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
thanks Phishbowl and LanieG,
I am actually getting ready to go to the Dr. right now and I have to say that I am a little worried.  I never in a million years thought that I would ever be on insulin!!
 
Me.

 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 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 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
                                                                    

 

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