Advice high/low blood sugar

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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 6/18/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone! I am usually in the Lupus forum but am having some odd things happen and wandered if any one else has had this problem. Well I am on pred, been on prednisone for over a year. The last few times I have had my labs done my number was 125 or higher. Well, I started feeling really weird during the nights so I talked to my rhuemy and she wanted me to start taking my blood sugar. I have been taking it when i feel strange and here are some of my numbers. Usually during night I will be anywhere for 40-72 and during the day anywhere from 89-185. What could cause such a jump? I go back to my doc on monday but just have gotten really curious. I usualy check my sugar 3-4 hrs after I eat or when I feel strange. has anyone ever had halucinations from low blood sugar? any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! :-)

Amy

 

21 years old...Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel

Ultram, Prednisone, Cell-Cept, Lisinopril,  Ambien, Flexeril, Darvocet, Ferrious Sulfade, Calcium, Vitamin B12, Aspirin 81 mg, Vitamin C

The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...

 


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/19/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
The best advice you're going to get, Amy, will be from your doc on Monday. 40-72 is too low. Are you treating those lows and hypos (under 50 is a hypoglycaemic episode) with carbs (sugar) to raise it up some? A bedtime snack might be in order to avoid going so low during the night; some carbs with protein & fat (apple, banana, toast with peanut butter, cheese or some nuts). Eating 4-6 balanced mini meals (rather than 1-3 big meals) regularly through the day might also help keep sugar levels more stable.

The pred is known to throw sugar levels outta whack. Usually causes high BGLs but can also be the cause for hypos & lows.

125 is on the high side of normal if it's an A1C lab. 89-185 can be considered within normal range depending on when the reading was taken (185, while a bit high, can still be "normal" if it was taken say 1-2 hours after a meal).

Hallucinate on lows? Absolutely possible, especially if you're hitting the low 40's. Your brain is the first thing affected when blood sugar is low... all kinds of things can happen. When you feel "strange", test and fix it properly with fast-acting sugar. This is a state of mind you DON'T want to be in for any length of time. Keep your BGLs above 90 to be safe, especially with the pred affecting your sugars the way they seem to be.

This is important to bring up with your doc; there are ways to manage your condition. God luck and let us know.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Please follow Phishbowl's advice. It's solid.
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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the great advice. I did have one more incident where it droped down to 44 the other night. I have started eating something before I go to bed and that seems to be helping greatly. I have noticed on the days I have work and school, is the days that my sugars are dropping. During the day, the pastt 2 days, they have stayed at 105-110. I have documented everytime I check the levels so the doc can see how is jumps around.
 
I am sure glad to know the hallucinations can be caused from the low blood suguar. I was starting to get worried that I was loosing my mind! Its a huge relief! Thank you Phishbowl and Jeannie!

Amy

 

21 years old...Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel

Ultram, Prednisone, Cell-Cept, Lisinopril,  Ambien, Flexeril, Darvocet, Ferrious Sulfade, Calcium, Vitamin B12, Aspirin 81 mg, Vitamin C

The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...

 


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/22/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Can't tell you how important that info you're logging will be to your doctor. Good for you for doing that! 105-110 is great! Keep up what it is you're doing :-)

In my diabetic world, the thing I fear the most is hypos - and rightly so. Fixing a low and fixing it quickly (why you should ingest pure carbs/sugar to get you up fast) is critical. Don't ever miss an opportunity to test and/or treat as soon as you start going "off" (we all experience different symtoms of lows/hypos and you have to learn what they are to recognize them quickly when they happen.)

Sometimes it's my hubby that'll catch me going low 'cause I'll be staring off into space or getting angry at a fluffball on the floor (LOL - ya, funny now). He usually just puts 3-4 Rocket packs (candy) in front of me instead of telling me I should test. It's his inoffensive way of suggesting I might need to :-) Having others recognize your "symptoms" can also be a great help.

Cheers
Kris
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


Hara
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   Posted 6/22/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am starting to recognize when I am going low (blood sugar) and sometimes when I'm getting too high (only sometimes).
 
HARA 
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