It's been a few months since I posted on here, but I have a concern. I have ulcerative proctitis and back in August, while tapering off prednisone since June, I experienced tingling of my fingers and excessive thirst. Since both my parents had diabetes, dad Type 2 and mom Type 1, I knew the symptoms. The following day, my family doctor gave me an Accu-Check monitor and my BS registered 237 that night. Needless to say I was quite scared. My doctor actually wasn't that concerned. He told me to be very careful of my diet, to monitor my blood sugar throughout the day and see what happened when I was off the prednisone. I was down to 10 mgm at the time and decreasing by 5 mgm per week. When I was able to wean off the prednisone, my blood sugar returned to normal. I want to also add that my FBS was always within normal limits. Just my 2 hr and 3 hr pp were very high.
I was only able to obtain a two month remission from my UP. My GI doctor placed me back on prednisone, 40 mgm because my condition became severe. I am now tapered down to 30 mgm and started Remicade last Wednesday. The doctor wants me off the prednisone ASAP and will probably taper me to 20 mgm in a few days. My BS has soared once more. I don't experience any symptoms of diabetes anymore but my 2 hr PP was 188 tonight. It was 105 FBS this morning.
Sorry for the long post but I would like some feedback as to whether I should be seeing an Endocrinologist, or hopefully, with the success of Remicade, which I notice already, my BS will return once more to normal. I certainly don't want to end up like my mother on dialysis in her final days. I am 63 yrs old.
Thank you for any info.
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Flare May of 09 thru Aug of 09. Meds: Colazal, 6MP, prednisone taper, probiotics, Benicar, calcium and multivitamin
Remission...too short...Sept and Oct. Now in bad flare again...blood and mucus...back on prednisone, off the 6MP, waiting for approval from ins co to start Remicade.