Do I take my pain pill when I need to fast?

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Potsie
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   Posted 4/9/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to go get my blood sugar checked again, and this time I won't drink any coffee. Just water. What I need to know is, is it ok to take my pain pill? Also, what should my number be when fasting? I'd appreciate any help.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, you really need to ask your doctor or lab about the pain pill.  When I go in for a fasting blood test, I take my blood pressure meds as always because the doctor said it's fine.  It's true that some medication can skew lab tests so that's why you need to ask the doctor or lab.  Normally, they're looking for blood sugar under 100.  If it's 100 to around 125, they say it's "elevated" - but what that really means is you are having potential problems with diabetes.  Good luck.
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Potsie
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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
LanieG, it was 132 the last time I got one. I had black coffee, no sugar or cream. He put me on Metformin.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember that you had posted that recently.  What surprised me was they told you that you could drink coffee before the fasting but what suprised me more was prescribing medication on the one lab test.  Normally the doctor would try to work with the patient on a diet and exercise plan first to see if he could control the blood sugar that way.  It's true that 132 is higher than normal.  In any case, I hope the next fasting is better.  Have you been taking steroids or medication like cortisone or prednisone?  Do you have any family members with diabetes?
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Potsie
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   Posted 4/9/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
No to your first question, and yes to the second. My Dad had diabetes. He had to take shots.

I forgot to say that I don't have any symptoms for diabetes.

TVEditor
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   Posted 4/10/2010 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I had no symptoms either other than being overweight or as I used to like to say, under-height for my weight on the chart smilewinkgrin

I agree that prescribing medication after one test is a bit unusual. My first finger prick in a doctor's office put me at around 300. Even so, he suggested what Lanie mentioned -- diet and exercise before prescriptions. Next time you see your doc, ask some questions.

Here's a page that helps explain what the numbers mean: (skip to the chart in the middle of the page if the first paragraphs are confusing)

www.faqs.org/faqs/diabetes/faq/part1/section-9.html
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   Posted 4/10/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
When I have fasting blood work, my doctor allows me to have plain tea...none of the flavored ones and, of course, no cream or sweetners.  I also can take ibuprofen too.  But, I did ask my doctor first. 
 
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