I just came back from the doctor where I learned that, after 4 months on heavy doses of prednisone for polymylagia rheumatica (PMR), my blood sugar is now at 193. It had been hovering around the 100-130 range always before.
I read the earlier posts on this thread, and was relieved to find out that if I took my blood test in the early morning, before eating, that might have been the culprit. And if I took that lab test before eating, but AFTER I'd taken my daily dose of prednisone, I might have compounded the problem.
I talked my doctor into letting my try to get my blood sugar (you all call it bg, for blood glucose, I presume?) back down to 100 or below on my own, and he wants a fasting test before my next appointment at the end of May. I'm planning to use an Atkins/Suzanne Sommers type diet for this month, drop the 15 pounds prednisone packed on me when I went up to 60 mgs a day, and hopefully get my bg under control. Does that sound reasonable to those of you who have been coping with this condition for awhile now? Could that give me the old 100-130 readings I had before?
Also, will this be an always-and-forever thing, or if I can get things back to "normal" and I do get weaned completely off prednisone, and my bg stays in the normal range for awhile, will I be "cured", as if I never had this episode? Will I be able to mark "no diabetes" on future doctors' surveys?