I am a 62 year old woman, 5'10" and weight 139 pounds. I maintain my weight with a low carb diet. I have always had perfect blood work diabetes-wise. I have a family history of diabetes on my mother's side of the family. I also have ulcerative colitis. I have been flaring and bleeding rectally for appx 3 months. Initially, my insurance denied the Rowasa enema (no cortisone), so my GI doc prescribed a hydrocortisone enema. It stopped my colitis symptoms cold. I used it for 5 days and then started bleeding rectally again, so I had to stop using it last Wednesday. My insurance finally okayed the Rowasa enema and I started to use that. The cortisone enema also caused me to gain 7 pounds in 5 days (a side effect I had read about), which I have since lost.
Now, here's the reason that I am posting on this forum. Last Sunday, 3 days after discontinuing the hydrocortisone enema, I went to the urgent care center for a bladder infection. The doctor told me that I was spilling sugar into my urine and did a blood test. My blood sugar was 187! He also did an A1C blood test, which my primary doctor won't get until sometime this week or next.
The urgent care doc told me that the cortisone enema could have "unmasked" the diabetes. "Unmasked" doesn't sound too positive to me. Does this mean that I now have diabetes or did I have the symptoms solely because I still had cortisone in my system and as soon as it's out (how long does that take?), I'll go back to being non-diabetic again?
Thanks ahead of time for any responses!