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couchtater
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   Posted 2/12/2016 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh! smhair

Well, I went to my rheumatologist for my usual blood work only to fine out my blood glucose was 456! smhair

I called my primary who had me come in, my finger pick was 413! skull

So now I'm doubled on my metformin (1000) and starting a new drug... invokana.

Anyone taking that one?
Joy
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Lanie G
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   Posted 2/12/2016 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
What? What other medications are you taking besides the metformin? And what have you been eating?
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couchtater
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   Posted 2/12/2016 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just on 500 metaformin.

My last A1c was 5.8 In November.

I've been eating a low carb diet with lots of fresh veggies. I rarely eat "white food". Drinking water mostly. If I drink a soda it's diet, but rarely.

I just got over a UTI and yeast infection. I was on antibiotics and pyridadine (?).

I need a better primary because he hasn't given me a prescription for a meter yet.
Joy
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Lanie G
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   Posted 2/12/2016 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Pyridium probably. It's frequently prescribed along with antibiotics for UTIs. It doesn't make sense to me that your blood sugar was that high. That's not just elevated; it's critical if it's that high for too long.

Yes, I think you do need to be prescribed a meter. If you're on metformin and with that blood sugar and now another diabetes medication, you must have a meter to see the effects of the food you're eating!

I hope you're feeling better! Also, remember that any time you're on antibiotics that you should eat some plain yogurt everyday to avoid a yeast infection. I don't know why the doctor didn't tell you that! Ugh.
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worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/12/2016 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get a meter and strips at Wal-Mart with no prescription. The relion prime is 9 and a 100 strips 17.88
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 2/12/2016 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm actually a little confused about "needing a prescription" for a meter. They are fairly inexpensive and available without prescription in all the drug stores around here. Is there something I'm missing?

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/13/2016 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you don't need a prescription for any meter or strips. You can buy them any time you want. The catch is that other than the generic meters and strips sold by Walmart, Walgreens or Target, the strips are expensive to keep buying. Otherwise, there's no reason not to have a meter.
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couchtater
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   Posted 2/14/2016 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
My insurance will give me free testing supplies if my doctor will write a prescription for them.

I was worried about increasing the metaformin and taking the invokana at the same time due to my medication sensitivity issues. So I just did the metaformin at first to see how I do with it. Today my blood sugar was down to 175 at waking up. It's on the way down.
Joy
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Lanie G
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   Posted 2/14/2016 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really concerned that you could have had blood sugar in the 400's. Levels like that are dangerous and would reflect what you had eaten in the hours before being tested.

Metformin works to a point as long as you're not eating carbs and are getting in some regular, sustained exercise. This is a drug that works with diet and exercise. During the holidays when I ate way more kinds of food that I normally don't eat my blood sugar was much higher than it regularly is - I'm only on metformin. By itself, this drug does not lower blood sugar but it works with your body's metabolism, as I've said.

First, if I were you, I would find another doctor, one who understands blood sugar and diabetes and prescribes that meter so your insurance will cover your supplies.

And check out the side effects of Invokana; other websites say it's associated with increased yeast infections and UTIs.
Lanie

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MusicForLife
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   Posted 2/15/2016 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck! It's good to hear that number is going down. I hope your doctor can help you out and get you that prescription since you can get free supplies (I can't blame you there).

couchtater
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   Posted 2/15/2016 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I know why my sugar shot up. My rheumatologist called and said my liver emzymes were high. I think it trigger it.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/15/2016 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Why are your liver enzymes up? This needs to be explained. There can be various reasons for this. However, blood sugar in the high 400's? This is not normal and if it's the liver enzymes, then your doctor needs to be finding out why.

Do you have a meter?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

couchtater
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   Posted 2/15/2016 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled to get further blood tests. If I have any trouble before I see them I'm to go to the ER.

One of the medications I'm on for my lupus and arthritis has the possibility of raising my liver enzymes. Also lupus can mess up my liver enzymes. Such fun....sigh.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

MusicForLife
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   Posted 2/16/2016 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, you can't win, can you?? I'm so sorry. I hope your doctor(s) are able to find a line of treatment that doesn't interfere negatively with your other issues.

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/16/2016 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hugs for you, Joy! Keep us updated.
Lanie

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