Cortisone Injection

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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a type 1 diabetic who has tendonitis in my thumb and the area below on my hand.  The orthopedic doctor wants to ge me a cortisone injection but said that my blood sugars will go up.  He can't tell me how high they will go or how long they will stay high.  Since I take 4 injections a day (humalog & levemir) I don't know if I should do it.  I don't know which insulin will need to be adjusted.  My two doctors are telling me different things and I am totally confused.
Has anyone had a cortisone injection, and if so, what happened to your blood sugars?

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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Tweety, I can't answer your specific questions because I don't take insulin.  I do know that cortisone will raise the blood sugar.  If it's just one shot, it will have a lingering effect for almost a week as it diminishes - I think but I'm not sure.  The other factor is the shot might not be as much as you'd get in a hip or shoulder, so maybe the cortisone dosage is less.  I'm just guessing.  Maybe you will need to test more frequently to know how to adjust it?  I hope someone else can jump in here and answer your question.  Good luck.
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