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   Posted 3/27/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
  Hi everyone
  Well, I had to go to my pcp this morning because the non healing sore on my foot is infected again!  I received a massive shot of antibiotic in my hip (hurts like hades), a prescription for more antibiotics, and I have to go to wound care-also 3 xrays to make sure infection hadn't gone into the bone. Oh, and i have to go back monday morning for a blood sugar check. My pcp tells me that lupus meds can CAUSE diabetes?!?!  I am seriously freaking out here. She asked me if I was on anything for depression and I just started crying. No, I'm not depressed....much. This was just the last straw on top of a bad week. Has anyone else heard about lupus meds causing diabetes? Why don't they tell you this at the beginning if this is the case?
 ((((HUGS)))) to everyone
SLE, Lupoid arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Scleraderma, Polymyocitis, Reynaud's, Hypo-Thyroidism, Pericardial Effusion, Irregular heartbeat
Prednisone, Procardia XL, Methotrexate, Reglan, Lasix, Nexium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Synthroid, Cellcept, Toprol, 81mg Aspirin, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Multivitamin, Extra Strength Tylenol, Vicodin.

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   Posted 3/27/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna:

Bless your heart, sounds like your having a horrible time. ((((hugs)))) and prayers for you that your infection clears up and that your medications start to healing the sore on your foot.

The reason your foot isn't healing is cause your immuno suppressed with the prednisone and the methotrexate. Yes, unfortunately prednisone can cause diabetes. I'm having issues with my insulin levels being elevated and I had to go on to a diabetic drug called Metformin. Try to stay calm and and not jump to diabetes yet, get your bloods retested and see where your blood sugars are.

I know this is hard and it feels like the end of the world. Lupus throws lots of curves at us. Know that we're here for you and you can come and vent all you want to us. We're here for you and we'll always try to answer your questions, and offer support to you. I hope if you decide to take an anti-D that it will help you.

Just wanted to say hello and offer up my (((hugs))) to you.

Take care,
dx fibro, SLE, glaucoma, cateracts, bells palsy, depression, migraine headaches, gastreopaersis, chronic anemia, RA,MDS (Blood Cancer). Tons of meds.

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   Posted 3/27/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   

I was told early on that the prednisone could cause drug-induced diabetes so that is why I have to have the whole fasting, dipstick and bloodwork done each time I go. I am sorry your doc did not tell you this upfront. I know I was a bit depressed when he told me, but since it would be drug-induced, I figured I could stop taking the pred if that happened.

Try not to feel too badly about the doc asking you about depression meds. At least the doc was "trying" to read you and make an attempt to make you feel better. You know? Try not to worry too much about the diabetes comment.. it's good to be tested just to be sure and then you will feel better about it.


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   Posted 3/27/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
(((( Donna )))) this disease just lurks around every corner doesn't it? I am so sorry you are dealing with this. I don't take pred but never knew it could cause diabetes. Take good care of yourself and keep us posted on how you are doing.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Hashimoto's 1999, Celiac Disease (AKA: gluten sensitivity) 2003, Raynaud's 2004, Lupus 2005 and Sjogrens 2006
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Lortab (as needed), Magnesium Citrate and magic mouthwash (as needed for mouthsores)

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   Posted 3/28/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna. I was very sick for two years prior to diagnosis and I developed depression even before that. My point is (yep I have a point) that during the two years of being constantly in pain, fatigue, and crazy, I developed diabetes, high blood pressure and obstructive sleep apnea. (I was a runner 20 years prior to that.) The good news is that recently I've been able to reduce both my glucose and blood pressure medication. My shrink and I still constantly work on the crazy and I'm sincerely indepted to him and his staff.  If you do develop diabetes, I hope it's easily controlled.  Love, Butterflake aka Donna   

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: CellCept plaquenil methotrexate prednisone prozac celebrex lisinopril actos lipitor nexeum seroquel arthritis tylenol multi vitamin C calcium/D flaxseed oil  PRN: ambien neurontin promethazine xanax
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna

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   Posted 3/28/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna,

I was recently diagnosed with steroid induced diabetes. I also didn't know steroids could cause this. I was put on tablets and after a pretty rocky start things seem to be settling down and pretty well controlled at present. Sometimes after you come off the steroids the diabetes disappears, other times it stays. Hope things work out good for you. take care x x
CPLE, probable SLE, Steroid Induced Diabetes, proctal fugax, anismus, slow transit constipation.
Prednisoloe, 30mg
Glicazide 80mg x 4 daily (for diabetes)

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   Posted 3/28/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Donna, I'm really sorry to hear about your doctor visit. Lupus is bad enough by itself, but then we have to take all these toxic meds to try to control it.

Hang in there and keep us updated. ((((Hugs))))
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Evoxac; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears



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   Posted 4/1/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I got my bloodwork done, they will let me know something in a week to 10 days. I just want to thank you all for the words of encouragement, it really helps.
One more question tho...I know when you have sugar diabetes, certain foods can affect you in bad ways. How is drug induced diabetes different? I mean, nothing I eat or drink affects me--or does that have anything to do with it? What warning signs if any should I be watching for?
SLE, Lupoid arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Scleraderma, Polymyocitis, Reynaud's, Hypo-Thyroidism, Pericardial Effusion, Irregular heartbeat
Prednisone, Procardia XL, Methotrexate, Reglan, Lasix, Nexium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Synthroid, Cellcept, Toprol, 81mg Aspirin, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Multivitamin, Extra Strength Tylenol, Vicodin.

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   Posted 4/2/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna . . . hang in there sis!!

Diabetes caused by meds is managed in a similar way as type-2 diabetes. One difference might be that they would try to shift you off the offending med (prednisone?) or at least minimize it's use. But sometimes that just isn't possible. BTW: Plaquenel can actually help protect us from diabetes and my bad numbers disappeared after a few months on Plaquenel. . . but my numbers were barely above the normal limits.

There is a diabetes forum here at Healing Well . . you might want to ask some questions there.


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