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Board: Diabetes 07-04-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Glipizide

Glipizide is a sulfonylurea, and it works by forcing your pancreas to put out more insulin. Usually nowadays T2's are started on a sensitizing medication, such as metformin, which makes your body's...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 05-25-2016, 10:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 600
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: polyp inside bladder

I don't know about "usual" but I had a polyp which was discovered when I had a cysto, among numerous other tests, to find out what type of cancer I had (this was in 2001.) The urologist didn't seem...
Board: Chemotherapy 05-21-2016, 09:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: is there a rash when losing hair ?

Can only tell you my experience, and I did not have a rash when I was losing my hair. But then...everyone reacts somewhat differently to each type of chemo. As long as you're not scratching and the...
Board: Diabetes 03-19-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: worried

Ditto what Cora said. Yes, you are definitely a diabetic. It's simply that you're controlling it with diet and exercise.

And get an A1c periodically...at least once every six months. Type 2...
Board: Diabetes 03-19-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood sugar high

Here's the deal, Kate: The longer you have untreated diabetes, the more damage your are doing to your body. It may not be evident, but it's happening. Down the road, high blood sugars can cause...
Board: Back Problems 03-19-2016, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: NEED DIAGNOSIS-Severe Pain in Left Rib Area

Have you had a chest x-ray? It's possible that one of your floating ribs somehow ddislocated, although I would think that'd be constantly painful. The other possibility is an inflamed muscle, which...
Board: Diabetes 02-10-2016, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 891
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose level

You're welcome, Piyyin. The best ammunition is information!

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 02-06-2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 891
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose level

Piyyin,

Has your doctor run an HbA1c on you (also referred to simply as an A1c)? This tests shows your average blood glucose levels over the past 8-12 weeks, 24/7. It's a much better indicator...
Board: Diabetes 02-04-2016, 08:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 891
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose level

I agree with Laura. Those fasting bg's are fine, especially since they've been in the same range for 15 years. Just keep doing what you're doing and you should be fine.

Ruth
Board: Women's Health 12-28-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Incurable Infection or Something Else?

One other thought: Have you tried the oral medication Diflucan? That's what finally worked for me...cleared it up, and by managing my diabetes better, never got another yeast infection. And, while...
Board: Women's Health 12-25-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Incurable Infection or Something Else?

Also, have you been checked for diabetes? Sometimes in Type 2 diabetes, the first symptoms can be an unremitting yeast infection. And note that your fasting blood glucose may still be within normal...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 11-15-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,663
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: want some advice and insight

Should have mentioned this before Scot had his surgery, but maybe it'll help you, Hawk. There's a medication called peridium that can stop bladder spasms and also make it a bit easier to urinate. ...
Board: Diabetes 11-09-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Excellent...she'll not only get good treatment there, she'll probably find lots of support there, too.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 11-08-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Hi Nina,

A couple of suggestions:

First, ask around and see if there's a diabetic support group anywhere near you. Just make sure it isn't one that caters to elderly T2 diabetics, as that will...
Board: Diabetes 11-08-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 582
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Peripheral neuropathy

Hi Nannoo,

The brand name for pregabalin is Lyrica, and it is a very similar medication to gabapentin, which is Neurontin.

There's another medication that is used for pain, and that is...
Board: Diabetes 11-06-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabetes rehab centers, good idea?

True, Cora...but most health insurance companies in the U.S. don't pay for more than a day or two of in-patient training.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 11-06-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

I'm so sorry, Nina, that you and your daughter are having to deal with this, but please, please don't let it overwhelm you. Life will probably be a bit rocky for a while, but you CAN get through...
Board: Diabetes 11-04-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Well, did the doctor at least do a finger stick to see if her blood sugar was elevated? If not, you may want to find another doctor.

But unless her blood glucose level is extremely high, a few...
Board: Diabetes 11-04-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabetes rehab centers, good idea?

Actually, some of that used to be done. For example, when I was put on insulin in 1989, I was in-patient at the Joslin in Boston for an entire week, which included getting my doses adjusted and...
Board: Diabetes 11-04-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Well, this happened to me when I had a routine physical for a job when I was 23. And I, too, had a big bowl of sweetened cereal that morning.

The blood test was perfectly normal.

Oddly enough...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 11-04-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,663
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: want some advice and insight

Probably won't be online tomorrow, Scot, so I just wanted to drop in and wish you the best of luck...best of results...on the TURB-T tomorrow.

Ruth
Board: Cancer: Bladder 10-31-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,663
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: want some advice and insight

Hi Scot,

20 millimeters is less than an inch, about 2 centimeters which is, I believe, not tiny, but not that large either.

The biggest concern with bladder cancer is whether or not it has...
Board: Diabetes 07-24-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 567
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Why have I suddenly become so insulin sensitive?

Oh the joys of being diabetic! <she says, sarcastically>

Our bodies are so individual, and react so individually. For some people, stress makes their numbers go into the stratosphere; yet for...
Board: Diabetes 07-24-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Recently something contrary to logic of juvenile diabetes happened to me.

Cora and I are on the same wave-length here. No, you probably were not a diabetic as a child, but you've apparently developed Type 1 as an adult, which is way more common than people realize, and is...
Board: Herpes 06-11-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: cold sores and caribbean vacation

Don't know if you've already left for your vacation, but if not....

I've never taken any oral meds for oral herpes, but since the sun definitely causes outbreaks for me, I always use an SPF 45 lip...
Board: Diabetes 06-08-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Need Help ASAP

Just confirming that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence (from people I trust) that ALA and GLA both work very well for gastroparesis, which is basically neuropathy in the stomach muscles. I would...
Board: Cancer 05-20-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,172
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Why cant chemo cure stage 4 cancers?

Usually by the time a particular cancer has spread to the point where it's considered to be Stage 4, the cancer has become very aggressive. Also, it may have developed immunity to the types of chemo...
Board: Diabetes 03-28-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: desperately seeking answers

Hi Daisy,

Just wanted to kind of "ditto" what Cora said. Dieting and exercise are all well and good, but when they don't work, something more is needed. Uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, blood...
Board: Diabetes 03-23-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 813
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: spouse of type 1- need help

Actually, I know several diabetics who have this reaction to severe lows - anger, rejecting help, etc.

The best time to talk to him about this is when he's calm. Put it in terms of the child...
Board: Diabetes 02-14-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Still struggling with glucose control

With all those meds, the extremely low-carb diet you're following, and the weight loss, I'm wondering if you could possibly be a Type 1, or a Type 1.5, which is a slow-onset of T1 in adults.

You...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 10-26-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 777
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Infections during chemo

I just noticed that no one had responded to your post.
Meanwhile, I hope you may have gotten some answers from the oncologist, and I hope your mother is doing okay.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 10-04-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,673
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood sugar

What type of insulin are you using? And how long are you waiting after you take the shot to re-test?

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 09-30-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,500
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Type 2 - At what Glucose reading should you head to the ER?

That's good news, Ray. I'd still get a bottle of ketostix though. When your blood sugar is over 250, test for ketones. If you don't produce them (and many T2's do NOT produce ketones), then you...
Board: Diabetes 09-29-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,500
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Type 2 - At what Glucose reading should you head to the ER?

Get yourself a bottle of ketosticks. Those are reagent strips for testing ketones. You hold the stick in the urine stream, shake it off gently, wait about 15 seconds, and then compare the color on...
Board: Diabetes 09-29-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,016
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Very confused

Yes, those numbers are indicative of diabetes. It is possible that diet and exercise will bring the numbers down, but it's very important not to delay in treating this. The A1c of 6.6 indicates...
Board: Diabetes 09-23-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,542
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Apple cider

Angry Orchard ciders are hard ciders, which means they are fermented. They are approximately 5% alcohol by volume. That's a very small amount of alcohol, which means the rest of it is cider which...
Board: Weight Loss 09-15-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,856
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Advice for an over-eater?

Hi Stephanie,

Although I have never attended the online meetings of OA, some of my fellow OA members have mentioned that they attend both online and telephone meetings.

OA is a great...
Board: Diabetes 09-05-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,743
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Metformin 500mg

Although I have never personally taken metformin, I've heard that it can definitely cause gastro-intestinal problems. From what I've heard though, if you start on a very low dose (250 mg once a...
Board: Diabetes 08-20-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,883
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Deep itch - going insane!!!

I've had that happen...backs of fingers, feet, etc. Sometimes holding an ice pack on the spot for several minutes gives more relief than scratching...and scratching is somewhat dangerous as you can...
Board: Cancer 08-20-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,638
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: I have a lump

It could just be a swollen lymph node due to some mild infection that you're not even aware of, but it's important to have it checked out just in case.

I'd make an appointment with your doctor...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 08-03-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,544
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Bladder Instillation for bladder cancer

I don't know much about the side effects of chemotherapy for bladder cancer, Melissa, but others on here have said it's not all that bad.

There are a couple of things they use for bladder chemo;...
Board: Diabetes 06-25-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabacor Information

Ditto what Cora said.

There is no "magic" supplement that will cure or control diabetes. With Type 1, insulin is a must. With Type 2, diet and exercise can control it for many years, and then...
Board: Diabetes 06-22-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Onglyza

I did a quick search, and some of the things I read make me somewhat leery of this drug. As Laura said, it works by increasing insulin production, although not quite in the same way that...
Board: Diabetes 06-13-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: percentage question

Hi neighbor (I'm within the 495 belt, lol),

I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. As long as you're staying under 6.0, you're doing fantastic! And even 6.1 or 6.2 is not that high for a diabetic,...
Board: Diabetes 06-13-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 853
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Anyone ever had hypos on Metformin (Type 2)

I've never been on metformin, but I do know that you can experience lows on it.

First off, the numbers you've given (74 and 88) aren't low...they're good. It's possible that you had been running...
Board: Cancer: Brain 06-13-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,625
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Tyramine-free diet! Any information!?

Tyramine-restricted diets are also advised for people on MAO inhibitors, which I've had some experience with.

The main things you have to avoid are red wines; beer; hard cheeses (cottage cheese,...
Board: Diabetes 05-27-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,280
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Extended Travelling with Victoza

There are coolers that only require water to activate. Frio is a good one, but I know there are other brands as well, I just don't know the names.

I use the Frio coolers when I travel, and they...
Board: Diabetes 05-08-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,695
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabacor/Diabacon

I'm with Cora. The advertising alone seems to use scare tactics to get you to part with a lot of money. If you need medication and you're a T2, metformin is definitely the way to go.

Ruth
Board: Chemotherapy 05-08-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,570
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: After Chemo - What next?

Mark,
Do you know what type of cancer it was? In other words, was it an adenocarcinoma, or did it have similarities to other types of cells, such as squamous or small cell. And what type of chemo...
Board: Diabetes 05-05-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 575
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Lightheaded

Jose,

If you're a T2, not on medication, and your blood sugar is running high, then some exercise and a low-carb meal (veggies and meat) would be helpful.

If you're on insulin or oral...
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