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Old 03-14-2006, 03:47 AM   #1
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Hello,
I am 39 years old and Just found out i have diabetes on Feb 18 this year.My levels range VERY high.Have gotten up 585.I am NOW taking Glucophage 1000Mg 2 times a day and Glucontrol 5 Mg 2 times a day PLUS the Novolog Flex pen with insulian 2 times a day (dosage depends on my levels ), and RailPac 600Mg every 4-6 hours for the migrains.The doctors cant seem to get my levels under control.My problem is everytime i take all this med i get deathly ill.I get shakey,sick to my tummy and feel a pain and tighting in my chest.The meds are making my levs Drop to fast.I go from 380 to 47 in Under 45 mins.Then an hour later im back up again. My head hurts Worse Now than before i started all the meds.I was on Tramadol,But no longer and then Fioricet for the headaches but they didnt help so friday the dr put me on the railpac.and it doesnt help either just makes me feel drunk. I called the doctor yesterday because of dropping and raising so much BUT he never called back.I am getting so aggervated with this diabetes junk.I feel so sick all the time and God id love a good nights sleep.IS anyone eles having this kind of problems? I go back to the doctor yet again on the 20th.He has been making me come 2 times a week But he will be gone till the 20th,I will close for now.any ideas on why i get so sick would be great.Thanks

 
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:54 AM   #2
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Re: Diabetes and To many meds ?

Hi. Sorry you are having so many problems. Migraines alone are a big enough problem! Anyway, I am a Type 1 diabetic (you must have been diagnosed with Type 2 since you are not on basal insulin..) and I had trouble with the rapid acting insulins like novalog. I tried it but it worked too fast and didn't stay in my system long enough. My numbers were all over the place and I felt like you know what... So I take Regular insulin to cover meals. Regular acts slower but stays in the system 5 - 8 hours, which I need. The rapid acting stuff just wore off way too fast and my sugar would just bounce back up. I ony need 1 or 2 units to cover meals, since I take glucophage (metformin) 850 mg. with every meal. I am Type 1 but have some insulin resistance, too. Perhaps you could discuss taking this other insulin? Even though it is an older insulin, it still works well for me! Good luck and keep us posted.. carol

 
Old 03-16-2006, 01:40 PM   #3
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I’ve had Type II Diabetes for about 10 years, had a sudden adult onset just before my 50th birthday which sent by blood sugar level up to 900, and the first two years I had diabetes was a real adjustment period, not only for me but also for my medical regiment. I think I saw five different doctors during that 24 month period, all advising me differently. One said I should take Ultralente, the long acting insulin, another said I should be on an insulin pump, another said all I needed was some pills, and one told me that diabetics were similar to alcoholics; that one I left after only two visits. All of these medical people were highly qualified board certified physicians in endocrinology, internal medicine, etc. It took about two years for my situation to stabilize and for me to become comfortable with a diabetic lifestyle regiment that would work for me.

The key is that you have to do what is comfortable for your body. It is not only a physical thing but it is also an emotional thing. Diabetes makes some of us emotionally sensitive; or at least hypersensitive. You get to a point where you can tell if your blood sugar is high or low solely based on the slightest way that you feel. Still it is good to constantly read your blood sugar with a meter.

I currently take Metaformin 1000mg twice daily which makes me more insulin sensitive and I don’t have to use allot of insulin. I take Ultralente 18 units twice daily and Lispro on a sliding scale. I also take three types of eyes drops for glaucoma twice daily, high blood pressure and cholesterol medications, medication for peripheral neuropathy, heart medication, and my usual daily vitamins and supplements. This is a regiment which took time to develop and it has become a comfortable part of my lifestyle.

My best advice is that you should give yourself time to adjust, not only to the doctors and medications, but also to the disease. Eventually, and hopefully sooner than later, you will find out what works for you. This will happen not only by you listening to your doctor but also by you listening to your body. Keeping a journal, writing down your feelings, may help you discover things about your condition. Over the decades what I have noticed is that when I am in my deepest distress that is when I receive the most profound answers. The subject for me is always “know thyself” and diabetes is a relentless teacher.

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Old 03-17-2006, 01:23 AM   #4
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Re: Diabetes and To many meds ?

Vickie,

Sounds like you are having a really bumpy ride. And the first question that springs to mind is, has your Type 2 diagnosis been confirmed? The fact that insulin is bringing your blood sugar down so quickly suggests to me that you are not insulin resistant and could be a Type 1. In which case the pills won't be doing you any good, and you really need to be on a basal insulin with the rapid acting insulin before meals.

The doctors can confirm/change your diagnosis by doing an antibody test, a c-peptide test or an insulin test. The results of any of these tests will show if you are insulin resistant or your beta cells are being attacked by antibodies.

Cheers,

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Old 03-29-2006, 05:20 AM   #5
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Hi Everyone,
Sorry I havent been online lately.Its been a hard time for me.I am Still bouncing High to Low and back again. The dr I have I really dont care for.He gave me the WRONG insulian about 2 weeks ago and made me so very sick Now i have COPD to go along with the diabetes. I was taking 70-30 mix of Novolog insulian flex pen and 1000MG Glucophage 2 times a day and Gluctrol 5 Mg 2 times a day. The doctor said he made a mistake when he gave me my meds and (Grabbed the Wrong Box with the flex pen in it) gave me Straight insulian and had me Still on all the pills. I dropped from 244 to 30 in Under 30 minutes Twice that day.(a Sunday) so on Monday I called him before taking my shot and he Demanded I bring him the Flex pens back (2 of them) So I did and he didnt even apologise just said.oops I grabbed the wrong one and laughed.This is irritating.What happens the Next time he makes a mistake. I got so sick I really thought my heart was going to explode.Since taking those 2 shots i have felt awful.He then sent me for blood work and said i have COPD in Both lungs and a infection in them.Im kinda wonering If the Wrong med gave me this.I was Fine before that.But for right now im Stuck with this doctor. I have no medical insurance and I pay him on a sliding fee.(Based on income) I can Not afford another doctor at this time.The meds and strips are costing a fortune.I even tried to sign up for Medicade or medicare and was told I have to be 50 Plus in age to get it.My Husband works and makes fairly good money but they go by what u make NOT what u bring home.By the time taxes and his child support every week comes out there isnt alot left. I just dont get this state.They dont seem to care or understand a person needs help sometimes. Anyway Thank you all for posting the messages and trying to help out. Im am getting to the point of being able to tell when im to High or to Low. The migrains are still bad and my vision is getting worse but im still kicking and Dont plan to give up.I have lost a grand total of 47 lbs since dec 2005. Doc says i cant afford to lose anymore but i cant seem to stop it.I eat and do everythig he says but the pounds are just melting off. im at 125 lbs now and man i feel OLD. Doc says im losing anywhere from 3-5 lbs a week. Alot of people who havent seen me in a while say things like.O wow u have lost a ton of weight...and they ask what diet im on.I tell them.U dont want it.Im hoping as time goes on the weight loss will Stop. I dont wanna be fat again BUT I dont wanna lose anymore.Im losing it to fast and its effecting my entire body.I will close for now.Talk soon as i can.Take care and all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers..........Vickie Lynn

 
Old 03-31-2006, 05:20 PM   #6
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Re: Diabetes and To many meds ?

There are places you can get your test strips and lancets for free, directly from the manufacturer. do a search for needy meds or free medical supplies. most of the major drug companies have programs to help people in your situation. they helped me.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:44 AM   #7
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There are different meds for diabeties ask your dr for something else because what you are using doesn't work 4 u

 
Old 04-05-2006, 07:00 PM   #8
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Something to be considered are foods & supplements. Grapefruit, juice or the fruit itself, and Glucosamine are two things that interfere with medicines and insulin & the oral pills for diabetes type II. They can make the medicine work different than it is supposed to. Either too efficiently or interfere with it working at all.
Find out if there are any particular foods etc that you should not take or should take at a length of time before or after you take the medicine. Ask the doctor, but personally my pharmacist was the best source for me.
Good luck.

 
Old 04-06-2006, 05:03 AM   #9
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Hi everyone, Sorry havent been online, Doctor still hasnt got me on the right meds yet.Nonthing seems to help.Im going in May to the foot doctor.I have a few blisters on some toes.BUT they cant see me any earlier they say.I still feel like Do-Do..and am trying hard Not to lose any more weight.Ive dropped down from 174 to 124 since dec 2005.I eat everything they say,I do everything they say and i just feel nonthing is working. My levs are High and Low and Bouncing all over the place,Now i find out i have something called COPD in Both lungs, My Lungs were fine UNTIL the doc gave me the Wrong insulian,So im thining Maybe thats what did it.Its ben a hard few weeks.My 15 year old son got into trouble at school.Cops brought him to my doc app and turned him over to me,Now i have to wait 3-9 months for him to go before a juvinal court hearing,my dad had a heart attack last night and in in Hunginton wv in the hosp having a balloone thing done this morning and my best friend dropped over dead last night! he was only 38 and nonthing is making sence to me right now.i cant go to west virginia to be with my dad I cant go to NC to be with my friend kelly (Her husband Scott is the one who died) My doctor says I can NOT travel more than 30 minutes from home.Cause im sick,This SUX..Im sorry if i sound like im complining Its just so hard to deal with all this.To much at one time.I will close for now.Good luck to you all....Vickie Lynn

 
Old 04-07-2006, 11:44 PM   #10
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WOW,,, Vickie, I feel for you. Wish I could do something for you. I live in WV. The hospitals here are mostly very good, and the one in Huntington is VERY good. I live near the university, so I go there.

Are there other foot doctors around..? that's a long time to wait if you are having problems....

Are you seeing an internal med doctor? or a gp? You should find yourself a specialist fast.

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