BS numbers high when sick ??

By reneeramaekers Latest Reply 2011-12-05 06:07:53 -0600
Started 2011-11-28 15:06:05 -0600

I have been battling some terrible crud for over a week and my numbers have been crazy. Is this something that happens ?? Not really sure what to do !!

33 replies

greatgrama 2011-12-05 01:30:09 -0600 Report

I'm sick too. I've been sick all of Nov. and just as I was feeling better I went to the grocery store and the next day I'm sick all over again. Head cold this time. What's worse I'm out of test striips and don't have the money to buy any more right now. I have no idea what my BS are. Living off of prayer.

reneeramaekers 2011-12-05 06:07:53 -0600 Report

I am so sorry I hope you feel better soon. Is there some where that you can get assistance to help with your test strips ?? Maybe your Dr can help. I will keep you in my prayers !!!

Jan8 2011-12-04 08:26:37 -0600 Report

Yes,it is something that happens . Try increasing your fluids. hope you feel better soon. Also give your doc a call and ask if your insulin or diabetic meds should be increased during this time.

reneeramaekers 2011-12-04 12:31:42 -0600 Report

I don't take meds. But my numbers are coming down slowly and today I'm going to the gym first time in 2 weeks!!!!!

Caroltoo 2011-12-04 12:52:56 -0600 Report

Good for you, Renee! Really glad you are beginning to feel better.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-12-04 13:32:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for the tip, I didn't know that. The day they moved me my BG rose to 287 and I had no explanation for it. I think they thought I was sneaking goodies. I finally convienced them, I don't even have any "goodies". Now I understand what happened. It stayed high all day and into the night and even next morning, finally it did start to come down. Not even my insulin would budge it. It was scary for me. I just don't run those numbers anymore. Again thanks for the info. Hugs, Peggy

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-29 19:52:01 -0600 Report

When I am sick my numbers go all over the place. I can get highs close to 300 and lows near 40. Itis a constant juggling act betwen covering the highs with extra jnsulin and shoveling down carbs when low. I can even predict when I am going to be sick and how sick I will be from a sudden jump in my numbers and then a return to usual numbers.
It seems that these erratic readings are common among us all and it is just a matter of how extreme they are. I guess it is our lot as being diabetic.

Type1Lou 2011-11-29 17:34:15 -0600 Report

My BG also goes up when I'm ill or fighting an infection. I find I have to increase my insulin to compensate for this and try to get the BG's in a more "normal" range.

Caliafiosgram62 2011-11-29 17:59:15 -0600 Report

I have kind of the same problem. But usually that is all that keeps me from going low because I do not eat. Earlier this year when I ended up in the hospital and could not eat for almost 24 hours, I never went low. I never had to suspend my pump which I was ready to do if things went haywire. I figured that it was my body's way of helping out in a bad situation. When I was able to eat again, everything returned to "normal".

berrykins0 2011-11-29 15:18:20 -0600 Report

its normal for your numbers to go up or be crazy. mine even go up a bit past what they normally are my blood sugar are well leveled.normally don'y have spikes unless i'm sick.take care hope you get better.

reneeramaekers 2011-11-29 17:07:12 -0600 Report

My numbers are usually normal but since I've been sick my average is 131 not good for me !!!!

annesmith 2011-12-04 00:14:32 -0600 Report

Yeah…it's normal to go higher when sick, and severely low, too. I've been sick with a fever and terrible cough, and mine have soared into the 400s, then dropped down into the 70s—I suspect I have had a few readings in the 50s, too…it's bad, but eventually, when you get better things will return to normal…hang in there!!!!—-sincerely, ANNE

reneeramaekers 2011-12-04 08:19:49 -0600 Report

Thanks !!! I feel better but my numbers are still high. This morning it was 155 and I finished my z pack Friday!! But a cold front blew in last night and I've been sneezing like crazy and I get cold chills when I sneeze so I don't know if I'm getting sick again or just crazy allergies ??? Wrapped up tight in a blanket trying to make myself go to the gym !!!!!!

annesmith 2011-12-04 22:56:43 -0600 Report

You're welcome!!!!! I just finished antibiotics today, too…Zithromax. I got the generic, and it did it's job, but it sure did not do as good as regular Zithromax. I am feeling about 75% better. I have a feeling mine is not gone…I hope to God it is, but, according to my symptoms, I am still sick, however, I will give it more time…it's very possible it will take me 4 or 5 more days to recover fully. I have been taking cough syrup at night, and thank God it works . I used to go through different kinds of cough syrup, tried sugar free ones for a few years, and they always sent me way too low in the middle of the night, then I would start coughing again…hopefully, you are not sick again too…sincerely, ANNE

annesmith 2011-12-04 00:14:32 -0600 Report

Yeah…it's normal to go higher when sick, and severely low, too. I've been sick with a fever and terrible cough, and mine have soared into the 400s, then dropped down into the 70s—I suspect I have had a few readings in the 50s, too…it's bad, but eventually, when you get better things will return to normal…hang in there!!!!—-sincerely, ANNE

pixsidust 2011-11-29 11:47:49 -0600 Report

Z packs and Ampicillan do nothing for me. I ask my doctor to give me real medicine when I get sick because if I do its brutal. Levaquin is what works best for my respiratory infections. If you are sick after you take the Z pack, let him know you need something stronger. Boost you immune system by drinking some Wal-Born, Walgreen's generic version of Airborne. three or four times a day is a real pick me up to a weak immune system. There is not drowsiness to them. They are diabetic friendly. Make sure you use a 10 oz glass of icy water to drop them in, so the flavor is decent. Feel better and let us know!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 20:25:11 -0600 Report

I was wondering where you've been! I'm sorry to hear you've been sick. I have not come across this yet, but i'm sure I will.
Hope you start feeling better. Take care!!
Blessings, Mickey

reneeramaekers 2011-11-29 06:57:40 -0600 Report

Thanks everybody !!! I'm going on day12 so the DDS that I work for called me in a z pack. I tried to do it all on my own bur couldn't do it !!! I'm drinking lots of water and resting as much as I can !!! :)

MEGriff1950 2011-11-28 19:31:16 -0600 Report

Drink a lot of water and make sure you get your meals. If you feel too unwell to eat you might try Glucerna as a meal replacement. Make sure you shake the shakes a lot, they taste better.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-11-28 15:37:18 -0600 Report

My blood sugar levels always go up when I am sick. I hate it becuase not only are you sick, but then you feel even more aweful because your blood sugars are off. I don't know if there is a solution for it.

annesmith 2011-12-04 00:21:46 -0600 Report

Yeah—-I know what you mean—-I've been sick for 3 weeks, got antibiotics…thank God in heaven. However, the steroids they gave me raised me up so high, that I got tremors each and every time I took them. I have finished them now, so don't have to worry about that…ANNE

vijo 2011-11-29 16:12:38 -0600 Report

when your sick the stress on the body is much more, the best is to stay very hydrated. this helps to lower your blood sugar. if u can't keep anything down, then that is a different story, and you need to contact your dr. asap

dijr0365 2011-11-28 16:41:33 -0600 Report

I I know how that is… for both myself and my son. We both have Type I, myself for 38 years and my son for 12 years. I would be so afraid to give my son his regular dose's of insulin when he was sick but I finally got over the fear of throwing him into low blood sugar when he is ill. The thought of him not eating and being sick with low blood sugar only happened once. Once the fear of taking insulin while not having the usual carbs was taken care of, testing and using your sliding scale for lowering blood sugar works to maintain better sugar and we would actually shorten our suffering with whatever was ailing us. Everyone needs to know their body and the feelings they get when they are dealing with sugars, any sort of sickness stresses the body and any kind of stress weather physical or emotional causes blood sugar to flucuate. Not to sound critical of doctor's but if you have a doctor that really listens and can instruct you on how to proceed in this area~ that is great. But doctor's do not always know what works correctly for you since everyone is different and everyones blood sugar's are affected by stress differently. Good luck and hopefully this year will be good, and not to many illness or bugs will get to you.

Caroltoo 2011-11-28 15:30:49 -0600 Report

Sickness and pain are major stress on the body. Stress causes an increase in adrenalin. Adrenalin causes chemical interactions in the body which raise our BG level as a part of the good old "fight or flight" principle. So, try to get comfy and do things that help you relax; you will probably get better faster too.

reneeramaekers 2011-11-28 16:25:24 -0600 Report

Thanks cause I've been going like I'm fine I've even been working out so my BS will go down !!!

Caroltoo 2011-11-28 17:46:36 -0600 Report

Most of what I have read says every 48 hours is enough exercising for glucose control. Now there are lots of other reasons to exercise more often—body tone, weight loss, fat deposit control—but this is a specific w/r/t glucose control.

I usually walk some as soon as I feel able, but then give myself time to relax and take care of me also—read a book, take a hot bath with lavendar oil, see an old movie you like, enjoy a patch of sunshine. Like everything else in life, it's all about balance.

annesmith 2011-11-29 00:38:40 -0600 Report

That's interesting—-every 48 hours is exactly what I do. Sometimes I wait 3 days in between , but not very often…I notice a huge difference when I wait the 3 days…I feel very very irritable, my sugars are higher, and I feel restless…ANNE