I just started taking insulin on November 22, 2011 and I am experiencing some body changes

Annie Banannie
By Annie Banannie Latest Reply 2012-01-08 01:21:43 -0600
Started 2012-01-04 04:18:58 -0600

I still do not have a hang of things.. my numbers are all out of whack and it seems the more meds I take, the more complex my numbers are. Some days are great, whereas other days they are higher :( I watch what I eat, I count calories, but admittedly I am "couch-potatoish" . I need someone to literally motivate me!

But, my real question is this: As anyone experienced body aches when first taking insulin? The back of my thighs ache as though I have been on a treadmill working out! It has subsided now but wow, my body really ached!

Also, and before I state this next issue, please know that this may be a bit TMI! okay so here it goes: My nipples are too sensitive now. Sorry to just blurt this out like this but I am really starting to wonder if the insulin is the cause for my body changes.


30 replies

berryj09
berryj09 2012-01-07 22:46:39 -0600 Report

If your bg levels was high when first diagnosed you will feel different in and out of your body for a couple of days to a week the most… Ive experienced this countless of times. Your not used to feeling the pain you feel now because the high bg levels were high enough to cause you not to notice. As far as sensitivity I have no idea, although I do get sensitive sometimes but it's not a everyday thing either. So just keep trying and control your bg levels and you'll see that if not all at least half of your concerns will be solved…

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-01-07 23:07:10 -0600 Report

If you had reduced sensitivity because of high BGs, you may just be regaining feeling where it has been absent or dulled for a while…kind of like how a foot hurts when it regains circulation after it's been without for a while.

nzingha
nzingha 2012-01-05 16:32:15 -0600 Report

just coming from the doc with complaints about all kinds of changes taking place in my body since starting to take insulin.. my body seems to be resisting this intuder… I have some tests to run and will keep u posted when they find out what this insulin is up to… but my body does not want it..! lol!

Annie Banannie
Annie Banannie 2012-01-05 20:04:02 -0600 Report

Very interested to know what he/she finds! From the very beginning of taking insulin injections, my body has not liked any part of it, either! Some people can take it, others can't… I'm probably one that can't!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-05 20:24:17 -0600 Report

I don't know which Novolin you are taking, but I think you really need to see the dr or at the very least, call and talk to his nurse. There are different insulins available and you just need to find the one that works for you. I know that it takes time for our bodies to adjust to insulin and it can be frustrating dealing with the changes. I have to say that I haven't heard of insulin not working for someone before? I just learned something new:) I'll check on that and get back to you. Let me know what the nurse/dr says please.

realsis77
realsis77 2012-01-05 11:22:23 -0600 Report

HI I have been on insulin for two years now. Two different types. I have to say I have not experienced any of these issues. but I have suffered from weight gain my first year. I was able to loose it later Thank God but the first year I gained about 30 pounds! I have since lost it and hope and pray It will stay off!! but thats the extent of the insulin side effects for me. If your side effects become bothersome or get worse ask your doctor and perhaps he can try a different insulin for you. perhaps that might help. The funny thing is everyone is different and our bodies react so differently to things. I wish you the very best God bless and Happy New Year!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-01-05 07:09:29 -0600 Report

What I was told is that everyones' story is different. When I started with the insulin my jaws tightened up almost to where I have to stretch out my mouth. Weird I know. Exercise helps loosen up that tightness you will definitely feel better. Even a short walk! Nipple sensitivity not me thank goodness with all of this and my age at 48 my husband fears our next challenge may be menopause! Poor him lol!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-04 18:51:50 -0600 Report

How often and what type of insulin do you take? You mention taking other meds and the problems with the sensitivity and aches could be due to one of them and not the insulin. But, you should ask your dr about it and make sure if you use more then one dr they all know the meds you are on. That being said, you could be developing nerve damage, etc… from complications of diabetes. We have such a complex system of nerves and over time, not keeping bg levels controled playes havoc with them and some areas are hit faster then others. Again, ask your dr about this so that you can try to find that comfort zone again.

You need to watch the carbs and calories, portion size and get exercise in. You need to adjust your insulin depending on your levels. which requires more frequent finger checks. You have kids, so you should be able to come up with some activities to play with them. Do they do sports? If so, then practice with them and even at their practices, the coaches usually likes the help. You could walk as they ride bikes, take a neighbors dog for walks if you don't have one and get an exercise video for kids and do it with them, they'll get a kick out of mom doing the silly things with them. Go on line for other ideas, maybe you need a stretching class for just women? There are so many options you just need to get moving and you'll be making great memories for your family as well:)

Annie Banannie
Annie Banannie 2012-01-04 18:57:11 -0600 Report

I take 2 Metformin and 2 Glipizide in the morning and 25cc of insulin in the morning and repeat the same morning dosages again at night just before going to sleep. When I wake up in the morning my numbers are horrible. I watch what i eat, I count my carbs, etc and still I cannot get close to low 100's! It is driving me insane. I cry all the time now. As for the exercising, I am not as bad as I mentioned but reading what others do, I do consider myself a couch potato in comparison. I walk my dog, I play in the park with my son and still I have lousy numbers. I try to stay positive, I try to seek out other methods, but I feel like giving up at times!

sewnurse
sewnurse 2012-01-07 17:45:42 -0600 Report

I wnet on Victoza for weight problems and then went on insuling two weeks later. I've lost 60 pounds since april 2011. My biggest problems is trying to eat a balanced diet. My husband does most of the cooking because of my work hours, often what he makes isn't what I need. Excercise helps but is hard to fit in. I found that the Victoza helps me not want to eat.

sewnurse
sewnurse 2012-01-08 01:00:01 -0600 Report

It took about 3 months to get them under control. My last A1C had went from 11 down to 8.1 I hope the holidays didn't elevate it again. I do find I have more energy now. My pain level is still high due to arthritis.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-05 02:17:25 -0600 Report

Are you taking Lantus insulin? This is usually taken at night or in the morning. I know your not taking 25cc of fast or reg insulin because you would be having low numbers. Are you taking the Glipizide 30 min before your meal, breakfast and dinner, as that is how this one should be taken? I'm just wondering why you are taking all at same time since all three can lower bg levels. I don't do pills as I'm type 1, but I would ask dr about dropping the pills and add a fast acting insulin that you take before meals to get the numbers down. If you are not wanting to do that, then I would find an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes that can tweek your meds and scheduel so that the meds are actually helping you. Also, let dr know about the crying to see if it is stress, depression, both or something else. There is help you just need to ask and don't feel bad about doing so. You have a family that needs a happy and healthy you:)

jimLE
jimLE 2012-01-04 17:07:32 -0600 Report

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jimLE
jimLE 2012-01-04 17:04:27 -0600 Report

like one person mentioned before me.get a dog if you havent one already..i got a pamaranian febuary of last year.and she's done wonders for my mom..mom said time after time i dont want another dog.then i brought it in and right away mom fell in love with it.because of my moms health,she cant take her for walks n all..so i do that.i bought a toy rope squeeky pork chop toy and other toys.smokie (my pomarainan) she'll get one of the toys n jump up onto moms lap.and they'll sit there n play for some time.i dunno which enjoys it the most..LOL..peeks around monitor n see's a couch potato.then thinks to self..now sour cream n bacon bits sounds great if that rascal dont get a move on with excercise n house work..

jimLE
jimLE 2012-01-04 17:03:49 -0600 Report

like one person mentioned before me.get a dog if you havent one already..i got a pamaranian febuary of last year.and she's done wonders for my mom..mom said time after time i dont want another dog.then i brought it in and right away mom fell in love with it.because of my moms health,she cant take her for walks n all..so i do that.i bought a toy rope squeeky pork chop toy and other toys.smokie (my pomarainan) she'll get one of the toys n jump up onto moms lap.and they'll sit there n play for some time.i dunno which enjoys it the most..LOL..peeks around monitor n see's a couch potato.then thinks to self..now sour cream n bacon bits sounds great if that rascal dont get a move on with excercise n house work..

jimLE
jimLE 2012-01-04 17:03:11 -0600 Report

like one person mentioned before me.get a dog if you havent one already..i got a pamaranian febuary of last year.and she's done wonders for my mom..mom said time after time i dont want another dog.then i brought it in and right away mom fell in love with it.because of my moms health,she cant take her for walks n all..so i do that.i bought a toy rope squeeky pork chop toy and other toys.smokie (my pomarainan) she'll get one of the toys n jump up onto moms lap.and they'll sit there n play for some time.i dunno which enjoys it the most..LOL..peeks around monitor n see's a couch potato.then thinks to self..now sour cream n bacon bits sounds great if that rascal dont get a move on with excercise n house work..

jimLE
jimLE 2012-01-04 17:02:24 -0600 Report

like one person mentioned before me.get a dog if you havent one already..i got a pamaranian febuary of last year.and she's done wonders for my mom..mom said time after time i dont want another dog.then i brought it in and right away mom fell in love with it.because of my moms health,she cant take her for walks n all..so i do that.i bought a toy rope squeeky pork chop toy and other toys.smokie (my pomarainan) she'll get one of the toys n jump up onto moms lap.and they'll sit there n play for some time.i dunno which enjoys it the most..LOL..peeks around monitor n see's a couch potato.then thinks to self..now sour cream n bacon bits sounds great if that rascal dont get a move on with excercise n house work..

jimLE
jimLE 2012-01-04 17:01:59 -0600 Report

like one person mentioned before me.get a dog if you havent one already..i got a pamaranian febuary of last year.and she's done wonders for my mom..mom said time after time i dont want another dog.then i brought it in and right away mom fell in love with it.because of my moms health,she cant take her for walks n all..so i do that.i bought a toy rope squeeky pork chop toy and other toys.smokie (my pomarainan) she'll get one of the toys n jump up onto moms lap.and they'll sit there n play for some time.i dunno which enjoys it the most..LOL..peeks around monitor n see's a couch potato.then thinks to self..now sour cream n bacon bits sounds great if that rascal dont get a move on with excercise n house work..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-04 16:22:08 -0600 Report

Hi Annie, I am not Type1 but I had the same problem when I started on Metformin. I could not figure out why I ached all day and seemed to be exhausted all the time. I at first thought I was coming down with the flu or a cold. I called my Dr. and he said it could be my body adjusting to the Metformin. It cleared up in about 3 weeks but I was really worried.

Okay Ms. Couch Potatoish here is motivation for you…Get your fanny up off the couch and start walking. Walk around the block or to the corner and back home or around your house. If you have a dog, take him/her for a walk. Toss a ball with the kids. They will love doing this with mom. If you have a mall near you, see if they have a walkers group. Some of the malls here let groups in early to walk before the stores open. Great time to window shop and not spend money cause the stores are closed. You could start a walking group with friends or neighbors.

As for counting calories, count carbs and calories. This will help you lose weight and get your blood sugar under control or lowered. Good luck to you.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-04 15:21:14 -0600 Report

Hi Annie.
I had pain when I first started injecting my long acting insulin Lantus. I would sometimes get a burning sensation for a few hours or a stinging sensation and/or muscle aches. That was just over two years ago. Last November I switched from vials and syringes to pens and nano-needles. I have no pain what ever now. With the nano-needles I do not even feel the needle piercing my skin. The extra short nano-needles will insure that the insulin is injected only into the fatty tissue just below the skin and you do not need to pinch the skin at the injection sight. These needles will also allow you to inject in the back of your arms and buttocks without assistance.
You need to count carbs. Calories not only include carbs but also fat and protein too. It is hard to help you here not knowing what insulin(s) you use and when you inject it (before meals, after meals, during the day, at night, etc.).
Try playing with your three kids for exercise. They will surely give you a good workout.
Good Luck.
Godspeed

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2012-01-04 12:59:47 -0600 Report

I've been on insulin for 11 years, off and on… When I started using insulin again after being off of it for about 2 yrs., I had body aches and my lower legs would swell up horribly and be extremely painfull. After about 2 weeks, it went away and now all is fine. My endo didn't seem too concerned about it and said it was a normal reaction to the insulin, but no real answer as to why. As far as the sensitivity issue, it could be possible. You may have had some nerve damage starting in "that" reigion and now that your numbers are more controlled, the damage is starting to heal. Have you asked your doctor or an endo about it?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-01-04 05:02:48 -0600 Report

Howdy Annie!

If you are counting calories, perhaps you are counting the wrong things. Perhaps you ought to think of counting carbohydrates. Calories do not = carbs. Calories may include fats as well as carbohydrates.

You also want to use the "complex carbohydrates" (whole GRAIN breads, brown & black rice, yams, non starchy veggies ) and avoid the "simple carbohydrates" (like white bread, white potatoes, white rice, corn and corn products, and starchy veggies like peas and carrots among other things).

I do not use insulin or other diabetes meds, but I used to inject myself with insulin. I had no problem with body pains with insulin, but I would suppose it is possible you may be sensitive to a type of insulin. We all have unique metabolisms and if it is too bothersome, tell your GP or Endo about it and see if a change in type of insulin might be warranted. There are folks who are allergic to one type of insulin or another.

As far as motivating you, there is a husband and a son in your picture. Chase your son, and perhaps hubby might chase you around the house. That may get your blood to pumping!

Blessings to you and yours

James