What do I do?!

By Starry20 Latest Reply 2012-02-01 10:03:43 -0600
Started 2012-01-27 21:10:36 -0600

Hi, I have a question… And it's embarrassing. but my blood sugar has been rocky and at it's best 220, then we went to the doc about some odd bumps on my legs, and the doctor said that I had shingles, which is as I read, common only on one side of your body, is more common in (please excuse my terminology) older people and is painful. Well it is on both sides and I have no pain, but medication is working wonderfully… But any idea if my blood sugar is whacked because of the shingles?

17 replies

Denisency213 2012-01-30 12:20:58 -0600 Report

I suggest you go to dermatologist or general dr shingles can present in or on a path of nerves just because it is not the traditional presentation dosent mean it is not shingles and infection can make bs go wacky hope this helps

MrsCDogg 2012-01-30 06:32:59 -0600 Report

Shingles is a form of the herpes virus. Things like chicken pox and cold sores are also in that family.

margokittycat 2012-01-28 19:59:43 -0600 Report

Raven that is very unusual for you to have shingles, I do not believe it is shingles as a pharmacy technician they start out as little like blisters and start on the face and neck and abdomen.

Your blood sugars are probably wackey due to the medication that the doctor put you on antibiotics will normally make BS go up and the infection you have does that as well.

Your BS being that high can cause the problem diffenately, but I do not believe it is shingles.

Watch your diet really good, my BS get like that I eat a lot of Glucerna bars and shakes instead of regular food, but I also eat lots of fresh vegetables with that to.

nanaellen 2012-01-31 12:30:54 -0600 Report

Yes it COULD be shingles…unfortunately I've had shingles twice and both times was in the middle of my back near the shoulder blade and mine wasn't painful either! But it definitely WAS shingles! Meds for 10 days and I was fine.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-28 15:35:41 -0600 Report

Raven, Did you go to Web MD, it has an informative site.
Take care My "Young" Friend
Edit to add the two could be working hand and hand ;}(

Jan8 2012-01-28 07:32:49 -0600 Report

Shingles presents with blisters on the neck,face,or abdomen. It could very well be that the med the doc gave you could a;so work on whatever is on your legs. Yes, any type of infection can raise your blood sugar. If the med is cortisone or methylprednisolone or anything with an one on the end name of it,call your endo because he may want to increase your medication for awhile.

nanaellen 2012-01-31 12:28:15 -0600 Report

I've had shingles twice and never got them on my face or neck… only just inside the shoulder blade almost in the middle of my back and mine never hurt either!

Starry20 2012-01-28 08:21:25 -0600 Report

Wel right at this moment, I've no idea who my endo is… He is the one we showed the spots to when they first occured and he said it was nothing and it would go away.. So we just let it go. Mom dropped him because tht wasn't thus first foul up… And wouldn't have been his last. And non of my meds have 'one' at the end. And @ caroltoo; no being younger isn't a put down I just put that as to not start a skirmish between people. :) thanks for the help everyone!

Jan8 2012-01-28 09:02:22 -0600 Report

hey Raven,an endocrinologist fine tunes your diabetes medication. A regular MD does it much differently and not as effectve. I also have had bumps along the way and believe me my endo keeps everything straight. I am an RN and I've learned my way around the system.

Caroltoo 2012-01-27 23:16:30 -0600 Report

Any kind of infection can whack your blood glucose reading, so yes shingles (or whatever it actually is) could make the BG bounce.

If the medication is working wonderfully, you sound like you are getting better. If you find you relapse or it doesn't clear up, then maybe a dermatologist would be the best choice for the next visit.

As for us "older people," all that means is that we've lived a few more years and have a few more experiences than you "younger people" do. We all have thing to learn and things to contribute so "older" isn't a put down to us and I hope "younger" isn't to you. It simply is, where we are.

Hope you continue to do well and get over your spots quickly.

Starry20 2012-01-27 21:40:50 -0600 Report

O ok… But it confused me because the only thing that was in check with the symptoms was the way it looks…

Starry20 2012-01-27 21:32:50 -0600 Report

All I kno is that he was a pediatrician and he diagnosed it in 30 seconds… And @ MEGriff1950; my best is 220, meaning everything else has been higher… It has dropped low once or twice but not much…

MEGriff1950 2012-01-27 21:25:29 -0600 Report

I would not worry about your BG suddenly dropping below 70 if your best is 220 but should this happen a small glass of orange or apple juice will bring it back up in about 15 to 20 minutes. If it is not back up by then you should drink more juice then check again in another 15 to 20 minutes. If you do not have juice available you can eat some other sweet or high carb item. I have used a half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to do the trick. You can also purchase glucose tablets at your local pharmacy to have on hand for possible lows.
I am old and have heard that the shingles are very painful, glad you are not experiencing that. I am going to ask my dr. about the immunization for shingles on my next visit.

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