No control

diabetic diva 1975
By diabetic diva 1975 Latest Reply 2013-03-18 23:11:33 -0500
Started 2013-03-12 21:34:35 -0500

Lately I feel as if I have no control over my bg levels and my health in general. I lack motivation to exercise or even get out of bed. I started taking metformin Friday and have been sick in bed for four days. I vomited all day yesterday and find myself in the emergency room again tonight. I seek andwers. I want better control. I want my life back!! I pray I find some answers tonight Maybe a new dr can offer some fresh insight and medication options.

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Bun10 2013-03-18 00:25:51 -0500 Report

Have you seen an endocrinologist? That's my next step. Just not getting enough information or support from my gp

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-18 23:11:33 -0500 Report

No I haven't but I have been seeing different dr's and have an appointment next week to see a diabetic nurse. I will ask if we have an endicrinologist in this town.

DiabetesDiva 2013-03-15 10:04:31 -0500 Report

I too was nauseated when I first started taking Metformin, try eating something first to coat your stomach. Last May my bgl was 225 & I was in poor health. My husband & I started on a healthy eating plan & exercising at our local YMCA. We have lost over 80 lbs together, my bgl is now lower than 100. I have Fibromyalgia so my Yoga/Pilates class & my arthritis exercise class are in a swimming pool. I eliminated 6 meds & I'm now tapering off my 7th. Exercise is one of the best things for diabetes & depression. I am 62. You will be ok!

ruth88 2013-03-14 22:41:39 -0500 Report

I've been T1 for 5 years and have had gone through the same funk. What's helped me to get back in control was to test, test, test. Some days I would test up to 8 times…I think we have all gone through a funk, it will get better!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-03-14 21:51:06 -0500 Report

Hi Diva,

I just wanted to say hi and offer you some words of support. Not feeling in control of your blood sugar can take a toll on you emotionally. When you're feeling down, it's hard to get motivated. As you said, giving yourself a push to stay compliant with exercise and diet leads to the reward of feeling better, and that can motivate you to keep going.

I will be looking forward to hearing how you are doing!


EJMac 2013-03-14 14:13:48 -0500 Report

Don't give up Diva. It seems like it constantly changes no matter what we do. We can only do our best. I find when the numbers are high and crazy, the best way is to start writing all the food down including portion sizes. I do better when I write it all down and then I can see what foods make it go up. It's not the same for everybody. We are all in this together. Frustrating, but at least there is treatment for this disease. Good luck. Keep up posted. Elaine

EJMac 2013-03-14 14:13:47 -0500 Report

Don't give up Diva. It seems like it constantly changes no matter what we do. We can only do our best. I find when the numbers are high and crazy, the best way is to start writing all the food down including portion sizes. I do better when I write it all down and then I can see what foods make it go up. It's not the same for everybody. We are all in this together. Frustrating, but at least there is treatment for this disease. Good luck. Keep up posted. Elaine and again

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-14 12:32:48 -0500 Report

Metformin made me sick at first until a friend who has been on it for years told me to take it with food. Eat half your meal, take the pill then eat the other half. Now it no longer matters if I take it with or without food. It no longer upsets my stomach. When taking a new medication always ask the pharmacist as he or she can tell you how best to take it. Always ask if it can be taken with or without food. Some foods and juices can have an adverse effect on drugs.

As for motivation, you have to jump start yourself. You have to want to get up. You have to want to get in control and you have to want to live a healthier life. Frustration, stress, self pity can all cause a person to be less motivated. I removed most stress from my life by not concerning myself with things that are out of my control. I got rid of people in my life who causes me stress with their drama it can drain your energy. Frustration can lead to stress. To that end I find a way out of frustration. If something isn't going right or as you expected you have to think outside the box to make it work another way. Motivation does not work on people seeking motivation if they are not willing to motivate themselves. It comes down to you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make the horse drink the water.

If your blood glucose levels are out of control, only you can get them in control by eating the right foods, counting carbs and portion control. Exercise makes you feel better so you have to incorporate that in your life. Lying around is not going to work. Go out and take a walk for 20 mins. or so. Find things that interest you and build on it. When out walking meet and talk to your neighbors. Some might want to walk with you. Over time you will find your BG's are better under control and you are losing weight and you will begin to find ways to motivate yourself.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-14 05:48:25 -0500 Report

Don't feel like you're alone,lately my BG readings have been everywhere! I hope that your doctor figures this out, in the mean time take a little time to deal with the stress, by trying to relax, I sure hope you get well soon!

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-14 06:45:26 -0500 Report

Thanks set apart. I am feeling better. I made an appt with a diabetic educator as I need to learn everything I can about carb counting. It seems like alot if work.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-14 07:50:38 -0500 Report

Carb counting is hard at first, but after awhile it gets less tricky. It does seem to make a big difference. I remember how totaly lost I felt about 3 years ago. But as you learn how many and which carbs make your BG go crazy you'll start to feel better. There are still days when meals feel like a science experiment. Or one of those nightmare inducing math problems. If food A has 15 carbs and food B is a Yukon Gold Potato 3 inches in diameter what is the expoential of the rise of my BG if I eat both, compared to food A and a similar size serving of sweet potato. (Answer for me is Yikes for the Yukon Gold and Yipee I can eat the Sweet Potato, but you BG meter may show you have different results.)
As to insulin making someone sick - there are some people who have reactions to different types of insulin. My mother-in-law had problems with some. There have been a few DC members who also have had reactions.

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-14 07:56:19 -0500 Report

Lol. Yes it does seem like a math problem. But I'm sure ill get it once I have some tools to get started. And they didn't tell me which type of insin they gave me at the er the night I had to go in or if they did I don't recall it. So I'm not sure which one I reacted to.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-14 08:03:12 -0500 Report

Oh, I forgot, there have been a few members who had an adverse reaction to metformin also. Completely understand not remembering ER details. I have had the pleasure of trying to remember fine details of what happened in the ER.

lneider 2013-03-13 21:12:16 -0500 Report

your blood sugars can be out of whack when you are sick, talk with your medical Dr. discuss a sick day plan, don't be too hard on yourself it is hard to get motivated to excercise when youare sick, it may be time to go with insulin, discussion for Dr. hang in there Linda

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-14 12:34:52 -0500 Report

I agree. My BG's get out of whack when I have a cold. After a few days of the cold I work to get them back in control.

jamato 2013-03-13 17:59:48 -0500 Report

I hope you are feeling better. As I said I am here to help. Its just up to you to try something new. The choice is yours. Keep the faith.

greggv11 2013-03-13 07:58:32 -0500 Report

Don't give up!!! You are not alone. I have felt similar lately and have come to the conclusion that it is the disease that challenges us and from time to time we grow weak from the challenge. Stay strong and weather the storm it will pass and while its here and you feel down just know that it's going to be ok you have friends and family and you have others in this boat with you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-14 12:36:57 -0500 Report

Gregg I never look at my disease as a challenge or allow it to make me weak from being challenged. If I do the disease wins and I am never going to allow that. I don't focus on being diabetic because if I do that it is in control not me. You have to stay strong if you want to be successful.

greggv11 2013-03-14 12:51:30 -0500 Report

All great points just Joyce! I at times am challenged though regardless but that's just me. I will try to incorporate your thinking into my own where possible.

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-14 06:48:29 -0500 Report

I will trudge on and continue to learn about this disease. I guess I was hopeing that metformin would be my answer but it wasn't.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-14 12:38:21 -0500 Report

Metformin may not be a problem if you try taking it with food. If there is still a problem after trying that talk to your doctor. It made me sick from taking it on an empty stomach. Good luck

greggv11 2013-03-14 07:37:06 -0500 Report

Diva I too am on metformin and have been for the last year. It made me real sick at first and then after about 3 weeks or so no issues. Maybe every now and then if I eat too many carbs it makes my digestive tract crazy. I was just put into Januvia since metformin is not controlling my levels that well after a year. Personally I am curious as to why I am just not on insulin. I have a fear of needles but with all these ups and downs and meds I feel it might be time to start.

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-13 01:45:43 -0500 Report

Yes it did make me sick because that wAs thd only thing new i took or ate. which the dr said he had never heard of and highly doubts it was insulin that made me sick. So I could be wrong on that one.

manapua72 2013-03-13 01:15:20 -0500 Report

Insulin doesn't agree with you ??? Like as in when you take it you get sick or are you allergic or something ??? Well I hope you find something that works … It's between you and your doctor but me myself I wouldn't take Actos …

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-12 22:33:17 -0500 Report

I am at emergency tonight looking for answers. I'm currently taking pills and Friday past started taking metformin which isn't agreeing with me. Insulin also doesn't agree with me. Makes me ill. Hopefully this will get sorted out. Thank you for the encouragement.

manapua72 2013-03-12 22:03:49 -0500 Report

All I can say is don't give up !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay strong !!!!! For yourself & your family !!!!!!!!! I read some of your post in the past but don't remember if you just take pills or are on insulin too … I used all kinds of different pills over the years as a diabetic , prior to using insulin … Even with insulin ( pens ) my #'s were terrible it wasn't till I was using a insulin pump that things got a lot better … Maybe a pump would help you … It helped me and many other diabetics that I know …