My Dr. and I are "experimenting" with different dosages of insulin

Jesse's derby
By Jesse's derby Latest Reply 2013-06-06 22:48:15 -0500
Started 2013-06-05 09:10:01 -0500

I understand that this is the "Art of Medicine". I really trust my doctor. We are working together on this. However, I am frustrated with the changes. My numbers are down. I am living a better life. Yet, I am still anxious about all of this…Any human help out there? I am new to this and subject to worry..

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Bun10 2013-06-06 22:48:15 -0500 Report

There is a reason why they say doctor's "practice" medicine. I thought your anxiety needed a bit of levity…

Type1Lou 2013-06-05 10:52:44 -0500 Report

In 2010, I asked my PCP, who had been treating my diabetes, for a referral to an endocrinologist. I did not feel comfortable with his approach to my increasingly frequent low BG episodes (He kept on increasing my Lantus dose while advising me to decrease/eliminate my mealtime boluses of Novolog). The endo actually decreased my Lantus, changed the time of day I took it, and re-educated me about a sliding scale for the bolus doses. I'm convinced changing to an endo saved my life and enabled me to eliminate the dangerously low BG's and gain better control. After a year under the endo's care, I started using an insulin pump and am kicking myself for not having pumped sooner. Living with diabetes is a constant adjustment, so there will be changes to accommodate changes in activity and body/metabolism changes as you grow and age. The key is to learn as much as you can and have confidence in your doctor since good diabetes management relies on both you and the doctor. Wishing you well!

IronOre 2013-06-05 10:12:18 -0500 Report

Is this doctor an Endocrinologist ? Seeing a specialist like that in this field is your best bet, and there will be less "experimenting"..
But yes, it is somewhat typical for a doctor to experiment a bit with types of insulin.