Pain and sugar levels

By LauraS Latest Reply 2014-05-19 10:55:41 -0500
Started 2013-10-02 09:58:15 -0500

Can constant pain effect my sugar levels? I have frozen shoulder from tendinitis and have been in constant pain for a few months. Pain wakes me up 2 or 3 times a night. I went to the regular dr and she gave me muscle relaxer which didn't do much but make me dizzy. No insurance yet but will be getting a cortisone shot as soon as I have insurance.
My numbers have been very high in the fasting morning, 210 on average this week. I'm taking 500mg metformin and 10mg glipizide twice a day. That's up from 5mg glipizde once a day. Don't know what to do and don't look forward to having to take insulin on top of all this. Does anyone else have untreated pain that is causing high levels? Is pain induced stress the cause?

7 replies

pawpaw7316 2014-05-19 10:55:41 -0500 Report

I am a Juvenile Diabetic. Iam needing double knee replacement surgery. I have had a total of 7 surgeries on my legs do to a mining accident. I also live on vicoden. My pain management doctor insist that I go to percs but I refuse. My endocrinologisy is also asking me to move to the percoset. The higher the pain the higher my suger levels. I would rather take more insulin its a personnel choice. After this last month I may change my mind.

Caroltoo 2013-10-14 12:57:45 -0500 Report

Had frozen shoulder a couple years ago after a few particularly strenuous games of tennis. Tried my doc and got suggestions similar to yours. Didn't want to use cortisone and eventually tried chiropractic. Wasn't an instant cure, but did decrease pain and increase flexibility while the injury was healing.

Yes, BGs go up when we are in pain. Any aversive form of physical, mental, or environmental stress can result in the BGs going up.

LauraS 2013-10-14 11:36:44 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the responses. I actually changed my meter and my numbers went down by 20. It's amazing that meters can read you so differently. My frozen shoulder pain has subsided a bit during the day but keeps me up nights something awful. I have read that it will go away on it's own over time so I'm going to ride it out and keep up with the over-counter pain relievers. I'm scheduled for an a1C in December so hopefully my numbers look better by then.

Young1s 2013-10-11 03:57:51 -0500 Report

Wow…I know just how you feel. I had the same thing happen to me (frozen shoulder) spring of last year. Got some great advice from lots of people on that discussion. Glad I started that one cause was really concerned. In the end, I think the major theme is to make your doctor understand that you feel what you feel and you know what you know about your body. Here's a link to the discussion. Hope it helps.

FYI: Things are all back to normal for me.

Lakeland 2013-10-10 20:20:11 -0500 Report

I had a labral tear repair in my hip & the doctor hit the nerve so I have constant pain, I live on vicodin, the days when the vicodin works I do my walking & I'm able to have decent control over my sugars but the last few days for me have been bad it's cold & rainy, I sound like my grandma saying my pain can tell when bad weather is coming. it's been a struggle to get it under 150. he wants an a1c but I don't want to go now, I want to wait till my pain is manageable again.

my doctor & I also chatted about when my pain is bad sugars & blood pressures are bad & he said, yes the blood gets thick when sugars are high & so that's why the blood pressure goes up. I'm trying to figure some things out too, good luck

luzceleste 2013-10-04 01:44:18 -0500 Report

Yes having pain consistently can cause your blood sugar to stay in a higher than normal range. I had a shoulder injury with torn ligaments and with a workers compensation case—- I had to suffer for 7 months . I got so sick one day and ended up in the ER then got admitted. When my internist found out he intervened to have them do my shoulder surgery . I know that pain will raise your blood sugar levels— the more pain the worst your blood sugar can climb! I would advise you to see an orthopedic specialist to take care of your pain problem. Then as the pain gets under control so will your blood sugar! After my surgery it took about 6 weeks to stabilize my blood sugar levels. Aloha Louise G

luzceleste 2013-10-04 01:50:01 -0500 Report

Oh and yes taking insulin was the best way to help me get my blood sugar levels stable—before and after my surgery! Taking insulin is the best thing I've done to help me and my diabetes ! It helped me in my recovery and with all the therapy I had to learn to do.