Frustrated because I can't seem to get my Blood Sugar Reading under control

linny - 29703
By linny - 29703 Latest Reply 2009-06-23 20:12:08 -0500
Started 2009-01-27 22:20:10 -0600

I have had diabetes since 1998 and watched my mother before me deal with diabetes for years. I try to do things right but it seems the more I try the worse the readings get. Some times they are great and I don't seem to do anything different.
I am on insulin and metphormin and still I have high blood sugar readings.
I get so frustrated and then things seem worse because it get discouraged and depressed.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for your help

13 replies

2009-01-28 05:16:36 -0600 Report

Hi Linny. I am sorry you are going through this. I have terrible problems with my BS running too low, then boom it went through the roof yesterday. It scared me and I can understand the way you are feeling. The others above gave great information. I hope you get your BS under control soon. They say it's part of being a diabetic, but it bites, doesn't it? Take care, Angie

tamsan55 2009-01-28 02:01:38 -0600 Report

Im in the same situation.. i have changed what i eat to the things i was told to eat.. i walk everyday.. and i take my pills but my readings are in the high 200 to 300's almost every reading.. even my first one in the mornings are high. Ive never had a A1C test due to i dont have a doctor or insurance.. but i understand the depression and frustration

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-28 04:27:04 -0600 Report

I am worried about you. You have no MD and no insurance is sad only because the econmy sucks. But you said you are taking pills and your BS are still high? Who gave you the pills? When you take a diabetic medication I would be scared without havening a MD helping me. You see with a MD he could adjust your dose to regulate your blood sugars. Them sugar are way to high to run daily. I feel you need to get them under control now. High sugar daily can lead to other complications. Look in to a free health center or free care if available in your area. Keep in touch and let us know whats going on…Debe

tamsan55 2009-01-28 04:48:08 -0600 Report

I got a 4 month supply from the ER when I got diagnosed which was almost 7 months ago. i try and space them out cause i cant afford to get anymoe and i dont have a doctor to prescribe them.. im trying to find a doctor but without insuarnce its near impossible.. Im looking into some clinics but have been turned down by 3 of them cause im not homeless.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-28 05:21:54 -0600 Report

This is so sad to hear. Are you able get Public Assistance? You may have to go back to the ER and tell them, you have tried everything to find a MD. There should always be an MD on call for that day and they should take you as a patient. You need to get an A1C done to see where your standoings are. Once you get a MD he should be able to help you with the drug company and let them know your situation. Diabetes is not anything to mess around with. I know you are trying hard. I am so glad you took this step to reach out and try to find away to get help. This is a major step. Now I know some of the friends here can offer help in giving you some info…Debe

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-06-23 20:09:06 -0500 Report

I guess that being 77 years and on Medicare, is a big advantage! At least I have a Dr. I just see him every 3 months but try to do as he says, diet and exercise, and I am gradually getting BS down, IF I take my med. Metformin 750mg once a day, about noon, when I am up and eating good—It has now been 3 years so am afraid it is here to stay, at least for awhile. Maybe as I pull myself up and out of this horrible depression, it will start to back off, but till then, I am keeping better track and trying to comply. Pat Roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-06-23 20:12:08 -0500 Report

I had been BORDERLINE for 50 years so didn't take it seriously at first. It showed up when I had my second knee replaced, was 170. I have never caught it over 190 so guess it isn't too bad, but I do NOT want it to get that bad either. MY AIC is finally down to 6, which my Dr. thought was still a bit too high—-so I am just learning! I have no local friends to discuss this with, so am happy to find this SUPPORT GROUP!! Pat Roth

jsd2005 2009-01-28 00:55:11 -0600 Report

I started writing a reply and I forgot what I was doing! See a discussion I just wrote in response to this, but it ended up not being a response I think!

Anyway, I understand your concern and frustration. I hope the discussion helps. You really may be trying to hard.

jsd2005 2009-01-27 23:18:29 -0600 Report

Hello, Diabetes can certainly make you feel as though it takes over your life, doesn't it? I'm proud of you for trying so hard to help yourself.

Without realizing it, you may be trying TOO hard! The stress alone causes your body to react. You may not even realize it, but our bodies are programmed to respond to stress. The brain and the body have very specific responses in relation to stress.

Acute or Chronic stress (sudden onset or prolonged stress) force the bodies Hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal systems to react. This reaction triggers the release of stress hormones such as, Glucocorticoids. The brain automatically increases the production and release of the neurotransmitters cortisol, catecholamines, epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine and Seratonin. Seratonin is a chemial critical to the feeling of well being. Since stress decreases the production and release of the chemials that are vital to us, the body responds by "Fighting: back!

Virtually every system in our bodies respond to stress. Yes, understanding Diabetes is critical to managing this particular health issue.

I think as long as you take control of your medicine, maintain your weight and Diet by watching carbohydrate intake and also pay attention to caloric intake,and include exercise into a daily ROUTINE. You will control the Diabetes and it won't control you. These elements are crucial to your success. So, don't beat yourself up and get obsessive about managing the diabetes. You have the power and authority to manage this!! Your reaching out and asking for help is also important.

Best of Luck

Avera 2009-01-27 22:40:10 -0600 Report

What you posted sounds exactly like the feelings I have on many days or rather used to have.

I still test like I am supposed to. What I do now is when my reading is too high, I write down what I ate and keep track of it to see if I do it again do I get them same results. This helps me.

Also, I rely more now on my A1c test. I strive to keep that within a good range and worry less about the sometimes high scores I get when I have messed up my carbs for one reason or another during a day.

We are all different. And we ALL get discouraged. YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS. How was your last A1c?

linny - 29703
linny - 29703 2009-01-28 00:08:32 -0600 Report

Thanks for the comments. It is helpful to know that others have problems also.

My last A1c was good . it was 6.1 but is not always that good

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-27 22:36:14 -0600 Report

As you look through all of the discussions on this site, you'll see a lot of helpful information on controlling your BS. However, to really do what is best for you, and to have a better chance at accomplishing that control, you really need to have a good relationship with your doctor - preferably an endocrinologist. He's ultimately the only one who can truly give you the information you need to get on track. Each person is different.

Armed with the best information from your doctor, then it falls on you to follow orders and do the right things. It's discouraging at times, I know. We all go through that at some time or another. But work with your doctor and read everything you can find regarding diabetes - on the Internet and in books.

Good luck! Hope you can get things under control very soon. It's most important to your health - your quality of life in the future.