do you think I will be okay?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2009-03-10 13:36:55 -0500
Started 2009-03-08 15:27:17 -0500

I have type 2, just came off Metformin, doing fine and now I have a sinus infection. No fever, just that awful sore throat, awful congestion (to which I can take nothing for as they all say ask a doctor if you have diabetes) so I used a Breathe Right strip last night so I could sleep. I just have that overall ;sick' feeling that I alwys have with these since I have chronic sinusitis. I doubt my allergy doctor will see me tomorrow, but i am calling first thing. The last thing I want is out of control BS. So far it is fine. I'm drinking lots of water, eating well enough. Don't feel like exercising. I hope I will be okay until Tuesday or whenever he can see me.

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Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-03-10 13:36:55 -0500 Report

As one concerned diabetic to another I would be remiss if I didn't add that in all medical problems you should always refer the question to your personal doctor. He knows you best.

lipsie 2009-03-09 00:10:24 -0500 Report

I am sorry you are feeling miserable. I actually have a sinus and breathing I guess infection of some kind, he did not say..I have COPD, ashthma, anyhow I am on a antibotic now with Prednisone and argh that Prednisone can mess with your sugars being high, have had to take lots of shots this last couple days. I just wanted to tell you I REALLY feel for you, hang in there and I am sure you'll get medication soon enough. Sheila Good luck!

tabby9146 2009-03-09 11:41:17 -0500 Report

I'm sorry Lipsie, that you have all of that. I am not so nervous now about my BS going crazy, because I finally called a pharmacist yesterday after posting that, and he said since I am off Metformin and it is still controlled, I could take so many things. He reommended Sudafed but it did not help with my congestion. So this morning, I called my allergy doctor's office he will be out of town and I can't go in until thursday! He does not ever call in antibiotics. I wish he did. They recommended regular Mucinex, not 'D' but just Mucinex, even tho it says for chest congestion (mine is head congestion) they say it works. So I am getting ready to go out and get that. They told me if I did not feel better, just to call and they could do something. this is just my first time being sick knowing I have diabetes, so still concerned about it.

BeckyJ 2009-03-09 11:51:35 -0500 Report

Just to let you know, the Mucinex does help with head congestion even though it says chest…have used this one a lot in the past.I get sinus infections pretty regularly and they usually hit on the weekends when I can't get the Doc to call me something out. You may also want to get some saline spray…JUST Saline and use it to rinse your sinuses it's amazing how much better you'll feel. Also it may not say on the box (can't remember and don't have it in front of me) but when taking the Mucinex make sure you drink plenty of water. It will dry your throat out terrible once it starts working. Good Luck Sorry you aren't feeling well.

tabby9146 2009-03-10 12:28:35 -0500 Report

Thanks Becky I will try that too. The Mucinex has really helped a lot! Now I won't am not feeling quite as bad. Don't know what all I was so worried about, if BS has been fine these past 3 days, I think it will continue to be. At least I can eat and I have my appetite.

jsd2005 2009-03-08 18:21:53 -0500 Report

sounds as if you might need an antibiotic. Sinus infections can be chronic and flare up at any time. An antibiotic is really the only way to knock the thing. Call your Dr and make an appointment to see him.

Otherwise, the only thing I'm aware of that is okay to take is Mucinex. Walmart has a generic called mucus relief sinus and it is much cheaper, but the same thing. How about coricidin D? Does anyone know if it has the same warning as all other sinus meds? I'm not sure without seeing the bottle. the problem lies with the infection blood sugars can get very high and some sinus medications can cause further problems, such as raise blood pressure and blood sugars. Zyrtec may also be safe or safer than most.

You don't need to be miserable. If you are ill and your sugars are affected you can adjust in other ways to compensate for your higher sugar, or just treat it. At least until the acute phase of the illness is over.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-03-08 21:28:57 -0500 Report

you should call your Dr. in the morm, and if he can't see you for a few days ask to talk to the nurse. tell the nurse what is happening and if the Dr. can call in a prescription in for you. Ihave
done this on some occatios and have had a prescription called in.

2009-03-08 16:01:12 -0500 Report

I have sinus problems alot. For congestion my dr. suggested Mucinex D. My dr. has also prescribed me a antibotic for my sinus problems. The best thing to do is ask your dr. I'm sure you will be able to get some type of help so you won't have to suffer.

tabby9146 2009-03-08 15:52:19 -0500 Report

When you have a cold or sinus infection, what brand of decongestant is safe to take? I really need one "today" don't want to wait until tomorrow and my doctor's office will take forever to call me back. I wonder if my pharmacist would know. On the back of every single one, they say if you have diabetes, consult your doctor first. argh!

DiabetesDiva 2009-03-10 13:22:01 -0500 Report

I had a series of sinus infections that lasted 2 years. My ENT suggested I use NeilMed Sinus Rinse. I wasn't diabetic at the time, but it's just distilled water and saline. It works wonders and you can find it at Walmart, Walgreens and more. I was on antibiotics & steroids. It's been over a year since I had an infection.


tabby9146 2009-03-08 15:31:33 -0500 Report

Oh I can call the diabetes specialist at the place where I took my classes. They can tell me which decongestants I can take. But I have to wait until tomorrow!

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