pain and Blood Sugars

By Sarguillo Latest Reply 2009-03-22 12:59:23 -0500
Started 2009-03-16 11:36:09 -0500

Since I am now logging and keeping better numbers, I can go back and look for common effects that might be raising my numbers. We all know stress can and does effect your BS. I was in pain the last few days and have noticed that my control was not as tight as previous. Anyone have any comments about pain and BS??

12 replies

Mantra 2009-03-22 12:56:42 -0500 Report

that's what's happening to my Mom. Sadly though she's recovering from toe amputation because of foot ulcer, the wound is still not healed…and the wound is sometimes still very painful and when she's in pain her BS level is very high. It is really frustrating and worrying

lipsie 2009-03-22 12:59:23 -0500 Report

I am very sorry to hear that, that is very hard when a loved one is hurting like that, or ill at that. Wish her well. Sheila

DonnaAnn 2009-03-19 05:56:11 -0500 Report

I find that learning how to breath helps.Proper breathing and relaxtion techniques really do work. Also, such work outs such as Tia Chia and yoga are really good. I myself like the Tia Chia the best. You will feel more relaxed and your numbers will come back down.

2009-03-17 23:13:04 -0500 Report

The 3 biggest things that send my sugar sky high are: pain, fever, and STRESS!!!

sparkysmom 2009-03-17 09:24:12 -0500 Report

I have chronic pain and am in a pain management program. I know when the pain is bad the numbers soar. My MIL has lived with us for 20+ years now and the stress can make the numbers soar too.

cathy706 2009-03-17 09:00:47 -0500 Report

My husband has diabeties and believe me pain has a lot to do with your numbers. He drives an 18 wheeler and was in an accident on April 12, 2008. Since then he has been on wc and it has been nothing but problems. Because he can't do what he would really like to do becasue of pain, his numbers have gone from being anywhere from 95 to 130 up to 250 to 350. He still watches what he eats but sometimes the pain is bad. He injured his back and both thumbs when he qripped the steering wheel. Have you ever had a doctor tell you that pain has nothing to do with your BS? One told my husband and let me tell you; I told that doctor off and we haven't seen him again. This doctor was a wc doctor. What's up with doctors teling you that you need to be between 90 and 110 all the time. It should be based on your individual weight, eating habits, and health; not on some nationl average. Just watching what my husband goes thur every day is hard on me. I work just as hard as he does in trying to help him keep his sugar low and controled by pills. He's not allowed to drive with prescription needles on the truck. Really doesn't make since. Many people drive with their kits (containing needles)every day. I hope that when your dealing with the pain that you have better luck than us in controlling it.

2009-03-17 23:11:58 -0500 Report

Cathy, I know it sucks, that insulin dependent people can't hold CDL's anymore, nor can aircraft pilots fly. It's basically an issue of low's. Just wait til they start that with regular drivers licenses!! Let's hope it doesn't happen!

lipsie 2009-03-17 03:28:31 -0500 Report

Oh yes pain and strss definately effects my sugars! If you are under stress/pain maybe there's medication that could helpl reduce it so your sugars don't go outta wack and so you feel better in general? Good luck! Sheila

rbergman 2009-03-16 22:30:23 -0500 Report

I agree that pain effects our readings, I also think it may partially be because we don't get enough exercise when we are in pain, which burns calories and lowers BGL's. I'm sure there are other reasons pain is associated with higher numbers too though, I know when I had the stomach flu I had some lower numbers but only because I wasn't eating as soon as I felt like eating but was still hurting I had higher numbers again even though I wasn't eating much, once the flu ran it's course I saw a drop in levels.

caspersmama 2009-03-16 11:57:17 -0500 Report

Oh yes. I have back problems and when I am in pain my BS numbers are high until I can get it controlled with my pain meds. It also affects my blood pressure too and I take Diovan HCT for that. If I am high when I go to Dr. appt. the first question they ask " are you in pain". Sometimes they will give me a shot and then re check everything. Wished that worked for my high weight. LOL

jsd2005 2009-03-16 11:56:10 -0500 Report

You might read my article on stress and diabetes. I agree stress is a big factor and pain is definitely stress. I hope you get that under control as it can affect blood pressure also.
Good luck, let us know how it goes.

2009-03-16 12:16:36 -0500 Report

I certainly agree with you. When I am under stress, or having alot of leg and knee pain due to my arthritis, my levels are really off. I, too, take medication for high blood pressure. It seems that everything can be related.

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