DKA twice but I don't want to take my insulin !

By TRDAY Latest Reply 2014-09-12 23:00:37 -0500
Started 2014-09-07 17:55:08 -0500

I just got out of the hospital labor day , I am on reg insulin before meals & lantus morning & bed . While in the hospital my legs were fine now that I am back to work and even on my day off my legs swell so bad and hurt to even touch my left leg looks like it could pop at any time . I'm so depressed , not sure what is worse DKA or legs .

8 replies

Sapphiregirl 2014-09-10 11:21:38 -0500 Report

Hope you are feeling better today. I take lanus also, and it is very expensive even with insurance. I noticed swelling in my left leg recently, will discuss with my doctor.

GabbyPA 2014-09-08 10:39:18 -0500 Report

I don't understand. Your insulin is causing your swelling? Is there something else that might be the cause?

TooSweet60 2014-09-07 19:06:54 -0500 Report

Wish you the best on your visit on 16th, Every doc I have has a different reason, the lasix helps but watch your potassium. My legs look like if i stuck a pin in one at times I fly all crazy in circles like a balloon from east coast to west. It hurts so bad, I developed more swelling on Lantus, I was about to stop Lasix, now its being increased, wonder if its dangerous sweeling or a side effect that will pass. I hope I dont want to gain weight, I dont know how to eat only 60g carbs a day the lantus has helped some pin blurred vision and numbers improving. I get it at no cost through a program I pray the swelling stops. I will be praying for you. You take care, I do wish you the best

TooSweet60 2014-09-07 18:16:15 -0500 Report

Im so sorry to here about your DKA and swelling, On Lantus 30u started at 18, when I hit 30 my legs and feet swell and hurt. Doc increased my lasix from 40 to 80. I had swelling prior to Lantus here n there they said from venous stasis from uncontrolled diabetes. So now more swelling and red feet ankles and lower legs…belly a bit swollen but I have enlarged liver as well wonder why we have the swelling. Wish you well!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-10 12:19:55 -0500 Report

I posted I lengthy reply to TRDAY's reply to your post. Just in case you don't see a notification from it. You might be interested in my reply. Sorry you are a fellow sufferer of venous stasis.

TRDAY 2014-09-07 18:42:43 -0500 Report

Thank u , drs say it's my veins too . I go back to the Dr 16th hope to get back on lasix too .

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-10 12:17:11 -0500 Report

I am a tad confussed. Why did your Dr. decide the diabetes was the cause of your venous stasis?
After my legs did the lets swell like 4 sizes larger than normal, followed by cellulites, leg ulcers, and MRSA (thrown in to just make everything so much more fun) I have made it a part time hobby to google the latest medical site info on venous stasis. Diabetes isn't even in the top 9 reasons for venous stasis.
From John Hopkins
Chronic venous insufficiency is more common among those who are obese, pregnant, or who have a family history of the problem. Individuals who have had trauma to the leg through injury, surgery, or previous blood clots are also more likely to develop the condition.
Other causes of chronic venous insufficiency include, but are not limited to, the following:

•High blood pressure in the leg veins over a long time, due to sitting or standing for prolonged periods

•Lack of exercise


•Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the calf or thigh)

•Phlebitis (swelling and inflammation of a superficial vein, usually in the legs)

My cause was leaky leg veins that let the blood accumulate in my legs. The leaky veins were most likely inherited form my father and his grandfather.
Here is a link to the John Hopkins web page discussing Venous stasis

The Cleveland Clinic also has these causes of Chronic Vein Insufficiency
CVI most commonly occurs as the result of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, a disease known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). CVI also results from pelvic tumors and vascular malformations, and sometimes occurs for unknown reasons. Failure of the valves in leg veins to hold blood against gravity leads to sluggish movement of blood out of the veins, resulting in swollen legs.

Chronic venous insufficiency that develops as a result of DVT is also known as post-thrombotic syndrome. As many as 30 percent of people with DVT will develop this problem within 10 years after diagnosis.

Here is the link for their web page
The Cleveland clinic mentions "pelvic tumors" as a contributing factor. Both my GP and my Vascular surgeon agreed that a large uterine fibroid made my venous problem worse. So I had a couple of factors that lead to my disaster
But there are other reasons legs swell and what works for one cause may not help with another. Has the Dr ruled out issues with the lymph system?
Sorry I am a little tired right now (worked the equivalent of 7 shifts over the last 6 days) and other than venous stasis, lymphedemea, and heart problems I cannot remember a few of the other main causes of legs swelling.
Compression stockings really help. I need to wear thigh high ones if I am out of bed for longer than it takes to take a shower. This is even after having vein ablation surgeries.
Wish you the best on the 16th.