Today I became Insulin dependent

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-10-30 21:04:58 -0500
Started 2014-10-29 17:32:31 -0500

I have been a type 2 diabetic since June 2008. I managed very well and kept my levels between 100-120. Then had to see a spine specialist and a ENT specialist. I was put on Gabapentin and Nortriptylin. Since then my levels have been 250 to 450 and once was 510. With the help of my family physician we figured out what was causing the spikes and now I am off both meds. The results though is that I am now on insulin. Novolog Flexpen short acting during the day and Lantus long acting that I use before bedtime. Do I need to refrigerate these and is there a carry case available somewhere for traveling. Although I have been a diabetic for years, this is a whole new way of living for me. Thanks

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GabbyPA 2014-10-30 06:42:52 -0500 Report

Your pharmacist may also be able to tell you how to store your meds. It should be on the box or the paper that they hand out with your meds on how to store and take it.

We are close in our time of diagnosis. I was in March of 2008. I have been on insulin now for about 1 1/2 years. It is an adjustment, but one that I welcomed because with weight loss, increased activity, meds and a huge change in diet, I really cold not get my numbers down. Insulin helps me a lot, though I have started to gain weight again. I just have to work harder on that part.

I don't understand though, if the meds you were taking were causing the rise, and you are not taking them now, why add the insulin? If the problem is removed, can't you return to what you were doing to get the levels back down?

BreC 2014-10-30 19:10:34 -0500 Report

Gabby, sometimes and for some people a medication can send their body into shock and simply removing the meds doesn't remedy the problem it caused. I started having a lot of problems with my back and my doctor sent me to a spine specialist after a MRI showed that I have 1 protruding disc and many bulging disc. This along with other issues I have with my back. I was told that surgery won't help and was put on meds to help with the pain and also went to physical therapy. Also about the same time I started having what I thought was very bad earaches. Again my doctor sent me to a ear, nose, throat specialist. This doctor sent me to a neurologist. After testing it was determined that I have occipital neuralgia. The ENT also said that my vocal cords are precancerous. Through the 3 doctors I was put on Gabapentin, Nortriptlin, and steroids. When we started looking into when my sugars went outta whack, we penned it down to the newest meds I was taken off the Nortriptylin and put on Topamax. Didn't fix the problem but did ruin my taste for coffee and anything with caffeine in it. Either way, I kinda expected to eventually be on insulin, just got there sooner than I thought.

GabbyPA 2014-10-30 20:03:55 -0500 Report

Just goes to show that our bodies are in a delicate balance and it doesn't take much get it all messed up.

Glucerna 2014-10-29 18:09:31 -0500 Report

I'm glad you and your doctors figured out what was causing the increased blood sugar levels. It's an adjustment to use insulin, and you can work with a diabetes educator to help you learn more about how the two different insulins work and to answer your questions. has a wealth of information, and they recommend this for storage:
NovoLog® should be stored in the refrigerator—between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F)—until first use. Do not freeze. NovoLog® FlexPen®, PenFill® cartridges and vials that are in use may be kept at room temperature—below 30°C (86°F)—for up to 28 days and does not have to be refrigerated. Do not store NovoLog® in areas of extreme moisture and where there may be extreme temperatures, such as in a freezer or car. has info on Lantus and they have similar recommendations for storage. You can also check with your physician and/or pharmacist about storing insulin. ~Lynn @Glucerna

BreC 2014-10-29 18:24:35 -0500 Report

Glucerna, thank you. My world has changed. I have a very good doctor and as I sat crying in the room he and 2 of his nurses gave me a hug and reassured me that we will work this out together.