Pain and Higher Blood Sugar Levels

By MaxieFo Latest Reply 2014-11-10 14:26:31 -0600
Started 2014-11-03 12:49:41 -0600

I have been experiencing an increase in pain and I noticed that my blood sugar levels are higher; although still within the goal range set for me. I have been eating a little less carbs than my carb allowance is, so the increase concerns me. Can an increase in ones pain level cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

6 replies

hjeanpat71 2014-11-10 14:26:31 -0600 Report

I am sorry that you are experiencing pain! From the information I have gathered due to my son having Type 1 is that there are many things that can cause blood sugars to rise. Stress/Pain is one of those things. I bet once you get control of your pain then your sugars will balance out. If you would like more information from award winning diabetes educators and health professionals go to
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Anonymous 2014-11-08 09:12:03 -0600 Report

He's, levels are higher when you are pain of any kind. Hope I can find ways to control pain and stress especial chronic pain.

Pegsy 2014-11-04 16:23:19 -0600 Report

I can vouch for higher glucose when in pain or under high stress. Two major, recent events showed me without a doubt that those things affect my glucose, at least in the short term. I hope you are able to get help finding a solution for managing your pain and stress, especially if it is chronic. It definitely does have an impact. I hope you feel much better soon.

jayabee52 2014-11-04 04:48:36 -0600 Report

Howdy Maxie
Wnen anyone has pain, our bodies pumps out cortisol, a stress hormone. That in turn causes a rise in glucose (sugar) in the blood.

For those who are gluco-normal, it is not a problem as the pancreas does its thing and keeps the BG under control.

For those of us who have diabetes, that becomes a problem as our insulin response is messed up or is ineffective due to insulin resistance.

So yes, pain will do that to you. In fact any kind of stress (even so called good stress) will do that to you.

God's best to you


Glucerna 2014-11-03 15:27:50 -0600 Report

According to the American Diabetes Association, pain causes stress in your body, and stress causes the release of hormones that raise blood sugar levels. Talk with your physician about how you can best manage both pain and blood sugar levels, and I hope you feel better soon. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 13:00:22 -0600 Report

Our bodies react to pain and infection with giving you more energy to deal with it, and that usually will raise levels. It can be a little or a lot, depending on the stress that you experiencing with what ever is bothering you at the time. Even poor sleep and raise our levels and that often goes with pain. It can be hard to balance out.