blood sugar discouraged

christine s
By christine s Latest Reply 2012-04-02 14:03:12 -0500
Started 2009-08-04 15:48:51 -0500

Hello everyone… I am writing because I am having issues with my BS no matter what time I take it… it is always not normal stage on my monitor. I have expressed concerns with my dr and she put me on Metformin xr. I hate the med it makes me sick and causes hot flashes. I absolutely feel like I am going through menopause, I want a new med and want my BS A1C redone but she said not until Sept which I am trying to get it done sooner than later. My BS ranges anywhere from 134-236 even after meals and before. I am not sure about Kidney function but I do know that I am having serious stomach aches all the time in the lower quadrant of my abdomen sometimes I feel pain in my lower back and I am worried that something is wrong. If anyone can give me advice or if you are taking the same med as me can you please enlighten me somehow and give me adviice on how to approach this with my dr. I would greatly appreciate it

20 replies

Caroltoo 2012-04-02 14:03:12 -0500 Report

If you want to check your A1c and can't get your doctor to order it, buy an OTC version at Walmart or Longs. Bayer has one that you use for 2 tests for around $20, Walmart has a one test version for $8. It may help you decide how you want to deal with your doctor and will let you know how the last 3 months have gone.

You sound like you have some issues that your doctor needs to deal with. I'd be inclined to make an appointment and have a face to face where I said I needed help now, not in six months, or I will find another doctor. Might do a little homework before taking this stance … do be sure there is another doctor in your area who is accepting clients.

BucklesC 2012-04-02 13:16:08 -0500 Report

Christine S regarding your 8/4/09 posting. It has been quite a while since you posted this and I really don't want to scare you, but please, please insist that your doctor check your pancreas. Many of your syptoms are similar to those my sister suffered with and was finally diagnoses with Pancreactic Cancer.

katt61569 2009-09-22 18:54:59 -0500 Report

I was throwing up from metformine and found it caused colitist was hospitalised for 4 days and was immediatly changed to glyburide and haven't been sick since …if possible you might want to change to a dr that will listen better to you, because if you are throwing up constanly something isn't right.

katt61569 2009-09-22 19:00:04 -0500 Report

I have also found sugar free cheese cake flavored instant pudding at walmart that is really really good you cn try instead of jello all the time.

gwen57 2009-08-05 13:47:58 -0500 Report

i am from mo and my suggestion is first of all the dr knows best,second change doctors get a second opinion

Antique-Dave 2009-08-05 13:20:19 -0500 Report

I believe in adding fiber to offset the effects of the Met, even now if I don't take my metamucil for a couple days I start having some GI issues to remind me.

It took the met almost 2 months to kick in for me, started at 1000 per day and upped to 2000 per day.

you can do a mail in A1C that you buy at wal-mart for 9.00 and the meijer pharmacy does a clinic monthly where you can get an A1C a lipid profile or a Liver enzyme test for 25.00

On those now rare occassions when my sugar jumps up to a higher number I'll drink a glass of water with a tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar and it has a pretty quick effect for me. You really have to sip it and I put in 2 packets of stevia to help kill the taste.

When I feel low and anything under 90 feels that way to me I'll eat one of those fiber one bars, it helps to fill the void and it brings my numbers up more slowly then orange juice.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-05 18:33:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for the tips! I also tried a small piece of watermelon as a friend of mine said that even if it was a no-no for most, she could eat it without raising hers and it didn't raise mine either! But let me eat some white potatoes and it jumps up there 60 points, which I find too high. Thanks PR

Inkaddiction 2009-08-04 23:34:42 -0500 Report

I was on Metformin the regular and the XR for over a year, it made me so sick, I finally had it when my 12 hr fasting BS were around 250 and a day out on the boat was spent with me hanging my butt over the side more than fishing, the tablets were coming out just like they went in
If your Dr isnt listening, find a new one, its so importnt to have a medical team that cares and will listen and support you
Best of luck

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-04 21:27:32 -0500 Report

AIC;s are done every 3 months for everyone, I think, at least that is what I have HEARD! Since they are an average of those 3 months, I suppose it wouldn't be worthwhile to have it done more often. I am on medicare and doubt if it would pay for any more often anyway!

I have been 3 years in experimenting with foods, exercise and finally, in losing weight, but it still jumps up if I CHEAT even a tiny bit! At first it made me so angry I HATE to be closely monitored, even by myself, but am getting used to that too. It has been a SLOW progress downwards, BUT for the most part, these past 2 weeks has been lower overall, than it has been for these 3 years. This is just my story, mine wasn't over 190 anyway, yet it was so persistant!!! But the past 2 or 3 days, it was in the 80's which shocked and surprised me!! So, don't give up, it can be a persistant little feller!! might as well laugh, I am so tired of feeling BUM!!! Best Wishes!! PR

christine s
christine s 2009-08-04 22:36:39 -0500 Report

as far as excersise I have Fibromyalgia on top of the diabetes and it is very hard for me to do anything I try to walk but then my asthma kicks in. My diet consists of sugar free and kashi products. I have not had my period for over 5 months now and I am not sure why sorry guys. I have asked her why and she says it is the meds I am on. But some how I can not believe that the meds I have been on for a while would make it that way.Does anyone else have this problem??? I notice that any activity makes me bottom out to lower than 70 and I am sick and have to drink 4 oz of orange juice. Then it jumps up to 190 which should not happen not in my case. I take Metformin in the morning with my cereal. I gave up on 1% milk and went straight to skim milk per dr's orders. I am drinking diet soda but only 1 or 2 a day and that is spaced out. I would drink water instead. I also have learned to eat less and it consists of soup but the healthy choice, fish with lemon and pepper, I also eat a lot of chicken and it is broiled or I lean on my george forman for that. Meat is lean and thin cut. I try not to eat out or fried foods. I am just aggravated that my dr is not listening. I have tracked my BS for the last 2 months for her and with the Met I have been on it for over 2 months and still I keep bottoming out or have high numbers and that is when my stomach really hurt. Tommorrow my kids see my dr so I think I will bring it up to her about Met I think it really is not working for me I am scared to death of insulin and hope I never have to go that route. For a nice treat for me is sugar free jello and that seems to cure my sweet tooth. I hope everyone has a great night and thank you for all the coments and suggestions I really appreciate it

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-05 11:00:27 -0500 Report

I am so fortunate that my Metformin 750 seems to be doing its job, I have had so many stomach and colon issues that I don't think there is anything new, or worse, If I can just keep the bowels going I can avoid a lot if gas and vomiting—But that is the way that I have always been so don't think my meds have anything to do with it, other than to complicate my poor colon issues of constipation, ALWAYS has been an issue with me, some of my first memories, in fact, so getting older hasn't held too many surprises for me!

As for the missed periods, your diet sounds so strict—-could it be that you have lost weight till it has affected them? I have heard of such, not been an issue with me, however, so GOOD LUCK and GOD BLESS YOU!!! An older friend, PR

Harlen 2009-08-04 19:39:36 -0500 Report

sorry your not doing well
A1c are done every 3 months or the ins will not pay for it .
I would ask my Doc for something other then what your on
Hope you feel better soon

kdroberts 2009-08-04 21:32:13 -0500 Report

That's what they would have you believe but you can pretty much get an A1c covered by insurance whenever you want. However, unless you are making major changes to your treatment, having one more often than every 3 months is largely pointless.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-04 21:48:26 -0500 Report

Since you are so sharp, is crackles in the lower lobe of my left lung, another term for pneumonia! My temp fluctuates, my throat and chest still burn and get little chills now and then, but NO runny nose or much cough! MY thoughts are, that the sinus drainage goes down the back of my throat, then collects in my lung, as I have a hard time getting it loose and coughed up, it seems to just lay there and burn! Does this make sense to you? Thanks PR

mamaoak 2009-08-04 18:54:54 -0500 Report

i take it with my meals in between what i eat .dont know when you take it. but i feel like a drunk all the time . watch your diet as well. try no potatoes just yams are beeter no white ones vege and fruit and meat. hope you can get some answers from your dr.

kdroberts 2009-08-04 18:54:09 -0500 Report

All the things you mention are common side effects of metformin which should pass or get better. If not you may need to look at other medications.

Regarding your blood sugar, what do you eat and what sort of physical activity do you do in a normal day?

caragypsy 2009-08-04 18:51:28 -0500 Report

I looked up the side effects on my med's this is the one on Metformin
Nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, or a metallic taste in the mouth may occur

GabbyPA 2009-08-04 17:47:07 -0500 Report

I would recommend doing some research on your medicine and see if the typical side effects are what you are experiencing. Metformin can be rough on the tummy. The reason she may not want to do another test is to allow the metformin to work. It can take up to 6 weeks for it to start working in any measurable way.

Get your doctor to listen to you by having more than a vague mention of things. I go in with a list and data that I have logged on myself to back up my questions or suggestions. I have been working over a year to get my BS lower. Diet, exercise, supplements, and meds have all played a part, but it took patience to get there. I still have levels that I wold like to see lower, but I have come a long way.

So keep a log of how you feel, what you eat, what your numbers are, any stress or joys you have. I do a monthly average of my carbs, fats, proteins, sodium, calories, fasting BS, before lunch BS and before bed BS along with my exercise. I also track my weight and a lot of my moods are reflected in my notes in my log book. This way, I go in armed to give them data on me....not the average diabetic. My goal is to get help for me....not the average diabetic. So keep on trying, but have a little patience. You gotta do your homework as well.