Infections and blood sugars

By websterladyj01570 Latest Reply 2017-01-25 21:56:58 -0600
Started 2017-01-23 10:05:01 -0600

I recently had carpal tunnel release surgery and my incision got infected. Since then my blood sugars have been really high and the doctor has raised my insulin intake and I have been on antibiotics. Does anyone else have these issues.

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onafixedincome 2017-01-25 21:56:58 -0600 Report

I just had the same surgery, but without the infection (hope yours is resolving swiftly and successfully!); I've also noticed that I'm using more insulin and having more stress overall (very frustrating to not have the use of one hand, a sobering thought when you think about your legs!). I know that I'm testing more and coming back higher than my 'usual', although as the hand heals the last bit and starts in on rehab, that's improving.

Careful diet, careful exercise and WATER!! Finding it's so easy to get dehydrated, and hard to get 'caught up', I've gone back to a goal of a gallon a day, and that is helping.

Keep that hand reasonably warm—not toasty hot, but warm enough to keep circulation normal, and do the hand exercises you can, as per the doctor's advice. Remember that circulation generally brings healing, so make it easy for your hand to do.

Good luck, it WILL HEAL!!

And stay on your doctor about the infection, and don't feel bad or odd about doing it. This is your HAND you're talking about, it's important and you have the right to be concerned.

HUGS and keep us posted!

Type1Lou 2017-01-24 08:54:28 -0600 Report

To add to what Gabby said, whenever I'm fighting any kind of infection, my insulin needs increase by about 25%…and certain medications may also increase your BG, requiring more insulin.

websterladyj01570 2017-01-24 11:53:35 -0600 Report

I notice that since I have had this infection I have been taking more insulin. But my body is also so very tired

GabbyPA 2017-01-24 08:12:57 -0600 Report

Any time your body is under stress, sugars will tend to rise. Infection is a stressor and until it's cleared, taking action may be needed. Sometimes the antibiotics are also steroids, and those too can raise your levels.