Diabetes is out of control

By AnnHurts Latest Reply 2010-01-04 17:22:32 -0600
Started 2009-11-21 01:49:52 -0600

I just had a recent blood test and my doctor wants me to double my metformin. I am very distressed because I have been on the same dose for about 20 yrs. I really need some friends to help me get back on track.

17 replies

spiritwalker 2010-01-04 17:22:32 -0600 Report

As we age our bodies change. This is a great place to learn and share. I have been type2, for about 25 years. Other medical conditions and medications can and do affect diabetes. Take it a day at a time.

AnnHurts 2009-11-22 09:25:34 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone!!! I just need support. I have to quit smoking too. I have fibro, neuropathy in legs and in bladder and bowels from my rapidly disengrating spine. Also nerve damage from too failed back surgeries. I have so much damage, no more surgery for me.

I also get steroids in my spine and that will raise your bs count too.

Huggles to all,

p.s. anyone who wants to add me as a friend that is fine :-)

Harlen 2009-11-21 17:39:25 -0600 Report

You didnt do this to you its just the way is is
Give yourself a brake OK
Dont get mad
For you to have ben on the same thing for so long meens you have done a fantastic job way to go.
Best wishes

MHarris4now 2009-11-21 11:20:11 -0600 Report

I understand how you are feeling right now. Keep in mind that our bodies change over the years and that for 20 years you were able to keep to the same dosage of your Metformin. Also keep in mind that Metformin is a "beginner" drug to treat diabetes and that you haven't had to go up the chain to the stronger drugs for diabetes.
I noticed that my stress level was and is causing my blood glucose levels to be higher then I want them to be. I recently was told by my dentist that all of my upper teeth will have to be pulled and I'll be sporting a new full set of dentures on top! To add fuel to the fire, I need to have this done this year and into the new year because of my dental insurance plan. Finances being what they are, work conditions being what they are…well you can imagine the stress when I realized that I'm going to be needing some time off from work to heal before sticking teeth into my face. OUCH!
The point that I'm trying to make is that things have changed for all of us when it comes to stress…work, no work, lay-offs, no medical insurance for the things we need when the government health care goes into effect, higher prices for goods that we buy, and then add normal family problems!
I say add a little more exercise, take a deep breath, smile a little more and realize that it's only a small increase in your Metformin!
Hang in there and keep us posted on how great you are feeling in the weeks to come with your new meter readings!

rankearl 2009-11-21 11:10:44 -0600 Report

hang in there when i get stressed because of my pain my blood sugar soars we all have to make adjustments there are so many variables you have done well just keep at it good luck hugs julie

alanbossman 2009-11-21 08:46:40 -0600 Report

Hi Ann sounds like to me you did a great job for 20 years .Some whos diabetes change alot faster than yours. You did great for 20years and iam sure you will do the same in the next 20 years

Hinboyz3 2009-11-21 07:13:48 -0600 Report

Goodmorning Ann, To have been on the same dose for over 20 years, well you've been doing something really the right way. That's how my dad has been for over 22 years, and suddenly his doctor had to make an adjustment now he has to take his insulin 2 times a day. But he's doing just fine. And Im sure your will be fine too. Best of luck.

Susie624 2009-11-21 06:01:52 -0600 Report

you didnt say how high a doseage you was on but with the metformin we are still lucky because Im next is the shots, and I hope never to have to go there.Best of luck and hugs all around .

hbkunkel 2009-11-21 05:44:12 -0600 Report

I agree with everyone. If you have gone on 20 years without a change you are terrific:). Over time our bodies change and so does our diabetes. This is a minor bump in the road. Hugs to you.

imsuzie2 2009-11-21 04:38:31 -0600 Report

Ann, I can understand how upset the change in dose can be. I take 2 Metformin a day, and I have friends that take 3. you didn't mention the change, but I agree with Elrond. You have been doing great for 20 years, so a change might be just what you need. The last year or so, doc has been adjusting my Thyroid medication…dropping the dosage. Just wish it would make my metabolism work harder!

Elrond, want a few pounds? I have a few to spare! Hugs

Elrond 2009-11-21 03:29:04 -0600 Report

Hi Ann,
Unfortunately, diabetes tends to change over the years. In most cases it gradually gets worse. Nearly thirty years ago I was diagnosed as a type II diabetic and despite working hard to control it, I was recently 'upgraded' to type I. If you managed to control yours with the same dose for 20 years, it must be progressing very slowly. That's very good news. If you maintain on this new dose for another 20, you'll do very well. Just hang in there and keep doing what you've been doing.

AnnHurts 2009-11-21 03:35:38 -0600 Report

Elrond, thanks so much for the encouraging words. They made me feel much better. However, with all my other medical conditions, I know I have to really work at getting a handle on my diabetes.


Elrond 2009-11-21 04:22:05 -0600 Report

You don't list your other conditions but many diabetics have plenty. Overweight is common along with neurological and cardiac difficulties. I'm actually under weight and struggling to gain but I'm a rarity. I originally found out I was diabetic when I dropped 60 pounds in 6 months without trying.Believe me, trying to gain weight with diabetes isn't easy either. I can't just pour on the carbs for obvious reasons. And my heart trouble keeps me from significant exercise. Each of us seems to have a unique set of troubles and that's one reason for this site; we share the load. Advice is always good. Even if it doesn't help, it's nice to know somebody cares enough to try.

happi 2009-11-21 07:20:19 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 2 three years ago. Eventually got down to taking only 500 mg metformonj each day. The last six months blood glucose numbers start rising. Just last week glymepiride was added back in to my meds. Now numbers are back to normal. I too am a thin person. I am 5'8" 128 pounds ( I was 150 when diagnosed. I have been maintaining the 128 for 2 1/2 years, but recently lost 5 pound due to gall bladder surgery, flu and sinus infection. I do heavy cardio and weightlifting 5-6 days a week. Hope that I can get of the glym. soon. Good luck to you.

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