crazy sugars when sick?!

By Danni-the-diabetic Latest Reply 2010-01-22 03:59:43 -0600
Started 2010-01-15 00:45:03 -0600

My sugars are crazy enough as they are, but for the past day or two my whole body has been hurting (except like now, when Im good on the night meds), it even hurts to carry a water bottle around the house - ok, so I have the sore throat, body aches and upset stomach and my sugar was 201, I took 4u. of insulin, didnt eat, and two hours later it was 235. It did this yesterday too…what the heck! It's never been this crazy before (of course, Ive never checked my sugars as often as I do now.). So is this normal when you're sick? Because, Oh my goodness! This is frusterating!!

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Troy's Mom
Troy's Mom 2010-01-22 03:59:43 -0600 Report

Troy was just sick and still getting over it this week. His sugars were crazy too. I was confused and out loud said "what is going on" and my husband said "it's because he is sick." I said "oh ya his numbers are always crazy when he is sick." Now that he is feeling better his numbers are getting better too. Thank-God

Chad1978 2010-01-19 13:16:37 -0600 Report

I think the best thing to do when this happens is to talk to your endocrinologist, and follow their advice.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-21 11:23:11 -0600 Report

That's the prob, I dont have an endro. and I think I am bugging my nurse practitioner too much over other things lol, so that's why I really look forward to all of your opinions and advice. :)

Zisa 2010-01-19 00:41:19 -0600 Report

Hello…sorry to hear that you're having such difficulty controlling your blood sugars. The nurse educators and doctors always advise more frequent testing for good reason, better control.
I'm in a similar situation, having had surgery on my spine on 1/12. The pain makes the blood sugars rise.
You're doing a good job tightening the control and your body will recover (perhaps a little slower than some) and each time you learn how best to take care of yourself.
Best wishes.

christynina 2010-01-18 10:02:40 -0600 Report

My 16 year old has low blood sugar and had bronchitis about two weeks ago. It was crazy!! It didn't matter what we did her bs would not stabalize. It is so hard to see a person go through this. But if you just hang in there, it will get better. This also happens when she is stressed about things. Try to keep it as normal as possible and just accept the fact that you are sick and need some extra care.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-16 00:55:03 -0600 Report

Thank you all. It just gets frusterating…I have infections from cuts too, so I guess that doesnt help. I didnt realize that their was so much I didn't know or understand about diabtes, so thank you, again.

allan1414 2010-01-17 13:08:27 -0600 Report

When you get an infection, your liver puts out sugar so your body has the energy to fight the infection. That is why your blood sugars become elevated. But the cells of your body need to absorb that sugar from the blood and for that they need insulin. Insulin is a mediator that causes the cells (including the white blood cells that fight infections) to take in the sugar and consume it in their quest to quell the infection. I need more insulin when I am sick and I need to check my bs a lot more frequently!

AddassaMari 2010-01-15 08:17:32 -0600 Report

Also you should know that when you are sick, your meds are not as effective and like everyone has said so far, you may not feel like it, but you have to feed your body and make sure to drink plenty of water. to keep your body well hydrated and help your immune system to work better.

Hope you feel better soon,

Hinboyz3 2010-01-15 06:36:31 -0600 Report

Just be aware that when your sick bloodsugars take a spike in the readings. Sorry your under the weather hope your feeling better soon take care and push that water all day.

cc9 2010-01-15 02:54:31 -0600 Report

yes danni. your sugars being all over the place is a sign that something is not going ok. i have been battling high sugars since before xmas and have seen doc a few times bec i had an infection. i was so busy and stressed out at work the my body was run down and whammo…the infection worked its way through the lymphatic system. still battling an infection and on the fourth different type of antibiotics.
its necessary for you to monitor your bsl more frequently when you are sick. and dont be complacent about your infection,ok?

Roger1966 2010-01-15 01:08:29 -0600 Report

Dani if you have an infection of some type or are fighting one it will definitely raise you blood sugars across the board. If you keep your sugar levels high it will be much harder to fight the infection. Why? you ask. What would you like most if you were a growing multiplying new infection? Food to nourish yourself to let you do all of the nasty things that healthy germs do. Glucose (sugar) is what to a germ? The easiest food to get and use. The higher your blood sugar is the bigger the germs all you can eat buffet..

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