Diabetes and Prednisone

By Sherrance Latest Reply 2010-04-08 12:23:43 -0500
Started 2010-01-16 11:51:57 -0600

I saw a PA when I became ill in October. I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I was given two different rounds of prednisone. On the 3rd visit with the PA, I complained about thrush and related that with the prednisone and being diabetic. Her response was "oh, are you a diabetic" At my 5th visit finally with my PCP, I found out I had unresolved pneumonia. I told her what happened. I don't think I should have been given prednisone. I gained 20 pounds, my sugars went sky high (500). Now I feel angry about the whole thing. I am a type II, I have lost the weight and my sugars are back to normal now. I had to go on extra meds (actos) which made my ankles, calves and feet swell. I am now off of that and everything is back to normal. It's been about a 3 month ordeal!

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pablito805 2010-04-08 12:23:43 -0500 Report

I'm a type II and my Blood Sugars were under control for a long time. I then was told that i need to watch my kidneys and was sent to a kidney specialist and he put me on Prednisone and now my Blood sugars are all out of wack. I had never hit 600 let alone 200. Its been about 2 months and i haven't been able to get it under 200 during lunch and dinner time. Mornings are fine. I'm even taking 70/30 and some Regular R. Doc said i'm on this because i have protein spilling into my urine and kidneys are at stage 2. Wants to prevent further damage.

ptsparkle 2010-01-16 15:54:38 -0600 Report

I agree with Harlen, Always carry with you your meds list and dosages, especially for first time visits. We all have to remember that WE are in control of our health, and the Drs. are working for and being paid for by us. Write down any and all questions/problems you have when visiting Dr. so you don't forget. Good luck

Sherrance 2010-01-17 13:58:13 -0600 Report

She had my chart. I assumed she looked at it. I have been going there for 10 years +. The important thing is that I lost the weight, my sugars are back to normal, and I don't have to take that extra medicine! :)

Zimoss 2010-01-16 12:32:00 -0600 Report

I ended up in the ER after taking prednisone that I was given even though I told the doctor I was a diabetic. My Blood sugar was almost 800 and I spent the night getting my finger gouged and a shot of insulin every hour all night long.

sometimes there is a need for steroids even when you are diabetic, but make sure to use caution.

Harlen 2010-01-16 12:07:37 -0600 Report

I am so sorry you had to go thrue that
For me the first thing I do when I see a new doc is let them know that I am a diabetec and all the meds I can not take
If I was you I would do the same
Best wishes

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