By Mousey13 Latest Reply 2010-05-18 21:24:32 -0500
Started 2010-05-17 09:17:20 -0500

I contracted the flu last week, and ever since my numbers during the day, and including morning, have been very high. Less than 200, but high none the less. I tried to buy sugar free over the counter medication where I could. Does anyone know if this is normal? Do your numbers rise when you are not well? Can I expect them to lower as soon as I recover? They were very good beforehand.

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Dennis1963 2010-05-18 21:24:32 -0500 Report

Hello Mousey,
Mine rise when I am sick also, even from a cold it seems. It also seems much harder to get them under control then also.

Anonymous 2010-05-17 17:43:47 -0500 Report

i got a gloriously painful kidney infection awhile back and my sugar was through the roof.i'd eat a simple whole grain bread sandwich w/ham slice and swiss(no dressing even)and my sugars would hold above 170 just from that for over 4hrs easily.they absolutely improved immediately after antibiotics kicked in.everyones right about the water though it's critical to drink as much as possible to keep the sugar working through your system faster and out the other end if you know what i mean?!!!good luck you'll be fine

kdroberts 2010-05-17 09:44:22 -0500 Report

Yes, it's very common to have your numbers rise when you are sick and go back down when you are well.

GabbyPA 2010-05-17 09:43:25 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, being sick usually will raise your levels. Your body releases hormones to get working on your illness and that often causes a rise. Surgeries, infections, stress and even some medications will do that as well. You did great by choosing sugar free meds, and I am sure that helped considerably to keep them lower than they would have been.

Another reason that they tend to rise is that we are also out of our routine of eating, testing and exercise. Once you return to your routine you can expect them to return to where they were before. If they do not, you need to check with your doctor.

Make sure you drink lots of water to help with the higher numbers and to keep you hydrated. There are some discussions on creating a "sick day" kit for yourself. You might want to do that for future use.
Here is some more information:


Feel better soon

Mousey13 2010-05-17 10:14:47 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby. This was very helpful. I didn't know surgeries had an effect as well. I had gum surgery about 5 days before I started to not feel well.

GabbyPA 2010-05-17 13:45:57 -0500 Report

Ouch, double whammy! No wonder you are out of sorts. So many things affect us. That is why I find our bodies so amazing. One their own, when they are working right, they take care of all of these things...medicine has a long way to go to catch up with the creator.