Not doing great.

By runthe Latest Reply 2010-10-02 11:48:13 -0500
Started 2010-09-20 19:59:11 -0500

Hello to all, i went to my primary care doc today and she lit into me really hard. She told me that she did not like my bg numbers or my A1C. I have not gain any weight which is good. My problem is that I don't eat enough or the right amt of foods. She said that I have to eat otherwise my levels will still stay high. I'm just not hungry a lot. I have been having great deal of pain and is so fatigue that all I want to do is sleep. She wants me to start drinking glucerna shakes to help with the nutrition. Also, my insulin was increased. Thanks for leeting me vent. hugs

26 replies

lsmischler 2010-09-29 09:59:43 -0500 Report

Hi I am very knew to this whole situation.But on top of it all,I have started pre-menopause,that is really playing havic on me.Have you had the problem of sugar crashing,because not enough carbs in your diet? Best of Luck to you

NanaMomNH 2010-09-25 09:03:56 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear that your not doing great. But have you gone to Diabetes Education classes? Or seen a Diatiction? I had no appetite also but since I took these classes and started to eat better and cound my carbs my nausea is gone. And now I can eat at regular times when I should. And I lost 10lbs so far, which is a miracle for me HA HA. I also exercise at a Wellness Center which has a Nurse there to help out. I hope you feel better soon, also why do you have pain and fatigue? Have you ever been tested for Fibromylagia and Chronic Fatigue? I had to search for a few years for a Dr. to finally test me and I did have Fibromylagia. Or do you have Sleep Apnea? Just putting this out there for you. Make sure you tell your Dr. about your pain and Fatigue! {{{{HUGS}}}} back to you!

runthe 2010-09-26 12:03:31 -0500 Report

Yes I do have Fibromylagia and rheumatoid atrhrits. i have not been tested for chronic fatigue of sleep apnea as of yet.

Nascarpam 2010-09-25 08:38:53 -0500 Report

Sorry to here that your numbers are high try the glucerna shakes and bars i drink three aday and eat a bar it has realy has help me let me know if it helpes you god bless you

MAYS 2010-09-24 15:19:05 -0500 Report

It's tough being a diabetic, at times you have to dig just a little deeper than you may feel that you can, but you must.

These links may prove to be helpful:

And your doctor is right, you must eat, when you do not, your body suffers due to stress, and your liver releases stored glucose (glycogen) into your bloodstream to help combat the stress, thereby raising your blood glucose levels.
This entire process is no good for a diabetic, it's tough, sometimes overwhelming, but you can do it.

Take it in steps, one meal at a time, one day at a time.
If I could only show you some of the things that I see on a daily basis pertaining to the complications of being a diabetic …


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-09-23 12:54:41 -0500 Report

Hi, sorry to hear that you got 'chewed out' by your doctor. This reminds me of my posting about how to motivate a diabetic to make lifestyle changes. Sounds like your doctor decided to be the bad cop instead of the good cop. On the positive side, it sounds like she is watching over your health carefully, and wants to do her best to help you to do your best. Sometimes when a healthcare professional treats us harshly, it can also be a wake up call. Now, you can reach out to your friends at DIabetic Connect for support and to help you stay positive. Take care!

Smar Talic
Smar Talic 2010-09-21 19:13:21 -0500 Report

I've had diabetes since 1975. When I found I wasn't eating enough plants (fruit or vegetables), and It increased pain, I would kick myself to eat 1 salad a day (bags of chopped lettuce are $1 where I live). Plain salsad sucks, so I tried croutons, cheeses, and several other things to make it more enjoyable. Being strong with myself was key, in that I now eat at least 4 vegetables a day; it took me 2 months to do it. I mentally knew that I'd feel better, but just didn't have self-evident proof, until I was stronger with myself, and allowed time.
2 key points: 1. I became STRONG WITH MYSELF after 4 attempts, and figured out how I would sabotage myself. 2. Budget time. The more any of us allow time to provide answers, the more we figure out how to access the truth we all have within us (contrary to impulse shopping influences).
I bid you success.

runthe 2010-09-21 15:15:09 -0500 Report

This morning I did everything that I was told to do by doc. I took my Insulin, waited 30 minutes took blood sugar 338, ate breakfast of low fat sugar free yogurt and a bananna, and took pooch for a long walk. When I finish I was so tired that I slept for 2 hrs afterwards. I did some t hings around the house. I then took my blood sugar 321. I think that since my RA and Fibro is very active that is the reason i am having high blood sugar. Thanks all for the encouragements. hugs to all !!!!!!!!!

jayabee52 2010-09-21 15:45:04 -0500 Report

My bride had RA, Fibro, Lupis(SLE) (and a LOT more I won't type here) and when she was having a RA or Lupis flare her BG#s were in upper 200s to 300s. Of course she was allergic to the usual new RA & Lupis Rxs. She had to take prednisone, & it would shoot her BG#s into 400 to 500 range. It would be 4 to 6 mos to get her BG#s down to a reasonably acceptable level.

Before she passed she had just had a shot of cortisone to control a RA flare. She had been in such pain for the week and a half prior (morphene would barely take the edge of the pain - and caused hallucinations) that the cortisone and prednisone Rx that we thought it an acceptable trade off to get her RA under control.

The Dr knew you were having a RA & Fibro flare? If she did and chewed you out anyway, my opinion of her would go down drastically.

My prayers are with you.

runthe 2010-09-21 17:32:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Jayabee52, yes she did know. she kept telling me to talk with my rheumy. She kept telling me how i am going to end up in er if I continue to let my sugar go up. I am on a lot of meds that does cause my bs to go up. Oh well I just don't know what to do anymore.

jayabee52 2010-09-21 21:57:13 -0500 Report

Well IMO your Dr should cut you a break. I understand and share her concern that the DM doesn't cut you a break, but you are trying the best you can under your circumstances. I think she should at least be human about it.

GabbyPA 2010-09-21 15:20:45 -0500 Report

Bananas are very high in sugar so that is one issue. Yogurt is great, but if you have it void of fat, then you have nothing to slow down that carb. So you basically had a double carb breakfast with no fat and very little protein if any. That is what causes a spike. Every meal needs to have a balance of carb, fat and protein.
Plus exercising over 300 is a bad idea. It can often cause more glucose to be in your system. You really want to exercise between 100-250. Higher or lower can cause problems.
Yes, the pain from your conditions can be contributing to it as well. For us down here in Florida, the heat plays games with us. So take it easy.

Chrissy6341 2010-09-21 14:45:22 -0500 Report

The Glucerna drinks are pretty good. I am one that can go all day without eating but was warned by my Dr that I need to eat 3-5 meals (small) a day and 2 snacks. I still don't have that urge to eat many days. The Glucenra can be a little expensive but it is worth it. I also carry 1 of the bars with me at all times. I sometimes get full just eating 1/2 of the bar. But when I know I will be out and about I take a drink or a bar with me. I also seem to drink plenty of water. Good luck and don't lose hope.

speak up
speak up 2010-09-21 14:08:14 -0500 Report

Yeap I am in the same boat, I before dx with type 2 would go days without eating if not hungrey however now I am told to eat three small meals and snack inbetween the meals, I forget if I am not hungrey and then my readings are off, doctor told me to keep a list on paper of what I eat per day so that I would not forget, heck that did not even help so now I make notes to eat something, I even have one on the fridge that says EAT SOMETHING. I wish you luck and more energy!

alanbossman 2010-09-21 08:19:20 -0500 Report

Hey Runthe you need to eat i know sometimes it is hard to eat food but as diabetics we all need to eat to kept our numbers in line. the fatigue will decrease the more you eat and get in some walking time hope this helps

locarbarbie 2010-09-20 23:06:44 -0500 Report

Runthe…I am newly diagnosed Type 2 and so also new to the board. I did not know that not eating enough would raise your bs levels. I have been knocking myself out trying to eat the right foods but small portions. YEAH…who knew!! Anyway keep a positive attitude and take it one day at a time. This board is wonderful!

GabbyPA 2010-09-21 11:17:11 -0500 Report

Yep, the way it works is that our bodies store a sugar called glycogen in our liver. When we get low or if we have an event that requires additional energy to deal with, our liver will deliver that additional fuel into our bodies. This is what often causes morning high levels, but it also happens after exercise and under stress. So it works against what we are trying to do. If we keep food steady in our bodies, our levels let the brain know that everything is okay and you don't have to give us extra energy. It is incredible when you find out just how complicated our bodies are and what they do on their own without us telling them what to do. Amazing. This is why spikes and lows mess us up so much.

PAT L 2010-09-20 21:48:27 -0500 Report

Well runthe here is something you might try,, I started on the 8th of this month an it is to drink about 4 glases of alkaline water, you look around an find a water shop an get 3 gals an give it a try. I have not had to take any insulin since the time I started drinking this water. It has a ph of 9 or better an like I have said no insulin since I started.. Took my BS reading a couple of hours ago an it was 107, I also drink coffee with made from the water an I do add sugar for taste.. Give it a try for it cant hurt you but it might just be what you need to bring your numbers down…

Anonymous 2010-09-20 23:29:13 -0500 Report

This is a bunch of crock!! And I got that straight from several doctors!!!

GabbyPA 2010-09-21 11:13:52 -0500 Report

What works for one person may or may not work for others. I have heard great results from drinking alkaline water, but that it is not a prolonged help. I have tried a lot of different things and can only speak from experience if they work or not for me. We all must keep an open mind, you never know where the key will lie to a cure for this nasty disease.

Harlen 2010-09-20 20:27:08 -0500 Report

Hang in there it takes time
The better you eat the better your BS will be ,you will fined that you fatigue will be a lot less
When you starve your bod it will use you bod as full and keep your #'s up
Start by taking a little walk I started by just walking around my house and wile sitting at the comp and or watching TV I will play with a dumbell NOT working out just playing with it.Now I walk 4 miles and work out 90 mon a day but I needed to start small.I know just how hard it is to get started…
You are the only you there is and from what I know of you your a wonderfull woman so it is ok to be good to you.
I feel so much better now that I cut out the bad foods and started the good foods I get out more and have more fun.
We are all here for you {hugs}
Best wishes

tejana65 2010-09-21 10:36:55 -0500 Report

I like this advise start small and get moving i will take that and run withnit i know that is what i need to do to feel more a live i feel run down every day.

runthe 2010-09-20 22:19:06 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlen

PAT L 2010-09-21 13:42:31 -0500 Report

Just so you know its another day an my numbers are still down.. also my meds cause water to store in my feet an they have been slowly reducing in size, almost back to normal.. also a little burning in by feet an Iam starting to feel my toes again… So all I can say is try it an see if it works for you…

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