I really need help with all these questions that I have.

By GENIVA1996 Latest Reply 2010-11-21 09:59:02 -0600
Started 2010-11-13 13:10:36 -0600

I have been dealing with black outs and dizziness for a year now. I have the black outs so bad that I wake up but can not function because its like I am still out of it but I can see I just can not move for three to five minutes. I told my doctors about this and they said that my A1C was good and my blood sugar also. But when they do the test I feel fine then, so I am now testing myself four times a day and notice I have a very low blood sugar of the morning and sometimes all day long. I have also been battling a very bad staph infection that is the MRSA type for a year now. I have been hospitalized four times in this past year with it. I had it so bad a month and a half ago that I had to be put in the ICU. I then spent two weeks there and was released with a pic line and cadd pump that was pumping the strongest medicine there is available right now. I had that pump for one month. My doctor said that my blood sugar was low because of the medicine I was on. My question is how can it be the medicine that I was on if I have been dealing with this for a year now and only took that medicine for a month and that was last month. I also would like some information on diabeties and the effects it has with infections and if diabeties causes you to be more likely to get infections specially staph, MRSA infection.

9 replies

Crashnot 2010-11-16 13:37:06 -0600 Report

I would guess that the constant stress of battling the infection is giving your cells a workout and burning more sugar than usual. I've never found that diabetes makes you more prone to infections, unless your sugars run high. This can make your body too acidic, which creates a haven for bacteria and viruses. At least according to the alternative medicine folks. One thing I have found is taking massive doses of Vitamin D in the past year has made our winters SO much easier. Only some minor colds last year and usually we were at the doctors on monthly basis for antibiotics for the kids. One hospital in Wisconsin has even taken the vitamin D studies so far as to administer free D to all their staff, and the results were remarkable! Nearly no sick days! You might ask your doctor if they would do a D test to see how your levels are. They need to be at least at 50 for your immune system to be working best. Most folks are well below that, especially as winter comes and less sunlight is available.

What type of insulin are you on? If you are running that low in the morning, that will mess up your day, at least until lunch time. It sounds like you need to get the overnight dosages corrected, or switch long-acting insulin to one that spikes at a different time.

GabbyPA 2010-11-17 18:40:42 -0600 Report

That is one thing I love about living in Florida. Sunshine all year, even in the winter. 15 minutes a day is all you need to keep your D healthy...so enjoy the out doors

Crashnot 2010-11-20 20:48:08 -0600 Report

The Vitamin D study site finally has compiled all the stats on exposure levels around the globe for winter and summer, along with charts showing how that correlates to type 1 diabetes, skin and other cancers, and a few other things. Very interesting stuff!

Crashnot 2010-11-20 20:38:09 -0600 Report

You actually need a bit more than that, depending on your skin tone. Just enough to make your skin pink is the guideline I've seen, but if you're dark that can take awhile! It's best to get a Vitamin D test done, just to see where you stand in the winter with lower UV rays in the atmosphere. Most Americans are deficient, even in the sunny south!

GabbyPA 2010-11-21 09:59:02 -0600 Report

So does the doctor do a D test? I have never asked for one. I asked him for a B12 test, but he wouldn't do that for me. I guess I could go to a lab and ask them to do the tests that I want.

RAYT721 2010-11-13 18:05:22 -0600 Report

I don't have answers here other than to trust in your doctors. All I have for you is a virtual hug and a welcome to my friends list… on DC and in real life. Welcome to our family.

Harlen 2010-11-13 14:51:08 -0600 Report

infections as welll as stress can make you BS go up and or down
I hope your feeling better soon

MAYS 2010-11-13 13:38:11 -0600 Report

Infections cause stress within the human body.
Stress is a negative factor for diabetics,it can make your glucose level go up or down (mainly up).

Various medications can have an adverse effect on your glucose level.
As a diabetic, your body is under constant stress, now an infection makes things a lot worse.

Talk to your doctor about your case, as diabetics, we are all different, all we share is a disease of the same name that can complicate our lives if we let it.
Your major concern right now is the infections and the problems that they can cause for you due to your strained (yes it is) immune system.

You can look up the medication that you are on by clicking the link below to find out the effects of it, and interactions with other medications.