I need some help..

By missvicki74 Latest Reply 2010-11-25 11:05:26 -0600
Started 2010-11-24 20:03:03 -0600

I am having some serious trouble controling my bloodsugar. I'm on 2 types of insulin. Before meals i take 12 units of Novolog (flex pen). I still have very high levels. At night time a take Levemir @ 40 units and when i check my sugar when i wake up it is VERY HIGH!!! I just don't understand what i am doing wrong. I do what the doctor tells me to do and nothing seems to be working for me. I don't think my doctor knows what the hell he is doing. My sugar is never level and it just makes me feel like crap. I check my levels at least 10 times a day. When i dont feel right i check it just to see if it is my leves and what i am doing wrong. Hopefully i will get some advice from here. Please any type of feedback would be great. I am 36 yrs old and i'm afraid i'm going to be dead by 40 if i don't get this under control..

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missvicki74 2010-11-25 11:05:26 -0600 Report

Thank you all for your input. I have looked into the pump but my insurance wont cover it sadly..And the insurance that i have isnt very good. I pay an arm and a leg for both my insulins close to about 600 a month. Last night my sugar stayed about 63 for 3 hours and i could not get it to rise for the life of me. I had the shakes and felt all nervous and a bit confused. I hate that feeling. I feel like that i can not win either way..So we will see what the dr says next time i go which i dread..lol Thank you and have a great Turkey day!

GabbyPA 2010-11-25 06:01:15 -0600 Report

Have you looked into getting a pump? This might be better able to compensate for the continuing flux in your levels. There are so many members here who use one and say they have never had better control.

Sometimes doctors don't know what they are doing and visiting a specialist might be a better option. But, sometimes they keep trying different things in search of the combination that works for you. Our differences are huge and he cannot treat you like he does the next patient. That is the pain of it all.

Higher levels in the morning are quite natural (and a pain in the butt!) It is called dawn phenomenon and testing in the middle of the night for a week or so can give you a clue as to when you start to rise. I usually start to rise between 2:00-3:30 am. I still have not found the magic bullet to work for my morning highs either. But I keep looking.

Harlen 2010-11-24 21:50:25 -0600 Report

The slow acting insulin didnt work for me and I gave three of them a try
I needed to use over 300 ut of insulin a day the only thing that realy worked for me was swiching to the pump.
You need to know what carbs are and how to count them there are a lot of things I didnt even know had carbs .
I use the book The calorie King to count carbs and yes I use a scale on my meals yes its a pain in the butt, but I got my BS inline and I feal a lot better now.
With all the high ups and downs I was feeling like poo all the time
I hope you feel better soon
Best wishes

taz324 2010-11-24 20:11:57 -0600 Report

i understand how that is i am insulin resistant i was at 200 units of lantis at night and 184 units of lantis in the morning and taking like 60 units of novalog for each meal so hang in there and call your educator with your numbers and they will work with you and if you feel like you are taking too much ask about other choices like me i got switched from lantis and novalog to humolin u-500 and went from 7 shots down to 3 another thing have you been to a diabetes center besides your doctor if not talk to you doctor and see if they will set you up with a good one they can help with classes and dietacian and nurses that know what you need to do and know how to help.

missvicki74 2010-11-24 20:23:19 -0600 Report

I have switched insulins so many times the past few years its just getting out of hand. and im just getting tired of it. I don't feel like i'm taking to much i just feel like my levemir is not working like it should. The Novolog i know i can manage better. I just don't understand what i am doing wrong. My A1c is 12 which is insane..i am trying my best..I'm so afraid of ending up back in the hospital and i refuse to go back. Ugh i'm just so confused. Actually never considered if i was insulin resistant and my dr never discussed that option.

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