Can Pain Cause High Sugars?

By mo91108 Latest Reply 2015-05-26 05:06:06 -0500
Started 2011-02-05 14:14:54 -0600

I have been in a lot of pain since I fractured my Metatarsal in my foot. I was wondering can pain cause high blood sugars? I have been in the 200s and using my insulin like I am supposed to.

15 replies

Lindalee68 2015-05-26 05:06:06 -0500 Report

Thank you for asking this question. My numbers have been up in recent days and so has my pain level. Being newly diagnosed, I am going to talk with my doctor about this. Get better soon!

GabbyPA 2011-02-08 09:02:25 -0600 Report

Pain is a big cause of higher numbers. Our body is trying to deal with the pain and keep you ready for anything so your liver is very busy keeping your levels up. I know I have been suffering with neck and muscle pain and my numbers are not cooperating at all.

Pynetree 2011-02-07 12:50:50 -0600 Report

Yes…you'll need to test more. I'd tell Dr. - they will have answers for balancing meds
Any inflamation, raises it…and so can some pain meds. Hope you heal quickly!

chimpanda 2011-02-07 11:47:21 -0600 Report

I have several medical conditions that cause me acute and chronic pain. All of my doctors and my nurse told me that the more pain I'm in the higher my bs can spike and that I need to check my bs every 4 hours to see if I need a correction dose. It just makes everything more complicated for sure!

MAYS 2011-02-06 14:58:34 -0600 Report

In a word, "YES!"

Your body has many ways to deal with stress, of which pain can help attribute to.
One of the ways that the body does so is to release stored sugar (glycogen) from the liver to deal with moments of stress.
We are constantly under stress, but our bodies do such a great job of handling it, but sometimes it spills over into our lives in a noticable way, in your individual case this stress is in the form of pain, and your glucose levels can be affected.

Discuss this with your doctor, and continue managing your diabetes.

hepette 2011-02-06 14:21:03 -0600 Report

in my experience it definately can. i have a lot of pain due to degenerative arthritis (2 rods 6 screws in my back) and especially when its cold/snow (detroit) and rainy vicodin doesnt even help . the ONLY thing that helps is medical marijuana which is legal in michigan. if it wasnt for the mmj i dont think i could make it. from what i understand it also lowers blood glucose.

vgarrison 2011-02-06 13:00:42 -0600 Report

My doctor told me that yes pain can raise bg levels…mostly because being in pain can make your body stress more, because well pain hurts!!! If you can stay ontop of the pain and not let it get too bad, that will help!!

Good Luck…and let us know how your doing!

Blessed Be

Aaron1977 2011-02-06 11:20:01 -0600 Report

Is your activity level the same? I would imagine if you aren't walking around like you used to then your bs levels would rise. Of course - if you are walking on crutches then that may take more energy and cause some lows.

Harlen 2011-02-05 19:09:23 -0600 Report

It will make your Blood sugar spike iether up or down most likely up but there have benn some down ones too
Best wishes

sc1boy 2011-02-05 15:25:13 -0600 Report

healing a bone takes time and the meds for pain relief does affect you bs so keep checking it and talk to the docs and see what you might need to do.

carilyne 2011-02-05 14:45:51 -0600 Report

I'm not an expert, but I do know that you have to monitor yourself more closely when you have even a cold, or flu. I know that healing after surgery is the same. So to me it would make sense that a broken bone could do the same. I would call my doctor and see if he/she wants you to make any adjustments. Because blood sugar levels can affect healing as well.