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Old 03-25-2012, 04:06   #1
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Sorry I haven't been here in so long; my muscle disease has me nearly unable to walk.

But what I want to ask is WHY do I feel generally so much better when my sugar is a little high? No matter what I do, I cannot get it down within the normal range. I'm scared and despondent over this again.

Is there anyone else here whose sugar nearly always runs somewhat high? I feel so alone

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Glad to see your phosphors again, Rosa!

I know it took me quite awhile before near-normal levels felt good. Perhaps, if you've been unable to keep numbers low for more than a week, your body is still accustomed to the higher numbers ... so highs will feel better for you.

And no, you're far from alone!

If you don't mind a question -- what kinds of diet/meds are you trying? Somebody might be able to come up with a suggestion or three.

Please keep us posted!

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Old 03-25-2012, 07:50   #3
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What according to you is "high". I assume normal means 70-100 & <125 PP.

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I agree with Shalynne in wondering if it isn't that you haven't stabilized at lower numbers long enough for your body to get used to it.

I know you struggle with carbs. Have you been able to adjust your diet? If we know the sorts of meals you're having, a typical day, and more specifics about your bg readings, maybe we could offer some other input.

Hang in there!

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I do think different ones of us have different bg set points. My bg rarely goes much below 100 but I don't allow it to go much above 120 even when I am eating. I would be curious to know what you consider high. Before I was dx'd I was very high and felt great. As I tried to normalise my bgs I felt terrible because my body wasn't used to it.

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My "highs" are 250 or MORE! If my sugar goes below 75 or perhaps 70, it's low sugar attack time and you all know how bad that feels. My meds are Lantus SoloStar, Metformin, Glipizide and Novolog as needed. I've been letting my sugar run high because I can't stand the low sugar feelings. Do I have a chance of survival?

And thanks to all of you who replied to me. I'm scared (as usual).

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Please excuse a few more questions:

-- Have you seen any numbers in the 80-120 range?

-- What kind of diet are you eating?

-- When are you taking your insulin doses?

The answers may help us help you.

I survived with an average of 350 for ... who knows how long? But it was a miserable time.

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Please excuse a few more questions:

-- Have you seen any numbers in the 80-120 range?

-- What kind of diet are you eating?

-- When are you taking your insulin doses?

The answers may help us help you.

I survived with an average of 350 for ... who knows how long? But it was a miserable time.
I can't thank you enough - I calmed down as soon as I read your post. Thanks to moon and everyone else also. I take my insulin doses morning and night, Novolog if it goes over 300 (10 units as prescribed).

Strange thing is, altho I've recently developed some neuropathy in my right foot, I don't feel bad at all in any other way. Not that I want to, but you said you had a miserable time; I'm sorry - what happened?

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I can't thank you enough - I calmed down as soon as I read your post. Thanks to moon and everyone else also. I take my insulin doses morning and night, Novolog if it goes over 300 (10 units as prescribed).

Strange thing is, altho I've recently developed some neuropathy in my right foot, I don't feel bad at all in any other way. Not that I want to, but you said you had a miserable time; I'm sorry - what happened?

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Oh, sorry, I have to add that yes, sometimes my numbers are like around 120-130 or so, but rarely.

I'm selfish in that I don't want to give up my pasta. Chocolate - I've learned to do without! That was the hardest one.

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Hi, Rosa ...

A few thoughts before I toddle off to bed ...

Pasta's hard ... chocolate's easy-peasy. Try our Recipes sub-Forum, or do a search on chocolate or cocoa! (There's some stuff on pasta, too.)

One (maybe) last question: Have you seen your doc or a certified diabetes educator recently?

Other than carbs, I suspect the problem might lie in your Novolog dose. It sounds like you're using a method of dosing known as "sliding scale," and a simplified version at that.

I started out with something a bit similar. It's an easy method to teach, but it just doesn't work for most of us, because it doesn't account for any of the carbs in our meals. Instead, we chase high levels all the time, but seldom catch up.

The method we use instead is "carb counting." Before meals or snacks, we take a dose of rapid insulin (in this case, Novolog) for every serving (15g) of carb in the meal we're about to eat. If our blood glucose is high at the time, we take our standard corrective dose in addition.

Here's the part that concerns me: Your doc told you to wait until you reach 300 to take the Novolog? That's way, way, WAY too high! My own corrective, when I started out, was 2u of Novolog for 125-150, 3u for 151-175, and so on.

More answers -- and a better description of carb counting -- will come from others, or maybe even from me when I wake up!

(By the time I was diagnosed, I had neuropathy to the point that I felt like I always had sand in my shoe, plus shooting pains everywhere. Plus fatigue, blurry vision and even blurrier brain. Plus GERD, and of course the classic bathroom thing. Etc. I didn't associate most of those with diabetes -- I actually got used to most of 'em, and would have told you I felt fine -- but I was far from fine. All of that yuck faded away with time and better numbers.)

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