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Old 06-26-2018, 15:59   #31
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I feel very lucky after reading many of the posts and diabetic problems that many have or are experiencing. I am now 68 and have been dealing with type 2 for over 14 years now. Wasn't until 2015 when I found this site and actually got my BS under control following LCHF lifestyle. Most all of you know all the good stuff that has happened to me since I 'got on board'! So I won't go there on this post.....


My Rant!

In March of this year I had my first real health challenge that could be linked to diabetes and/or following LCHF. I had my first Gout attack! I could not believe how much a 'big toe' could hurt! Actually, my whole foot swelled up and I could not walk for a few days....for the first 2-3 days I could not sleep well as anytime I put a sheet over my toe or bumped it when I rolled over, it woke me up. My doctor put me on a daily dose of Uloric (thanks to folks here advising me of this fairly new drug, as the other one made me real sick right away).

Problem is that all daily Gout drugs can take 6 month to 12 months to get my Uric Acid down to safe levels. This means you can continue to get gout attacks until this stableizes. ?? I am now in my 6th gout attack since March, happening every 10-15 days. Except now it is in my ankle and they tell me it can move up to the knee....Fortunately, when you get an 'attack' I have a second medication I take to get these Uric Acid crystals collecting in the joint to dissipate. It works but can take 3-7 days. Meanwhile you are at risk of developing permanent arthritis (Gout is actually a form of arthritis) in these joints, not to mention kidney stones that can join in with all the fun.


Then the final 'slap in the face' is regardless where I search, or how much reading I do, or what doctor I ask, no one can tell me what causes high uric acid levels, or what can one do to stop or avoid gout attacks, or can it be cured? I have done tons of research and reading, pain is a great motivator, and although every article or doctor has an 'opinion' no one can say for sure. They blame food we eat, food we don't eat, maybe from diabetes, maybe from following LCHF (to much fat), etc. etc. Bottom line no one knows...! Damn!


OK, OK...…I feel better now!

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I feel very lucky after reading many of the posts and diabetic problems that many have or are experiencing. I am now 68 and have been dealing with type 2 for over 14 years now. Wasn't until 2015 when I found this site and actually got my BS under control following LCHF lifestyle. Most all of you know all the good stuff that has happened to me since I 'got on board'! So I won't go there on this post.....


My Rant!

In March of this year I had my first real health challenge that could be linked to diabetes and/or following LCHF. I had my first Gout attack! I could not believe how much a 'big toe' could hurt! Actually, my whole foot swelled up and I could not walk for a few days....for the first 2-3 days I could not sleep well as anytime I put a sheet over my toe or bumped it when I rolled over, it woke me up. My doctor put me on a daily dose of Uloric (thanks to folks here advising me of this fairly new drug, as the other one made me real sick right away).

Problem is that all daily Gout drugs can take 6 month to 12 months to get my Uric Acid down to safe levels. This means you can continue to get gout attacks until this stableizes. ?? I am now in my 6th gout attack since March, happening every 10-15 days. Except now it is in my ankle and they tell me it can move up to the knee....Fortunately, when you get an 'attack' I have a second medication I take to get these Uric Acid crystals collecting in the joint to dissipate. It works but can take 3-7 days. Meanwhile you are at risk of developing permanent arthritis (Gout is actually a form of arthritis) in these joints, not to mention kidney stones that can join in with all the fun.


Then the final 'slap in the face' is regardless where I search, or how much reading I do, or what doctor I ask, no one can tell me what causes high uric acid levels, or what can one do to stop or avoid gout attacks, or can it be cured? I have done tons of research and reading, pain is a great motivator, and although every article or doctor has an 'opinion' no one can say for sure. They blame food we eat, food we don't eat, maybe from diabetes, maybe from following LCHF (to much fat), etc. etc. Bottom line no one knows...! Damn!


OK, OK...…I feel better now!
After a couple of friends (non diabetic) came down with Gout, I did some research. Excess protein in the diet is one cause, though it may not be the only one. That & kidney stones are two issues with high protein diets. Personally, I prefer glucose levels that are a little higher...

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Too much protein could be an issue, but LCHF shouldn't be too much protein and would allow to keep BG levels lower.
@div2live, look at ACV, baking soda, turmeric combinations.

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Just realized something that is a bit of rant more directed toward me than anyone else. As I have been giving myself injections for so long I kind of do it in automatic mode but for this reason I sometimes get myself in trouble.

I can not talk to anyone while injecting my insulin as I quickly forget whether I have indeed given my shot or not - I need to focus and not be distracted - to follow a particular routine.

Last night I did not. I was talking to my wife about something while I was changing the cartridge in my Humulog Insulin Pen. Because I was talking I think I may have forgotten to prime the pen.

When I put in a new cartridge - I noticed you can set it to 6 units and nothing really comes out until the pen cartridge is properly primed.

So while I was talking I changed the cartridge and gave myself 10 Units. While sitting down eating supper I then suddenly realized - gee did I prime the pen. If not I may have only got 4 units instead of the intended 10. As it turns out I must of primed it just as a matter of habit without realizing it because when I tested myself a couple of hours later I was sitting at 110 mg/dl. It would have been much higher if I had not primed the pen.

One other thing I do that really ticked me off - once I was talking and not paying attention and I accidentally gave myself fast acting insulin when I was supposed to have taken long acting. This was a time when I was using syringes instead of pens. The fast acting was clear while the long lasting had a bit of a milky color. Anyway, I had just about injected the full dose of what I thought was my long lasting insulin when I discovered the color of the insulin was wrong.

That was bad on 2 levels as at that time I would give myself a significantly greater amount of long lasting insulin compared to my fast acting so I basically gave myself way too much fast acting insulin by accident.

So I ended up ordering a big pizza and a large bottle of sugary pop and filled my belly to prevent a hypo. Thankfully I've only done that once.

Anyway - a personal rant about my own feeble mindedness. The lesson learned - do not talk to anyone while injecting insulin Lol

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@rsfletcher - Although the risk isn't nearly as high for me, the other night I am 99.99% sure I took my Metformin dosage twice.

My tummy was definitely unhappy with me the next morning.

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The only time i prime the humalog pen is when i first take it out of box (new) but after first injection from pen, the insulin flows normally

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The only time i prime the humalog pen is when i first take it out of box (new) but after first injection from pen, the insulin flows normally
Same here - unfortunately when I just took it out of the box I couldn't remember if I had done that or not after I had injected myself with the new cartridge

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Just realized something that is a bit of rant more directed toward me than anyone else. As I have been giving myself injections for so long I kind of do it in automatic mode but for this reason I sometimes get myself in trouble.

I can not talk to anyone while injecting my insulin as I quickly forget whether I have indeed given my shot or not - I need to focus and not be distracted - to follow a particular routine.

Last night I did not. I was talking to my wife about something while I was changing the cartridge in my Humulog Insulin Pen. Because I was talking I think I may have forgotten to prime the pen.

When I put in a new cartridge - I noticed you can set it to 6 units and nothing really comes out until the pen cartridge is properly primed.

So while I was talking I changed the cartridge and gave myself 10 Units. While sitting down eating supper I then suddenly realized - gee did I prime the pen. If not I may have only got 4 units instead of the intended 10. As it turns out I must of primed it just as a matter of habit without realizing it because when I tested myself a couple of hours later I was sitting at 110 mg/dl. It would have been much higher if I had not primed the pen.

One other thing I do that really ticked me off - once I was talking and not paying attention and I accidentally gave myself fast acting insulin when I was supposed to have taken long acting. This was a time when I was using syringes instead of pens. The fast acting was clear while the long lasting had a bit of a milky color. Anyway, I had just about injected the full dose of what I thought was my long lasting insulin when I discovered the color of the insulin was wrong.

That was bad on 2 levels as at that time I would give myself a significantly greater amount of long lasting insulin compared to my fast acting so I basically gave myself way too much fast acting insulin by accident.

So I ended up ordering a big pizza and a large bottle of sugary pop and filled my belly to prevent a hypo. Thankfully I've only done that once.

Anyway - a personal rant about my own feeble mindedness. The lesson learned - do not talk to anyone while injecting insulin Lol
Yeah...we have to be more careful as we get older. I leave the alcohol pad out after I take insulin & throw it away before bed. That tells me I took it.
Little reminders to compensate for old & worn-out brain cells...

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Little reminders to compensate for old & worn-out brain cells...
I live for those little compensators. Or, maybe more accurately, I live because of those little compensators.

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Chaidragonfire, on your post on why your tired, sore, no energy. Go see an Endocrinologist and have your thyroid checked

Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
According to Bianco and resources from the Endocrine Society, symptoms include:

Feeling cold all or much of the time
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Dry skin
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Constipation

The thyroid gland produces and regulates thyroid hormones. These hormones can affect energy levels, mood, even weight. They can also be factors in depression. Read on to find out what causes thyroid-related depression and how it's treated.

Your doctor may order blood tests to determine levels of certain hormones, including:

thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH, which isreleased by the pituitary gland)
triiodothyronine (T3)
thyroxine (T4)

Hmmm.......sorry, thought I responded to this one, but looks like I didn't. RANT - there goes my mind again.....what little of it I have left. LOL


My mother had chronic thyroid problems as far as I can remember.
Or so she claimed. I always believed she was a hypochondriac.

I've been checked many times throughout my life for thyroid problems, but all the Dr.s who've checked have stated there isn't anything wrong.

I went to a blood specialist a couple years ago because my Dr. thought I might be getting Rheumatism or something like it. And I made certain to tell the specialist about my mother having thyroid problems.
But the specialist claimed she didn't find anything.

So, I don't know.

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