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Old 09-24-2008, 01:40   #21
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If your doctor (preferably an endocrinologist) writes to the insurance company and says you need a CGMS then they will be covered by some of the insurance companies. There must be a great need present though. Blood sugar levels that are very unstable with many high highs and/or low lows and no other meds or treatments have been effective in stabilizing the diabetes. That is usually the acceptable justification. It is much easier to get a pump.

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Thanks for the info. I will be meeting in a few weeks with my Endo and speak with them about it. From what I have heard of Blue Cross locally, they do not pay for CGM. Recently I had quite a battle with them over refusing to fill multiple bottles of insulin. They wanted to have each bottle doled out separately with the 50 dollar deductible on each. My Endo finally got it fixed after talking with the Rx 3 times.

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From what I have heard of Blue Cross locally, they do not pay for CGM.
This is an old post I'm replying to, but Anthem (formerly Blue Cross) approved me for Dexcom. I got the full setup and started on Sunday. 3+ days into it, I'm really excited about it. I've had a few small glitches, but overall the results seem pretty accurate (I've been calibrating against my One Touch Ultra to make sure) and there is no doubt that reaching into my pocket to read a number on the screen is convenient and useful.

I'll continue to post comments as I go along.

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Good luck with your Dexcom Kevin! I have not seen any posts by people using that particular CGMS. I am anxious to see how it goes for you. Keep in touch.

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I'm seeing my professor today and I will ask him about CGMS.... I'm so fed up with the mood swings of my D. My numbers hop up and down. More up than down... Woke up with 50 mg/dl, had 1 dextro and in 15 min my BG was 158. I react so extremely to carbs
Every gram of carb spikes my BG. I believe my A1c will not be good this time.
I'm convinced CGMS will help me figure out where the problem zones are. Hopefully my doc can convince my health insurance to cover it. And if he can't I'll pay for it myself, because I'm fed up with it...

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Cathy, you use a pump don't you? Can't you change your basals to get rid of these spikes? That should be possible if the spikes (highs) are consistently occuring at the same time(s) of day. If these highs/lows keep on happening no matter what you do then I agree that a CGMS is a good idea. I had a bad experience with a CGMS. They do not help some people and yet they are wonderful for others. Good luck!

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I'm seeing my professor today and I will ask him about CGMS.... I'm so fed up with the mood swings of my D. My numbers hop up and down. More up than down... Woke up with 50 mg/dl, had 1 dextro and in 15 min my BG was 158. I react so extremely to carbs
Every gram of carb spikes my BG. I believe my A1c will not be good this time.
I'm convinced CGMS will help me figure out where the problem zones are. Hopefully my doc can convince my health insurance to cover it. And if he can't I'll pay for it myself, because I'm fed up with it...
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I know you don't want to, but try cutting the carbs for a few days and see what happens. If you're so sensitive to carbs and they spike you so much, then I'd say you need to cut them. Try it and see what happens. I know they're telling you to consume 220 carbs a day, but if it's affecting you this way, then it's not worth it. As I said before, just eat plenty of fresh meat, fish, and non starchy vegetables. Eating just meat, fish and vegetables won't hurt you, but it just might help. Cut out the bread, fruit, pasta, crackers, and of course cake and candy. Watch out for gravies, sauces, salad dressings, bbq sauce, ketchup, etc...as they all contain added sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Also gravies contain flour and corn starch. Opt for natural gravy or au jus gravy.

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Thank you Richard and Rosebud.

I saw my doctor today and we talked about CGMS. He is expecting the Navigator in a couple of weeks and I'm on the top of his list to try it out.

I'll make my own topic of my experience in the hospital today. It wasn't a good one...

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