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Old 11-19-2014, 04:17   #1
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Hi gang. Long time since I've been in the forum. I've had such a rollercoaster life lately, and I am just absolutely lost for a solution or correction to my difficulties.

So I've been having great difficulty getting my numbers under control. I'm still on my insulin pump, and having difficulty. Still eating lchf (well, I think I need to do better on the high fat part, but for the most part eating low carb). No matter what I do or eat, my morning numbers are back toward 200's and regular numbers can range anywhere from 140-190's. I cannot get these numbers down no matter what I eat or don't eat. I tried adjusting my basal insulin level in my pump. No change. Or I should say changed for about a day or two, and then right back to where they were. Morning numbers never changed. Actually went up a bit. Asked the doctor to change my insulin because my thought is that my body is too used to the Humulog. Just began using Novolin R in my pump. Numbers are even higher. I don't know what to do.

I also found out that I have hypothyroidism (which I discovered isn't that unusual for diabetics to develop). So on Synthroid.

I need some direction and help. Anybody out there that can offer some? Please?

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Have you considered adding metformin to increase insulin sensitivity? What about novolog insulin?

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Very sorry to hear that you've been going through such a rough time!

I understand that Synthroid can spike up glucose levels, and that this is pretty common. Your basal dosage may still need tweaking, perhaps more than once, until it can catch up with Synthroid's effects. If you need to increase the Synthroid, basal may need to go up again.

Even after all other numbers are good, morning numbers are typically the last to improve; improvement there can take several weeks.

Novolin R, plus basal, is what I started on. For me, it works way too slowly and unpredictably to be useful in most situations.

Please stick around, and keep us posted!

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Are you under a lot of stress? I found out (the hard way) that when I was under stress that I could use 4X my normal insulin and have NO BG drop. When the stress went away so did my high BG.

I have DP bad, I had to up my basal rate by 5.3X from 4:30 AM to 10:00 AM To control my DP.

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Thanks for the replies.

David Burke, I have been on Metformin for many years, 2000mg daily. Look at my signature and you will see I take many supplements as well.

Shalynne I am using the Novolin R in my insulin pump, so no additional basal insulin. I will give it the three days it takes for me before needing a change out in my infusion set and insulin cartridge. If the numbers are not showing a decent recovery, I will just go back to the Humulog I was using. I asked the doctor about switching to Novolog, but she said that it would not make a difference since the Humulog and Novolog are pretty much the same insulin; just different manufacturers. I just started the Synthroid this past weekend, so I really haven't seen a huge difference in my bg's from it. I take it at bedtime instead of morning because I drink coffee in the morning (a must for me) and you cannot drink coffee for at least one hour after taking the med. I can't wait an hour in the morning to drink coffee; I can't function in the morning without coffee

Diabetes86, I am afraid that I just might have to up that basal insulin by a huge amount. As far as stress goes, I do everything I can to reduce the amount of stress my body feels or reacts to, but sometimes you really don't have control over everything that goes on inside your body. I don't know that I have hit menopause yet, and I am still experiencing hot flashes and some other symptoms of peri-menopause. However, I had a hysterectomy 15 years ago, but they left the ovaries. So I have really no indicator other than blood work and I've been around the same level for the last year or so. No significant difference, but is indicative of being very close or in menopause. So, it's hard to say and I cannot control the hormonal stuff unfortunately.

I just feel so lost and frustrated. I am really being careful with my eating as well, and even if I had eaten a little bit of forbidden carbs, it still shouldn't send my numbers into a consistantly high level for a long period.

I wish this little black cloud over me would pass on by already.

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Thanks for the replies. David Burke, I have been on Metformin for many years, 2000mg daily. Look at my signature and you will see I take many supplements as well. Shalynne I am using the Novolin R in my insulin pump, so no additional basal insulin. I will give it the three days it takes for me before needing a change out in my infusion set and insulin cartridge. If the numbers are not showing a decent recovery, I will just go back to the Humulog I was using. I asked the doctor about switching to Novolog, but she said that it would not make a difference since the Humulog and Novolog are pretty much the same insulin; just different manufacturers. I just started the Synthroid this past weekend, so I really haven't seen a huge difference in my bg's from it. I take it at bedtime instead of morning because I drink coffee in the morning (a must for me) and you cannot drink coffee for at least one hour after taking the med. I can't wait an hour in the morning to drink coffee; I can't function in the morning without coffee Diabetes86, I am afraid that I just might have to up that basal insulin by a huge amount. As far as stress goes, I do everything I can to reduce the amount of stress my body feels or reacts to, but sometimes you really don't have control over everything that goes on inside your body. I don't know that I have hit menopause yet, and I am still experiencing hot flashes and some other symptoms of peri-menopause. However, I had a hysterectomy 15 years ago, but they left the ovaries. So I have really no indicator other than blood work and I've been around the same level for the last year or so. No significant difference, but is indicative of being very close or in menopause. So, it's hard to say and I cannot control the hormonal stuff unfortunately. I just feel so lost and frustrated. I am really being careful with my eating as well, and even if I had eaten a little bit of forbidden carbs, it still shouldn't send my numbers into a consistantly high level for a long period. I wish this little black cloud over me would pass on by already.
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*hugs* Glad to see you again NayNay!

I remember you said you must be part termite because EVERYTHING makes your BG go up. Maybe you could post your daily meals and BG and we could take a look? The synthroid should fix problems you might have had with fatigue. I was on synthroid before diagnosis as pre-D, so I don't know how it would affect my BG.

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*HUG* I don't have much useful to contribute other than I'm glad to see you again and that I hope you can figure this out.

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I don,t know if this will help you or not, but maybe you could try. You can try to used iodine pills or iodine liquid (lugols), iodine attaches to insulin receptors and improves glucose metabolism helping to absorbs insulin into cells. You can research more about how iodine helps with diabetic, but since you have hypo (which one of the causes is low iodine in body) you first need to talk with your doctor about iodine and your hypo.

I think is real the affirmation about iodine and insulin, since I once use to take 1 pill daily of iodine, and a few weeks after I was having several hypoglycemia, I am not diabetic but iodine pills do lower a lot my BG, I research online about iodine and BG and did found out about how can iodine lower your BG.

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That's interesting, corn_pop. I take iodine (Lugol's solution). I don't think I made any connection to my BG levels. I'll pay better attention now. Sometimes I forget to take it for a couple days, so if my BG goes up during that time that may be the reason.

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