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Ratter51 06-07-2019 14:49

I did three fasting glucose readings it’s almost always 161.but the pain management Dr stopped the Medrol steroids which is a miracle drug and has me on Celebrex and they are working great too. It’s like I never had the crippling back pain. He is going to start injections on June 24. He said L4
L5 & S1 I am guessing the other miracle drug Cortisone. Heard this throws glucose numbers higher. I have two containers with 50 strips each I believe about two years ago and just started the second container. I check the fasting glucose readings hardly ever to be honest. When this container is done not going to renew. Wait and see what happens. Right now I feel terrific. Back pain gone like it never happened. Because of these meds Diabetes is put on hold.

alamogirl 06-07-2019 23:32

Hi Ratter, I suffer from cervical spinal stenosis on my C4, C5, and C6. I'm doing ok with the pain or maybe I'm just used to it.

Are you taking a break from the Metformin? If you are, I hope you watch your carb intake.

Ratter51 06-08-2019 21:22

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Originally Posted by alamogirl (Post 1319861)
Hi Ratter, I suffer from cervical spinal stenosis on my C4, C5, and C6. I'm doing ok with the pain or maybe I'm just used to it.

Are you taking a break from the Metformin? If you are, I hope you watch your carb intake.

Hi. Iím still taking Metformin twice a day morning and night. In 2006 I had laser spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute for C5 & 6. The pain was non stop but they fixed that by killing the nerves. The back lumbar has been going on for awhile. They stopped the Medrol and gave me Celebrex but I donít feel good so Iím stopping it on my own. Iím tired of taking pills for and feel like quitting everything. I am not watching my carbs at all. Itís too hard. I think Iím going tell my Dr Thursday I donít care about the Diabetes and not gonna do anything for it for now...I mean it. BPH Prostate and bladder pills and Metformin and Meloxicam when needed now Celebrex and another heartburn pill caused by the other pills. Oxybutynin etc.
There is too many various opinions on whatís Diabetes and whatís not and disagreement on A1C numbers. New studies now say anything up to 8 is an ok A1C. Iím fed up with it all. Iím gonna tell him Thursday Iím done with the Diabetes thing.
Hope you feel better.

hftmrock 06-09-2019 01:27

good luck my friend

Ratter51 06-09-2019 12:17

Fasting morning test

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Cricket 06-09-2019 16:58

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Originally Posted by Ratter51 (Post 1319891)
I am not watching my carbs at all. It’s too hard. I think I’m going tell my Dr Thursday I don’t care about the Diabetes and not gonna do anything for it for now.

I truly understand the frustration you are feeling, and that it can get beyond overwhelming at times. That being said, watching your carbs does not have to be hard. I know I have said it before, but I am going to say it again. (I don't want others reading this thread to think it is okay to give up or that is is "too hard" because it isn't.) It does NOT have to be difficult or complicated. It can be this simple if you allow it to be.


Ratter51 06-09-2019 19:13

Thanks for response but I am not ready yet. My numbers are newbie numbers
No big deal. Latest info out there is damage starts at A1C 8. This is why my Dr says my numbers are good. He has the latest info out there. But I’m done with this for now. I want to enjoy my Summer without this hanging over my head. I hope everyone has a great Summer.

Cricket 06-10-2019 02:24

You're not ready? :surprise:

For the rest of you reading this, please be aware of what an A1c of 8 means. It means the average blood glucose over the last 90 days (or so) has averaged 183. Meaning at times, it may be much higher since that is the AVERAGE.

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Prolonged exposure to blood sugars above 140 mg/dL causes irreversible beta cell loss (the beta cells produce insulin) and nerve damage. 1 in 2 “pre-diabetics” get retinopathy, a serious diabetic complication. Cancer rates increase as post-meal blood sugars rise above 160 mg/dL. This study showed stroke risk increased by 25% for every 18 mg/dL rise in post-meal blood sugars. Finally, 1-hour OGTT readings above 155 mg/dL correlate strongly with increased CVD risk. https://chriskresser.com/when-your-%...normal-part-2/
I recently read (in a Facebook group) about a man that said he just wasn't ready to deal with diabetes, yet he was preparing for most of his foot to be amputated. When do you think he should be dealing with it? Maybe someday in the future?

Yes, choosing to control your diabetes (instead of allowing it to control you) is 100% in the hands of each individual dealing with the challenges of diabetes. Choosing NOT to deal with it though, doesn't make it go away. Diabetes will continue to march on, even if we CHOOSE to ignore it. Just makes sense to me to prevent the complications that we can prevent, whether we are 18 or 88. Just sayin'...

Okay, I am done ranting now...

hftmrock 06-10-2019 04:18

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Originally Posted by Ratter51 (Post 1319891)
There is too many various opinions on whatís Diabetes and whatís not and disagreement on A1C numbers. New studies now say anything up to 8 is an ok A1C. Iím fed up with it all. Iím gonna tell him Thursday Iím done with the Diabetes thing.
Hope you feel better.

Your decisions are yours to do what you want. You've been provided some excellent information here so I'm sure you gave this a lot of thought and didn't make this decision lightly.

No 2 peoples situation in life is the same

We will be here when you eventually reach the point of feeling that you want to do something about your diabetes as it progresses

until then - I wish you good health

:vs_cool:

Ratter51 06-14-2019 14:11

I saw my doctor yesterday and told him I’m not watching what eat and I’m stopping the Metformin. If I am not watching what I eat why bother taking Metformin. I said I’ll look at this issue in a year or two. Then I reminded him he said A1C of 7.1 is well controlled then he said you blood is not normal. He said if I got the A1C under 6 he would happily stop the Metformin. He said all my health problems are relatively minor. He said heart attacks or stokes and things like that are major problems. Then he said at the very least take at least one Metformin a day two if I want. Don’t skip he said. He implied if I don’t take the various meds minor problems can turn into major problems. He also said I’m in relatively good health and will stay that way if I don’t quit the meds. So I said ok. So he talked me into taking at least the Metformin once or twice a day, my option. I asked him about cutting out the meds for BPH (for men) and he said most likely will get a bladder infection again and reminded me I spent 5 days in the hospital in 2012. Prostate infection big time. So will continue on all the meds. Took 28 bags of anti biotic to fix that infection. That’s when they saw my sugar was high. But he very strongly urged me to at least take take one Metformin a day don’t stop. So....ok I will listen to him.


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