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Old 03-25-2020, 01:24   #1
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Hello everyone. Haven't been here in a long time. Hope you are all doing well. I have a question about prednisone. I had knee surgery 2 weeks ago today and the dr started me on a medrol dose pack for swelling. I started it this morning and my sugars have been in the 200s every since. I barely ate any dinner. Ham, green beans and a few bites of potato. I ate around 5pm and my sugar was 236 at 8pm. I still have 5 days to go. Anyone else have this problem. How high is too high for my blood sugar?
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Jackpot, prednisone is a steroid, and, as steroids do, it can increase your blood glucose levels. For that matter, so can a trauma to the body like surgery. Once you finish the prednisone and your knee starts healing, you should see your BG return to typical levels. It might be instructive to test your BG before you eat, to get an idea of your baseline levels.

If you're managing your diabetes with medication or insulin, you might want to call your doctor and ask if you can adjust the medication/insulin to address this spike.

If you're managing your diabetes with diet and exercise (exercise being a particular challenge right after knee surgery), you might want to think about pulling back on how many grams of carbohydrates you take in. Potatoes, of course, are loaded with carbs. And ham can be a surprising source of carbs since so many are cured with honey or brown sugar or maple syrup -- and some are even glazed in addition. You might want to bump up the amount of fat you eat while cutting back on carbs to provide calories you need and a feeling of fullness, too.

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Thanks so much!! Ended up stopping the Medro dose pack after the first day. To many side effects for me. Anxiety, sweating, nausea and slight dizziness.Woke up in the middle of the night with heart irregularities that lasted for an hour. I do already have an arrhythmia called Proximal Atrial Tachycardia or PAT. Had it for about 8 years now. Heart just speeds up for no reason. Doesn't happen often but it freaks me out just the same. My surgery was on 3/10 so its been 2 weeks. Prednisone wasn't necessary the surgeon just thought it would help speed up the reduction in swelling. Actually it is going down relatively quick now so i'm good. Thanks for the input. Always good info from you guys!

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