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marycarty 08-14-2019 10:44

Hello. Problem with freestyle libre
 
Hello. I am Mary.
I am a new member. I live in UK.
I have noticed that the readings on my Libre Freestyle readings are consistently lower than the true readings taken with my blood monitor. For example, Libre will register as 'Lo' but blood monitor reads as 5.8!
Is anyone else having problems with this machine?

mbuster 08-14-2019 11:13

Hi marycarty, I am a type 2, don't use insulin, so can't help you with your Libre issue. Just wanted to welcome to the forum.

We do have a member in Australia that has posted about her Libre recently, maybe she will be up and about in a bit and be able to offer assistance. Her user name is kyteflyer. You can probably use the search function to find posts with Libre as the keyword to find posts/threads of her and others about their experiences with this CG.

alamogirl 08-14-2019 20:42

Welcome Mary. I'm interested about the Libre Freestyle. I see the commercials all the time. I don't think my insurance covers it, so I'm still sticking my finger.

How long have you been using the Libre?

kyteflyer 08-15-2019 03:28

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Originally Posted by marycarty (Post 1321547)
Hello. I am Mary.
I am a new member. I live in UK.
I have noticed that the readings on my Libre Freestyle readings are consistently lower than the true readings taken with my blood monitor. For example, Libre will register as 'Lo' but blood monitor reads as 5.8!
Is anyone else having problems with this machine?

Hi, Mary. I have found that my readings were, at times, wildly inaccurate, and at others seemed to be spot on. The rule of thumb is... if you get a reading that seems too high or too low, check with your blood too. The sensor before the last one was a nightmare, anything from 2-5mmol off the mark. As an FYI I was using the Libre reader to do the blood tests as well. Strips from the Optium Neo are compatible... so I knew it wasnt a difference between readers, which can sometimes confuse.

Sadly, there does not seem to be a solution for the inaccuracies, Abbott has to do a lot more work to get it happening. Then again, perhaps it never will, in the sense that the sensor takes readings from interstitial fluid, and blood is always more accurate. I think its about an hour's difference... which can be a bit of a worry if you are going extremely low, or extremely high.

I have chosen not to use it anymore, I've given it a good trial for 3 months or so, and notwithstanding the issues of it falling off, being knocked off in doorways, simply not working at times (for which they will replace free of charge) ... I can't afford it on the long term. $92.50 per 2 weeks is outrageous and there is no subsidy in sight, here in Oz.

TL;DR if you get unexpected readings, always do a blood test to confrm.

rsfletcher 08-16-2019 14:27

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Originally Posted by marycarty (Post 1321547)
Hello. I am Mary.
I am a new member. I live in UK.
I have noticed that the readings on my Libre Freestyle readings are consistently lower than the true readings taken with my blood monitor. For example, Libre will register as 'Lo' but blood monitor reads as 5.8!
Is anyone else having problems with this machine?

Hello Mary - what you describe is pretty typical of the Libre Freestyle - My sister had the exact same issue - her monitor was always reading between 5 - 8 and yet her A1C was over 8%.

This is why I never bothered getting one. There was a lot of hype when the product was released but I think the reality of the device is starting to reveal itself. It's too bad.

With someone like myself who has lived as a Type 1 for the last 53 years and uses his readings to dose insulin and what foods to eat or not eat - such a lack of accuracy could get me in to a lot of trouble.

Hopefully the technology will improve eventually.

marycarty 08-18-2019 16:08

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Originally Posted by rsfletcher (Post 1321611)
Hello Mary - what you describe is pretty typical of the Libre Freestyle - My sister had the exact same issue - her monitor was always reading between 5 - 8 and yet her A1C was over 8%.

This is why I never bothered getting one. There was a lot of hype when the product was released but I think the reality of the device is starting to reveal itself. It's too bad.

With someone like myself who has lived as a Type 1 for the last 53 years and uses his readings to dose insulin and what foods to eat or not eat - such a lack of accuracy could get me in to a lot of trouble.

Hopefully the technology will improve eventually.

The main problem I have is that after going into a coma about 15 yrs ago, I no longer get any warning signs of hypoglycemia - so it's very important that I can have an objective check on my readings at any given time.

JudCamp 09-05-2019 18:39

Wow, thanks for the info on the Libre. I am researching it. I get really weird reading and frequently have a hard time getting enough blood to test. It took 6 sticks this morning and wasted 3 strips before I got a reading of 186 this morning. An hour later it was 4 sticks and 2 strips before I got a reading of 165. I am struggling and thinking maybe continuous monitoring would be my answer.

VeeJay 09-06-2019 00:11

Jud, cold hands don't bleed. I find that warming my hands up well makes all the difference in getting blood.

JudCamp 09-06-2019 00:15

Thanks for replying. Yes, that is what my sister says. I do work in a cool office. So I have been making sure I wash with very warm water for several minutes. Should I try alternative sites? I also wondered about my blood being too thick. But that idea was nixed with my last blood test.

VeeJay 09-06-2019 00:24

In the winter I'll sometimes heat up a microwave hot pad (the fabric kind that have little pellets inside) and keep my hand on it for several minutes before testing.


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