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I'm 69 with Type II DM thanks to wartime exposure to Agent Orange. My DM was diagnosed in Oct. 2003. My blood sugar reading at that time was just below 800! Within two months my blood sugar settled down to 80-120 and has stayed within that range until about 3 months ago.
For reasons I cannot fathom, my blood sugar began to fluctuate, moving away from 80-120 and never getting below 110 and going up to the low 200s. Over the next several weeks my blood sugar readings began to get higher, up to as high as 320. My A1C reading jumped from 6 three months ago to 7. My endocrinologist put me on 1.25mg ofnGlyburide which was in addition to two standard oral meds I'd been taking since Oct. 2003. One medical change just before the fluctuation was the appearance of Essential Tremor involving my hands and my throat. This coincided with an inability to swallow and a lack of eating. The hand tremor was not a major problem as I had already been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in both upper extremities, among other secondary complications.
So, for the past month, my blood has continued to fluctuate. After one week of Glyburide at 1.25mg twice a day, the medication was increased to 2.50mg twice a day and a week later to 5.0mg twice a day. Last week I began to experience hypoglycemia daily between 12 and 1. In addition, I was dizzy from about 10 am until 4 pm. The dizziness may be a side effect from a diabetic peripheralopathy oral pain medication I am being weaned off because it is ineffective.
My blood sugar level now jumps between 58 and 225 with hypoglycemia every day, without fail.
Anyone have an idea what the heck is happening?
 

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Welcome to Diabetes Forum! I am not experienced with your particular set of symptoms. I do know that Type 2 diabetes is progressive and millions of Type 2 diabetics have had to start using insulin when their medicines were no longer working properly. With carb counting and insulin those diabetics have found very good control. I don't know for certain that you need insulin now but I think your doctor will know. I hope you will see an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) and get the proper advice.

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Welcome, Wickster. I agree with Richard that it's time you consult a diabetes specialist & map out a new plan of action. We have various tools at our disposal to combat this disorder, and oral meds are only part of the picture.
 
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