Blood sugar levels high after surgery. Need encouragement

Posted by brendakaye @brendakaye, Jul 22, 2019

I am so grateful I have found this site. I was diagnosed with type 2 about 30 years ago. I am on metformin and 10 units of insulin twice daily. My a1c’s have been very well controlled. I do exercise and eat a pretty decent diet. Well, the 10th of this month I had to have surgery caused from spinal stenosis on my back. Fusion at L3-4 and L4-5. I’ve been in a lot of pain, and now as a result my bs has gone through the roof...300+ I have neuropathy in my legs hands and feet. Using CBD/THC balm at night helps a lot. I guess I just need encouragement to get through this next hurdle. Of course very little exercise for awhile is out, and not being able to really plan best choice meals does tend to depress me. But I would encourage all of us to take one day at a time. I so appreciate being a part of this group

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I saw an endocrinologist for years but she can't see me anymore because my AIC is below 7 and my thyroid numbers are normal. My doctor knows nothing and says nothing. Getting another doctor in this area when you are elderly is difficult. So I go it alone. I feel good today. Dorisena

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@dorisena Since getting another doctor seems out of the question, do you have a Health Department in your area? You seem to need a way to see a doctor. Have you called your Health Department ? Do you have Medicare or other insurance that would address your problem if you called? Age should not be an issue if you are in distress. The surgeon should be aware of this also and be able to help you. Can you make some calls?


I am not being refused care by the Endocrinologist. She has referred me back to my primary care doctor who has changed his practice to pediatrics and still keeps his Medicare patients on his list. The reason given is that I am not being treated by the Endocrinologist because my AIC is below 7and so I am considered on maintenance which the primary doctor can do. She sent him a letter instructing him to renew my prescriptions at the current level when they expire. I went to her originally after thyroid removal for determining my level of prescriptions needed. She has done that, so my primary doctor is in charge of my maintenance. Neither doctor is interested in helping me to reduce my AIC further, and apparently Medicare in my area does not reimburse the Endocrinologist but apparently will reimburse my primary doctor. However I got a co-pay bill the last time I saw my primary because he didn't treat me for anything, just checked my blood pressure and talked about my prescriptions. He said he was out of options for a different medication after I complained that I could not take a certain prescriptions. It is nearly impossible to change doctors in this area. I will seek another doctor but it may take time. Dorisena


@brendakaye, did your glucose levels go down? I am asking since my mother who is also a 30+ diabetic had back surgery (TLIF surgery,is a spinal fusion in the lumbar region of the spine) 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately, her numbers are still high and her Primary care has adjusted her medication and waiting to see if it helps. She is on the weekly injectable so we won't know until next week. I am very worried for her. I hope you are feeling better.

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