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Oct 9, 2018 · My Diabetes 2 Backwards Numbers---Anyone else? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Your sugars are higher in the morning even when you do not eat because your liver is releasing glycogen stores because it thinks you need more energy. Some people recommend a small snack at bedtime (like a couple crackers with a little bit of cheese). It is not clear what controls or triggers this. It seems to me that when I eat more healthy my morning blood sugars are better… but not always. It seems you are doing very well though!

Aug 14, 2018 · Frustrated & Done in Chronic Pain

The Cleveland Clinic has a pain rehabilitation program too. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/neurological/depts/neurological-restoration/chronic-pain-rehab-program Maybe you need a combination of approaches?

Aug 14, 2018 · Frustrated & Done in Chronic Pain

It is so good you got yourself off the meds. Have you tried a pain rehabilitation program? A friend of mine went through Mayo's three-week program and increased his quality of life quite a bit, enabling him to even travel etc. It is worth trying this if your insurance covers it. Mayo has a 2-day program also (though if it was possible, I'd sure prefer the 3-week one).

Mar 10, 2018 · Do you meditate? And does it help? in Chronic Pain

You might start with looking at Dr Jon Kabat-Zin materials at https://www.mindfulnesscds.com/ . There are also live MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) workshops many places, and this might be the best way to start. Also, though it may be good to consult your doctor about your depression-anxiety –see if medication might help you pursue other forms of treatment such as meditation. best wishes!

Mar 10, 2018 · Do you meditate? And does it help? in Chronic Pain

I use mindfulness meditation, and find it very helpful. It helps to observe the pain, and NOT push it away (pushing it away increases the pain), rather acknowledge it gently and observe it with some curiosity –notice the ebb and flow. I go (in my imagination) to the center of the pain and quietly breathe there. It does help. At night, if the pain wakes me, it helps me quieten down and fall asleep again.

Dec 16, 2017 · Has anyone been diagnosed with Abdominal Wall Pain in Chronic Pain

Have you tried working the shoe angle? I have had chronic pain in lower left thoracic and left upper abdominal for 10 years. They have called it chest wall pain, and mostly were puzzled as to how to deal with it. It is most likely due to some scar tissue post op. During the day the pain is fairly low 2-4 generally. It increases when I exercise or walk or stand up for a time (I need to sit down after a few minutes unless I am using some support like a shopping cart.) I wake up from it at night. It is probably connected to some scar tissue. Generally stretching helps. Well, I lately pulled out some MBT shoes I had not used for a long time. They have pronounced rocker soles, and change one’s posture and the muscles one uses. It created almost instant change. The pain is milder and less disabling. I am able to stand comfortably for a much longer time. Pain at night has diminished considerably and wakes me up much less. I was very surprised, and I hope this maintains. Note that the new MBT shoes you might buy are not necessarily as good because the company was bought up, and some of the new shoes are not constructed in quite the same way. Look for shoes with good rocker soles and support, that use the original MBT technology. Do not use if you have balance problems though.

Oct 20, 2017 · What brand of turmeric is best for a diabetic? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Curcumin (concentrated form of turmeric used in supplements) DOES have side effects. I took it for several months because of its possible anti-cancer effects and had to stop it because it radically affected my oxalate metabolism, and will facilitate the formation of kidney stones (which I have a tendency to have). When I stopped taking the curcumin, my oxalate levels went back to normal.
I have taken metformin for many years and have no side effects. Metformin is quite safe.
Turmeric, the spice, is healthy at normal levels, in curries etc… but it is not good to eat it by the teaspoonful either.

Sep 7, 2017 · When is an endocrinologist necessary over a Primary Care Physician? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Well, metformin is a moot point for you right now, as you do not need it. I surely do not get side effects from it… though years ago, when I was first diagnosed I was afraid of it as well. I have actually even read “good” things about it now. Did you know that metformin has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28258677

As far as exercise, I think at our age (I am quite senior myself), just activity is good… I do go to a gym that has classes for older people, and I really enjoy their “yoga on a chair”. I should go more than I do.