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8/7/11 1:47 A

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Normal bodies take about 3 weeks to acclimate, some take longer... and some never do. I fall in the last category.

The diarrhea is one of the common side effects of metformin. so is nausea... and the others are right, when ever you feel lightheaded, TEST. It's a fair bet that your glucose level will either be sky-high or dropping too fast too low--or a combination of the two.

I once had a really horrible "crash" at work (scared the you-know-what out of my employers as well as me!)--Felt like I was going to pass out, shaky and sweaty-- all the classic signs--but the insurance on my new job hadn't kicked in yet and I was waiting for my first pay check to buy insulin: it dropped from 400 to 200. They called my "DH" at the time, to take me home... kept asking if they could call me an ambulance instead. I felt better once I had eaten something and had a rest--and was back at work the next morning.

You just have to learn to read the signs for your OWN body, as we all react in different ways--and the only way to do that is test and log and test some more...

But it isn't rocket science, and emoticon Just take one thing at a time, and learn as you go...

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8/6/11 7:19 A

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I check my bs 6 to 9 times a day. I am at the point where I need to adjust my meds (oral only) on doctors orders. The best thing you can do is test, test test. That way you will know what foods will spike your bs. Definitely test fruit, for some people any fruit will spike bs. Others it may raise bs only a few points. And different fruit (or any food) can have different readings.

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8/6/11 6:25 A

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welcome dee, i wanted to let you know that i to check my blood sugar three times a day.

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8/5/11 2:52 P

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I totally agree w/PYNETREE's advice. I was taking my BS on awakening, after breakfast, 2 hrs. later, after supper, before bedtime (and inbetween if there's been a significant change in my levels). Once things were stabilized, I went to 3 time/day (on awakening, 2 hrs, before a meal -- alternated lunch and supper -- and before bed.

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That is where I am and once you have been really educated in this you will most likely get there too.. Take care , we are here. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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8/5/11 1:58 P

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I think he did one of those tests, but I'm not 100% sure. I have tons of medical problems and have regular testing done every 4-6 weeks (bloodwork, etc.) He may have told me those numbers but to be perfectly honest, I saw so many tests results that day and so many different numbers that I can't say for sure. I was in shock I think. I do remember him saying that if I get the weight down and the numbers down that although I'd always be diabetic, I would be a diet controlled diabetic instead of medicine controlled. THAT is my goal!

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DEE were you ever told what your A1c test was. Have they even done an A1c, I might have missed seeing that .

I also had and just today my DH had a Glucose tolerance test. He had high morning numbers and for us this is the second step our Dr does before going to the meds.

I had an 8.8 A1c and decided to do Spark people and it got down to 5.6 and I went off meds. The last A!c was 5.5 so as long as I eat right I hope to keep it there. Take care, your educator will help you too. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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Yes Dee, In the beginning I'd check as often as you can, just for the education value...to see how YOU are reacting, to meds,food, stress,exercise, etc. It will really let you get to know why you are having certain feelings. You won't need to check as often once you know your highs and low's , recognize these feelings, and know what triggers them. Best of Luck.. emoticon

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Ok, I guess I didn't give all the info in my post. Let me see if I can make more sense. First I got a phone call from the doctor's nurse on July 25 saying the tests were positive for Type 2 diabetes. I saw the doctor on July 29th (I am in college and had finals between the 25-28), he prescribed Kombiglyze XR, which is a combo pill of saxagliptin and metformin HCI extended-release tablets. He told me to set up time with a diabetes education. I always fill scripts at the same pharmacy and did make sure nothing I was taking messed with this. I had the pre-screening with the diabetes educator on August 4th, that is when I got a meter. So I've only been able to test for not quite 24 hours yet. I have talked to doc and he said that the side effects are normal and to be patient. I'm not good at patient.

I may have jumped in too quickly. But since I didn't get a monitor until yesterday, I wanted to try to do things right so right after seeing doc on July 29, a friend suggested Spark people so I jumped in full force. I'm working really hard to follow the diet and exercise and getting enough water. I'm having trouble meeting the dietary goals, I'm not getting enough of most of the calories yet I feel full.

Question on the monitor, the diabetes educator that I had my prescreening with (classes don't start until 8/9) said to check my sugar twice a day. Should I be checking more often?

If I didn't say it before, thank you for all the help.

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8/5/11 10:27 A

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Dee, As usual lots of advice on here. Are you on Metformin? When I started on Metformin I felt the same way you explained you are. My Dr. just said "let's stick with it till your body adjust." I checked with my Pharmacist who took the time to question when I took it , and make suggestions to change the pattern. Told me that the GI Track issues, were common, and would probably not last more than 21 days or so....(they did stop).
But the biggest hint I can give you is to test, test, test! and journal or track EVERYTHING! Note your morning Fasting Blood Glucose, How you feel, what you ate, when you took your meds, BG two hrs, or 3 hrs.after a meal, any exercise you did, what was going on in your day, etc...for everyday! This will give you and your Dr, and Diabetes Educator a great picture of YOUR body's reaction to certain foods, meds, stress, illness,and exercise. Your diabetes Educator will love you for keeping a detailed log for awhile, and your Dr. will have a better idea of how you are reacting to meds, and you will learn what foods spike BG (pizza for me) , how exercise effects your BG (lowers mine), and what Stress, or Illness do to BG #'s. So test often and journal.
This is a great site emoticon Good luck...and Welcome...you are on the right track...Education! Learn everything you can about Diabetes, and YOUR body's reactions.

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Pretty much a re-do of the advice you've already gotten.

1. check for information on the net AND with your Dr. and/or pharmacist re: side effects of the med(s) you're on. It's kinda hard to be any more specific about it without knowing what you're on.

2. DEFINITELY check your blood sugar during these spells. It could be hypoglycemia. Keep a log of your nutrition and blood sugars.

3. Our systems are all different, but my blood sugar does rise a bit after exercise, too, but then it shows a significant lowering within 1/2 hr. to 45 minutes. Again, log your experiences and blood sugars pre and post exercises.

I was initially on ActosplusMet then 3 months later I was switched to Metformin twice/day @ a lower dose. Now as of March 2011 I have been off all meds. (I was initially diagnosed in Jan. 2010 -- the 20th @ 9 am, but who's keeping track, right!) I joined Sp in Feb. 2010 and since Nov. 2009 have lost 92 lbs. That has made a HUGE positive impact on all areas of my life.

Hang in there. It took me about 2 weeks for my body to acclimate to the ActosPlusMet. It helped though.

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your blood sugar went up because of dawn syndrome (it doesn't just happen overnight)..you need a small 15 carb snack with protein before you exercise and that won't happen the liver pushes out that sugar in response to the brain saying i don't have enough and the stores come from the liver thus higher sugars without having eaten
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8/5/11 8:58 A

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I can say when I exercise my BS goes up and I wonder why that is? It will come down a little about 30 to 40 min. later. We are all different. If it was me and that was happening to me I would test and see what my BS was at the time, keep a log and I would let the doctor know.

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Exercise does lower your BS, so back of for just a while till you get the meds issue sorted out. If you are taking a splittable pill ask Dr if you can split it for a while.

Another good place besides the internet is to talk to your pharmacist and be sure if you are using OTC supplements give your Dr and pharmacist the list. I hope this is reolved soon.

Good luck with diabetes education. Be sure to talk to your educators so you can get to know them. They can be very helpful to you, there is a lot to learn Keep track of all of your numbers in your log book too.

When you feel "OFF" dizzy or anything you might think about testing your BS especially after any exercise to see if it is getting too low. Pat in Maine. emoticon

Once you learn what to do, it does get better and becomes a way of life to most, like cleaning teeth. We all have to learn to manage this to stay healthy. Pat

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What are you taking and do you test when your not feeling crappy and when you do? I would call the doctor back and just say this isn't right.

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are you checking your blood sugars when you feel lightheaded??? you fell..that speaks to me of low blood sugar right there and when that happened you needed a blood sugar test right then when the sugars are low you feel crappy..as a new patient you need to know the signs and things but better than that even you need to know where you stand (or slide down the wall or fall)
drink more water you need to wash the toxins out of ther body yes you will get over these are you eating with the meds?? if not you need to for sure but i'm betytiing as a new diabetic you are not monitoring the blood sugar levels and you need to do that just so you know how the body is reacting
come here and we are here for you..but call your doc for sure
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and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

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Are you testing your bs? You should not feel crappy unless your bs level is too low.


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Sorry folks here are very helpful. A few weeks I was adjusting to new meds too. But think I finally leveled out.....morning readings are still not where I want them but I guess life does go on.

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What kind of meds has he put you on? Look them on the internet and see if these are normal side effects and if there is anything about how long it might take to acclimatise.

It appears you have already talked to your doctor but if it persits, definately talk to him again. In the meantime, how much water are you drinking?

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I'm newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as in one week ago. I started meds (a combo pill) and I am doing my best to follow the diabetes diet that I've looked up on here and other recipes that I've found online. I start diabetes education classes next week.

My problem is how long am I going to feel crappy on these meds? I get light headed, dizzy, I fell in the shower last night (after exercising) and I know this is TMI but diarrhea. I'm scared to leave the house because of getting so lightheaded and even "cloudy". My doctor said I am acclimating to the new meds and it will take a bit of time. But how much time? I hate feeling like I'm whining about this...I just feel crappy...

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