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    Cortisone and blood sugar
    laura2gemini2 posted:
    So this morning I had to get a cortisone shot in my shoulder (OWWIE!). The dr told me it will cause in increase in blood sugar, but he really didnt know how much or for how long. I know everyone is different, but has anyone had any experience with getting steroid shots and how it affected your sugars? I'm trying to find out if it'll be messed up for a few days or a few weeks since I have my endo visit comming up.
    teddybear200 responded:
    Laura when I had my cortisone shots each time it raise my sugars into the 180's but only for the first day, 2nd day my highest was 150. By the 3rd day I was in my normal range.

    Like you mentioned everyone is different - that is how it work for me.

    I hope your shoulder will be on the mend soon after your shot. Deb
    One day I will soar on wings of an Eagle - Deb
    phototaker responded:
    We've talked about this a lot, Laurie. You must have been new or missed it. Cortisone shots DO send your bs levels up. My doctor told me that "before" he gave me my cortisone shot for both my frozen shoulders. It went up and then down to normal again. You'll be fine.
    laura2gemini2 replied to phototaker's response:
    Yeah, I know it causes high blood sugars. I was wondering for HOW LONG the shot causes high sugars. Few days? Few weeks? Thats what I was asking.
    laura2gemini2 replied to laura2gemini2's response:
    That, plus how much sugars were affected. Little? Lot? My sugars today have been super high since getting my shot, over 250.
    phototaker replied to laura2gemini2's response:
    Laura, sorry...mine lasted one day, BUT I really was super strict that day, no whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, no tiny red potato, mostly green vegetables, protein, a salad, nuts, etc. I drank a lot of water, and went for walks. That seemed to help after a while. I think the highest I went was 180. I don't remember now. I knew I was getting it and was super strict BEFORE I got it , too.
    1226moonwillow responded:
    I have had several cortisone shos in shoulders and thunb.
    I never have had it affect my sugars.1226moonwillow
    nwsmom replied to 1226moonwillow's response:
    I have a Rituxan infusion scheduled for Monday (for RA). Part of the protocol is an IV corticosteroid. It makes my sugar really spike up...I'm not sure how high, but I really feel awful and have a nasty headache...however, it goes down by the following day. Last time I was able to convince them to modify their precious protocol and give me only a half dose...felt a lot better!
    teddybear200 responded:
    Laura - just thought I'd re-comment on this because yesterday I need another shot in my knee with the knew replacement - I tested my sugars before bed 2 hrs after eating and I was 185, this morning I was 147. I was going to test again tonight to see how the shot changed my sugars but I can't ....... I guess I wanted to say yes it does change your sugars. How did the shot work for you? How did it affect your sugars?

    I now am on an antibiotic for yet another bladder infection so my numbers will be really off for the next week and a half.
    One day I will soar on wings of an Eagle - Deb
    nwsmom replied to nwsmom's response:
    Replying to my own post, I think they may have given me the full IV dose of methylpred on Monday...developed a nasty headache, and at bedtime my bG was ~200mg! By yesterday morning, it was down where it belongs, thank goodness. When I have the next infusion (in two weeks), I'll make sure they break with protocol, and give a half dose!
    richie3d responded:
    yesterday june2nd my sugar was 60 after my shoulder shot at the end of the day it was 340 this morning, it was 223. should be going down soon as I increased my inulin
    babyday16 replied to nwsmom's response:
    Oh I can so relate. I am type2 I had two cortisone shots in my hand yesterday. I had the worst headache ever!! I didn't think it would go away. My normal blood sugar runs in the 150 and down range. Imagine my surprise when it was 331 yesterday before lunch!! This morning it is only down to 290 but the headache is gone. I found one way of keeping my bs under control and that was with nutrisystem women's diabetic diet. Since I work its the easy thing i've down. You have to watch it close as I have had some hypoglycemic incidences. I joined to get my bs under control, if I lose any weight than thats a plus!!!
    stitch4ever responded:
    I got two shots 11 days ago and my blood sugars are still sky high. Since I have been trying to lose more weight (I already lost 100 lbs.) I really don't want to take the extra insulin to bring the sugars down. I've been getting shots like these for about 5 years but never had my sugars stay elevated for this long before. but, to be honest, the shots worked much faster this time and I would still do it again. Sorry!
    brunosbud replied to stitch4ever's response:
    No need to apologize, stich4ever. There's been many, many questions, here, as to why cortisone injections raise blood sugar levels sky high. Cortisol, a glucosteroid, is often referred as the "stress" hormone released by the pituitary gland. It increases blood pressure, causes the body to break down muscle and fat to create sugar, reduces inflammation and weakens natural immune system response...

    ...Gee. Am I the only one who suspects that the genesis of Type 2 Diabetes may, in fact, have little to do with "diet" (and, everything to do with lifestyle)?
    davedsel2 replied to brunosbud's response:
    "...Gee. Am I the only one who suspects that the genesis of Type 2 Diabetes may, in fact, have little to do with "diet" (and, everything to do with lifestyle)?"

    No, bronosbud, you are not the only one that believes this. Think how our lifestyle in general has changed over the past few decades. Modern conveniences like the automobile and time-saving and work-saving appliances have increase our inactivity. I am 57, and I remember walking places with my mother when I was younger. She never learned to drive, and we would walk miles each way to shop or visit friends and relatives. Now I see my sons jump in their cars to drive two blocks to a convenience store for very unhealthy, processed foods.

    While diet does play a factor, I also believe our general life-styles have greatly contributed to both the obesity and diabetes epidemics.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.



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