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pattyci
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

I had a light case of shingles on my sciatica nerve which I have had five times in the past. Last case about four years ago. This time though my sugar has been running higher. I was just 244 and thinking that I am getting some liver dumps cause I've felt hungry, but not feeling well enough to eat much and the high numbers happened a couple times today.

My doc told me not to take my humalog at night time, so haven't and drinking plenty of water, took my pain med, and med for shingles. Does anyone know if this may be making my numbers higher?

Thanks,

Pattyci
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Brenda8859
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

I've had shingles, they cause a lot of STRESS and stress makes our BGs go higher because of the pain. Also, it's possible the shingles meds and pain meds could cause a spike in BGs. You might tell your PCP about the spike and ask about upping your diabetes meds for the time being. Brenda
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morrisolder
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

I have never heard of Acyclovir causing blood glucose numbers to increase, but shingles sure will, especially when they first hit and the shingles are strongest. AFter you get past the initial shock, they won;t be as high, but still might be higher than usual.

That is how it worked for me, anyway. I do not take insulin, but would suggest talking with your doctor to see if upping the dosage would be appropriate.
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pattyci
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

Thanks Brenda and Morris. Right now, sugar is like a roller coaster at times. Now I am 160, which is lots better but nauseated, so hopefully it don't just crash cause do not feel like eating.

Doc is out of office tomorrow, so will call Friday morning and just keep trying to control sugar as best as I can.

I haven't had any rest much either and that may be another thing making it worse. Hubby fell last week and need to help him alot.

Thanks,

Pattyci
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xenablue
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

I had shingles 6 months ago and it certainly played havoc with my BG numbers. The medication didn't make a difference though, and only taken for a week, but my numbers were still higher for weeks following.

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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

pattyci (7/22/2010)
I had a light case of shingles on my sciatica nerve which I have had five times in the past. Last case about four years ago. This time though my sugar has been running higher. I was just 244 and thinking that I am getting some liver dumps cause I've felt hungry, but not feeling well enough to eat much and the high numbers happened a couple times today.

My doc told me not to take my humalog at night time, so haven't and drinking plenty of water, took my pain med, and med for shingles. Does anyone know if this may be making my numbers higher?

Thanks,
Pattyci


Hi Patty,

Shingles on the sciatic nerve!! That's like double trouble.

I see you say you're on a sliding scale already. It's likely that the doctor will give you a different one for this problem.

If you don't feel like eating perhaps this is one case where you could have some juice or even ice cream. You need something to keep the liver happy.

Hope you feel better soon.

Lizzy
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pattyci
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

xenablue (7/22/2010)
I had shingles 6 months ago and it certainly played havoc with my BG numbers. The medication didn't make a difference though, and only taken for a week, but my numbers were still higher for weeks following.



Xena



Thanks, Xena. These are awful things to get, aren't they? I know they have a vaccine out for them now, so going to have to ask Doc about it.

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pattyci
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

Hi Patty,

Shingles on the sciatic nerve!! That's like double trouble.

I see you say you're on a sliding scale already. It's likely that the doctor will give you a different one for this problem.

If you don't feel like eating perhaps this is one case where you could have some juice or even ice cream. You need something to keep the liver happy.

Hope you feel better soon.

Lizzy

Doc told me before he never saw anyone get them on the sciatica nerve before, but is always where I get them.

I wish Doc would would let me try Lantus or Levimir once a day to see if that would give me better control, but he says that is for people over 400-500, and he said he is afraid I will go too low at night with it.

I was better this morning. I only slept six hours though and it was 154 when I got up and I ate a couple tablespoons of peanut butter and I checked in an hour and was 134. Before lunch, I was 142. I drank a can of Glucerna, which is better than something hot right now.

Thanks so much,

Patty
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

wish Doc would would let me try Lantus or Levimir once a day to see if that would give me better control, but he says that is for people over 400-500, and he said he is afraid I will go too low at night with it.


Oh my, that's not a good sign. It's also not true according to many of the folks here and a lot of what I've read. If a person were to wait to have levels that high they'd probably have a lot of damage by that time.

You might want to consider seeing a new doctor, one who specializes in diabetes. I know it might surprise you, but many doctor know very little about it.

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 All About Carbs

Resources For The Un-insured and Discount Medicine and Equipment

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Lizzy's Blog
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morrisolder
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Can shingles affect blood sugar?

Good sign/bad sign--

I would agree with Lizzy that your quote from the doctor indicates that he might not be the best person for diabetes. It sounds like he is worried about your ability to follow a detailed program, that if you try insulin, you wil inevitably take too much and go low--that doesn't have to happen.

but those lower numbers sound very good--like maybe you have gotten past the worst of it now. You might see those numbers for while now, as the shingles gradually improves, but perhaps your doctor is right to the extent that insulin might be overkill at this point...
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