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Diana_CT

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My readings have all been running in the mid teens and then this comes along totally out of left field when I haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary and it makes you wonder how legitimate the reading is or if it is related to the dreaded Dawn Phenomenon.

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FunDad62

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Record high temps & wicked storms this weekend.  This is so wrong for this time of the year.  And supposed to dip back in the 30's by Wednesday.  Welcome to Florida.

 

Y'all are making me want to get a puppy!  Put my beagle down just over a year ago and have been dog-less for only the second time in 25 years.  But being in an upstairs apartment is deterring me.  Lady across the hall just got a puppy and I hear them having to take her out for a walk at all hours.  And she barks nonstop whenever they're not home.  The puppy.  Not the neighbor.

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adiantum

7.1

Dogs are wonderful companions but they too have needs.

They need mental stimulation if they've been left at home alone often.

Me being retired is ideal for my dog, but I walk him before I go out  assuming he will sleep until I return.

 

@Hammer Thanks for this, it explains why I'm wide awake at 2am if Ive had a couple of drinks......

 

"I'm thinking maybe whiskey (or other distilled spirits) as a solution?:)  The only down side is that, all alcohol is a depressant at first, then hours later, it becomes a stimulant as your body tries to filter it out of your system

 

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steel

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sorry to be a nuisance guys, but here's the latest in steel's health saga.

i've talked here about shortness of breath, from the blood loss. well the past couple of days, it intensified to the point where i had to sit down several times while cooking to catch my breath.  i am super fatigued, can only walk short distances  and have chest tightness and heaviness. add to that, yesterday i developed pain in both arms. ended up going to the ER. they said ecg was normal and no heart related or blood clot related enzymes were elevated. kept me for a couple of hours, repeated tests (negative), did a chest CT to rule out blood clots because a medicine i took to stop the bleeding increases risk. it was also negative. they've booked me for a persantine mibi scan to check out my heart. it's a nuclear stress test.

diabetes does seem like the end of the world at first, but when worse things come up, it gives you a lot of perspective. Blood sugar is doing okay. Not seeing the fasting in the 5s byt see them in the evening. anyway, oh and they checked my oxygen levels but they were 100% so it wasn't an issue.

 

i honestly have no idea how i went from being an active 30 year old to dealing with one health crisis after the other in a matter of months, to getting to a point where i can barely walk without shortness of breath yet again (and its not the hemoglobin because mine is 11 now..usually takes a couple of months for it to go up but i am getting close to normal in 3 weeks). i am obviously worried. it's been very taxing emotionally. it's very overwhelming.

 

thank you guys for being like my online family. this is one place where i can come and give health updates, without feeling ashamed or embarrassed.

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meyery2k

@steel - You are sure going through a lot!  Please let us know how you are doing.  As you pointed out, we are family, and we care about you. I hope you will soon be back to being the active 30 year old again! ~ Mike

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adiantum

Hugs @steel.. we can take feeling great  for granted until something as awful as this comes along.

I hope someone comes up soon with an answer for you .

Lee

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Hammer

An 81 (4.5) for me today.

 

Steel, I had the same symptoms...tightness in my chest when I slightly exerted myself, shortness of breath, and I'd get slightly lightheaded when I stood up sometimes.  I saw my doctor about it and she wanted me to have a nuclear stress test done.  When she got the results of that, she wanted me to have a cardiac catheter procedure done, which isn't anything to be worried about.  They found that one of my major arteries is 20% blocked, which they told me wasn't anything to be concerned about, since it was typical for someone my age (65).  My other major arteries were all clear, but some of the smaller blood vessels were blocked.  One was 99% blocked, which they felt was the reason I was getting the tightness in my chest, and another smaller blood vessel was 60% blocked, and one other was 70% blocked.  They told me that the smaller blood vessels were too small to put a stent in, and that they normally treated them with medication, so they put me on two more blood pressure medications.  I asked them why I needed two additional blood pressure medications, since I was already taking two, and they said that, while these other two medications were used to treat high blood pressure, they also helped to reduce the angina (the tightness in my chest) that I was experiencing.

 

If your insurance covers it, maybe ask your doctor for a cardiac catheter procedure to see if your arteries and smaller blood vessels are okay.  The procedure isn't that big of a deal.  They have you lay in a bed where they prep you.  They prep you by inserting an IV into your arm, then they wheel your bed into the procedure room.  Your bed is placed under some type of machine.  They give you something in the IV to keep you calm, but you are awake and able to talk to the doctor the whole time.  They next make a small incision in either your wrist or your groin (mine have always been in the wrist), and because of what they gave you to keep you calm, you don't feel anything.  Once they've made the incision, they insert a tiny tube into the incision and push it through the vein to move it up close to your heart, all the while watching what they are doing on a large monitor that I was able to watch also.  Once they've gotten the tiny tube close to your heart, they release a dye and watch as it flows through your heart and arteries and the smaller blood vessels around your heart.  They then inject something into the IV to make your heart speed up, then see how your heart and arteries react to that. 

 

Once they've done that, if they should see some type of major blockage in one of your major arteries, they remove the tiny tube and insert a stent right there and then, to open the blocked artery.  In my case, there was no need for a stent, so they just remove the tiny tube, place a special type of wrist wrap over the small incision site to prevent the site from bleeding, then wheel your bed back to it's original location.  You lay there for a number of hours while the IV is helping to flush out the dye.  After about three hours, you are released and go home.

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steel

@Hammer

 

Thanks for sharing your experience. I went with an older relative for her angiogram, so the procedure doesn't scare me too much. There are good reasons for why it's considered the gold standard in diagnosing CAD. While my health care plan should cover  the angiogram, at my age (30), it's very unlikely that I'll be considered a good candidate for it ..except of course if my stress test comes back horrible (which I really hope and pray it won't be).  If the mibi scan comes back okay, I don't want to stop at that. I will then get the CCTA CT angiogram of the coronary arteries which gives a very clear picture of how your coronary arteries are doing. If my CAC score (which measures calcification in the arteries..early sign of atherosclerosis) is good, then there shouldn't be a need for a cardiac catheterization. But if it isn't, then that would call for it.  I really don't want to end up needing stents at 30.  My cholesterol was good and a always has been..my BG is averaging at 113 or 115 since diagnosis..so  I am hoping I haven't done extensive damage to my heart already.

 

My arms and legs have been hurting so much. Today my whole face was hurting. I have no idea what's going on with me, but I can't wait to find out. I really don't want it to be heart disease or anything worse. This has just been an exhausting couple of months.

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Hammer

Steel, good luck with the tests.  Myself, I guess I inherited my mother's genes, since my father's side of the family had heart issues.  My dad died of a heart attack when he was 39, so I figure I'm fortunate in that I didn't inherit the genes from his side of the family.:)  I also have good cholesterol levels.  The highest they have ever been was 179, and they are now at 127, so I'm surprised that I have any blockages in any of my arteries or smaller blood vessels.

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Hammer, 39 is so  terribly young.  I'm very sorry. I'm very glad you didn't inherit these heart related genes. Your point about cholesterol levels reminds me of something i read that except in cases of familial high cholesterol levels, it is overestimated as a cardiac risk factor. I just read that a few days back that the issue is more hyperinsulinimea.  I think that's probably what puts t2 and even those like my aunt who developed diabetes at 76..and those who may have high insulin levels but never become diabetic..at risk of CAD more than cholesterol numbers. 

 

 

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FunDad62

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Ok here's my heart story.  One day after mowing the lawn in the Florida heat I took a shower and sat down with a glass of wine.  I remember very distinctly feeling this warmth move from the back of my neck down my chest and abdomen. I thought well that was weird.  Not painful.  Almost soothing.  From that day on I would get short of breath when exerting myself (treadmill, mowing the lawn, etc) and I had this constant ache in my neck and shoulders.  I had already been getting yearly stress tests so I never thought cardiac issues.  After a MONTH of this....I went to see my GP and he did an EKG and also said it was normal and offered to admit me for more tests but we both agreed I would go see the cardiologist instead.  So a week later I went and saw the PA.  She did another EKG and also said it was normal and that I "didn't appear to be in any distress".  My yearly stress test happened to be coming up in 10 days so she said we'd see what that shows.  Now I've been walking around like this for a month and a half when I went to get the stress test done.  Everything was proceeding like always.  They got me wired up and I got on the treadmill and the doctor started it up and began watching the monitor.  He even commented that he could tell I'd been exercising because it was taking my heart longer to get up to max rate.  The tests are usually 12 minutes.  At the 10 minute mark he reaches up and stops the treadmill without saying a word.  Weird but ok.  I sat down huffing and puffing while he kept staring at my EKG and he finally turns around and says "Ok, what we need to do is call rescue to take you to the hospital.  You have 90 to 95% blockage."  I laughed.  I said you're kidding right?  I felt fine.  I asked if I could just drive myself to the hospital and he said no.  Then he pulled out a bottle of nitro from his pocket and sprayed it under my tongue.  Ambulance carted me to the hospital and I had angioplasty and got two stents.  I was 42 years old.  My parents were healthy.  All my siblings were healthy.  Lucky me.  Now it's 13 years later and I've never had another problem.  I did stop smoking when that happened so I'm sure that was a big contributor.  You just never know.  Even the thoracic surgeon said he would've never suspected blockage for me at my age.  Just had my yearly stress test and all was fine.  I've been to theme parks and ridden all the wild rides.  Ran a couple of 5K's.  Everything's been fine since.  But I easily could've died.  My cardiologist saved my life.  He's retiring at the end of this month.  I'm gonna miss him.

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upon my friend's insistence, i took an antihistamine...and it helped the shortness of breath and chest tightness. this morning you guys...i was getting short of breath just brushing my teeth. :blink: i was like...okay this is getting a bit out of hand. i talked to a relative who's had a bypass surgery, and she told me that even when nearly all her major arteries were over 95% blocked, she could brush her teeth without getting short of breath. she was in a very awful situation but is doing very well after her bypass 15 years back. her latest mibi scan was great, and she has no symptoms. she's active..so the bypass grafts are holding up well. but yeah, she also suggested i take an antihistamine and see if it makes a difference. i am still getting the heart tests the doctor ordered and seeing a cardio and a lung specialist.

 

but yeah i am not feeling back to my usual self yet, but i have had some relief. i couldn't walk more than a few steps without shortness of breath, but i walked for 20-30 minutes today with mild shortness of breath that almost went away by the time i got home. i checked my blood pressure as soon as i got home (was curious), and it was 118/76. pulse rate was 90. i am not feeling like i have sub zero energy. now i get up off my bed or chair, and walk over to the next room without a thought. earlier it was a chore. i'd plan it like..okay now i have to sit up in bed...stop and catch my breath...then stand up...pause again...then slowly zombie walk my way to the other room..then rest. it was bad..like yeah.

 

anyway, just wanted to share with df family here that i am doing somewhat better today and may just have unearthed a tiny clue into my problem. i'll keep everyone updated on the heart tests. praying the heart is okay.

 

@FunDad62

thank you for sharing your story! that's crazy. i am so glad you had a life saving procedure done asap. my aunt also got by without a heart attack or stroke despite massive blockages in her coronary arteries. her stress test was stopped within a few minutes, and she was taken to a bigger hospital where she had her bypass surgery. it does make one think...one is  truly blessed to have these diagnosis before it's too late.  plenty of people clear their stress tests year after year and suddenly have heart attacks the week after clearing a stress test. it's disconcerting.

 

i watched the documentary widowmaker, and it taught me a lot about the medical establishment exploiting people with heart disease, not using diagnostic scans like the coronary CT (which is much cheaper than the angiogram and has a 97% accuracy rate in predicting and diagnosing coronary artery disease and should be the test given even to people who clear stress tests..as they only catch cases with over 70% blockage despite cardiac events being common at far lower percentages of blockage) The coronary artery CT helps give a CAC score (amount of calcification in the arteries..evidence of atherosclerosis). i am going to get that test, even if i have to pay out of pocket. kinda like with diabetes, doctors are lax on preventative measures.

 

 

 

 

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FunDad62

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@Steel - Yes it was very disconcerting since like you said, I had passed all of my previous stress tests.  The six months after were very mentally challenging.  Every waking moment I could feel my heartbeat and just knew it was going to stop at some point.  Thankfully I finally came to terms with the fact that it was fine.  Something like that makes you realize we are really mortal.  That's a real awakening.

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