Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Medicine

Lately I've been feeling out of sorts, and not just because of my shoulder and neck. My right pinky finger is staying numb. I wasn't sure if it was my shoulder/neck problem (because in certain positions) my whole hand goes tingly but then it goes away.

I suspected my blood sugar was high, and a new meter confirmed it. In fact, it confirmed that I can eat almost nothing but an egg, a cup of cottage cheese and a small sandwich for the entire day and still my numbers are in the 190 to 250 range. Scary crap. I had my blood test on Monday, and the results, back today already (yay) show that my A1C is 9.1. Holy crapola. It's been in the 6.5 range for years. In fact it was 6.3 in 2014. I don't think it was ever as high as 9. I take Metformin. I did some reading. Apparently Metformin (the safest drug) becomes less effective after some years. I think I've been on for at least 16 years.

So....my doc prescribed Januvia. Well, I was reading the info on it. Hopefully it will be the miracle drug I need to get back into shape, because honestly, I don't want to check out yet. Hopefully I won't be one of the few who gets the serious, even life-threatening side effects. Oh, GOD please protect me from harmful side effects, please let this work for me.

At this point I don't know a better alternative, but I will discuss my concerns with my doc. Thankfully the clinic is 5 minutes down the road, and the hospital is even closer. I really want to be healthy. Hubby is working so hard for us.

Update...results of my therapy session with the Chiropractor, the muscles in my shoulder and neck are loosened now, but I still have the pain in my neck (in certain positions) which can make my shoulder ache and my arm tingle. Diagnosis....pinched nerve in my neck. No more looking up, don't lean forward and look up. Try to rest with my chin down. He said I need an X-ray, then an MRI. Apparently only the MRI will show anything, but the way Medicare works, you must have the X-ray first.

Options, if it doesn't resolve on its own....cortisone shot (in the neck...gads!) or fusion of the vertebrae if the MRI shows a degeneration that is causing a pinch that won't resolve. Those are things to be determined. I see him again on Thursday.

I'm feeling a bit better than I was this morning. The weather is nice, it's sunny, and really my Lab work is good, the only flags, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Everything else is working. It's been 19 years since I had Chemo and I'm still here, in relatively good health.

The picture I took looks terrible. My phone really takes bad pictures. Maybe I'll bring my camera on Thursday.

Well, this post is all over the place, but so are my emotions today. I took my first Januvia pill and my blood sugar is already down where it should be. My doc's office called and said they want to put me on a super low dose of Lipitor to bring down my Cholesterol. It's a statin. I have pain problems with statins. I've been on Crestor, Zocor, and Tricor (not a statin) in the past. Too darn much pain. I can't function with all that pain. Besides, it's inflammation that causes heart blockages, not Cholesterol, oh, that's still not widely regarded.

I miss my husband. He's working nights, so my evenings are spent alone, watching the sun set and getting moody. Once it's dark (like now) I'm ok, just bored. In mid-June he switches to days. We are eagerly awaiting spring so we can go to Pike Lake and cook out.


A :-) said...

Oh wow - I didn't know that you are diabetic. I hope they can get this all figure out for you.

candy said...

Yes, but it was never a huge problem for me until now. Working at Walmart seemed to be my undoing...stress maybe