Your blood sugar was what?? Did you take your bloodpressure meds this morning?

@Hatley (112982)
Garden Grove, California
April 11, 2010 12:03am CST
hi fellow mylotters have you ever had any experience taking doctor prescribed steroids? I had quite a scary experience that landed me in the ER. My blood sugar was 390 and when they got me in the ambulance my blood pressure was 210 over 69 which is way way too high. so spent all afternoon in the ER getting injections to bring down my blood pressure, two injections of insulin and I am type two who usually uses oral diabetic pills, and an iv of normal saline to flush out the steroids from my body,.It seems some diabetics cannot handle the steroids pushing up our blood sugar to much too high heights.The nurses kept asking me myname, my age, what year is this, what hospital are you in, what is todays date , so I knew they were concerned about a stroke. so finally they got my blood pressure down to a safe number and my blood glucose too, so was sent home.I took two more pills, then the last one I said no, you said I was done yesterday, so I tossed that pill .I will never ever let any doctor ever prescribe a steroid for me. they will have to use a safe medication instead.I almost died there b ecause of this.All this trouble because I had a allergic reaction on my right leg, all broke out. your intake please and your experience with steroids prescribed by your doctors.
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@vandana7 (40165)
• India
11 Apr 10
When did this happen? Thank god it is behind you. No - by god's grace, doctors have not yet had an opportunity to experiment with me. Though I do visit doctors at times, and the medicines they prescribe dont make a drop of difference, I blame it on my alien origin. Its true you know. I can never get malaria, even if I lived in a room filled with mosquitoes. Hopefully they dont get into my eyes, mouth, nose and ears though. :) Actually, may be I dont know how to describe my symptoms correctly. So I lead them the wrong way. :) Anyway, I believe in homeopathy. So it is unlikely that I will face this ever.
@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Apr 10
hi vandy this was last tuesday afternoon, my blood sugar was so high and i had such a bad headache I went to our nurse, who called my doctor's office, He told her to send me to the ER at once..Alien huh, maybe thats the key. I told my son and he said tell your doctor that since you are diabetic you refuse ever again to take steroids for any illness, suggest he will have to use a different medication . I was truly frightened in the ambulance as my blood pressure was way way too high, that could have resulted in a stroke. so I am really lucky.
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@vandana7 (40165)
• India
11 Apr 10
I am more lucky to have you. :)
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Dec 10
hi vandy thanks so much you are so sweet thanks.
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@voldrox (7202)
• India
11 Apr 10
I am sorry to hear that Hatley, i have no experience with steroids, I wish you don't need them to bring your blood pressure down.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Apr 10
hi voldrox no no the steroids were for a skin rash due to allergy I had on my leg but the steroids did a bad number on my blood sugar and my high blood pressue, I am okay now but it was sort of scary.
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@voldrox (7202)
• India
11 Apr 10
Oh.. hmm.. i had only heard about some of the side effects of steroids, anyways nice to hear you are back on track and doing good now Hatley..
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Dec 10
oddly enought the steroids did clear up the hives but not the small bummpy patch that now huge and defying various measrures. I am again on track but waiting for a referral to a wo und specialist to find someone who knows what that rash is and how to get rid of it.
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@AmbiePam (40209)
• United States
11 Apr 10
Ah, steroids. I have some mad memories of my doctors putting me on them. And yes, I said mad memories. Not sad or bad memories.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Apr 10
Hi AmbiePam wow, mad memories, well now i have them too, as my son suggested if my doctor ever again suggest steroids just say no as I am a diabetic and cannot handle the much too high blood sugars, just put me on a different medication. I was truly frightened in the ER as my blood pressure was so high too, so they got that down first then worked on my blood glucose levels and got that down also. so now I know better.lol
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@gabs8513 (48822)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 10
Hi Sweetie, I am glad that you are ok and back here with us please still look after yourself there as that will have taken it out of you As you know I need Steroids for my Lungs when they get really bad to strengthen the Lungs so they are able to cope and get rid of the Infections I have never had a bad Experience with them but they do make me more tired Your Doctor should have known this might happen and I hope he will think twice next time before he prescribes you anything that can affect your Blood Sugar or I will send your Little Man in the Doggie suit there to sort him out Big Hugs love you and please look after yourself
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Apr 10
hi gabs Yes I do believe that little man in the Doggie suit would indeed straight him out . I do blame my doctor for not having them give me more diabetic medications to combat that rise in blood sugar, as he did know the side effects. my son told me from now on tell him that he will have to prescribe a different medication precisely because you are diabetic.I sort of demurred when the nurse said I should go to the ER but I am so glad I changed my mind, as my blood sugar was so high that they gave me a large injection of something to bring it down first, then two shot of insulin and an iv of normal saline to wash the steroids out of my system. the ER doctor told me that some people on a lot of steroids do get diabetes from the steroids but it goes away once they are off them. My table mate Emily had steroids to combat her severe bronchitis but outside of being tired she was okay. seems the steroids make your liver make a lot more glucose which is dangerous for us diabetes as thats the last thing we need.lol. I feel so much better now,I prayed oh please do not let me have a stroke, He sure did answer m,e. hugs from Hatley
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@yugasini (12731)
• Anantapur, India
12 Apr 10
hi hatley, now your avatar is very very good ,thank god neither i have Blood pressure nor Sugar,now i have crossed my 58 years,nothing is there,but 5 years back i have in bed for 5 days due to heart pain,i am still taking 4 types of medicines regularly for the last 5 years,i am not at all visiting doctor for the last two years,i am ok,i am not taking any pills for any thing,i took some Voodhi(Vibhodi) of Bhagavan Venkaiah swamy ,put it on my forehead and some little in my mouth and swallow,have a nice day
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi yugasini I am also glad that God did not visit those problems on you and that you need not worry about your blood sugar or your bloodpressure either. I take it you are Indian? I had a good friend in my diabetic seminar a few years back, wellreally he and his wife were both good friends. They were from India now in the US of course. He taught me a few things about how he treated a lot of health problems with certain herbs and they did really work. I enjoyed that couple so much and did learn from them too. I am okay now but my doctor sure did goof badly so I will never take that steroids again as they are too hard on diabetics. some other prescription will have to be used. good luckGod bless.
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@yugasini (12731)
• Anantapur, India
14 Apr 10
hi hately, thanks for the response,in future i wish to stop taking medicines for heart trouble also,but my wife will not believe all these,but i believe so i am not taking any medicines now except the heart dicease medicines only,now i am ok,have a nice day
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Dec 10
Hi yugasini do be careful about your heart in fact it would not hurt to be seen by a cardiologist really.keep well now and be careful with what herbs you use.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Thank God ,you are back to normal. My health is very much okay. I pray the God to take along with out any problem. Wrong prescription also is dangerous in some cases.My wife was prescribed with insulin injection instead of tablets. For about 3 Years she was very much suffering.At last we found a doctor who told her to stop the insulin injection and prescribed tablets for diabetes.From the day she stopped insulin injection, she become quite alright.She started doing more work. Wrong prescription will also very harmful.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Apr 10
hi venkatachary i rememberin the ambulance prayingoh God do not let me have a stroke,the first thing they did was to give me an injection to lower my blood pressure from 210 over 69 to 145 over 69 and then my headache went away, then they got my blood sugar down by two different shots of insulin so now I am fine again. I am on oral pills and would not wantto take insuling injections either.
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• India
12 Apr 10
My present doctor says for my wife, oral bill is sufficient.There are some Doctors in a very big hospital simply prescribe insulin injection. When she was taking the insulin injection, she was suffering like anything and some Doctors added to fuel saying that she got to go with the insulin injection till her life time. Their prescription and statement proved wrong in my wife's case. I am strong believer of God. Now. God has shown me a doctor who is not greedy and the Doctor himself used to say that, that he is working for the satisfaction of his inner soul. Certainly, our good deeds will help us to get rid of, in such a situation, and with god's grace. Take care of your health. Happy myLotting.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi again shame on that doctor, I am so glad you wife can just take oral medicatins just like me. insulin is expensive and if she and I can handle our diabetes with pills alone so much the better.Yes we must be with god all the time, I prayed to him in the er andit sure did work.
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@dawnald (83884)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Apr 10
Yipe, no fun. How long ago was this? My only experience with side effects from steroids was stomach problems...
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi dawn a week ago tomorrow, last tuesday afternoon spent all afternoon in the ER having my bloodpressure and blood glucose brought down, also they kept asking me my name, the name of the hospital, what day and what year was it? they were actually checking to see if I had had a stroke but thank goodness I did not. I am fine now but no more steriods ever. my doctor will learn that I am angry about this and he did goof up there.
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@dawnald (83884)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Apr 10
definitely let him know, and I'm glad you're all right!!!
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
dawnald hi yep Iam finebut am going to give my doctor an earful.lol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
12 Apr 10
Good morning Hatley, has this just recently happened? I'm glad u are o.k. & sorry u had to go through this. I have never had to take steroids & hope i don't. U take care of yourself. Doctors just use us for guniea pigs. They have no idea what our bodies can tolerate but will give u anything. I am totally disgusted w/my dr. right now & need to find a new one but they are scarce here. Happy monday to u. Take care of yourself.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Apr 10
hi antiquelady yes last Tuesday afternoon, I had a horrid headache and had asked the nurseif she would phone the doctor and ask him to increase my diabetic meds. to cover thatvery high blood sugar. he wanted me to come in but that would have had to wait til the next day for transportation so he told mynurse to send me to the Er. in the ambulance my blood pressure was way up 210 over 69 so when I got to er the first thing they did was give me a large injection of something to lower my blood pressure then they worked on lowering my blood glucose, got it down from390 to 179 which was at least safe. I feel great now but am no longer on steroids and the rash on my leg is almost gone too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
12 Apr 10
Hi, I am sure glad u are alright & so thankful u didn't have a stroke, u are blessed. Been there done that & i was very blessed that mine wasn't worse than what it was. Take good care of yourself. hugs. jo
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi oh yes me too,as i have seen so many here in G old Crest that had strokes, and while now able to sort of get around, they have lost so much, but I missed that.never again will I let anyone give me steroids as i cannot handle them with my diabetes. lol.
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Nov 11
Hatley Yikes ...I am so glad this all turned out ok..this is very serious and we could have lost you I was on steroids once in my 30's...for some inexplicable reason I had epiglottitis ..my throat was closing to the point I couldn't swallow anyhting..I would spit it back up. I was in the emergency room for some time before they finally figured out I was reverting to my childhood...epiglottitis is a kids condition.. Anyway, I was put on steroids and all was fine.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Nov 11
hi stary steroids are fine as long as you do not have either diabetes or high blood pressure then they are not fine and the doctor should prescribe something else. You know I have some sort of spasms at time and I cannot swallow food until I drink quite a bit of water then its painful but it opens and I can swallow and I am not a kid at all. never went to the doctor with this as it does not happen all the time.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Nov 11
Hatley Physical problems suck...I wonder why God gave us those challenges..any ideas??
@mimpi1911 (25467)
• India
11 Apr 10
You did mention this in my discussion and I think there should have been some kind of screening before administering any dose of steroids. With that high a BP and BS anyone is vulnerable to strokes and MIs. I am glad that you are fine now. I remember once a patient got admitted with a similar kind of situation and narrowly escaped massive paralysis. He still undergoes regular physiotherapy. This kind of things keep happening here for coming from you its kind of shock. I thought they screen before putting anyone to steroids even if its a low dose. Anyway, I am really glad that you are OK now and know what's not for you. Take care dear.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Apr 10
hi it was a shock for me too, but I did not know much of anything about steroids. my doctor said it might raise my blood sugar so knowing that why on earth did he not increase my glyburide and my metformin to control that rise in my blood sugar , he did not do that, and finally after fighting for several days really high blood sugar I went to the nurse. she called my doctor, and he said get her to the ER at once. so in the ambulance they of coursetook my blood pressure, 210 over 69 much too high. so the first thing they did was give me a large injection of something that lowered my blood pressure. then my headache went away then they had to give me two separate shots of insulin to get my blood sugar down. Now I know its not safe for me as a diabetic to take steroids for any health reason, he will have to prescribe something else instead.
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@mimpi1911 (25467)
• India
13 Apr 10
I am glad, really glad Hatley. That was a major mistake and I know this won't be repeated again. Take care.
@ElicBxn (58179)
• United States
11 Apr 10
for whatever reason, my doc hasn't prescribed steroids to me - I'm going to guess that the pills might have corn starch in them. However, my mom twice had steroid ear drops and once a nose spray and she got a headache after taking them. The first time, I don't remember how long ago - but I think it was ear drops and she complained about the headache. The second time was in the fall of 1995 and was the nasal spray. Even after she stopped the spray she complained about the headache - until she was in a little car accident - she said her head went around in a full circle and her headache went away. Now, I had told her back then that I thought the steroids were what gave her the headache and she stopped the spray after I suggested that was the problem. About 10 years later she was again given the ear drops and mentioned that she had a headache. I told her to stop taking the ear drops and tell her doctor to put on her chart that she is allergic to steroids. My mom, you see, NEVER has headaches. She had a very dangerous stroke and didn't have a headache - so I knew there was a problem if she did have one. and speaking of steroids and diabetes, Maggiepie's cat got a cortisone shot and became diabetic, happily, she seems to have returned to normal.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Apr 10
hi elicbxn that was what me me go to the nurse,Inever have headaches andHiH my head hurt so bad it just seemed to pound. in the ambulance they checked my blood pressure, wow 210 over 69 much too high. the first thing they did in the ER was to give me a large injection that got my blood pressure down to safe level, then two different shots of insulin before they got my blood sugar down from390 to 179 which though higher than normal was a safe range. the minute they got my blood pressure down my headache stopped just like that, oh yes the nurse gave me an iv of normal saline, the ER doctor said that would flush out the s steroids out of my system. I never think of cats and cortisone but sure that would trigger diabetes as the steroid works on the liver to produce more glycose just what a diabetic doesn't need. glad she recovered from the diabetes.
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@ElicBxn (58179)
• United States
11 Apr 10
I, on the other hand, tend to get bad headaches when my blood sugar gets low. That's what took me to the hospital in 2008, my head hurting, and then they discovered that my gall bladder was shot - so my stomach hurt and so I wasn't eating.
• India
31 Oct 11
Mommy I was suffering from high BP for 3 years, was taking medicines regularly, it used to shoot up if i failed to take medicice even for oneday.. lastly i did the vedic breathing exercise as taught by Ramdeb baba of india for a long period, believe it is gone, my BP is normal 130/80 always, but though i had a hope to get cured from diabetes too, it didn't help me i have takem my bloodsugar meds, today it is 91 fasting and 115 pp after 2 hours of taking meals. Thanks for sharing Best of luck. Professor
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Nov 11
wow professor you are doing very well as I am now too. but then the steroids really messes me up.I told my doctor I would never take steroids again as it makes me ill with high glucose and high blood pressure too.I am very good 'at taking all my blood pressure meds too.
@ybong007 (6660)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
i heard that steroids help control psoriasis. This is the first time i heard that it complicates if you happen to be a diabetic. I glad you're OK hatley. That must have been quite a scare. Did you consider suing the doctor for putting your life in danger?
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Apr 10
hi ybong007 yes steroids are really hard on diabetics as they make glucose themselves then also nudge our livers to pour out glucose which is just what we do not need. I am upset with my doctor but he is a family doctor not an endocrinologist so he might not have realized when he warned me it would raise my blood sugar that it would make it go out of bounds. no I dont think I will sue him but I am going to see him this week and complain about him not upping my meds to cover the raises, he did endanger me. I am okay now.
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• India
13 Apr 10
It is always a problem when you take steroids. Of course, when small babies, have very high fever and their temprature is quite high, usually the doctors give some steroids to reduce the fever immediately. One more problem with steroids is, it is habit forming, and once you start taking steroids for pain or headache you are hooked for life.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi rameshjumaar57 I am fine now but never again will I allow a doctor to use steroids on me as i am a diabetic who can not handle them they shoot my blood glucose clear out of sight. he should have increased my diabetic meds to counteract the side effects of steriods.
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@Sreekala (12531)
• India
13 Apr 10
Hi Hately, I am really sorry to hear all these. How are you now? I hope you are doing much better now and wish for the same. I don’t have any such experience yet and my sugar and pressure is normal (sometimes I have low pressure). Take care of your health especially with the BP. Please stay healthy and happy.
@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi Sreekala I am fine now but am going to protest to my doctor tha he should have increaded my diabetic meds to cover that rise in blood suar by the steroids.
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@CHORES (231)
• China
13 Apr 10
small concert - a sophomore is singing
I'm sorry that you had such a terrible experince! I 'm shocked,too. I'm a student of medicine school, I can't believe what your doctor've done to you! I'm 20, so my blood sugar and pressure are fortunately in control.Isuggest you change a doctor amd keep good mood which are helpful for you be recover .My lot is a place we complain,but is is also a place where mylotters riceive encouragement.I think instead sharing terrble experience, we can show our sympathy and good wishes for you.Wish you have a happy and healthy daylife!
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
Hi chores yes I think my doctor should have known to give me bigger does of my glyburide and metformin to counteract that huge high blood sugar but he did not and that episide in the eR was really scary.
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@dorannmwin (36611)
• United States
13 Apr 10
I am so sorry to hear that you've had this terrible experience with the doctors. I personally don't have any experience with steriods. However, I do know that there are times that doctors prescribe medications and don't really think about other things that you are on and other ailments that you might suffer from. It was 2005 when I injured by back and was prescribed an anti-seizure medication to help treat it. At that time I was also on birth control pills. No one told me that the anti-seizure medication could render my ortho useless and I ended up pregnant and later had a miscarriage because not only did the anti-seizure medication make the birth control ineffective, it also caused miscarriage in pregnant women.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi dorannmwin I do think my doctor really goofed as did yours,they have the records of what all is wrong and what we take so they should check before just giving us something that could do real harm.
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12 Apr 10
So sorry to hear of your ill health. although i have to take tablets for high blood pressure and high cholestorol plus now i am taking tablets for a suspected ulcer, my doctor is brilliant , no complaints at all. But your experience sounds so frightening, please hopefully you are feeling better. look after yourself - all your mylot friends are worrying about you.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi margerydaw14 yes I feel great again but I have always felt great respect for my doctor but in this case he really goofed as had he prescribed an increase in my diabetic pills he might have spared nme the trip to the ER. oh my head was aching so bad, but once they got my blood pressure down the headache was gone. I was totally frightened when they checked my blood pressure in the ambulance and it was 210 over 69 so I could have had a stroke but I did not for which I am so grateful.thanks I am going to take better care of me from now on.
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@bounce58 (17552)
• Canada
12 Apr 10
Hi Hatley. I hope by now, that you'r myLotting again, that everything's back to normal. Or at least better than when you had that episode. No experience really with steriods, so I can't share anything. Just wanted to pop in here to see how you're doing.
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Apr 10
hi bounce oh a whole lot better since they stopped the steroid pills and now I know I cannot handle steroids with my diabetes. so if ever comes a time when my doctor again wants to prescribe them no way, give me a different medication as my diabetes cannot handle it. It pays to know more about medications before taking them this I have learned.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
12 Apr 10
hello hatley, the only blood pressure i remember that recorded 200/80 was after giving birth to my only daughter. i was left for a week at the hospital to make my erratic blood pressure go down while the baby was ahead of me, my mom taking care of her. the doctor was so worried some vein or whatever will get ruptured or that i suffer stroke, so he administered iv injections (which i feel like my lungs burn when they give it to me) and some oral pills. i was only 21 then and the doctor was so concerned. now i can relate to your doctor being all too concerned because of your age (if that is your age on your profile). i didnt have any allegies so i never experienced being given steroids. hatley, i am happy that you are with us and wishing for your better health in the coming days and years. take care always, ann
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@Hatley (112982)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Apr 10
hi tigeraunt oh yes I am 83 but mylot puts it 84, well anywayI think my high blood pressure was due to the steroids in my body too. they gave me an injection that took my bP down to 145 over 79 it had been 210 over 68 and they were also afraid I would have a stroke, they also got my blood sugar down to a normal range. I am feeling great now.
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