Allergies! Diabetes! Hospital admission...what a week!!!

@Debs_place (10524)
United States
May 2, 2008 8:53am CST
My husband was admitted to the hospital 2 days ago with severe allergic reactions and abdominal pain. They really could not find a cause for either of the problems after multiple tests, blood work and 3 trips to the emergency room He just called to tell me he is being released today. He is a type 2 diabetic and there is a medication called Byetta he started using in January or early February and they think he developed an allergy to it. Of course, the pen that he started using had just been opened so maybe it was a bad lot. Either way, he is on his way home today. Have you ever heard of this? Any experiences similar to this? Have you used Byetta? Any problems? Type 2 diabetics what are you doing to control your diabetes?
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@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I am a Type 2 and I use Metformin tablets. I take it twice a day. The one thing that seems to bother me is a reaction to artificial sweetners. I avoid it when ever possible since it cause severe gut cramps and diarrhea. I no longer drink regular soda pop since I can't tolerate the sugar. I drink my tea unsweetened. Exercise is my best defense and if I eat something with a sugar content then I eat protein with it to balance the peak that it causes.
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jun 08
I have with avandia for diabetes two. I gained forty five pounds in a week, my legs balloned out of sight, then I got anemia and osteo as other side effects from avandia. Now I am on metformin and glyburide and doing great. never used byetta but know some are allergic to it as I was to Avandia.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 May 08
I am diabetic too, I am on riva metaformin, so I don't know anything about the medication that your husband is on. I know I get bad allergies to flee bites, it feels like someone is holding a match to my feet and legs when I get bit by a flea. I hope your husband is doing better now.
• United States
2 May 08
I'm a type II diabetic and have it under good control. To achieve what I've done, a person has to do several things. First, give up sugars. I have all but given up artificial sweetners, too. This actually is important (giving up artificial sweetners) for 2 reasons. 1) Using artificial sweetners causes you to retain your 'sweet tooth' and crave sugar. Break the habit of needing something that tastes sweet completely. 2) Artificial sweetners still provoke an insulin response in type II diabetics. This causes an extreme excess of insulin in your system. This has numerous bad effects. Many diabetics actually feel better and can control their blood sugar better after giving up artificial sweetners. Many doctors don't seem to know or believe this. Ignore them and give up the artificial sweetners. Second, you have to exercise. A minimum of the equivalent of walking a mile a day is ideal. This really helps quite a bit. Third, test your blood sugar regularily to learn what foods you really should and shouldn't eat.