Yesterday I went to a hip doctor and I was diagnosed with bursitis in my hips. Nothing terribly serious it happens to a lot of people but the pain is often unbearable. I was told that physical therapy and steroids were an option for treatment. I did not have to take the steroids but I was anxious to kill the pain even only if temporarily.
I was a little tentative about the decision to take steroids because I knew it would have an effect on my blood glucose. Boy, did it ever, I went up to the mid-300s by evening. I changed the basal rate on my pump and that seemed to lower my levels a bit.
It was not an easy decision though I made it seem so with my quick answer. I had a feeling that no matter the diagnosis I was going to be treated with steroids so I contemplated it on my drive to the doctor. I made the decision because the pain was also raising my glucose level in my blood, so it seemed to make sense that if I address the pain I could deal with the highs all at once.
Diabetics have to make these tough choices sometimes. It is not always easy, but we have to do whatever it takes for a better quality of life. The pain was so intense that I had to call of work on Monday.
I have taken to eating a lot less carbs while the steroids take effect. I am hoping all of these measures will compensate for what the steroids are doing to me. I am just happy I finally have a diagnosis and treatment options for it. It is a minor inconvenience that in the end will be worth it.