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Taking glimi for diabetes. Suffering from muscle pain. Uncontrolled sugar levels. Prescribed with istamet and macraberin. Why?

I am 56 ,male, 5 1 , 73 kg, diabetic for last 15 years and so far my sugar was in control. I am taking Glimi for diabetes and LNblock for heart . Since this winter of 2012 I have been suffering from muscle pain. specially back muscles.and my suger level is morning 180 and post lunch 280 Now my doctor has prescribed tablet Istamet and Macraberin. Why these tablets ????
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
You are suffering from uncontrolled diabetes and overweight.
There can be various causes for your back pain which includes arthritis,osteoporosis,dibetic neuropathy,obesity,myalgia may be due to use of anti cholesterol drugs etc.
You require a thorough investigations to look into the cause for your back pain.
Since you are suffering from diabetes for past 15 years,the oral anti diabetic drugs seem to be loosing their efficacy in you and this happens because of progressive destruction of beta cells of pancreas ( responsible for production of insulin ).
Your doctor has added ISTAMET in your prescription which is a newer anti diabetic drug.
It has to be seen whether your sugar levels get controlled with these oral drugs for diabetes.
Failure to respond to oral drugs,you may have to be put on injection insulin.
Be regular in your visits to your doctor and if your sugar levels remain uncontrolled,don't headirate o go for injection insulin.
It is very important to control your sugar levels meticulously to avoid future complications.
MACRABERIN is a B complex and has been prescribed to take care of diabetes associated neuropathy.
Do regular exercises and reduce your weight as this would not only help in better control of sugar levels but also help you n your back pain.
Get your VIT D levels also checked up.
Do take calcium supplement as diabetics develop calcium deficiency.
Answered: Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Akhilesh Dubey's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
You are known diabetic for so many years,you are over weight also apart from uncontrolled Fasting and Post prandial blood sugar level.
!80 mg/dl fasting and PPBS 280 mg/dl is high so your doctor rightly added combination of Metformin and sitagliptin which increases peripheral utilization of glucose and insulin sensitivity.
These medication should help you to have better control of diabetes, Macraberine is Vitamin B12 which is common deficiency in diabetes and causes peripheral neuropathy and even muscular pain which should help you.
In case blood sugar are not controlled by drugs and diet it is better to start Insulin therapy.
In case of back pain you should also see it is not due to spine problem like slip disc to rule out a MRI scan of spine should be done.
Please take care of diet, exercise and try to lose some weight.
Take care
Good Luck.
Answered: Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
With the available described symptoms, there appears to be possibility of partially controlled blood sugar with diabetic neuropathy.
Diabetes is a multi organ disease with involvement of almost all organs of body due to its complications.
Blood sugar both fasting and postprandial must be in controlled range.
Diabetes is due to progressive loss or destruction of beta cells in endocrinal part of pancreas.
When diabetes has been diagnosed, less than 20% beta cells remains in pancreas and progressive destruction of beta cells is still continuing.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist/ endocrinologist and should go for thorough neurological check up.
You should take proper treatment for control of sugar.
You should continue Macraberin and Istamet along with medications for diabetic neuropathy.
You should also take epalrestat, pregabalin/ gabapentin and oxcarbazepine.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gopal Krishnam Raju's  Response
istamet to control sugar macraberin to control istamet sideffect :)
Answered: Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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