I seem to be having lots of discussions with folks lately about Symlin. I thought I'd throw up a graphic of my Trends Summary from Carelink. It has 3 periods on it. The first is when I was on the initial sample I received. Second is when the sample was gone and I was fighting with insurance to cover it. And C shows the results since I was able to start it again. The trends summary just shows averages, I am still getting some swings, but I am now able to adjust things so they are starting to go away.
You'll notice when I started initially, my numbers almost immediately started trending downward, coming off of Symlin caused my numbers to immediately trend up again, then coming back on the Symlin again produced a downward trend. The numbers have been much more consistent day-to-day, I just don't get the wild swings.
For me, it has been very successful, but how it will work for others is between you and your doc. I also don't work for these folks in case anyone is wondering, it is just that this product has made such a dramatic difference that I wanted to share some good news for once, usually I'm complaining about something in these things.
The worst side effect for me is the nausea. It faded after a few days the first time around, but seems worse this time. I should probably have started at a lower dosage then ramped up after a couple of days, but I started this time at the higher dose because that was where I was at before. Hopefully it will fade soon.
It definitely kills my appetite also. I had been trying to go lower carb (notice I said lower not low), so I might have some soup and half a sandwich for supper, around 45 carbs... with the symlin, I can only get the soup OR the sandwich down, trying to get both in there really makes me fill ill. I take the Symlin when I bolus, I could probably take it a when I sat down to eat, but I'm afraid I'd forget to take it. I'm old and the memory is starting to go, you know...
Again, this whole insulin resistance thing is just the latest wrench in my works. It does fit the overall problems that I was seeing tho. But it just makes me still wonder, will I get totally resistant to all insulin analogs someday? And if so, what then?
Stay tuned! Same Bat Channel! Same Old Guy!
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