Acetaminophen and Dexcom sensors do not agree. Acetaminophen changes interstitial fluid in a way that interferes with the readings. I find that a real value of 100 can be displayed as 300 within 60 minutes of taking acetaminophen. The best thing to do is to move your receiver about 10 feet away for a 3-4 hours. Then bring it closer and see if the readings look more normal. For me it takes about 6 hours before they display normally.
I move it away so my stats don't get screwed up by the highs. I've asked Dexcom support to modify the software so I can flag a set of readings to be ignored for stats purposes. So far they've not done this.
FYI, because of this issue I've only had acetaminophen about 5 times since starting on the Dexcom in March 2007. And I'm allergic to other painkillers. :-(
In your recent post, you asked, "What am I missing"? Just to clarify, my original response was along the lines of "Wow, can't imaging being w/o my meter". Agreed, Animas/LifeScan isn't required to replace the meter. Perhaps an offer of a short-term rental could have helped.
Hello Dave, that is good news. If the Animays can export the data then we can learn to analyse it. Both files would be interesting for us to see which format is better to import. Would you mind to share one or two weeks of your data with us? If so you can do an upload on the Glucosurfer.org site. Unfortunatly our server had a hardware problem today but I am optimistic that this will be fixed tomorow...
Hi David, welcome to TuDiabetes! I have just seen your reply to the Animas VS MiniMed discussion. Is it possible to save the pure data that has been collected with the Animas pump? You have written that the software itself is helpful but I think that some kind of backup functionality will offer more freedom of choice for the processing of your data.
I cannot take my Symlin in advance of eating, as I get very nauseous if I do so. I take the Symlin immediately before eating (or sometimes even after my first bite of food). I might be doing it wrong, though, as I don't have any decrease in insulin requirements. However, it works great for my post-prandial glucose levels. I normally either do a square bolus over 2-3 hours or just wait a couple hours after eating and then do a normal bolus. It seems to work very well for me in that I have almost no rise in my blood sugar after eating. However, I take about the same amount of insulin (just at a later time) and haven't lost any weight. I am taking it just for post-meal high blood sugars, so this works great for me and I absolutely LOVE it. I think most people take it immediately before eating, so you might try that. Do you feel sick when you take it and don't eat? Does it make your blood sugar drop too low? There is another girl on this site who has been taking Symlin a lot longer than me and she may have some additional information about it. Her page is here: http://tudiabetes.com/profile/Andrea70
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