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Issues with Freestyle Libre

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by kzlorenz, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Teasdel

    Teasdel · Newbie

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    I've found that the sensors don't stay on the full 14 days. The last one dropped off my arm after 8 days. Am very careful when dressing and undressing. Have enquired to the Libre website but have had no reply. Will now try Opsite tape. Thanks.
     
  2. hooha

    hooha Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    HI lapwing - if you are a recent type 2 why not try the Newcastle diet ? Google guardian newspaper uk richard doughty how i reversed my type 2 diabetes. It worked for me. No meds, no diabetes although my lazy [ ? ] old fashioned [ ? ] uk GP did not recommend it, tried to discourage me [ this is a common situation ] and I had to get on myself, research it, do it and then phone him up . He listened to my slightly angry notification that i had FIXED MYSELF WITHOUT ANY HELP OR ADVICE FROM HIM, then just after a bit of silence came up with ' Congratulations' So watch out for negativity agents and do your study. good luck
     
  3. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Newbie

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    T1 since 1970 (living in the UK then!)

    Hi, I was an early Australian adopter of freestyle libre (June 2016) and have used it continuously since then (up to a period of about one month ago). I adored this device for the first 6 months but now have I have two issues
    1) Since January 2017 I have been having some bad reactions to the sensor glue (see image) - skin is raw and irritated when I remove the sensor. Abbott have suggested I contact a dermatologist - my diabetic specialist and nurse are unable to help.
    2) The big one - the last 4 sensors have all under read drastically (eg blood sugar is 5 and libre reader is LO, bs 7 and libre 4), which means it is zero use for night time hypos. Abbott have sent me a couple of replacement sensors but they don't appear to be any better.

    I am wondering if the skin irritation has somehow caused my body to respond inaccurately to the reader, whether I've just been very unlucky with (so many) faulty sensors, or whether I should try to get Abbott to replace my meter...?

    Any advice gratefully received, though Abbott are really good about replacing sensors they're not very open to discussing any issues (eg has the glue changed or is it just a facet of a T1 diabetic's compromised autoimmune system).

    ps managed to knock off a couple of sensors near the end of the 14 days, but not a big issue.
     
  4. RFSMarch

    RFSMarch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You are not alone - I am out for work in Singapore and I have just had my THIRD sensor die before its time and this one had a very similar weal left under the sensor and over the top where the tegaderm layer was.

    I don't know if it means I am allergic to the skintac, the tegarderm and/or the glue but the last two sensors in particular, the area at the top under the tegaderm has itched from time to time, something fierce.

    I have switched to the other arm with the spare- thankfully this one was just 2 days before expiry - the other died 6 days before and Abbott sent me a new one. I think I might only use the tegaderm film when I am going to the gym + pool/steamroom/sauna as I had one just fall off my arm the first time I went, with only 7 hours of life left, and the new one which was on place was lifting off hence the tegaderm.

    I don't think it would be the greatest idea to transport a manky sensor back to the UK though, and as i can't really call them from here, I think chalk this one down to bad luck but it read super low all day and that was after having a jacket potato with cheese and beans, a caramel waffle at Starbucks and then a plate of pasta in the media centre!

    I usually take my blood pressure on my left arm but as I am not doing that while I am out here, I think it won't matter too much and I think just swap arms for now to give the other time to heal.
     
  5. AlexMagd

    AlexMagd Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've just started using my third sensor and this one seems to be running about 1.0 below my finger prices- have been lucky previously with both only giving me 0.5 below. Will see how it goes but the variation is annoying - at least it's still within a reasonable amount!

    With regards keeping them attached I use tegaderm platers
     
  6. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Newbie

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    So, I'm posting again after Abbott have sent me a new meter. 3 of the last 4 sensors have under read drastically (eg reading LO when actual blood sugar is 7!), the fourth was bad for first 4 days but then OK. So far the new reader isn't looking that much better (4.1 for a bs of 6.9), but I'm hoping it will improve after the initial 24 hours. I'm thinking it's probably my body, but I'd like to understand why it worked so well for 6 to 8 months and now reads so badly... Not sure I entirely believe in worn out arm/arms but could an allergic reaction to the glue extend down to the interior of my arm and affect the readings?

    Has anyone had any luck on getting Abbott to tell them what's in the glue?
     
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