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A 24-year-old member asked:

can pain or tetanus shots elevate glucose levels? my son recently had both and his levels have been high.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Any stress a problem: The normal response of the body to any stressor include the output of Epinephrine & cortisol . The amount will be in proportion to the stressor;physical trauma(shot, fall, illness) or mental(fear). These chemical agents will push up the blood sugar thru a variety of metabolic effects.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: Both pain and shots ca cause a temporary increase in blood sugar levels. However, it is usually short lived. If the blood sugar levels continue to be elevated then consult your physician.

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