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Diabetes - non classic symptoms no answers from doctors

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 13, 2006
  • 00:41 AM

I haven't been keeping my diabetes II under very good control for the last two years. Levels have been high and finally in August ended up in emergency room for levels over 500.

So, the last 4+ weeks trying to get medical help and the story is too long on that subject.

I can't get any medical professional to give me straight answers. They all have different answers or just tell you to wait for test results.

Beyond the classic diabetes symptoms I have constant nausea, spacey feeling, visual spots, vertigo, balance problems, extreme fatigue, hypo to hyper within hours of each other and even being on meds for the last 4 weeks my levels still get high especially in the morning - usually over 200.

Again, I know I let the situation go, but I have never felt so ill in my life.
Even with the meds, exercise, and going back to a better diet, I am not feeling any better or getting any better levels. I know it takes time, but I have gotten back control before and never had such a long time of illness.

Has anyone out there experienced or know someone who has experienced such constant and dibilitating symptoms for so long? Finally getting a primary physician, I again have to wait another 2 weeks for test results but the above questions were not addressed by the physician. All I got was, 'we have to wait for the test results.' I even asked the doctor, "if the symptoms I expressed were normal for having high levels?' Again the answer, "wait for the tests." Another thing I guess because I look alright, I am not being taken seriously even when I say, I have never been so ill and I don't know how much longer I can exist like this.

I am a person who does not like to complain: could it be that I am not being taken seriously because I don't know how to express how bad this is? :confused:

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  • i am not a doctor. but i have type 2 diabetes. i control mine with only medication. try to ask doctor about diet change and exercise. there is insulin shots. also there is meters out there for you to check your blood. but the thing to get your number below 200 is to stay away from fast food restaurants, non-diet pops, fried foods and junk food. you also need to start some type of exercise, even if it's 20 minutes of walking a day.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 14, 2006
    • 07:49 PM
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  • Have you checked into PCOS? Thats what I have. Haven't been treated yet, just dxd and had a whole battery of blood tests done. Will see doc 11/1 for the treatment he wants to do. Check into it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2006
    • 04:57 PM
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  • Have your doctor check for islet cell cancer right away!I myself had trouble no matter what I did I felt so sick.my sugars were all over the place no matter what I did !I took about every kind of pill there was to take but, they worked for a while and then I had to go on to the next!finally the doctor told me he was running out of meds for me! he never paid attention to my blood cells when I had tests done they were not I guess scary enough to pay attention to but, any irregulars should be checked out!I was always tired,my stomache hurt for any digestion(I went through alot of peptol bismol) I just wasn't like what I call a normal diabetic! I have had this alot of years before it was found because no one paid attention,eventhough I was telling them my symptoms! The doctors don't put 2 and 2 together to figure things out!Now it has spread to other organs and they really can't do anything for me now! There is just sooo much I can't tell you here on this site,Just have them check it out at least to rule it out! this cancer is not to fun to deal with!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 04:22 PM
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  • First off, you -have- to try to control your blood sugars better. Non-compliant patients really tick docs off and that might be one reason they aren't as willing to help you, if you don't stick to the regimine, then they probably figure you wont do the next thing they tell you to do, so why bother?Anywho ... The symptoms could definatly be partly due to your diabetes, and/or caused by the damage the diabetes is doing to the other parts of your body. You can get diabetic retinopathy, Cornary artery disease, disease of the coratid arteries etc etc. So first, take your meds exactly when you should be, there are many drugs out there that help. Metformin, Actos, Byetta, Januvia all have their place and work. If however your sugars still aren't controlled on those, then you may need insulin injections, but if you are having a hard time following an oral med regimine, an injection schedule will be even harder for you. You'll need a baseline injection like Lantus followed by injections of Humulog most likely before meals, and you'll have to take multiple finger ****k/glucose checks through the day to help your doc monitor your sugar levels so they can titrate your insulin levels to exactly what you require.In terms of PCOS there will be other signs, BMI > 30, excessive hair growth many times, irregular menstral cycles etc. You need to control your sugars first to eliminate that from the equation then focus on any other problems that still may be there.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 03:12 AM
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