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Dr is puzzled

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  • Posted By: bellevue
  • January 23, 2007
  • 04:24 PM

I posted a few days ago about not having a fasting blood glucose test. I had one done this morning and waited for the results. The test showed a 90. The dr and I were both pretty well convinced that I had diabetes. I'm 41, overweight, have had 4 babies all over 9 lbs, a history of diabetes in my family, I am constantly thirsty and have a rash that will not heal on my lower legs. I also have paresthesias in my upperback. Toss in extreme tiredness and malaise and there you have it.

The dr said he was surprised and had no idea what was causing everything. I think if it wasn't for the rash he would think I was making it all up.

Could the tests be wrong (they did a A1C a couple of weeks ago which was 5.3)? Any ideas of what else it could be?


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  • I would strongly suggest asking your doctor for the following tests:1. Antibodies for Hashimoto's thyroiditis (not just a standard TSH thyoird test). This low thyroid problem can cause all of the problems you described and it goes hand-in-hand with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.2. Instead of having glucose tolerance and fasting glucose tests you should ask specifically to have your insulin levels checked. Your normal fasting glocuse and a reasonable A1c cannot rule out insulin resistance syndrome, pre-diabetes, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Again, all of which could be causing your symptoms. You could be overproducing insulin in order to maintain these normal blood sugars and a classic sign of over production of insulin is having weight problems.And least likely, but still possible, is a condition called Cushing's Syndrome. It is similar to polycystic ovarian syndrome (and please don't think because you have had babies you cannot have PCOS which can cause infertility -- but not always) but is treated differently. A hallmark of Cushing's is a round or "moon face" appearance or hump of fat on the back. It is good that your doctor is so concerned, even if baffled. Sounds like you make a good team and will get to the bottom on this. To help educate yourself, you might wish to look at the following link to a chart that compares all of these conditions I described: http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/disorders/cushings_syndrome_chart_1.html#chartAnd here is a link to a chart that compares diabetes (you could also have LADA and not type 2), the symptoms and test that can rule out things.http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/symptoms/lada_chart_1.htmlGood luck in figuring out your health puzzle. I hope the solution comes soon and is good news!Lahle WolfeIslets of Hopewww.isletsofhope.com
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    • February 12, 2007
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