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Going out of my mind

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 21, 2007
  • 10:56 AM

Well, actually I already did that, but that is beside the point. Anyway, I have a fairly long history (almost 10 years or 23) of mental illness.

Currently I am on 50 mg of Seroquel and 40 mg of Prozac. Now before I was put on Seroquel, I was 5'3, around 180 to 185 pounds, and am still at that- no weight gain with it except when I go above 50 mg; then I gain weight. I had a blood test done in March or April of last year and my fasting blood sugar was 89. Just to make a point, my doctor gave me a fasting blood test AFTER I ate a breakfast of pancakes. It was just a spur of the moment thing so I did not plan ahead and do not really know what my actual level was. I did not go on Seroquel until the beginning of July. Between then and the middle of August I was on much higher dosages until I finally settled on 50 mg and have done so since.

Anyway, my whole problem is I have heard of the link between Seroquel and diabetes and now I am sick out of my mind with worry. Researching on the internet is not easing my worries because all the sites are constantly contradicting each other- some say it can only come on if you gain weight with the medication, some say it can come on whether or not you gain weight, some say it can only come on with certain dosages, some say it can come on with any dosage, some say you have to be on the medication a long time for it to come on, some say it can come on suddenly. I have this constant hunger feeling in between the chest area and my belly button which feels like it could be relieved if I could just burp really loud. I have had this for several years but of course, it is cause for worry right now. I have constant pressure on my bladder. I feel like I am thirsty a lot along with a funky taste in my mouth but to be truthful I don't really know if I am thirsty or not. This has only been going on for less than a week.

I only know of 2 aunts on the paternal side who have diabetes. I am scared out of my mind and I do not know where to turn because I have no insurance so I cannot just go to the doctor. But I need to get a peace of mind somehow. And I also want to get off the Seroquel, but everytime I try to go off of it, I end up feeling so horrible, I go back on it. But I do not want to get diabetes. Unless I already have it. Which is what is upsetting me right now. What do you think? Does it sound like I have it?

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  • With a fasting blood sugar of 89, I would doubt that you have diabetes. Any diabetic would be dancing a jig with a blood sugar in that range. When I was diagnosed with diabetes my blood sugar was 540. And if this test was after you had a pancake breakfast (which means the results aren't a "fasting blood sugar"), but could indicate that you might have a rather low BS. I know that certain psych meds can cause weight gain, but try not to worry so much, because that isn't good for you either. Try to exercise, which is the best thing to do to prevent the onset of Type II Diabetes.
    KathyB 2 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 03:31 AM
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  • Off topic note: where I wrote "almost 10 years or 23" it should have actually read "almost 10 years OF 23".Yeah, I know that 89 is a good range (under 120 is good, correct, for a fasting?). I am just concerned since that was my number BEFORE I went on the Seroquel, if, due to the link between Seroquel and increasing blood sugar, if mine has since increased, not to mention my weight, low level of activity, and bad eating habits. I forgot to mention that I am a bit confused with my numbers. December of 05, I was terrified I had it back then and was extremely stressed and upset and I finally got blood work done and it was 88. A month later, I was hospitalized and according to my doctor, my blood sugar was in the upper 60's. Both of those tests were definitely done after at least 12 hours of fasting. Those are pretty big differences though. I don't know. Everyone in my family keeps telling me I am probably okay. I keep trying to not worry and I do need to get out and exercise.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 07:44 AM
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  • Okay, so I finally got my next door neighbor to test my blood sugar. It was taken about an hour after I woke up and after 12 hours of not eating and it was 56. So do I need to stop worrying?
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  • Anyway, I forgot to add that even though my blood sugar was low, I had no symptoms of low blood sugar. My stomach was rumbling a little bit, but other than that I felt fine. I forgot that a few years ago (back before I gained 40 pounds) my fasting blood sugar was usually around 66. Every so often, since I was little, normal weight or heavier, I get times where my blood sugar must drop because I get that awful shaky feeling with palpatations and cold sweats and as soon as I eat I feel better.I am just confused why my numbers would be so low the other day, because I do not know if it is considered hypoglycemia or not (Mayo Clinic says "A low fasting blood sugar for someone without diabetes is defined as a level below 50 mg/dL.") and now I am worrying again because I have read that hypoglycemia can lead to diabetes. My sister is a nurse and works with a lot of diabetic patients and she said I do not need to worry.Any advice? Should I try to go to the doctor? Also, can menstruation affect blood sugar levels?
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