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17% A1c with strange events leading up to it.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 23, 2008
  • 10:55 AM

My name is Kevin and I was recently (2 weeks ago) diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I am 23 years old and attend Kansas State University. I am trying to get to the bottom of what is currently going on with my body, and was hoping that I could get some intuitive views on what my different symptoms might be caused by. So far, my doctors have not been able to help much. We are still waiting for the overall test results to be back from when I spent time in ICU. Upon having my A1C tested by the local health center, I was informed that my A1C level was 17% A glucose reading of around 530 mg/dl. The night previous to this, I am about 95% sure that the reading MUST have been well in the 1200 range.

The main reason that I am posting this is because of peculiar symptom that lead up to my diabetes diagnosis. In the month previous to the diagnosis, I noted blood in my stool, and a tearing, searing pain during defecation. The stools (when they have occurred) are always dark blood red. I have noted that this seems to be curbed by a dietary supplement of more whole grains, fruits and milk.

I am worried about this occurrence because the original diagnosis of my symptoms at the time that they were affecting me was hemorrhoids. I was given Anucort 25mg Suppository, which seemed to make it go away for a while, but out of the blue one day, after not having a bloody stool for a while (and a good 3 weeks after stopping the use of Anucort) it happened again.. Up until that point I had healthy stools for around 1 week.

I am currently not experiencing these problems, the two times that it happened was 2 weeks ago and one week before that. Like I said though, my daily meals consist of fruits, whole grains, nuts, milk.

If anyone has any idea what type of problem this might be leading up to or what the root cause may be, please let me know. I want to be able to treat my diabetes effectively, and after an A1C level of 17% with no signs of neuropathic damage, I count myself lucky, and am starting to take my life just a little bit more seriously.

Thanks in advance for your ideas,

Kevin

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  • You probably need to have a colonoscopy...you could have polyps or something else.Take care.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 24, 2008
    • 04:46 AM
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  • Hi Kevin,Sorry about the bleeding and trip to the ICU. Were you in the ICU for diabetic ketoacidosis (which can lead to coma?)?If so, there are several things that can precipitate it: infection, even minor onesnew-onset diabetes (most likely)problems with insulin administrationstressothers...It sounds like both your sugar and hemoglobin A1C were high because you did not know you had diabetes yet, and probably had high sugars for a while. Then maybe the bleeding made the sugars jump up really high, making you more acutely ill...I'm wondering if maybe the bleeding could be from hemorrhoids, and perhaps some bacteria from your colon entered your blood stream (infection) or perhaps the worrying about the blood (it's pretty scary to see blood in your stool) could have been stressful enough to bring your sugars up even further. This may have exacerbated the already high sugars and sped up the DKA process.Sorry you ended up in the ICUIt sounds like you need to get to bottom of the bleeding (no pun intended) and need a colonoscopy to be sure it's not something more serious, such an inflammatory bowel disease. The type 1 diabetes puts you at risk for other autoimmune diseases including IBD, so it might be worth looking into.Again, I'm sorry about the ICU visit and your recent diagnosis. Hopefully the rectal bleeding is just from hemorrhoids (I had bleeding once and got scoped and it was just hemorrhoids).Best Wishes
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2008
    • 05:51 AM
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  • Please provide a follow-up on your diagnosis/condition.My name is Kevin and I was recently (2 weeks ago) diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I am 23 years old and attend Kansas State University. I am trying to get to the bottom of what is currently going on with my body, and was hoping that I could get some intuitive views on what my different symptoms might be caused by. So far, my doctors have not been able to help much. We are still waiting for the overall test results to be back from when I spent time in ICU. Upon having my A1C tested by the local health center, I was informed that my A1C level was 17% A glucose reading of around 530 mg/dl. The night previous to this, I am about 95% sure that the reading MUST have been well in the 1200 range.The main reason that I am posting this is because of peculiar symptom that lead up to my diabetes diagnosis. In the month previous to the diagnosis, I noted blood in my stool, and a tearing, searing pain during defecation. The stools (when they have occurred) are always dark blood red. I have noted that this seems to be curbed by a dietary supplement of more whole grains, fruits and milk.I am worried about this occurrence because the original diagnosis of my symptoms at the time that they were affecting me was hemorrhoids. I was given Anucort 25mg Suppository, which seemed to make it go away for a while, but out of the blue one day, after not having a bloody stool for a while (and a good 3 weeks after stopping the use of Anucort) it happened again.. Up until that point I had healthy stools for around 1 week.I am currently not experiencing these problems, the two times that it happened was 2 weeks ago and one week before that. Like I said though, my daily meals consist of fruits, whole grains, nuts, milk.If anyone has any idea what type of problem this might be leading up to or what the root cause may be, please let me know. I want to be able to treat my diabetes effectively, and after an A1C level of 17% with no signs of neuropathic damage, I count myself lucky, and am starting to take my life just a little bit more seriously.Thanks in advance for your ideas,Kevin
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2010
    • 03:04 AM
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