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Many symptoms, diabetes or something else?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 30, 2006
  • 09:51 PM

Hi, I'm a 25 year old male, who is currently experiencing some troubling symptoms. Some of them are more recent, while some have been developing over the past 2-3 yrs.

Chronic Fatigue (3-4 years)
Ezcema (2 years) on hands only, and dry skin.
Wounds are slow to heal. don't form scabs quickly (recent)
Tremors (was diagnosed as Genetic, or familar, tremors, 7 yrs ago, worse now)
Achy Joints (lots of crackling, neck, shoulders)
Face muscles feel very tired (recent). eyelids look droopy.
Cannot gain weight (i've always weighed the same since i was a long distance runner in high school, but recently have thinned out in the face, eat all the time and can't gain any weight)
Excessively dry mouth/lips.
constantly thirsty
urinate somewhat frequently (although i do drink some coffee during the day, makes it much worse, probably not good for the tremors too)

The thing is that in high school i was perfectly healthy and a state champion runner.

The scariest part is that i think i have just experienced a transient ischemic attack or something similar. i was at a bar and had only 2 pints and smoked a cigarette ( i had smoked for 2 and a half years, but had recently quit). i was speaking with a friend, when i felt the onset of nausea, my vision began to blur, and i had a hard time saying, "i'm going home." i lost some coordination and walked down the stairs, almost stumbling at the bottom, once i got to the sidewalk, i had a very hard time seeing distinct images and could not control my stumbling. i felt like i was going to fall down. through this whole episode, my mind seemed fine. i was thinking, "control your legs!" and "try not to fall over" and all my thoughts seemed lucid and controlled, while my body did not. this feeling then lifted after 5 minutes or so. i felt a little "out of it" for almost 30 minutes afterwards, as well as a little freaked out.

what freaks me out the most about this is that this is the second time this year that this happened. the first one was actually worse, in that i fell down and couldn't get up for a bit. then it passed quickly. my friends who witnissed it said that i looked very pale during it. the sensations were the same as the latter episode. i had written off the first episode, but since it happened again, i am very concerned.

does this sound like diabetes or something else? i am going to get tested for it this week.

i am also a graduate school chemist, so i am wondering if i have exposed myself to some toxins, possible heavy metals (which i'll also get tested for, i guess)

anyways, anyone have any advice, opinions?

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  • classic signs of diabetes are excessive hunger, thirst and urination. Dizziness and such are also related. TIA is a possible complication of high blood sugar. sounds likely to me. Any fam. history?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 09:59 PM
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  • my paternal grandfather was diagnosed with diabetes (type I i think) when he was 16-17. other than that, no.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 10:19 PM
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  • That is pretty significant family history in itself. The symptoms sound pretty straight forward. Get checked. Best of luck to you!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 10:40 PM
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