I was misdiagnosed twice with my diabetes. First, by an eye specialist, second by a general practioner.
The first symptom for which I sought treatment was waking up one morning and literally not being able to see. I had a massive change in my vision, like I was suddenly short-sighted. So I thought it was allergies or something, so I went to see an eye doctor (an opthamologist), they did an eye test, proclaimed that I had 20-20 vision, and sent me home with eye drops for allergies. With hindsight, I think they thought I was lying in order to get sick days off work. How their eye test went so wrong I have no idea. Unless I somehow fluked the correct letters through my blurred squinting vision. But they seemed skeptical of my story even before the test.
So the eye problems came and went, thinking it was allergies, but really going up and down with my sugars.
Eventually I saw a GP, and was diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, because I was about 30, so it couldn't be juvenile. I was sent home with diet instructions to avoid sugar (but carbs were ok!) and to check my sugars. I still had high sugars (surprise), and I had symptoms like nausea, so I was probably close to DKA.
A week later I finally saw an endocrinologist and was finally correctly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, given insulin, etc. He said I was days away from ending up in the ICU.
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