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Misdiagnosed with Diabetes. What now?

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  • Posted By: Kylyssa
  • October 6, 2011
  • 03:25 PM

Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with full-blown type two diabetes and put on medication. The medication disagreed with me causing severe vomiting and diarrhea so I had to stop it. The number for my A1C that I'd been told was a 7 something which is a clearly diabetic number. But, my actual lab results were not a 7 point something but a 5.6, a number that isn't even considered pre-diabetic, and my fasting blood sugar was 83.

I got a test meter and for the last week I've tested, my blood glucose numbers run from normal to excellent. The highest number I managed to ever get was after I purposely ate a ton of sugar and carbohydrates to see what it would do. That number was a 128.

I don't have diabetes but there it is in my medical record.

I'm worried because most hospitals take a one-size-fits-all approach to inpatient diabetes treatment. My mother was diabetic but well-controlled on oral medication. However, when she was hospitalized, she would get shot up with insulin before every meal and suffered terrifying hypoglycemic episodes she never experienced outside the hospital. I actually have (and have been diagnosed with) lupus so hospitalizations in the future are a distinct possibility. Even if I didn't have lupus, everyone shares the possibility of getting in an accident or getting an infectious disease at some point. I am afraid that getting treated for diabetes I don't have while hospitalized could be very harmful.

How the heck do I get this wrong diagnosis off my record before it causes me harm?

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