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DeusXM

Think you might have diabetes?

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patricia52

Also maybe the person is just not getting a straight answer from their Dr. My fasting bg was117. The Dr. placed the lab results in the folder and never called me. I had had a high fasting bg at a health screening a few weeks before requesting the bg test and finally called the Dr. office and asked what the results were. When the nurse told me I ask, do you not think 117 is a little high? No, was her reply. anything under 126 is not diabetic. Duh. It is pre-diabetic and I needed help. I did not need a diagnosis just advice on how to find the help I needed and a little assurance that I was not being unreasonable.

 

Most of the time when people come to this web site they have figured out the answer and just want assurance that they are not crazy. They don't need someone insulting them. They need encouragement to go seek the medical attention they feel they need. It does not hurt me to show a little compassion.

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DeusXM
Most of the time when people come to this web site they have figured out the answer and just want assurance that they are not crazy. They don't need someone insulting them. They need encouragement to go seek the medical attention they feel they need.

 

Precisely, which is why the advice is 'if you're not sure, see a doctor'.

 

We can help people who think they have a problem. We can help people who know they have a problem. What we can't do is look at a list of symptoms someone lists in a post and then confirm whether or not they have diabetes. That's the whole point of this thread - it's telling people to seek assurance from a source that can give them a guaranteed answer.

 

This protects us all from the worst case scenarios of telling someone with diabetes that they don't have the condition and don't need treatment, and telling someone without diabetes that they do have the condition.

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Tropo
Oh I'm so glad someone else has the chronic chest infection thing going on. I've had it all last year and no antibiotic on the planet has helped. Going to the doc again next week. What have you done when you have it?

 

Most of these infections are viral and antibiotics can make you weaker. You'd probably be better off without them.

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Tropo
Precisely, which is why the advice is 'if you're not sure, see a doctor'.

 

You've definitely got a lot of faith in doctors. Good for you.

 

I don't share your faith. The important thing is to hunt for the right doctor and that's a job in itself (difficult where I live). I think "see a specialist" is a better idea.

 

2 years ago when my doctor ordered some liver tests he threw in a BG test. My FBG was in the mid-200's. After I went over the results at home, I had to go back to the doctor to ask him what was up with the high BG. He didn't even mention it when I was in his clinic, and most would consider FBG in the 200's as fairly significant.

 

When someone tells me "see a doctor", it reminds me of the waivers you sign when you join a gym...see your doctor first before you partake in an exercise program.

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DeusXM
You've definitely got a lot of faith in doctors. Good for you.

 

I don't share your faith. The important thing is to hunt for the right doctor and that's a job in itself (difficult where I live). I think "see a specialist" is a better idea.

 

Hardly 'a lot' of faith.

 

I just think that a doctor who is able to actually see you, test your blood sugar, administer A1Cs and c-peptide tests is probably in a far better position to give you an accurate diagnosis than someone who's read a couple of sentences you've written on an internet message board.

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Tropo
Hardly 'a lot' of faith.

 

I just think that a doctor who is able to actually see you, test your blood sugar, administer A1Cs and c-peptide tests is probably in a far better position to give you an accurate diagnosis than someone who's read a couple of sentences you've written on an internet message board.

 

I agree, but once I've been diagnosed by a competent doctor I would feel more comfortable learning from the experience of long-time diabetics who post on this forum.

 

I've read a report on this forum where a doctor prescribed diabetic medicine to a person who was obviously only in the very early stages of pre-diabetes. Most doctors are just too gung-ho with their prescriptions and don't have the time (or knowledge in many cases) to help people control their conditions with lifestyle changes.

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Harold

I've read a report on this forum where a doctor prescribed diabetic medicine to a person who was obviously only in the very early stages of pre-diabetes. Most doctors are just too gung-ho with their prescriptions and don't have the time (or knowledge in many cases) to help people control their conditions with lifestyle changes.

There was a study several years ago in which one of the prediabetes groups were given diabetic medicine. It was the success rate of the reversal of insulin resistance in this group which prompted them to recommend classifying Prediabetes, and giving prediabetics oral medication. You may call them gung ho, but the ones that have had their insulin resistance reversed say Thank You!

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DeusXM
I agree, but once I've been diagnosed by a competent doctor I would feel more comfortable learning from the experience of long-time diabetics who post on this forum.

 

Yes and that is precisely what I have been advocating all along. You get diagnosed by a professional and then all the other questions you'll have about lifestyle and managing your treatment, you use us AND your healthcare team.

 

Otherwise you're suggesting that I implied no-one should ever use this forum, which is a total and utter misrepresentation of my position.

 

All that I am saying is that if you come here asking 'Do I have diabetes', no-one here can answer that question accurately. Give me a list of symptoms and I and no-one else here will be able to tell you whether or not your have diabetes - we can suggest it's possible but without being able to run tests on you, we can't tell you. Come here and tell me you're having problems with high blood sugars in the morning and we'll be able to suggest lots of different ways of solving that.

 

Do you see what I'm getting at here?

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Tropo
There was a study several years ago in which one of the prediabetes groups were given diabetic medicine. It was the success rate of the reversal of insulin resistance in this group which prompted them to recommend classifying Prediabetes, and giving prediabetics oral medication. You may call them gung ho, but the ones that have had their insulin resistance reversed say Thank You!

 

If you read my report in the pre-diabetes section you'll see what happened in my case. I went from high Type 2 BG readings back to pre-diabetic readings in about 3 months. I stopped taking medicine after 6 weeks. Did the medicine cure me?

 

Are you advocating that pre-diabetics should all start taking medicine because it's been shown to cure pre-diabetes in a group. It would be an easy way for sure. I'd like to see this research.

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Soul_survivor

I have to agree totally that we should see a doctor if we think we have diabetes.

 

My family has a history of diabetes. I lost one brother, in his 30's to diabetes. Now, another brother, around 60 is being treated for diabetes.

 

My doctor has been hounding me because I'm apparently in danger of being Type 2 diabetic. I've had some physicals and test recently to keep track of my situation.

 

My doctor says I've apparently improved because I've lost 6 pounds in 6 months (I weigh 326 pounds), and glucose serum level has gone down from 120 in August 2006 to 98 this month.

 

I'm still confused because I think I've experienced some of the more worrisome symptoms, and he might not understand that.

 

I've resolved to get out more and walk in order to lose weight. And I'm more convinced than ever to reduce my sugar intake.

 

At any rate, I think this forum will be good for me, as it has been for others.

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matingara
I've resolved to get out more and walk in order to lose weight. And I'm more convinced than ever to reduce my sugar intake.

 

Good for you!

 

When you say reduce your sugar intake what do you mean?

 

I am hoping you mean that you will reduce your carbohydrate intake. Sugar is just one form of carbohydrate.

 

If i have learned nothing else it is this:

 

any carbohydrate = sugar!!!

 

:)

 

-- Joel.

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christineanne

I was really pleased you wrote about flu/colds,I too suffered and could not understand why,just as you explained

it wanted to be my best friend for ever,

 

I went to the dr,expecting an infection, but ended up with an inhaler,I thought odd,I surpose preventing it is the solution.

 

My cold/flu are now seperated < relief>

Cheers Christineanne

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Sugarplumfairy

Ooops. Sorry everybody! I've just posted one of your much complained about "might I have diabetes" threads!

 

Forgive me!

 

Off to book my test ... !!!

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patricia52

Its all right sugarplumfairy. We have all been there. Glad you found the Forum. Good luck with the test. Keep us posted

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PMohanan

Guys, Gals, Friends.. Who are we kidding?

If there is the least suspicion if you have diabetes, First thing to do is to confirm your doubt. Forewarned is Forearmed.. specially in the case of Diabetes! Earlier you findout and start defensive measures (Diet, exercise and medicines) the lesser the complications and better your quality of life. Do not stay in the dark, administer self tests and medications. This is oe illness if you are careful, you can control it.. totally.. for a very long time! I should know! I am a Type 2 for 22 years!

Please go to the Doctors, get checked and confirm, start a regimen, come back, we will all share our wealth of experience!

Don't be scared. It is very controllable!

PMohanan

Type 2 since 1987. Now 65 years age.

HbA1C 6.1; BP 115/65; Tot Chloresterol 173, HDL 74; LDL 83

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donnalou

What are the symtoms? What gets people to the dr? Is "SPLENDA" ok to use?

Ha ha... my husband just said I was on a DIET" I said no, I on a new journey to improve my health........:):D

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ReadMyLips

When I was diagnosed, I was shocked. The only symptom I had was that I was thirsty all the time. But I was on other meds that gave me "dry mouth", so I never thought anything of it. My doctor happened to run blood tests on me when I thought I had the flu. My BS was 186. He tested me again in two weeks, and it was 163. He said that two high tests mean you are diabetic. That was three years ago. It makes me wonder how many people are walking around with Diabetes and don't even know it!

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sassy0595

It would be a good thing if Drs would routine screen -but they don't that's another thread. From my perspective the more info I can help my doctor with helps me to avoid unnecessary tests,which with a 10,000 deduct, helps my pocket. Having a family member (mom) Diabetic, gives me a generalized clue.Having 4 kids, 2 over 9 lbs gives me a clue,Had the sweet drink test everytime only to be told okay- Living most of my life on carbs, to fight off low blood sugar drops with spells getting frequent- I better start asking questions.Where better to start than those that know because they live it.

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EsMom

Hi Becky - I see it's been a while since this post, but I'm fairly new to the forum and your post caught my attention. I do have an endo appt next week and have already had an OGTT and diagosed as pre-diabetic but they're leaning toward type 1.5. Question for you is what other tests did you have, what type are you and what treatment are you on? REason I ask is that I've had PLENTY of blood sugars at and above the numbers you mentioned in your post. Anywhere from normal to 254. Thanks!!

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ReadMyLips

ESMOM: My doctor only did the two blood tests, and when they were both high, I was diagnosed. I am on 500mg Metformin once a day, and I try get my exercise in but it's hard to do it every day.

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hodgsonsurvivor

When I was diagnosed, diabetes was so far from my parent's minds, they were caught off guard when the diagnosis came in. It was just before my tenth birthday. I weighed about 40 lbs. and was complaining about stomach aches everyday at school. My mom thought I was trying to evade a bully! :o I felt sick at approximately the same time EVERY day. It wasn't unusual for me to drink lots of water as it was encouraged in our household. The water lead to the frequent urination. I don't really remember any other symptoms, as I was very young, but my mother says that hindsight was so much clearer.

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Tori

Help, I'm new to this forum and my boyfriend is a Type 2 diabetic and has chronic bad breath...is it worse at times, but it seems to be really bad when he exerts energy

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patricia42256
Not Symptoms, but something you may have noticed, I did before a type 2 Dx.

 

Minor wounds, scrapes and scratches, that use to take days to a week to heal and disappear now take weeks to months to disappear.

 

Colds, not the annoying type of cold that goes away in two weeks. That you can ignore as long as you keep moving and keep your mind off of it. Talking about the cold you would describe as the "Cold From ****." The kind that involves the entire respiratory system. The kind that keeps coming back every month, or will start in the Fall and last well into Winter no matter what you do for it. You will or have called it the flu, a respiratory flu, but antibiotics will not touch it.

 

Weight Gain and Loss, that is not normal or usual going into the Winter months. Not talking about the several or a few pounds you normally see gaining or loosing with the season changes. What I am talking about is dozens of pounds that you gained, and lost only part of it with the seasons change. The number 1 reason weight is blamed for type 2. The medical community treats it as a cause rather than a symptom. Because they see it after the fact. Just MHO!

 

Good Idea Deus and timely.

 

Hi, I have the thirst.I have been known to drink so much water that my stomach is swollen and I feel ill and go to bed.I always thought it was the things I eat.I thought I had just eaten something salty or such.I crave water every time I eat anything. I go to the bathroom sometimes 7 times at night ,but at least 3 time but hardly ever that few times.I get sleepy after I eat especially after I drink soda.I feel better before I eat than after.I used to weigh 172 Not good for me 5'1".I felt so shocked I did not weigh for months.Then one day my kids were weighing so i did to.I was shocked to see I had lost like 15 lbs.I have since lost 27 lbs and I eat whatever i want.I weigh now 145 fully dressed.But thoses are the only symptoms I have.I have no insurance so i have not been tested. My daughter does have a kit to test but I hate needles so bad i can not bring myself to test.:eek:

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patricia42256
Mods, sticky this if you wish.

 

Do you think you might have diabetes?

 

First, see if you suffer from some of the following symptoms:

 

*Raging thirst

*Frequent need to urinate

*Rapid weight loss

*Blurry vision

*Fatigue

 

One of these on their own doesn't really mean anything. Several all at the same time might.

 

I have all the symptoms! Does that mean I have diabetes?

 

No-one here on this forum can answer this question for you. As a group we might know a thing or two about diabetes but there is only ONE group of people on the whole planet that can tell you whether you have diabetes or not - doctors.

 

If you think you have diabetes, don't umm and ahh about it. Don't bother getting some blood or urine testing kit from a pharmacy - at the most they'll point you in the right direction but they're by no means definitive. Don't kid yourself that you don't like doctors or hospitals. No-one does. But they're here to help.

 

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE DIABETES BUT AREN'T SURE, GO AND SEE A DOCTOR.

 

Then we'll be able to help you with all the rest.

 

Do you mean we can buy a test at a drug store to test like using urine?

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kalakida

Hi everyone. I had pretty much the same sypmtoms with hodgsonsurvivor, only I was 37. Before I ended up to the hospital I happened to browse a magazine and found out about diabetes symptoms. Suddenly I realised that I had them all :eek:

As it was Saturday I decided to go to the hospital first thing Monday morning. Well, in less than 2 days I had lost 13 pounds. Monday morning found me at the hospital with BG 627 mg/dl!!!

So everyone reading this thread PLEASE, PLEASE do not wait until something bad happens to you. Try reading the signs and help yourself. All the forums of the world are here to help people like as, but for God's sake do not depend on them..... run a test once in a while.

 

Thanks for reading

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