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pianistliz

could I have diabetes?

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pianistliz

Hi, everyone!  My name is Elisabeth, I'm 25, and I have had significant health issues for 3.5 years.  I'm trying to determine if it is possible I have type 1 diabetes.  My white blood cell count indicates a possible autoimmune condition, and I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.  One of the most noticeable problems has been symptoms of low blood sugar: during an episode, I can experience irritability, aggression, anxiety, blurred vision, EXTREME hunger and thirst, nausea, shakiness, muscle spasms, feeling lightheaded (often to the point of collapsing). Most of the time, I don't lose consciousness, but it has happened at least a couple times. Also, when I got sick I lost weight (just 5-7 pounds.....I didn't have much to lose; I weigh 106), and deal with frequent urination, plus a few months of ridiculous, intense sweating with a changed odor (this symptom has since gone away), and of course, fatigue, along with a bunch of other symptoms related to chronic fatigue syndrome. I went to the doctor about this when I first got sick, and he scoffed at me when I asked if some of my symptoms could be blood sugar related.  He thought it was all in my head.  Then I got a compete check up done by my regular doctor when I was on break from school, and her first thought was diabetes, but they checked my blood sugar right there and then, and although it was a little low, she decided it was reasonable and didn't do further testing.  I went back to an urgent care doctor last year because of a week of constant trouble with feeling lightheaded (I would be fine one moment, then get intensely nauseous and lightheaded and collapse, plus lips felt weird/kind of numb).  I would feel better after eating or drinking juice or soda.  The doctor was baffled.  They took my blood, and my numbers looked normal (however, this was a few hours after the last episode, so I felt fine when they took my blood).  Fasting glucose is normal, yet I still get these episodes.  I'm frustrated because I have so many symptoms of diabetes, but when I go to the doctor, I seem fine.  How hard is it to get a diagnosis, or is there another explanation I should look into?  Thank you!

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macksvicky

You could pick up an inexpensive blood glucose meter and test strips from Walmart, I believe it's the Relion brand. Test when you get up in the morning and again 2 hours after the 1st bite of every meal. Most non diabetics do not go over 140 even after a high carb meal. You may also look into Non-diabetic hypoglycemia, if you never have any high blood sugar issues but just low blood sugar problems, that may be something to ask your doctor about.

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