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T13
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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I was wondering since you all are really familiar with diabetes if you could answer some of my questions.
Last summer--long story short I had an incident where I almost passed out and couldn't stop shaking, it was right after I worked out and the doctors told me to eat some cheese and drink juice right away. I was going to have blood tests done but it didn't happen again so I let it go.
 
Last January I got sick with a flu/virus or whatever you want to call it. But it's been quite awhile and I should probably be over it by now.
 
I know your not doctors but I was wondering if any of you ever experienced these same symptoms?
 
I'm 18 and I'm usually pretty energetic.
 
-I'm exhausted and I feel really worn out.
-I feel sick to my stomach most of the time, sometimes it causes me to vomit--especially late at night.
-At times I feel shaky-especially late at night.
-I can't sleep right because of those symptoms^
-At times I feel light-headed.
-I have been getting canker sores lately. And my gums were swollen a couple of weeks ago.
-I really don't notice if I go to the bathroom frequently-I have 5 classes during the day from 8-2:30 and generally I probably go to the bathroom about 4-5 times. I don't know if that's normal but it annoys my friends.
--Another interesting thing I came across was the link between diabetes and glaucoma-I was told I more than likely do have glaucoma by 4 different eye doctors and I have no family history of it.
-I've been wearing my glasses more lately. I am nearsighted and am not required to but I feel like I have a harder time without them lately.
 
I plan on getting some bloodwork done and I was wondering if I have to have my mom request something specific, or if diabetes could be ruled out from a blood-test?
 
Thanks so much I truly appreciate it.
 

LanieG
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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi T13, welcome to HealingWell.  You're right.  We're not doctors but from what you say you do need to have blood tests.  It could very well be diabetes.  The shakiness, exhaustion, etc. could be when your blood sugar is very low - which is why the doctors told you to drink some juice.  OJ has natural sugar and will bring your blood sugar higher.  Please be sure you see your doctor, discuss these symptoms and express your concern about your health and the possibility of diabetes.  Diabetes affects so many parts of the body, including the eyes, and you need to find out what's going on. The lab will take a couple of vials of blood to determine this.  Please let us know how everything goes, ok?

Lanie
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Pin Cushion
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   Posted 3/1/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Long story short
YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR NOW.
Could be sometime simple or it could be something serious. So do not be like so many of us that put it off too long! go find out NOW!
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 3/4/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
As Pin Cushion said: YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR NOW!

If your sugars drop so low that you go into a coma, you could be seriously damaged.

My father's introduction to Diabetes was the 'shakes'. By the time he got to a doctor, the doctor told him that the sugar in the ice tea my mother gave him was the only reason he was alive.

I can't believe that that 'Doctor' allowed you to go anywhere without instructing you on how serious this 'could' be.


Go see a doctor as soon as you can get an appointment. Please. At the very least it will give you peace of mind knowing whether it is nothing, or whether it is something and you are taking care of it.
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T13
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   Posted 3/10/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
the earliest appointment I could get is next week. I think I'm just going to have a physical and go from there?
I have also been getting these white things in the back of my throat. I don't know what they are and I don't have a sore throat. they look like puss and I've had strep tests and they all come back negative. they started when I got sick and they keep coming back. thanks for all your advice and help I will be sure to let you know.

Post Edited (T13) : 3/12/2009 3:42:22 PM (GMT-6)


uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
T13 You have Strep throat honey...those puss things are a dead give away....Get in sooner and tell them your symptoms.

I was just diagnosed yesterday with Type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin....Pleas call them back and tell them NOW.

Me.
 
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T13
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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
actually I've had 3 strep tests during this whole thing because each doctor thought I had strep but they all came back negative. it's hard to believe. I know. They are gone now but they come and go and come and go just like the canker sores.
But my appointment is very soon. I've never seen this doctor before, so I'm a little nervous but I'm still going to share my concerns and the symptoms. hopefully I'll get to the bottom of this.

LanieG
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   Posted 3/18/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
T13, be sure to tell the doctor all your symptoms as you wrote here at first.  You'll need lab tests.  If you don't have strep, could it be tonsillitis?  Good luck with your app't.  Let us know how it comes out.

Lanie
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T13
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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
So I went to the appointment last week I told the doctor what was going on. I didn't bring up diabetes but she did and she wanted me to do a urine test. she said that it would show things like diabetes.
I haven't heard anything so no news is probably good news. A urine test is almost immediate right?

She does want me to have some blood tests done this week.
-and she wants a fasting glucose test included.
I guess I don't really understand what the fasting glucose test is for if a urine test would show the same results? 
 

LanieG
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   Posted 3/25/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm glad you saw the doctor and are having these tests.  Mostly likely, the urine test was to see how the kidneys are functioning.  Very often if a person has had undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes for awhile, the kidneys might be damaged and there would be protein in the urine.  So, this is to make sure they're healthy.  For the fasting test, they'll draw blood and among other things the lab will see what your blood sugar is.  They will probably test cholesterol, too - all the standard labs.  I'm sure the lab sends the samples to another lab that does nothing but lab results.  Good luck with all of this. 

Lanie
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T13
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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay so-the bloodwork came back.
Doctor calls back today and tell's my mom everything is fine.
Which is a relief. But it would be more of a relief if I felt fine.

2 nights ago I started feeling like I was going to pass out and then I started shaking again.
I really don't know how to put this politely but I am so fricking sick of feeling like crap.

I've been tired all day. I don't understand why I don't feel good if the bloodwork shows that everything's fine. It's frustrating.

Phishbowl
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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
Sounds like something is definitely going on if you are feeling this way. That's great that you had some lab tests done, now it's time for more. What exactly did he test you for? (i.e. glucose level, HBA1C, lipids, thyroid??) Sorry, but I would be making that next appointment with the doc right away to discuss the next steps for getting to the root of the problem.

A fasting test (lab or meter) is not exclusively a diagnosis for/against diabetes or related issues. You could be hypoglycemic and a fasting test may not catch it. Some of your symptoms may point to thyroid concerns (a lot more common than many think). You could have allergies to something in the air that's causing your mouth sores. I had that happen every spring for about 4 years to the point where I was on antibiotics. Turns out I was allergic to a mould. One year my throat almost closed right off with the swelling. I knew it wasn't my tonsils, as I'd had them out when I was 5 but, my sister had similar symptoms you describe and ended up with her tonsils out two years later (at 28).

In retrospect; when I look back on my medical history - allergies (and shots for years), hypothyroid at 18, repeated ovarian cyst issues, hypoglycemic for years, on Type 2 diabetes meds for 18 months before diagnosed accurately as Type 1 - I can see so many links to endocrine & metabolic issues. Unfortunately at the time, and even recently with the Diabetes, no one ever put it all together.

At any rate, I might suggest you have your thyroid checked and maybe pursue the allergy route if your doc agrees. A few random glucose tests would also help indicate what your blood sugars are doing during your "active" cycles (i.e. digesting food, exercise, etc). In the meantime, if the shakes and weakness are possibly due to diet, you may want to have a look there and make sure you're not skipping meals and having some protein/fat (almonds, yogurt, etc), at least every 4-5 hours. Pass on the convenient junk foods and dive into the veg and natural foods.

Don't accept that "everything is fine" if you feel it is not. Make that next appointment and go from there. Good luck and keep us posted.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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