I was diagnosed a couple of decades ago with insulin dependent diabetes.
If memory serves me correctly, the first thing that lead them to check was:
My regular family doctor was away on vacation. I had to go to her replacement doctor. It was just a young, newly graduated doctor. I had developed another boil on the upper part of my thigh. I had tried the usual treatments that the family doc had told me to do, but this boil just kept getting bigger and it hurt so much every time I sat down.
So I had to swallow my pride and go to a strange doctor for an embarrassing condition.
This doctor lanced the boil. The relief of the pressure was wonderful. Then she asked me how often I got boils. I told her I did not know why but I seemed to get them often.
I also explained that I had recently gained weight. Most pre diabetics lose weight, but some do gain. I was in the gain category.
I also told her that my skin was itchy all the time, and I had seen a dermatologist for this. The dermatologist scratched my back lightly with a sharp object and noticed how quickly the skin turned red, and then how long it took to settle down. She did a few tests, but did not check for diabetes.
I also had headaches, was hungry and thirsty all the time, and got irritable quickly. The last thing I recall was memory problems, concentration problems and fatigue.
Now that was a long time ago.
However this young doctor told me sometimes people who get a lot of boils have diabetes. She had me do a urine test right away. Her nurse checked it and sure enough it had the signs of diabetes.
After a 3 hour glucose test, it was confirmed, I was diabetic.
I cried and cried. I felt like my life was over.
However, after the intial shock, and some good education at the hospital, I learned to accept the condition.
It was amazing how much better I felt when I had good blood sugar readings.
It was just a coincidence that this young doctor was there. She has now moved away. However her good diagnostic skills probably saved my life.
I hope you do not have diabetes. It is a very big adjustment. However you will find lots of people here to help you out. I will keep you in my prayers that they can find out what is wrong, and resolve it quickly. Best wishes, keep us updated.
Post Edited (effie) : 7/7/2005 3:27:11 AM (GMT-6)