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cs77
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/14/2006 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.
I feel a little silly writing this - like Im reeling off a long list of symptoms. Over the past 12 months I had the odd occasion of what I considered to be strange symptoms. As I am a healthy 29 year old with no family history of anything serious... I ignored them.
However over the last 3 weeks, I have had an onset of different things which now dont really seem to be going away. My husband and my father in law urged me to visit my doctor, which I did do yesterday. He has done blood tests for Diabetes, over active thyroid and celiax. I am worried in case in comes back as diabetes. Now I know you will probably be saying you will just have to wait and see what the results show... but in the mean time I was wondering if anyone who has diabetes could tell me if their own experiences were like mine are and proved diabetes in the end.
I keep getting very nausious, have extreme thirst which no matter how much water (or anything else for that matter) that I drink it doesnt go away, I have more of an appetite now then ever before and get the urge to eat and eat - but on snack foods that are no good for you - yet I am losing weight!? I get frequent headaches, extreme tiredness and feeling like i have no energy, reacurrent infections ( which is becoming embarrassing) urinating more often, and mood swings... The strange thing is though all these things seem to have come at once over the last month!?
Can anyone perhaps tell me if I am worrying over nothing... or is this how you first started with symptoms?
 (I have never had anything even slightly serious before... Ive only ever been poorly as a child( i think i was about 12) with viral meningitis )
 

desertdiabetic
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 6/14/2006 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, your symptoms do ring of diabetes. At your age either would be possible. With type 2 there also other things, but not always, excessive weight, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. I don't know about the nausia, but the weight loss, thirst etc

With a home glucose monitor you could test yourself and you would know about the diabetes part. I would think that your main concern is what if they say that you are diabetic. You could test yourself and know sooner, I surely would want to know. Should you worry about it. If you can find a reason why worry serves you any good I would say go ahead and worry. It is natural to be concerned and you probably can't control it anyway. Yes, there are reasons to be concerned about a major illnes that will be there your entire life. Taking it stride is not good either. Far too many diabetics are in serious denial about their condition and it only gets worse faster.

To the point, yes you show classic signs of diabetes. That does not mean that it is though. Tell us what happens.
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avandia 2mg 2x


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/14/2006 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, cs....I experienced similar symptoms to what you describe when I was diagnosed diabetic. However, that does not necessarily mean that you are. You've made the rights steps by contacting your doctor and expressing your concerns. Ignorance is not bliss when you know something is outta whack and do nothing about it. Whatever the outcome of the tests...you will at least know what you are dealing with. Hopefully it will be nothing more than a perscription for a healthy new lifestyle :-) Best of luck to you and we're all here to help you along the way if indeed you are diagnosed with Diabetes.

Cheers,
- Kris

p.s. try to stay away from the junk food (as tempting as it may be), as it could be the cause of your nausea, mood swings, etc., if you are diabetic. That's the kind of vicious-circle lifestyle change that would need to be ammended. Also, stay away from regular pop/drinks...anything with sugar. See if that makes an immediate difference (if you are ingesting them :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


Warren
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   Posted 6/14/2006 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi cs,

Well thats exactly what happened to me, the onset of a bunch of those very same symptoms fairly quickly.  Im really surprised your doctor didn't do a simple finger stick as well as the "take the blood from your arm" test.  The finger stick probably would have told you a lot by the number.  I walked in and they nurse did a finger stick and the number was "350" and the doctor said, "yes, you have diabetes!".  With that number and the classic symptoms which both you and I had, it was pretty obvious. 

If you really want to know, find someone with a testing kit and do a finger stick and test your blood.  Try to do it at least 2-3 hours after you eat so you don't get an abnormally high number based on a meal.  I'll just bet you are going to run somewhere over 150 and that will put you in the "I need meds" range. nono

scool  Warren


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What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/14/2006 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Cutting out a lot of carbs and sugar should help a bit with the thirst if it is diabetes. Try eating meat, fish, eggs, cheese and lots of fresh veggies until you get the test results back. (Pretend you're doing the South Beach or Adkins diet.) None of those will hurt you for a few days and if it's celiac's disease or diabetes, none of those foods will make you worse.

Good luck, and if it is DM... we will be here to walk you thru it and get on with your life.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


cs77
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/14/2006 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much everyone for your views and advice... means a lot to see there are people who can recognise symptoms and also give reassurance that it may not be what I fear after all - though best not taking risks - just in case. Thank you all so much and I will most certainly let you know what comes of the tests. If it is diabetes god only knows I will be asking you all sorts of things to guide me through - based on people who have actually got this as well as taking the advice from my doctor.

Kind Regards

Clair

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