Could I be diabetic?

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Lisa Smith
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   Posted 10/17/2006 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
This may sound really odd, BUT . . . I was convinced I was HIV+ (am waiting for test results), but everyone in that forum swears up and down that my symptoms just don't sound like it.  When I check my symptoms against those on the Web, some point to diabetes and some point to HIV, so hopefully someone who knows will give me an opinion. 
 
At age 28, my sugar tested at 126.  This was fasting, plus I had to drink all that nasty stuff.  The doctor, who I'm not sure knew what she was talking about, told me that if I didn't get a grip on my sugar eating, I would be a full-fledged diabetic in a few years.  I drank no more sodas, started eating much better, and gave up most sweets.  I've always been very active.  Well, it's 12 years later and for several years I have been having blurred vision in my right eye off and on, and now, for the last month, I've had constant leg and arm numbness/tingling which is actually relieved by moving/walking.  The eye problem is becoming worse.  I've never been overweight and my grandmother was the only one ever diagnosed (Type 2).  I had a quick, finger prick test after 8 hours of fasting and it was 82, which I understand is a good score.  Could that test be wrong?
 
 
 
 

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/17/2006 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The test is most probably correct. When you have odd symptoms that you don't understand it is best to make an appointment with a physician who can review your history and do some diagnostics and figure out what is up. Blurred vision and numbness in your limbs can be caused by a number of health situations, some of which could be very serious. You need to see your doctor.

Good luck with this.
~ 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


Lisa Smith
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   Posted 10/17/2006 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I DID go to my doctor who said, "Oh, I'm sure it's nothing.  Probably a pinched nerve or something."  She then gave me anti-inflammatories, which did nothing.  I took myself to the local pharmacy where they do sugar testing, as my internist didn't have enough sense to even suggest it.  So Warren, I was here to get a feeling from those that know what being diabetic is like, not specifically for a diagnosis.  I can guarantee I will look elsewhere for guidance and support from now on.

wmnak
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   Posted 10/17/2006 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Lisa - Welcome to HW.

To address all of your symptoms and concerns; see if you can get an appointment with a qualified Endochronologist.  There seem to be enough conflicting symptoms to warrant a thorough examination of all your bodily systems. 

My hands, especially fingers, would get numb at the strangest times and I couldn't find any connection to activity - finally diagnosed as carpal tunnel and all it has taken so far is a wrist splint to make a major difference.  I wear it at night and when driving long distances ... other times I am fine.

Your GP obviously isn't meeting your needs ... keep looking.  You know your body better than anyone, you just need a really good consultant to check it all out and come up with answers and solutions.  Let us know what you find out and how you are doing.

:-)

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/17/2006 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Lisa,
I have blurred vision when I'm tired or my sugar is high, but I also have fibromyalgia.

You may want to find a better doctor. Your symptoms could be anything from MS to a brain tumor but your blood sugar looks good so it's probably not diabetes.
~ 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

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 10/18/2006 11:30:28 AM (GMT-6)


Lisa Smith
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   Posted 10/18/2006 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, my response was to Warren, not you.  Somehow, his initial response has been removed, but I did address my reply specifically to him.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/18/2006 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Okee, dokey. Hope you can get to the bottom of this. It must be frustrating.
~ 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


Lisa Smith
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   Posted 10/18/2006 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
It is frustrating.  I did look at MS and at fibromyalgia, but with my earlier issues with sugar, diabetes seemed the most reasonable assumption.  What's really frustrating is that I've always had a PPO or HMO, so the testing would be very inexpensive, but our company is suffering financially and has put us on a $4000 deductible policy.  Yikes!  That means it all comes out of my pocket.  It's not that I'm afraid to get tested, it's that I'm afraid to go in the poor house to do it.  I'm one of the "working poor".  I make too much to get any assistance, but not enough to really be able to pay for proper health care.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/18/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand. I have no health insurance.
~ 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


wmnak
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   Posted 10/19/2006 2:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Aw, Geez!  I understand re insurance, too!  Maybe we all should consider leaving the US for Canada or the UK!

I lost insurance coverage when husband became disabled - he got Medicare via his disability and I was left hanging.  Finally got a Blue Cross Blue Shield policy that costs an arm and a leg - didn't use much of it for years, but it certainly paid for itself last year with cancer surgery. 

Good Luck!  :-)

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