I've read through your post, but only understood half of it-my brains still not back in gear.
I can help you on one thing, and that's the calories. 2000 sounds like a blisfully low amount to me. I have to have 4,000+ calories in a day-it's sooooo hard to do.
2000 cals, is what should be the daily intake required for the average female. So, I guess that does sound like a sensible amount to be eating.
I don't know enough about
diabetes to really advise you. I've only ever looked up CF related diabetes which is slightly different.
Remeron, can increase your appetite and cause weight gain, it can also cause higher blood pressure in rare cases, so if you didn't have that problem before I'd question your doc about
Sorry can't be any more helpful. Just thought I'd chip in with what I knew.
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Posted 2/14/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)
I always thought that you needed only 1200 calories to maintain weight. But I could be wrong. If your doctor said 2000, then that is probably right. With Gems saying that she is on 4000 calories, I would imagine that 2000 would be accurate.
A lot of depression medications do cause weight gain. There are a few that aren't suppose to like welbutrin and effexor. There are others, but my brain isn't working either.
I would talk about
exercise. And eat small portions frequently to keep your sugar level. The highs and lows can be dangerous. I believe that it is recommended to eat four to six times a day.
You sure have been through a lot. A lot of surgeries in a small amount of time it seems. I would try to take things one day at a time, living in the moment. Stress can cause your sugar to rise also. And so can heat. I sure hope that you are feeling better soon. I hope that this has helped some and that somebody will come around who can give you more advice.
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Posted 2/14/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)
Karen-I'm going off what crisp packets tell me-so I could be wrong.
Post Edited (Darkies Gem) : 2/14/2009 6:53:06 PM (GMT-7)
Posted 2/14/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)
I honestly only had time to read through part of your post (I'll get to the rest later), but I really wanted to encourage you to get a second opinion about the barett's. I was diagnosed with that also a few years back (i'm 31 now also). I had so many issues with the hospital stay that my mom contacted an expert on Baretts (a family friend who is one of the very top researchers on it in the U.S.). He said that almost everyone who ever gets it is at least in their 50's. Now, maybe somehow you're the exception, but in my case it was a two-fold issue. The history was an issue, but I found out I had "silent migraines" (nausea, dizziness, etc. like a migraine but without the headache) and also he scraped my esophagus with the scope, which apparently is fairly common. I was started on treatment only to find out that it was a wrong diagnosis & if I would have stayed on the prescribed pills then I really would have developed it.
Like I said, I'm not a doctor & I don't know your case, but I was told it was way over-diagnosed & that many people under 50 who are given that as a diagnosis don't actually have it.
I will talk to you later. It sounds like you definitely have a ton of other stuff going on. I'm so sorry for all you're going through, but everyone here is really great & supportive and we are happy to have you join!
Posted 2/14/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you for the replys they were of great help and support. Frances, I am one of the ones that is unluckey and have confirmed with several doctors of the barrett's. I have had Gred for many years and have at least one scoop a year done. I was told I had barrett's about 4 years ago and every year tested for it and it got worse. I did see and have my test results rechecked several times. I also had the lap nissen done in Oct to help from barrett's turning into cancer. Thanks again and God Bless.
Posted 2/14/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -7)
Oh xena, that's so sad. I'm really sorry.
I don't have diabetes myself, but I did have a student one year with really severe diabetes. Usually a good number in between meals for her was 100. If it went down to 70 we gave her sugar. If it went up to 170 we gave her insulin & called the nurse. Above 200, we were instructed to call 911. I'm not really sure how much of that was specific to her, though, so it's probably best to check with your own doc.
I have problems with hypoglycemia myself. It was really hard to get my diet right b/c of a milk allergy. I do okay with goat's milk, but that's probably not okay with your GERD, I don't know. What really helped me was to schedule a few appointments with a nutritionist/dietician. We sat down & talked about caloric needs, types of meals that I enjoyed that were good for me to eat, and did some meal planning so I could have something to reference going forward. She even pulled some recipes for me to help me get started. I was on a 3K diet (trying to gain weight), so the main issue was figuring out snack foods that were healthy & could give me plenty of energy. Plus, it's really hard to keep drinking water when you're eating all day. I heard the explanation why once, but I'm not sure I could explain it to you. Probably the nutritionist could. Usually you can find them through hospitals or fitness centers. Since you're diabetic the cost might be covered by your insurance.
I've been on a lot of meds myself in the past. Hopefully once you start to get things under control you can back off on some of them. I have been on phenergan myself & I think it's a pretty good med. Probably once you get your diet under control you won't need it as much. Same with remeron & ambien. Once I got my own eating schedule under control, worked on managing stress, got a bed time routine in place & started putting lavender in my pillow (it makes you sleepy) I could cut out the remeron & lunesta. I've heard losing weight can also help with sleep -- though I wouldn't know. But I do know that getting your blood sugar under control does help keep you more alert in the day & sleepier at night. It's not going to knock you out, but it will maybe help.
I don't know if any of that helps you at all, but I just really wanted to encourage you that it's not the worst thing in the world to be on so many medications, but by making lifestyle/behavioral changes, a lot of people, me included, have been able to cut back on how many meds we need. Hopefully the same will hold true for you. You seem to be a really strong person, very focused on what you need to do to get better & that will carry you far. Hang in there! Remember that the best parts of life are still to come -- we just have to keep climbing the mountains until we get there. :)
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Posted 2/15/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)
Hello, this is Kitt. I am so sorry you have had to deal with so many problems.
My best advice for you re the diabetes is to make an appointment with a endocrinologist for the diabetes. Also a Registered dietician to help you set up your meal planning to take into consideration all your issues.
I deal more with the Type 1 Diabetics at the schools and they are the kids who are so smart and learn about their disease quickly.
I recently purchased some new books on Diabetes. The one is a reference book that you may benefit from:
Diabetes for Dummies, 3rd Edition by Alan L. Rubin, MD. It speaks to newly diagnosised Diabetics and is an easy read. You do not want the one for Type 1 Diabetes so if you choose to purchase the book, be sure you get the right one. I always order through Amazon and if you look in our Resources to the right, you will find Amazon listed under book sellers.
Great advice from all.
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Posted 2/17/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)
Sorry that you are having so many problems the only advice that I have for you is to get a second opinion and if after the second you still are not comfortable with the diagnosis get a third.Also ask around to see what other people in your area feel about the Dr.`s you are seeing.
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