Possibly Pre-diabetic

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   Posted 7/5/2005 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am new to this section of the board, I have IBS and DH has CD.....
I am being tested for Diabetes this week....Here are my signs and tell me what you all think:
2.FEEL as if I need LOTS OF SUGAR
3.Tired alot
4.dont exercise enugh
5.Family hx
I do not have really excessive thirst or going to the bathrrom....
Doc says it is either this or Thyroid problem....
             Wife of a Chronnie
 DH diagnosed at 17. Currently on Prednisolone, Remmicade, Pentasa and Fosomax.
Bowel Resection April 04, 3 surgeries June 05 for Peri-Rectal CD (newly diagnosed area)

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   Posted 7/6/2005 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your testing. Seems like you already have enough on your plate Johanna, I'd hate for you to have to add diabetes to it, also.
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 7/7/2005 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Johnna,

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)

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   Posted 7/7/2005 2:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Johnna,

I forgot to mention that both of my mother's parents were diabetics. My mom was a diabetic. I had 4 sisters and one brother. My brother passed away young, and another one of my sisters was killed recently when walking across the road.

Of my remaining 3 sisters, one has type 2 diabetes, and one is hypoglycemic. She has problems with her blood sugar dropping dangerously low. I think that is what they call hypoglycemic, but do not quote me on it.

There was no diabetes on my father's side of the family.

My own son does not have it.

Again, please let us know how you make out.

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   Posted 7/9/2005 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Effie and Jeannie,

Thanks for the responses, I was supposed to do the Test on Friday but DH was back in the Hospital for Kidney stone surgery this Thursday and with all going on I didnt go. I am nervous but not. I am always hungry and I eat lots of sugar, tired alot, lost weight quick this past year (I blamed it on depression pills but maybe not) irratable very easily and do not concentrate well.

Thanks for all the information and stories! God bless you and hope you all stay healthy! I will let you know when I get the test completed.

             Wife of a Chronnie
 DH diagnosed at 17. Currently on Prednisolone, Remmicade, Pentasa and Fosomax.
Bowel Resection April 04, 3 surgeries June 05 for Peri-Rectal CD (newly diagnosed area)

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   Posted 7/9/2005 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Johnna,
It is a big disappointment I am sure that you had to delay your test.

I am also sorry that your husband is suffering from kidney stones.

You never mentioned what type of test you are having. Here are the most common ones I know of. Sometimes they just do the first two and then if these results indicate that something could be wrong they go for test # 3.

Here are the possible tests I know of:

1. Do you just have to fast for 12-14 hours and then bring in your first morning urine sample in a special sterile container?
2. Are they going to do a blood test, that looks at your sugar levels over the past six weeks or so?
3. Or are you having the fasting for 12-14 hours and then the 3 or 5 hour glucose tolerance test?
4. Are they going to do all of the above tests?
5. Is there some other new test out there that I am not familiar with?

I just wanted to mention that if you are going for test #3, it may be a good idea to wear a comfy track suit. Most likely the laboratory office will be air conditioned. You could wear a light top and shorts underneath, just in case, the office air conditioning is not working that day.
Also if you have a little shawl or small blanket you could bring that with you and a pillow. Bring some good light reading, like magazines,crossword puzzles, or paper to write a letter or a good book. Have a sweet snack and drink available for after the test and perhaps a sandwich with protein. Your blood sugar might be REALLY low after all the tests and you will need something like a couple of sweet cookies, or a couple of small chocolates, or glucose tablets that you can get at the drugstore, just ask the pharmacist. A drinking box of orange juice or apple, or a can of non diet pop might also be a good alternative. Bring a couple of bottles of water as well. You could also bring fruit. When the test is over you may feel very weak and shaky. Eat one of your snacks. Have some of the juice. You would only need about one half of a drinking box and one third of a non diet pop. Throw the rest of the drink out. You do not want to have sugar overload. Then drink your water. about 20 minutes after you have had some sugar to help you feel less weak, make sure you eat a protein snack. The protein is necessary to stabilize your sugars. Do not eat it right away though. Your body needs at least the twenty minutes to build up the insulin, so it can properly digest the protein.

Please note I am not a medical doctor. You may want to review this plan with your doctor or with the diabetic educators at your local hospital. Perhaps the lab will have something like this available for you.

I have gone for this test many times in my life. The very first time I had it, no one prepared me for how awful I would feel when the test was done. I left the lab and drove to the nearest Hasty Market, where I quickly bought myself some honey glazed donuts. I felt so weak, shaky and was starving, so I demolished those donuts in record breaking time.

I found that after they did the things they do when you first go in, I got bored. I was pretty much free for one hour. Every sixty minutes they would retest me. In between I had to just sit there and wait.
When you first go in, after having fasted, they will give you a sterile container to urinate into. Then they will take a couple of blood tests. Next you have to drink this special very sweet drink. I usually had to drink two bottles of this orange flavoured drink. Mine has never been carbonated. Then they will do a blood test and possibly a urine test every hour for the next three hours. Just one test every 60 minutes.

In between tests, you basically just sit there. If you are going on your own, it is nice to have something to read or do. I find I start to get sleepy, so the lab I go to allows me to lie down with my pillow and shawl or blanket. Then they just come and get me every 60 minutes. I do not go into a deep sleep, just rest. Once completed, unless I have someone to drive me home, I stay at the lab for at least another half hour whilst I have my snack, to bring up my sugar, and then the protein for stabilization and lots of water.

That is how the test is done for me. You may want to find out exactly which test you are having, and ask if the lab will allow you to bring a pillow, and snacks for after etc. If you can get someone to drive you and stay with you that would be great. If not maybe someone could just drive you there and pick you up.

Now if you are just having test #1 or # 2 you will not need to do all this, but you still may want to have a small snack with you. ALL of the tests usually require you to fast anywhere from 10 to 14 hours. Make sure you do follow the rules regarding fasting, do not even have coffee. Even if you have black coffee, I have been told it may interfere with your results. Hopefully your doctor will also order a cholesterol test at the same time. This test requires fasting also, so it would be a good idea to get this test over with at the same time.

Please remember that I am not a doctor, so verify this information with someone like your doctor, the diabetic educators at the local hospital, or the lab technicians.

Take care and let us know which test you are going to have and how you and your husband make out. The tests sound worse than they actually are. They really are no big deal, but it is good to be prepared.
Wishing you all the best,
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