Newbie- dealing w/diabetes

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/22/2006 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am new to this forum. I learned I had Type 2 diabetes about 8 months ago. But feel I had it for longer. I am 35yrs/F. Diabetes runs in my family quite a bit. My mom type 1 from child on, my grandmother Type 2, my aunt type 2, my great grandfather type 1 and others on moms side of the family. Then on the other side of the track-My father which passed away at age 39 from a heart attack & heart disease also became diabetic the last 7 years of his life. Type 2. So, I guess it should have not shocked me to much when I went in for a yearly routine check up just to learn I am diabetic also. 
I am on Metformin and have lost 24 pounds in the last 3 months. Horray! I had to take off my rings because they kept falling off my fingers. So I am happy for that. I am also choosing much better food choices for myself and family on a good note. I think the diabetic diet is the best way to eat healthy. Yet I find I have to force myself to eat at the right times and as many times as I should.  It is such a stuggle to make sure I have everything I need for the day, making sure I measure everything out, keep track of times, sugars, etc..What a pain in my rear end.  I know so many could relate to this also. But I am still struggling with my time managment skills and my bad point which is consistency. My sugars have been jumping up and down quite a bit. I go high -to lows. Sometimes I can keep them consistent. But I find I eat when I am hungry 2 maybe 3  meals a day as normal-instead of eating small meals & snacks every 2 hours or so as I was told to. That transition seems to be hard for me to manage for some reason.  I just dont have an appetite or the time management skills I think and have to force myself to eat like that. Even when I know I need to eat something. It is a struggle for me to force myself to eat. I use to love food and loved to cook. Now,  It is as if some how I got it in my head Food & Carbs are my enemy. That just the thought of eating turns me off. But I know I have to work on finding some balance in this regard. I know that cant be a healthy mind set. I wonder if anyone struggles with this?
I have also been picking up every  little germ someone spreads around at work, kids  from school. I have never got sick this much in my life. Example for the past 3 months it has been pretty bad. One thing after the other. I am about to start running around with a can of Lysol everywhere I go:) I feel like such an idiot calling into work as much as I have had to. Not to mention if this dont stop happening I could end up fired. I am scared to death about the winter coming now, when the flu starts etc. I have ended up with Phenmonia for 2 years in a row now, my health/immune system seems it has steadly gotten worst. It is like my immune system just is not been the same within this time period. I just cant ever remember getting sick so much. I wonder if this could be something else or to do with the diabetes? Is anyone else having problems like this?
Recently, Having major feelings of having no contol in my life anymore. I have always been a person that does everything just so, plans out everything, keeps everything running, the person others come to, always taking the lead, it comes natural to me. Yet, it is like god is testing me. For a person that has always been in charge, to hahaha now what are you going to do with this? I am feeling pretty alone even though I am not alone and loved by many. I get so sick and others try to baby me and instead of me appreciating there concern, it irritates me to no end. I get withdrawn and go into this kinda depression mode. Because I am not use to being the one falling apart. I am still trying to maintain the person I am or was. Maybe in a bit of denial even. The big thing I am feeling is diabetes is controlling my life and I have lost control in my life. Does anyone have this?  I really feel crazy.
And sense I am on this rant.  For the past 2 months I get this awful pain in the back of my head and on the right side w/weird tingling sensations. I am starting to wonder if I am having some kind of  neuropathy. Last year I was having allot of problems in my hands, wrist, and shoulder. That I had to get one of those nerve test where they keep sticking you with needles an a small electric jolt, and I went to physical theraphy which helped for a while. The doctor said he found I had carpal tunnel which explains the wrist but he was not sure why my shoulder was hurting so much-  However, it has got much worst and has seemed to spread up my shoulder,right side neck and tends to go along with the head pains I am having at times, other times not. My feet,my legs tingling, going numb, going to sleep, pain in my hips and knees. All mostly on the right side of my body. With hardly ever any problems with the left side. So one has to start wondering what is this going here. Has anyone experienced this?

Post Edited (Butterflys) : 9/23/2006 6:15:43 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 9/22/2006 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi butterly...I am so sory that you are having such a rough time! I had a similar situation with my neck and head about a year ago. I also work on a computer every day and was holding the phone on my shoulder when I talked. No matter WHICH shoulder I held it on the pain was mostly on the right. That was causing a "pinched nerve" situation. A few Chiro visits and a speaker phone really helped! But with the other problems you are having I would definitely talk to your doc about neuropathy. I have problems with my feet and legs. Pretty signifigant in my right foot so that is also similar to what you are experiencing. My right hand goes numb alot too. ( I have to see a neurologist next to talk about nerve damage. The human body is a strange machine! You have had alot happen in the past year..It is easy to get overwhelmed. Hang in there...these forums really help alot. It is good to talk to folks who are going through the same stuff that you are! Take care!...............Deb

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/23/2006 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Deb. It is good to know I am not alone.

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   Posted 9/23/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Re diabetes:  I've been Type 2 for 3 yrs, was "borderline" for many years before diagnosis.  At 6 months, I was checking blood glucose 4x a day and journaling every bite that went into my mouth.  I didn't do meals/snacks as prescribed, but keeping track my own way helped me stay stable.

Re wrist:  Are you wearing a splint?  Neurologist first told me to wear it at night, and it helped a lot.  We put ourselves into funny positions while asleep and the wrist splint kept the bones/nerves aligned.  I also had/have probs with hand(s) going to sleep while driving - the position of hands on the steering wheel.  I don't wear the splint at night anymore unless I'm hurting, but I keep one for my right hand in the car for driving long distances.

Re weight:  Congrats on the loss!  It WILL make a difference!

Glad you found Healing Well ... keep posting  :-)

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 9/23/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Butterflys//////i am type 2 diabeties and i know what ur going thru i do too at times legs and hands goes numb at times it is very irritating ....but i am glad u lost weight way a go keep the good work ...i am glad u found hw to get some help we r here for u too ok take care ..keep posting ok .....franny
................Take Care All....GOD BLESS and KEEP you WELL...................Franny

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 9/27/2006 1:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Butterflys,

With regards to getting flu and pheumonia - please see your doctor about getting jabs for them both!! I'm guessing you're from the US but here in the UK us diabetics get those free.

Also, please look up 'diabetes burn out' - there is a thread somewhere about it, but you can also look it up on the net. It's quite interesting and helps when you feel down about diabetes.

Claire x

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 9/27/2006 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Butterfly,

     From my perspective.... I can say that you will learn, so very much of this life style is trial and error. First, all carbs are not created equal, that is they may affect you differently than me. You have to try them and see. Some will push your blood sugar up high, and others wont hit you as hard. You will learn there is a difference (simple as oposed to complex) and they dont do the exact same thing. I measure nothing now, just count my carbs and sugars, and my blood sugars are quite low, well controled.

     Like you, I dont always want to eat on time, I want to eat when I want to eat. Yes mamm' it has gotten me into trouble at times. I used to skip breakfast and instead have a small snack at break time (9:00 am) to hold me to lunch at 11:30. Several times I had to miss break and once I bottomed out (this is scary).... had to stop, sit, and sip a soda. I was very unwise to not see that coming, I didnt even have a piece of hard candy with me. Try and eat your meals on time.


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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/27/2006 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
butterflys.......i have just found out i have type 2........its been 3 weeks..........

your note helped......



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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 9/29/2006 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maddogg and welcome!  If you have any questions please do ask.  As you are new to diabetes you might well find that you read a huge amount of info that might not sink in yet, but I think it's helpful to look at the following site:
Claire x

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   Posted 9/30/2006 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Butterflys how are you ,i know exactly how you feel in regards to you pain and numbness in your legs and feet ,as i have had neuropathy for a few years now,both my feet are pretty well numb and with the constant burning pain that comes with it .all my nerves in my legs have nearly been destroyed but still feel the burning in my legs aswell ,how strange that may sound ,but i have learnt to bare with it taking gabba-penten but that will stop as it is not on the goverment sup scheme here 'anyway hope it all goes well for you
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