I want to feel great again

By Mrs.MH Latest Reply 2011-04-02 21:49:35 -0500
Started 2011-03-23 20:31:49 -0500

For almost two months i haven't been feeling like my happy go lucky self. I always walked with a smile, laughed at jokes and just genuinely in a happy mood. During these two months I had numerous dizzy spells. Everytime i ate i felt naseau, tired and constantly thirsty feelling. I thought i had a bug that wouldn't go away. I finally went to the doctor and thats when she diagnosed me with type 2 diabetes. This past week I feel like i'm on a roller coaster. With my diet change and trying to figure out what i can or can not eat. Sometimes I still feeling dizzy. My finger tips are sore from pricking them 6x a day. I'm to the point where i don't even complain to my husband anymore. Don't want to sound like a complaint box to him. Don't get me wrong my husband and my daughter has been very supportive since the diagnoses but still who wants to hear someone complain all the time. I know its been only a week since i been diagnosed but I miss my old self. I want to feel great again. Will this feeling go away? Or will I feel diferent for the rest of my life?

30 replies

EJMac 2011-03-26 11:31:06 -0500 Report

Hi There It is a shock to realize you have a serious disease. There is alot to learn. I'm just new to insulin, but was controlled easily for 4 yrs on pills. I have alot to learn all over again. I've been coming here for about 2-3 months and love the site. I've learned so much. I don't feel alone in all these feelings. I just read a post last night about somebody in pain body aches all day every day. I was like that for the past 2 yrs and blamed it on my past chemo. Maybe it was the diabetes? Anyway, now that I take the insulin, the blood sugars are in good shape. I don.t hurt all over and I have aot more energy than I used to. y doc wants me to take another diabetes class. I was shocked to hear it is a 2 day class. % years ago it was a 4 hour class. Think alot has changed since then. I do try to eat about the same amount the same time each day so that I don't need to check so often when I am away from home. Exercise I have learned is VERY important when you have diabetes. I walk about 5 hrs a week. Thinak after awhile you get used to making sure you have in your purse what you may need while you are out of the house. Takung extra snacks always just in case the BS drops quickly. In a way it's like solving your own individual puzzle-can be fun a times.

Mrs.MH 2011-03-27 12:51:35 -0500 Report

Hello EJMac and thank you so much for your story. I do be feeling tired most of the day but i do try to stay active and I know definitely I need to be much MORE active but it will happen in due time. I do make sure I have something in my bag to snack on when I feel disoriented. That is one thing I noticed is that when you are going out and about you do have to pack your own bag to make sure you have everything you need ha ha sorta like packing a bag for your baby. Haven't went to any classes yet though. I will go one day cause I am sure there is a lot of information I need from those classes. But the people in this site has been so supportive and informative that I know I am in good hands.

datrainer 2011-03-25 17:14:58 -0500 Report

I have been there also. Be hopeful. There is so much more information and help then was available 20 years ago when I was first diagnosed. For most of the time I controlled my Type II with diet and medications - mostly Metformin. About 5 years ago, after getting maxed out on Metformin 3x per day x 850 mg, my doctor informed me that I needed to start on insulin. Things have slowly gone down hill from there, to where I was injecting Lantus 2x per day, 35 units on arising and 45 units before going to bed because I needed too much to take in one dose. In addition I had to inject Humalog 3x per day with each meal 20 - 30 units per injection depending on my bg reading. All of this was in addition to the maxed out doses of Metformin. Lets see, 5 sticks for testing my blood sugar each day, 3 Humalog and 2 Lantus injections each day for a total of 10 times each day of sticking something sharp into my skin, so I can relate to your comment about sore fingertips.
THERE IS HOPE! Last year I saw Kathy Freston on TV, bought her book and tried vegan - no animal or dairy, for her 21 day detox program. I felt great, but went back to my normal diet after the cleansing fast was over. But last XMas I went Vegan, and have remained Vegan since. I have since lost 37 pounds and am more than half way to my goal weight, I have eliminated the need for Humalog altogether, and have brought down my need for Lantus to 8 units in the am and 8 units in the pm. I intend to be off of insulin within the next 3 months, and my doctor concurs with this prognosis. She gives me a high-five when I see her during my office visits now.
Maybe getting off of meat and dairy isn't for you, but the important point here, is that you CAN DO SOMETHING to fix things. Being a part of this community is a great start. Don't feel hopeless, there are a lot of us out here who want to help. Go for it!!!

Mrs.MH 2011-03-25 18:47:16 -0500 Report

WoW… Thank you so much for sharing your story and I can't imagine going thru what you went thru with all those medications. I commend you for going vegan because it seems that was the only way for you. And you know what? it might be the only way for me as well. I never thought about going vegan before. I wouldn't mind trying it for a week to see if it makes a difference in my readings as well as my weight. I was feeling hopeless in such a short time and now I feel that there is hope. Thank you so much

datrainer 2011-03-26 04:42:10 -0500 Report

Great to hear. If you decide you want to give it a try, there is a fantastic book I have read and given to some of my family with diabetes. The author is Dr. Neal Barnard, and the book is "Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes" subtitled " The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs. Unfortunately many doctors only take a prescriptive drug approach to "managing" diabetes because most are unaware of the power that diet can have in reversing diabetes. If you live near a Whole Foods Market, that is where I found the book, else I am sure you can find it on-line. Another good resource is PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) that the author is a part of. (http://www.pcrm.org/) They sponsor a 21 day kick start program for anyone wanting to switch to a vegan diet. They have recipes and provide motivation via celebrities who have gone vegan. Good luck.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-24 19:55:18 -0500 Report

The stress of learning you have diabetes can be contributing to how you feel. As you learn to control your BG through testing and diet and meds (if your Dr. prescribed them) the roller coaster will ease. Sounds like you are way ahead of where I was 1 week after diagnoses by figuring out that bread, rice and pasta are bad for you. As to the carb cravings for me sometmes I am thiirsty so I drink water if I haven't been drinking as much as I should. Other times I need to eat some carrots or broccoli or cucumbers to fill that carb craving. Then sometimes I just need to eat a little of the carb I'm craving. A small serving or sometimes just a taste of something that normally I avoid will satisfy. Slowly over the year since I was diagnosed my tastes have adjusted. There are foods that are no longer good tasting to me that used to be my favorites.

Mrs.MH 2011-03-24 21:53:30 -0500 Report

Thank you Graylin. I have cut down a lot on the bread, rice and pasta. Hopefully i will cut it out all together like yourself. I am on Medformin once a day and a strict diet. Once I get the hang of my new lifestyle change I am sure the roller coaster will stop. Thanx again for the advice.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-25 01:14:39 -0500 Report

Regular pasta isn't good for me. I can eat quinoa pasta though, tried it because I really missed mac & cheese. My BG meter showed me it didn't mess up my levels. Tonight I enjoyed a lasagne bowl made with quinoa pasta shells, cottage cheese, mozarella, italian sausage and petit diced tomatoes with onion and garlic. My BG before eating was 88, 129 at 1 hr after, 110 at 1 1/2 hr after. If I keep the bread serving under 18 carbs and include enough protein my BG does ok. Higher carbs than that or not enough protein and it spikes. Testing and retesting has been the only way to find what works for me. Some days my fingers are a little sorer, but I promise them that I will eat the foods that are known factors for a few days so they get a slight break. For me one of the sneakiest foods is corn sryup. It if is hiding in a sauce or salad dressing even 1 or 2 Tbsp on a salad at supper will have my level still high in the morning.
At least now I feel like I am on the KiddieLand rollercoaster most days instead of the Cyclone or Tornado.

kimod1013 2011-04-02 20:23:37 -0500 Report

Your lasagna sounds delicious! I'm definetly going to try it! Do you layer it? Never had quinoa before, does it taste like regular pasta?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-02 21:26:39 -0500 Report

It tastes similar to regular pasta but has a slightly toasted flavor. Since I used elbows it ended up mixed up in the bowl. The noodles need to be watched as they cook or they can go from noy quite ready to mushy in a second. They do make lasagne noodles but I haven't tried them.

GabbyPA 2011-03-24 19:54:00 -0500 Report

It is overwhelming at first and you can complain here all you want. We get it.

After that, you will find that as the meds, meals and exercise start to kick in, you will feel better than you have in a very, very long time. We often don't realize how crummy we feel until our numbers start to return to more normal range. It will take time and there will be days when you feel worse for a while as your body adjusts, but it will get better. Really....it will. My body was used to numbers over 300 for who knows how long. When the numbers started to drop I felt funny, but as it got more normal, I started to feel new. I have more energy now than I did before. I can do more activities without getting as tired and I generally have less mood swings.

Hang in there. Check in here often. We all have been there and are here to help you out.

denatrout1974 2011-03-25 10:10:58 -0500 Report

im going threw the same things myself and think my family is really tired of hearing about all so sometimes i really feel alone in all of this

Mrs.MH 2011-03-25 15:58:07 -0500 Report

Exactly so did i…But my new friends on this site is making me realize that i am not alone in how i feel. And your not alone either.

GabbyPA 2011-03-26 05:57:13 -0500 Report

Our families don't know it, but they appreciate this site a lot too. It keeps us out of their hair and talking to folks who understand. I know I vent here more than at home, and that is a good thing.

Mrs.MH 2011-03-24 21:54:32 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby for your words of encouragement. I do need it. I will definitely hang in there.

jayabee52 2011-03-23 21:53:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Michele!

Yes, the first few months after being first Dx'd can seem like a roller coaster, physically and emotionally. You lose your old way of being to a certain extent. You cannot be so free and easy with food and eating and drinking. The new menu choices can be confusing. And the reasons behind making those choices even moreso.

I believe you can feel great again, ——IF —— you take good care of your diabetes ("DM") and manage it well.

Keep on learning about your DM. Learn what spikes your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") and what doesn't by testing foods/drinks you consume.

Once you find out what affects your BGs the most, you can reduce or avoid consuming those substances. And when you even out your BG#s, your roller coaster ride is not as bumpy or as wild as it is now.

In one way, you will not be the same person again. After all, can ANY of us put our hand in the same river twice? Not if the water is flowing! Time has a way of changing us, whether or not we have DM or any other chronic condition, or no condition at al.,

Blessings to you and yours Michele!


James Baker

Mrs.MH 2011-03-24 15:56:09 -0500 Report

I so appreciate your words my new friend. You and the others that has responded to my discussion has made me feel a lot better. With my new friends here and my family supporting me I know I will be just fine, Thank you very much

Kirla 2011-03-23 20:33:03 -0500 Report

This is what I did and my A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in 4 months and has remained below 6.0 ever since. I wish you the best. Good luck.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

GreeneyedAngel19 2011-03-24 19:29:49 -0500 Report

Hi Kevin: I am so glad I am not the only one out here who has the same problem with breads, rice and pastas! The only bread I can eat is oatmeal pita and forget about the rest! My sugars jump 40-60 points with any of the things you mentioned! Now how do you handle not having the "carb" cravings? Thank you for answering to Mrs.MH.

Kirla 2011-03-24 20:16:56 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed I was almost afraid to eat after awhile. As I learned about carbs and net carbs and how different carbs affected my blood sugar I just stopped eating most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carb per serving.

First I tried to cut back on a lot of these foods but still they spiked my blood sugar. Not much fun eating 1 spoon full of anything or eating a ¼ slice of bread and so forth. I found it easier to just stop eating the foods that spiked my blood sugar. For me I learned foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving spiked my blood sugar. One day I hope to be able to increase it to 10 or maybe 15 net carbs per serving but so far I have to keep it at 5-6. I also found there’s not much out there that have 6-12 net carbs per serving. It seems as you go above 12-15 the number of choices increase.

I have found I can eat soy and foods made of soy flour. On my website I have several recipes I use to make soy flour cake, pancake, waffles and soy noodles. I also bought a home made ice cream machine and make ice cream with low carb greek yogurt, nut milk and protein powder. I think it taste good.

I read a lot of the articles on soy. Both the good and bad. I made a decision to use soy. Many people have a lot of negative feeling about using it. I just figure eating a little soy is better than having out of control blood sugar or having to put up with the side effects of the meds. I’m meds free and plan on staying that way. All A1C’s have remained below 6 since the 14.1.

If I get craving I eat seeds, nuts or peanuts. Sometimes will eat a piece of cheese also. Anyway by using soy I can have a piece of cake at lunch everyday and I usually have a low carb protein ice cream after supper. Works for me.

Mrs.MH 2011-03-23 20:39:03 -0500 Report

Thank you for the advice

Kirla 2011-03-23 20:49:42 -0500 Report

No thanks needed. This is what I do in my spare time.

A friend of mine wrote about painless pricks on his blog. Maybe it will help and then maybe not. Give it a try. http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/pai... He has written a lot of great advice for beginners. I will include another link to his blog. I hope it helps. http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/d-d...