New Diagnosis-Type 2 Diabetes-Don't know anything: HELP

Teresa Rose
By Teresa Rose Latest Reply 2011-05-26 16:41:03 -0500
Started 2011-05-23 14:00:32 -0500

I was told by my doctor on May 13th,2011 that I have type 2 diabetes. I haven't had any classes or even talked to a dietician. I haven't started on any medication either. My class isn't until June 15th but alot of problems I am having I have been having for a long time. I'm having terrible pain-Legs & Feet. My chest hurts all the time. I had a echocardiogram done the day after I was diagnosed with diabetes 2. It showed that I had no blockages. My heart still hurts. Can diabetes cause heart pain? Leg & feet pain? Tiredness. I keep falling asleep, I can't hardly stay awake. I stay bloated all the time too. Help me with whatever you can tell me because I have no clue. P.S. My skin even hurts!

29 replies

PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:21:49 -0500 Report

The best thing that could be done initially has already happened…you're diagnosed. Don't feel terrible, it really is a good thing. You could have gone on for years without knowing inflicting more damage on yourself.

I would highly recommend getting 2 books: The First Year Type 2 Diabetes An Essential Guide For The Newly Diagnosed.

and Death To Diabetes

Both have helped me immensely so far. Then get rolling on all your doctor's visits: Endocrinologist, Cardiologist, (in your case especially), and likely a urologist would a good bet too.

I was feeling like crap last summer before my diagnosis, peeing all the time, falling asleep after dinner. Depending on whether you have neuropathy you can have these pains, and also just not feeling well in general. First things first is to get your sugars under control and your A1c down. Enroll in local classes, and read up as much as you can. It sucks but you have to take control of your condition and not expect the doctors to have all the answers.

This diagnosis is a good thing though, and this is a great site for info and support. Welcome to being a member of the club no one wants to be in :)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-26 09:08:35 -0500 Report

I love to read; I will have to check out those books, they sound like they would be very informative. I'm shure I will be seeing several different Doctors. I saw a Dietician yesterday & learned about carbs. We did a plan for me. I am going to sit down & write myself a menu & a grocery list. So much to remember. Thank you for the great advice!!!

nanaellen 2011-05-25 07:23:42 -0500 Report

Hi Teresa,
The best thing you can do for your diabetes you have already done!! You came here!! lol THIS site has been my lifesaver for the last few months!! From reading the posts you don't have a blood glucose meter?? That's the first step. The classes will teach you about exactly what diabetes is and how to read your "numbers" but you'll learn WAY more than that here!! When I first found out it was because my vision changed dramatically. The biggest concern for myself is that with no insurance I couldn't keep my numbers "normal" and because of that it's causing other problems with other organs such as gall bladder and pancreas so please be vigilant in getting treated. Also what they didn't tell me in my "class" was that your carb count is extremely important in controlling your numbers! And buy yourself a few notebooks your gonna NEED them!! It's like having a full time job trying to get everything under control! Yes I had chest pains too but for me it was because I have "Spastic Arteries" it feels like a heart attack but with readjusting my blood pressure meds it's way better. I wish you all the luck in the world! Just try to keep a positive outlook and remember you always have us to ask away! Ellen :0)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-26 09:49:54 -0500 Report

I don't have insurance but I go to a Volunteer Clinic that I qualified for. I was a stay at home mom for 35 years, raised & homeschooled 4 children. My husband hurt his back & couldn't work so we lost our insurance. For several years My medical problems built up until I heard about this awesome clinic called Volunteers In Medicine. Doctors, RNs, of all feilds volunteer their services to help people like myself. They also have students that are going to medical school ect. volunteer. The whole operation is all volunteer & they are incredible. They pay for all my meds. & they team me up with the companies that make the meds like (AstraZenica,Johnson & Johnson ect.) and they give me my meds for free. I had 3 surgeries in the past 3 yrs. Breast lump removal;Lrg. fibroid removed & hysterectomy; Gallbladder removed. On May 14 I did a elestrocardiogram at the hosp. It showed no blockages but I don't think this test on the heart test the nerves to the heart which is probably my problem. I know I'm not crazy, my heart hurts all the time. I saw the dietician yesterday & learned about the carbs. & did a plan. I don't have a meter yet I was wondering about that. I don't go to my class until June 15 so I guess I will do my best until then to count my carbs & be careful with my diet & if I feel to bad before then I'll just go to the E.R. Thanks for the adivice on getting notebooks, I will do that. I was so happy when I found this site that I cried. I am going to recommend this site to other diebetics that go to the clinic that I go to. Everyone on here is great. I have a Facebook account but I like this one better. I stay on here more. There is so much to look at; I love it here. Thank you so much!!!

gbc43 2011-05-25 07:12:59 -0500 Report

Is this a new Dr or have you been seeing the Dr for a while ? When do you see the Dr next ? Do you have a list of questions for the Dr yet ? Do a book on your office visits and what was talked about . When you have test done ask for a copy of the tests . You should have a list of all your Dr , addresses and phone numbers and one of their cards . You should also do a meds list with over the counter add ons .
See if there is a support group in your area ? If you have questions ask , try watching the videos on here , good info .

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-26 09:56:39 -0500 Report

That is some great advice!!! I will make a list of all the questions that I have so I don't forget anything & I will carry a notebook with me to all my appointments & also do the cards with Docs names & numbers. I already have a med. card. Support group in my area is a great idea as well! I have been seeing my doctors for 2 years now. Thank you so much for the great advice!!!

gbc43 2011-05-26 14:38:16 -0500 Report

Check with the people who put on the class and see if the have one . glad I can help , we all started the same way …

jayabee52 2011-05-26 10:14:28 -0500 Report

I do what is a little better, I think . I type any question I have into my computer, and then when I see the Dr I will print out 2 copies and hand one to the medical aide to give it to the Dr. That gives Dr time to look it over and research questions if need be. Then when Dr comes in we're both on the same page, and the visit is more productive for me. I can then write any answers on my copy of the paper.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-05-24 16:23:00 -0500 Report

Diabetes can make you tired all the time. Now that I'm taking care of mine I fall asleep if my blood sugar goes above 150. It's weird, I get a little groggy and then next thing I know I'm waking up 20 minutes to an hour later. But if I keep my numbers lower I'm fine. I'm a lot less bloated now too, my feet don't swell nearly as much as they used to, I'd forgotten what my feet looked like when they weren't puffy. I can wear some of my old favorite shoes now!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 16:53:28 -0500 Report

I'm going through all of that . My feet & legs are swollen. I can't never stay awake even if I had a good night sleep which is almost never. I'm puffy all over. My doc. had started me on blood pressure meds. Thought the swelling was from high blood pressure. It didn't work. I knew something wasn't right. Then the doc. called me & told me I had type 2 diabetes and now its all making sense. I'm relieved they finally figured it out. I had told the doc. I thought I could have diabetes 2 yrs. ago but I guess with everything else medically I had going on it was hard to detect until now. I hope I feel better soon. How do you know if you need to go to the E.R.? sometimes I feel like I could die.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-05-24 18:48:07 -0500 Report

Well if you have a blood glucose monitor you'll know when your blood sugar is high by testing. Mine reads up to 600 before just flashing HI! at me, though I think you should be going to the doctor far below that reading.

It's true that sometimes you do feel like you want to die but once you get your numbers closer to normal you'll feel better. Also try drinking more water and eating less salt.

You'll get lower numbers by cutting sugar but you also need to cut carbs, I limit myself to 40-60 a meal and no more than 20 for a snack. Generally I try to stay closer to 40 carbs in a meal but sometimes that's hard.

You also need to learn more about good carbs and bad carbs and what foods you can personally eat. There are a lot of good carbs I can't eat like Oats, but others can. You just have to use your meter to figure out what works for you.

I'm not seeing normal numbers just yet but hopefully soon. I tend to stay around 100 to 120 before meals though I've crept back up to 130-140 recently because I've gotten lazy with my measuring and carb counting.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-26 10:04:47 -0500 Report

I went to my dietician (my first appt.) yesterday. She taught me all about Carbs. Counting carbs; good carbs, bad carbs ect. very informative. We did a plan for me so I am going to make a menu & a grocery list today and get what I need. I will probably be cutting out alot of things. I was surprized at what I couldn't have. I was surprized at the foods that are high in carbs. This is all so much but I have to do what I have to do & I have gotten through so much in my life already, I can do this, I can get through this, especially when I have people like you that I can talk to & that can help me. Thank you so much!!!

Somoca 2011-05-24 15:36:30 -0500 Report

Make a list of your questions and ask your doctor. Even if he doesn't want to answer you. If he won't cooperate, find another doctor.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 16:37:15 -0500 Report

Very good advice! I will make shure & take a note pad. It would be a good idea to buy one anyway so I have something to keep everything in together. Thank you so much!!!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 13:13:59 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the info so far. I go to Dietician tommorrow. My first appointment for anything. What do they do in the 2 hour class that they give you? I do that on June 15th.

Harlen 2011-05-23 22:19:10 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
First you need a meeter to test your blood sugar
Test first thing in the AM then two hr after meals right it all down even what you had for food and how much.Yes it is a pain but gives you a lot of info to work with .notm #'s are 85 to 110
Hope this helps
Best wishes

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 16:32:38 -0500 Report

Thank you! Anything that anyone can tell me will help me at this point. Thank you so much!!!

Harlen 2011-05-24 18:04:00 -0500 Report

We all are willing to help so if you have a Question just ask
Best wishes

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 18:32:50 -0500 Report

Thank you so much! that means so very much to me. My Father always taught me to always ask questions when I don't know something. He told me to never feel stupid to ask a question. He said that people that are smart are that way because they weren't afraid to ask questions. I would rather be smart & ask!

Kirla 2011-05-23 17:28:46 -0500 Report

This is what has helped me. Maybe it will help you some.

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. My A1C has remained below 6 for 2 years now.

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

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-26 10:07:07 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the advice. I will definitely be eating alot more salad. I love salad anyway. I love hard boiled eggs too!!! Thanks again!!!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 16:30:33 -0500 Report

My metabolism is extremely low. I will probably have to cut out alot of things completely like bread, pasta, rice , corn, potatoes ect. My weight gain spiked in a matter of weeks like 25 extra lbs. This is excellent advice!

RAYT721 2011-05-23 15:05:30 -0500 Report

The best person to diagnose and treat your symptoms is your doctor. We can help with the emotional side of things but when it comes to medications, treatments, and such that honestly requires a medical training that we lack and what may be true for one person is not necessarily true for you and anyone else.

A lot of us are knowledgeable about nutrition and what works for us but it's your meter and taste buds that will have to account for what works or doesn't work for you. The condition known as diabetes can cause complications but doesn't in all cases. There are people living for decades without the complications from the roller coaster of diabetic highs and lows. Now is a great time to learn about what foods to increase and what to decrease from your eating plan. It's not all about sugar as was believed in the past. Sugar is, without question, high calorie and high carb with little nutrients. You are better off with the carbs from other foods than from sugar but that's not to say you can never indulge. You need to think of ways to get the best nutritional value from your allowance of carbs, calories, fat, protein, vitamins, etc.

Some of the symptoms you are mentioning here sounds like diabetes related but could sound like other things. I'd suggest that you take one step at a time or we will be committing you to a funny farm if you try to focus on everything at once. While I am fully in favor of getting second opinions, I recommend them from medical professionals rather than from the membership here.

You are on step one. Don't attempt to climb to the top in one step. Slow and steady wins the race.

LabRat90 2011-05-23 15:20:03 -0500 Report

Excellent reply, Ray!

RAYT721 2011-05-23 15:26:27 -0500 Report

I have to step back in time to think about what I wish I had been told when I was diagnosed. It's so overwhelming that we want to just find some magical cure that doesn't exist so we can reset our bodies and start to get healthy (after just one more bite of Sara Lee Cheesecake). I wish I had been told how to use my test meter before spraying pints of blood around the kitchen on my first attempt. The scene is funny now but wasn't at the time. I was near tears as I poked and poked only to error the meter, miss the test strip, and shake so much that I needed help for an accurate test the first time. I am proof that common sense is NOT common!!! :)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-24 16:25:57 -0500 Report

I can see myself doing something like that! Do they teach you how to use the tools, test stuff ect. at the classes?