Help ... any suggestions??

By Tamarah1216 Latest Reply 2011-09-01 08:39:09 -0500
Started 2011-08-26 12:54:56 -0500

I am new at this and a little nervous to share my issue BUT I get a sense family unity and love here SO here it goes … I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes officially back in May of this year. I have been pre diabetic for about 4years. It all somewhat started with my pregnacy. It is also a disease that runs very high in my family so I guess I was doomed from the start. I started seeing my primary doctor last October 2010 because something "did not feel right" he sd I was boderline diabetic and gave me suggestions on how to correct the problem. I started exercising and "eating better" my AC1 was 6.9 and my fasting glucose was running about 193. My weight then was 203lbs so being that I am 5'6" the weight needed to come down. Also my thyroid level was elevated as well as my cholesterol … MY thought was that I was a mess :-)

OK I tried everything possible to get the weight dwn and I must admit it came down but it was very slow. I was placed on med's for HBP, Choles and Thyroids all of those things with med's corrected itself really fast and with the exercising and eating better. Diabetes was not going anywhere but my doc still wanted to wait. I was feeling EXHAUSTED and DRAINED all of the time and irritated which is not me. After 6 months I was done waiting and feeling lousey. I pulled all my labs ad realized the diabetes wasn't getting better and not worse it was just there to stay. I decided I better get help sooner than later so I called and endocrinologist and wanted her opinion. She agreed with me that I was diabetic and placed me on Metformin ( i have issues on it, fatigue, nausea and soemtimes gas pains and diarhea) A month later she added Victoza .. I never thought i could do any kind of injection but it's not so bad. Since then I have lost 20lbs. I'm down to 183lbs and that part of me feels GREAT!!

But I am still tired and just feel sick all of the time. I do not have any energy, I feel light headed, my vision feels weird and when I am walking it feels like I am floating. I sufffer migraines but these are more headaches then migraines (I think) I don't know what these feelings are or why. Am I over medicated? Are these different side effects? I just don't know I have been on everything long enough to say it's not the meds persay. I take all my meds at night around 11pm including the injection and by 9am I feel weird and it lasts all day.
I am a picky eater so I have a hard time with food but I think I manage … bored with what I am eating but I manage …

The thing is this too I don't like to talk to my fam about it because I don't want them to think I am being dramatic because I have diabetes .. my mother passed away in 2004 and I miss her sooo much especially right now because she would understand … she would have some answers for me. I just feel stuck and sick!!! Thanks for reading and I apologize it's soooo long!! :-)

23 replies

robertoj 2011-08-29 03:32:07 -0500 Report

On the contrary discussing your diabetes with your family is an excellent idea. The stronger your support group the better. You are making good decisions and that's a good thing. Being thorough when addressing your concerns. The advice that I've read from the other members is very sound. God bless you and I will be keeping you in my prayers.

Tamarah1216 2011-08-31 14:06:28 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your thoughts .. I really appreciate it!

robertoj 2011-08-31 14:51:12 -0500 Report

By the way diabetic cooking can be fun and challenging. Using fresh ingredients, whole grains, fresh herbs and spices can make some foods taste better. Take your favorite recipes eliminate the unhealthy ingredients and replace them with something better. For instance take mac'n cheese; use cooked whole grain noodles add an equal amount of cauliflower and use low fat cheese.

Tamarah1216 2011-08-31 16:16:08 -0500 Report

Roberto… thank you so very much, I will try those ideas. That's one of the walls I keep hitting … FOOD!!. My eating habits aren't good and that's because I only eat 2-3 times per day and I know I need to eat waaay more but I just hit a brick wall with what I should eat and finding the time to eat it. Any snack suggestions for a picky eater?? .. my snack is always always a apple or pear when I do have a snack. Something other than nuts and fruit…

robertoj 2011-08-31 17:49:49 -0500 Report

Sorry I pretty much snack on fruit and nuts and a small piece of dark chocolate (at least 73% cocoa).

margokittycat 2011-08-27 21:37:59 -0500 Report

There are a couple of different things I would talk to my doctor about. Maybe see if taking one med in the morning and one at night would work and help get rid of the tiredness and everything else. Maybe see about taking a 24 hour insulin in the a.m. and then another insulin before super. It is really wierd becaue I am type 1 but I am also a certified Pharmacy Technician and almost all of the diabetic script I fill are taken at different times throughout the day not all at the same time. I would keep a very close track on your BS and see if they are going low at anytime when you are feeling lightheaded or dizzy those could be a sign of low BS. God Luck with figuring it our and I will keep you in my prayers.

Tamarah1216 2011-08-31 14:17:19 -0500 Report

I have an appointment in the morning and a list of all my concerns and issues. My BS are running normal since starting both med's … I asked my doctor prior to taking them all at the same time and she said it was ok. I am now thinking it's not the case so I will go over all of my med's with her and get it straightened out tomorrow. That may make all the difference in the world for me. I ahve been checking them when I am feeling really weird and they have been in range … there was only one time that is was very low … so I don't know!! :-( Thank you so much for your suggestions .. I will let you know what the doc tells me tomorrow but either way I am going to try one in the morning and one at night as you suggested. Thanks!!

Debbiejf 2011-08-27 21:34:53 -0500 Report

Hi Tamarah :), is it possible that taking your meds just before going to bed could be causing some of your issues? There is obviously something 'off' by your description of how you feel. I don't give my dr. any slack about my health or the way a medication makes me feel since she's the one who prescribed it. Congrats on the weight loss :).
Make a nusance of yourself until your dr. gets the dosage right and the time of day you should be taking your meds. Check out if you're supposed to eat before or after taking your meds as well as if you should be taking them (are you going to bed after taking them?) right before going to bed. There are way too many questions to just let things go, call your dr. hon, and get it straightened out…no one can function safely like that. And welcome to DD, I've only joined recently also but been Diabetic for 26 yrs, insulin the last 4.

witherbeelinda 2011-08-27 15:01:44 -0500 Report

Hi, I am also a type two diabetic and had been prediabetic for 4 years. I take medformen and it makes a world of difference. 193 is high and when its that high it causes organ problems and other issues. I would ask for a second opinion and see another doc. Your to valuable to let it ride.

Tamarah1216 2011-08-31 14:21:56 -0500 Report

Hi … it's not running 193 now … that was before I started taking meds. Now I am always within range. My bs numbers are quite well. I test 3-4 times per day The only thing is I am extremely tired and I feel queezy all day everyday. So I think I maybe taking my meds wrong and maybe the effect is from over medicating but I will find out. Thank you for your advice and I will discuss it with my doc tomorrow and let you know how it goes … :-)

realsis77 2011-08-27 12:23:37 -0500 Report

Hi sweetie, I felt just like your discribing before I got put on my insulin regiment. Gosh I felt like I was dieing! I had no engery and wanted to sleep all the time! I also expirenced the nausea and diereaha. I got put on a 24 hour insulin I take in the morning then another insulin I take with meals and wow what a difference it made in my life! I came back to life again with more engery and an all around better feeling! My blood sugar went from really high 300 to perfect! Yes perfect! My numbers are no longer high. It took a couple of dose increases but I finally got there! :) I'm doing soo much better! It might be an option for you? Id talk to my doc about adding insulin. Many people are afraid of insulin but its been a God send for me! It doesn't hurt and its easy to give. Its really not a big deal. I personally wish I got put on it sooner! Its been wonderful! This is an option . I had the EXACT same symptoms as you do before my insulin. Now I'm much better! Id look into this if I were you! All my engery came back and I feel wondeful for the most part! I can't stress enough what a difference it made in my life! Good luck and God bless I also tried the pills they did nothing for me but give me a headache. I still ran so high on them! Some people can't take them. I couldn't. Remember you have options. This is your treatment plan and if something isn't working for you, change it! I'm so glad I did!

Tamarah1216 2011-08-31 14:29:10 -0500 Report

Hi … thank you and I am sooo happy you are feeling better. I like this site because there is always someone here who understands exactly how you feel. Everyone has been so nice and I appreciate all of the feed back. I have never been quiet about my health so believe me there would be no time that my doctor slides … I just don't call all the time and wait until my appointment unless something is just unbearable. I am doing the victoza injections so I don't have a problem if I need to be on insulin … I just want to feel better. Whatever I need to do I will do it ..My bs numbers are good … I just feel like crap. I will keep everyone posted tomorrow and let you know what plan we come up with. Thank you for taking the time out to give me your thoughts …best wishes to you!!

realsis77 2011-08-31 16:04:08 -0500 Report

Your very welcome! What I've read about victoza, their can be some side effects like nausea, diereaha, vomiting, perhaps your feeling some side effects in a different way? If you don't feel better soon I would certainly speak to my doc about an alternative, something that won't make you feel so badly. I do hope you are feeling better soon! I hate to feel run down and tired, its awful! Hopefully soon you can get this straightened out! I wish you the very best! Hang in there! God bless you!

grandmaducky 2011-08-26 17:09:14 -0500 Report

are you testing your blood to find your blood glucose level if your numbers are higher in the morning i would try and take your meds than

Tamarah1216 2011-08-26 17:19:32 -0500 Report

Yes, prior to taking meds they were as high as 169… Since my meds in the morning my fasting numbers are between 76-120 … thank you for taking the time to read my post and for your suggestion!

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 15:04:51 -0500 Report

Thyroid disease is often seen in us diabetics. I've been on thyroid meds for over 20 years and have been a type 1 diabetic for 35+ years ( using insulin, different meds than you've been prescribed for your diabetes.) A lot of your symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion may be related to both your thyroid problem and high blood sugars. (Although an A1c of 6.9 is on the high end of diabetics in good control and not so very bad.) I found that in order for me to get better blood glucose control, I had to reduce the amount of carbs I was eating. I try to limit myself to 120 carbs per day. Do you know how many carbs you are eating? When you lower the carbs, you will also find you lose those excess pounds. High blood sugar levels put you at risk for diabetic retinopathy which could ultimately lead to blindness. This might be why you have vision problems. It's another good reason to try to get a handle on your diabetes. Your thyroid meds should be helping with that condition. Are your thyroid levels back to normal range? Try not to be overwhelmed. It's a lot to tackle and change and it won't happen overnight. Learn as much as you can. Don't be afraid to ask questions. This is a great community and the members have tons of experience dealing with this lifelong companion of ours, Diabetes. Welcome!

Tamarah1216 2011-08-26 17:13:48 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your advice. My carb intake has been about 140 - 150 I am trying to get a better grip on it. It's so frustrating trying to figure out what's good based on what I eat … I am very picky and don't try many new foods and when I do try something new I wish I hadn't :-)

Thats my biggest problem with this is food … I eat what I know I like and I don't eat nearly as much as I should. I have seen a nutritionist but I did not find her helpful at all. I do however use the glycemic index chart and I stick with it when picking out fruits and vegetables to eat but it's a struggle … I read labels and watch portions.

From day one I have accepted that this disease is lifelong and I am ok with the diagnosis I just wish I could feel better and find foods I like. My thyroids are back in normal range. I see my doctor next week so I am praying that although I am struggling with food my diabetes is in control as well. At least better than what they were 3 months ago. (A1c was then 6.3) Thank you again for taking the time to respond and I will continue to learn all that I can and pray for healthier lives for all of us!

tkerns 2011-08-26 13:12:40 -0500 Report

i know what i just got told i am a diabetic thursday august 25-2011 i am 21 years old and i am scared so best of luck

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 15:11:32 -0500 Report

I developed my Diabetes at age 27. The best advice I can give you is to face the fact that it will be a lifelong companion. Learn as much as you can about it and what you need to do to control it. I wasn't always smart in my decisions, but after 35+ years now with Diabetes, I'm getting a better handle on what I need to do to keep those complications at bay. I just started on the pump August 16 and wish now that I had done it years ago. Wishing you the strength to make the right decisions to ensure a long and fruitful life. Diabetes does not have to limit your potential.

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