Newly diagnosed and scared

By katnkits Latest Reply 2011-11-25 01:38:59 -0600
Started 2011-11-22 04:52:13 -0600

It has been a month now since I got the dreaded news. I had suspected it but now I KNEW! I have hated and feared this my whole life. My mom was a diabetic (what the called a brittle diabetic) I grew up having to look out for her and take care of her. To this day I cannot stomach orange juice with sugar. She died in 1984. her Dr had told her she wouldn't see her 50th birthday, she would have been 50 on her next birthday.
So I have these meds to take and I have cut way down on sugar (Pepsi) and am generally trying to eat better. I get the sugar free sweets and whole grain pasta and I'm eating more veggies. I do have real sweets and Pepsi sometimes. I feel that is very good for me to achieve that much. Sometimes I feel so bad, that I just don't care. I feel worse now than I did before I knew. I am typing this with hands that feel like they are asleep. Sometimes it hurts so much, burning and shooting pains. I do type alot in my work and text. But this is almost constant now since I found out for sure. And my left ear is ringing all the time too. Occasionally I would have episodes of my hands going to sleep or ears ringing, but not like this. In fact, I never even thought of them as syptoms.
I did go to my VA dr and she gave a Rx for amitriptyline for neuropathy and I am to be scheduled for a EMG. I am also taking metformin, glipizide, smvastatin and lisinooril.
I am scared

4 replies

meowbat 2011-11-25 01:38:59 -0600 Report

as one "kat" to another, welcome to my nightmare. I understand completely, but, dump the fright and start the fight. if you take this mean-ass bull up by the short horns, YOU ARE IN CHARGE, not it. this is an illness not the specter your fear can let it become. you are not your mom. this stuff does everyone in a different way. alot has changed in the medical field since 1984. losing your mom was sad and hurt you deeply, but this is you and your fight in 2011. there are many minor changes you can make that are not earth shattering. start reading the dietary content of the things you like eat. you will be suprized to find that many of the cheaper store brand versions of your favorites can actually fit your dietary needs better. if you find you are having sugar cravings, pick the one thing that you like the most, don't keep it on hand but do keep the exact cost of one in your pocket or purse at all times. if the need strikes, take a walk and go buy it. soon you'll get a lot of excersize and control the need. as for the DN, you have to deal, but some meds do help. this site will help you. it's already helped me. GRINS&HAPPYS——-Meowbat

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 15:18:26 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear you lost your mother. I just lost mine a year ago this past september. She was also diabetic. What i did not know at the time is that she was not really controlling her diabetes. It was not until i stopped the denial of having D and took control that i learned she was not doing what she was supposed to.
Meg really says it below, sugars are not the only thing you need to watch. You really have to watch your carbs. Simple carbs like white bread, rice and potatoes just turn right to sugar in you system. They are called simple carbs. You want to look at more complex carbs and make sure you are getting a lot of proteins. That will help. Seeing a dietician will help alot.

I hope you are able to figure out what is going to work for you. It takes some work and having knowledge will help. Also testing your bs will help you figure out what is working in your body and what does not.

Good Luck and God Bless, Mickey

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 12:09:41 -0600 Report

Hello Katnikits, welcome to DC. Yes we were all scared and angry when we were first diagnosed with diabetes. I am sorry to hear that you lost your mother to diabetes complications. Remember that you are not her and yours can be controled.
I would search the side effects of each of your medications so that you understand what you should look for.
While sugar free is good be aware of other indgredients used to sweeten what you consume. Any ingredient ending in ose is another form of sugar. It is not just sugar that you need to be watching. You need to be aware of your intake of carbohydrates. Depending on your lifestyle most diabetics are given 140 to 180 carbs a day divided evenly over three meals. If possible meeting with a dietician would be great as they would design a meal plan for you.
Have you been tested for carpel tunnel syndrome? While your hands can be symptoms of neuropathy to me it sounds more like CTS especially since you use the keyboard and texting so much. I started taking Borage Oil (supplement) for other reasons about the time I had surgery on my right wrist. I was supposed to have surgery on my left wrist 2 months later but the Borage Oil stopped the CTS so I have not had that surgery and that was about 16 years ago. I have recommended the Borage Oil to 7 other CTS sufferers and none have had to have the surgery as long as they continue taking the supplement.
Kat you did not mention what your A1C was or what your meter readings are. If you can share those we might be able to help you even more.
God bless,

realsis77 2011-11-22 12:03:31 -0600 Report

hi and welcome to dc. yes it can be very scary at first.When i got diagnosed I got put on shots almost right away after the pills failed me. what helped me was to learn as much as possible about diabetes and i got some books geared for the newly diagnosed diabetic. amazon and ebay have some good titles. remember knowledge is power. power over this disease.we all here know what your going through now but i promise it will get better. keep coming for support and do some reading and soon you will develop a healthy attitude about the diabetes.If you need a friend or just someone to listen il be here for you! the hardest part for me was the lifestyle change and the injections, but after some time that too is now just a part of my life.Hang in there and remember you are NOT alone! we are here to help! :)