I've had it

By harry1 Latest Reply 2012-02-28 11:56:26 -0600
Started 2012-02-22 16:35:58 -0600

I'm done with doctors, nurses and thier people just got home from an appointment so ticked off instead of them finding a cause for a problem they just keep adding more pills and shots. Tired of taking 19 differant pills and 3 types of insulin got so mad i threw everything in the trash can. The heck with this diabetes it already cost me my job and sitting around the house all doped up dam doctors can not get toghter and cut back on them nooo they just keep adding and adding more on no wonder why my health is going down hill i a'nit no guinea pig.

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TraceyLin 2012-02-28 11:56:26 -0600 Report

harry you have to become more proactive in your health. You want to know about something and what causes it, do the research. You said you're home all the time now, so apparently if you have time to talk about your issues, you have time to research them, like I do. I'm an ex truck driver o/o so I know how it feels to sit when you are use to being up and down the highway. Just like you loved that big screen tv of a windshield, you can turn your pc into that same thing by surfing and seeing and learning the entire universe from your chair. I can give you some leads on things to research, not just health if you tell me what your interest are. to start with, go to youtube and do a search on hernias and it will show you everything about them plus any operating procedures that they use to fix them. there are some cool ones that show how they put the mesh in to tie the muscles together to seal the hole where your insides are trying to but out. Lot of great info on the internet. good luck with that hernia, I'm told they are extremely painful, makes me glad I'm a girl.

Linda2 2012-02-25 16:00:59 -0600 Report

Don't give up, try another doctor, if insurance allows go to a specialist that only deal with diabetics. I had to change, find the doctor you connect with. Make a list of questions you want answers for. Sometimes it takes of combination of items to reach the best results for you. Do research about the medication on line and ask your druggist about effects. Be your own advocate and keep asking questions until you get the answers.

harry1 2012-02-25 20:56:53 -0600 Report

I just got a letter from ssd today that medicare recommends a wellness physical at no charge. My wife on monday is going to call our doctor and request that this be done. We called medicare also and told them everything what is going on they told us if we have questions after the visit to call them. My wife is going to be there and if we are unhappy with after the exam we are going to fire her as our doctor and find another one for both of us. There's no way i should be on that many meds. right before my mother in-law died (she was a diabetic also) she was admitted into the hospital for a week to get her meds straighten out then she was good because the cut them down on her and changed some of them.

TraceyLin 2012-02-24 14:46:02 -0600 Report

Harry, I understand your rage. I've been there a number of times myself. when I first became diabetic I almost committed suicide by sweets when I ate a 3lb box of cherry cordials. Fortunately I know that exercise stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin and hopped on my gazelle and worked through the carbs! And the pills! it got to the point that I literally could not put them in my mouth! I would look at them (13) in my hand and start to gag! Needless to say, like you, I was a psychological mess! However, I enjoy life and living and want to do it as healthily as possible, so I figured that I had to do something that was productive as opposed to self destructive. You didn't say whether you were a type 1 or 2 diabetic. I am type 2.

After researching how the metformin and glipizide worked, I asked my dr. to take me off of the metformin and prescribe the glipizide twice a day. The logic behind this is that metformin stops my liver from performing its normal function of dumping glucose in the system as needed for burst of energy. The glipizide encourages the pancreas to do its job better, make more insulin. So, as you can see, it's should be a lot better to help something to do a better job as opposed to stopping something from doing its natural job. I decided on the former for this reason: glipizide helps my pancreas to do its job.

I also, like you, hated being idle all of the time. I just became more and more angry that the food I needed to sustain my life was not my enemy! I also had other health issues which had already forced me to cease being a truck driver and this was more than the ample amount of issues to make me insane. I decided that I needed to do something with my life before I imploded from lack of purpose. I volunteered at a local hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit (premature baby section) as a hug therapist! To watch these babies fight for their lives allowed me to realize how foolish I had become about mine and I was off to a new start. I also found sites on the internet where I could discuss my psychological issues relatively anonymously and it served to cure me of my egotistical perceptions as I realized that their are people with a lot worse issues than mine. They know their disease is going to kill them eventually, mine is only making me change directions in how I care for myself.

I hope my sharing this with you will give you some encouragement to become proactive in your health care and help you to see that volunteering to help others will give you a new purpose.

JSJB 2012-02-27 04:09:11 -0600 Report

Well written and I agree. It gave me some encouragement. Don't give up, find a better way.

chayogarza 2012-02-23 15:34:27 -0600 Report

hello harry, i know how you feel.if u stop eating carbs or limit them ur readings will drop.

hannelou 2012-02-27 06:34:22 -0600 Report

hello Harry , I agree as well …have same problems …I am so glad I joined in the early hours of this morning (in UK )…we have to help one another , or else depression sets in .

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-23 13:02:31 -0600 Report

hi Harry, Ok, I think everyone else has said get your meds out of the trash can and talk to your PCP again, and if this doesn't work out like others said you will need to find a new one. When I first was diagnosed I found out that the trust between a patient and the Dr. Doesn't automatically exist with only titles, as I had presumed before? Some Drs can be territorial and don't like to be questioned, I was treated and diagnosed for cysts that didn't even exist with a thought to remove them! Remove what? We are all here for you and we've all been down that road in one way or another! Finding a good PCP is like finding a true friend, all my friends I can count with one hand and have some fingers left over! Please do take care, cuz we CARE! Louise

TraceyLin 2012-02-24 14:48:10 -0600 Report

Wonderful and true info set apart! thank you. we must have drs. who aren't threatened by our need to be proactive with our healthcare. As I said to one of my drs. you're just a mechanic and this body is the car I drive! Preventive maintenance with an eye on repair is what is needed.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2012-02-23 10:58:54 -0600 Report

We have all been down this road and we will continue to go down the road in order to stay alive. You do not want to give up, just keep on complaining as you gather up all of you medicine that you tossed out and start over. You are angry right now which is understandable but you need to calm down and talk to your Doctors and start with the question Why?? Why am I taking all of this medication and How??How is one affecting another.What?? What results are you looking for.
Let them know you are angry,stressed etc., and you want and need answers because you want to be in charge of your health. You will be surprised how this will affect your Doctors and they will talk to you. Give it a try and let us know what the results are in your life. You have been given a lot of heartfelt advice, please take it and use it. We are waiting to hear the good news from you or venting if you choose. Whatever it is the site is here for you and will help you through this. And this too will pass. Blessings to you and Good Luck-Hugs

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-02-23 06:56:21 -0600 Report

I know the feeling. I have the same problem. I got online and researched all the different medicines I was on. Several of them were for the same things so I weeded them out and took myself off of the ones I really didn't need. Then I wasn't taking nearly as many. I still take a few that I have no choice but to take. I just wish my doctors would find and fix the problems I am having instead of waiting until I'm so sick from them that they have to do something about it.

harry1 2012-02-22 22:51:34 -0600 Report

heres why i'm so ticked off. on friday i had to be seen at an urgent care place for broken ribs and sharp pains in my grion which the dr said that i have an hernia was given naproxon and lortab and to get seen by a surgron asap. on tuesday i had a follow up with my gasto told her everything and she said that i should not have been given naproxon since i have stomach problems i told her to change it then was told that she won't because she didn't prescibe it and she is not treating me for the ribs and hernia. today i saw the surgeron i told them about the pain and showed them the buldge and swelling in my sac did not check for anything (no hands to feel buldge or hernia exam done) all they did was give me 5 shots down there and was told that i'm inflammed down there. i asked what could cause this was told i have to go and see my regular doctor. Then they tell me right before they left the room to go and get a couple of jock straps to keep pressure on that area. thats why i'm ticked off

Nick1962 2012-02-23 12:05:07 -0600 Report

Harry, clearly you’re lost in a void between the doctors you see. As others have mentioned, take a stand and either find a new PCP or have your current one explain things and take charge of you as a patient. I’m not a doctor but I can’t believe 19 meds is healthy for anyone.
What concerns me immediately is your hernia. With mine, my surgeon didn’t always examine me – he already knew I had one by the referral to see him, and probably knew the extent already as well. Try not to be so hard on him for that. The comment to “go and get a couple of jock straps to keep pressure on that area” is another story. He (or your PCP) should have offered you an appliance already if you don’t have surgery scheduled in the near future. Not to be an alarmist, but the fact that it’s advanced to the point of being swollen and needing shots means it should be taken care of soon to avoid strangulation. Keep on your back as much as possible.

sheriden 2012-02-22 21:49:57 -0600 Report

I am taking so many meds I could swim in them my daughter is beside herself and trying to help. She lives in Casper 140 miles away and took care of me for ten days while I could barley lift my head. Can't find one doc to check all out and see if I am being poisoned with meds. It is crazy but I know what is most important and taking them. My diabetic meds are one. I will not give up till I find a doctor who will check it all out. Dont stop your diabetic BG meds. Blessings.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-22 20:29:58 -0600 Report

I have been there and throwing your meds away will not help. Get then out of the trash and if anything put them away, except insulin put in fridge. Then take control as you are paying them, in other words they work for you!!

I don't know your issues, but ask the dr to give you a list of condition being treated and the meds that go with it. Then if you have alot of drs, you may need to go to a specialist or two and knock out the primary drs. Too many drs can gum up the works. Then talk to the dr and explain your worries and that you want to cut back on meds and work out a new plan. You can also do reserach on the computer about your illnesses and meds and procedures so as to be more informed. You are able to get the dr visit notes as well.

Finally, find out what you should be doing to help your issues, diet, exercise, therapy, etc.. and start doing it so that you can make changes to help youeself. It takes work and effort, but you are worth it:)

Good luck.

Young1s 2012-02-22 19:23:00 -0600 Report

Good for you!! Now…go get that insulin and whatever else that is pertinent to saving your life back out of the trash. I understand you're sick of it all but you don't want to become sicker because of it. I totally get the whole not wanting to be a guinea pig, which is why you need to take control of what your doctor's do for you. As I believe Just Joyce likes to say, they work for you not the other way around. But it is your job and your right to get all the facts as to why they are trying to pump you full of all of these pills. Demand answers, ask about alternative measures, find out what will happen if you don't take the pills, etc… My point is DON'T GIVE UP! Your life and the way you want to spend the rest of your life depends upon what you do now. So take your damn insulin, pain pills, and what ever other meds that you NEED and screw the rest.

JSJB 2012-02-27 04:17:37 -0600 Report

Well typed, I must be lucky and have a doctor who listens and has helped me. Sooo Harry follow the advice of all who care and take your meds do not just sit around and feel low.

jigsaw 2012-02-22 19:29:04 -0600 Report

Wow Patricia, your input here is tremendous! You put it so well. I hope Harry hears what you are saying!!!

pkwillhoite 2012-02-22 16:50:45 -0600 Report

We have all been there… Keep up the work your doing. Try to find a dr that your happy with… Your in my thoughts… I hope things get better for you…

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