Hello everyone

By LillithaT Latest Reply 2012-03-15 20:53:45 -0500
Started 2012-02-25 21:33:55 -0600

I just wanted to say hello as i am new to the site and not sure of another way to get to know people. I am a mom of 2 girls and I had gestational diabetes with my youngest daughter. I now have type 2 diabetes and it is a pain in the rear to control. I am on 2 types of insulin and one oral medication. I have been advised by my doctor to cut off my metformin because it is causing me major gastric complications. I have fibromyalgia, anxiety,and depression on top of everything with the diabetes so life can be rather difficult for me at times. Most of my friends have no clue what life is like with diabetes. I guess I am just looking for some friends and some support from people who know at least part of what I am dealing with on a day to day basis.

26 replies

Acousins 2012-03-15 19:42:45 -0500 Report

Hello I am also seeking friends on this website for support also… Its nice to have people that understand what you are going through… So add me as a a friend and a follower… We can talk more…

TraceyLin 2012-02-28 11:26:14 -0600 Report

Hi Lillitha, wonderful to meet you, although I regret the circumstances. First let me say this, anxiety is normal! So don't become anxious about your levels of anxiety. It will change over time as you begin to understand that food is not the enemy nor is your body. It's all merely a malfunction that you will have to learn to live with.

The great thing is that you here you have met so many wonderful people with the same malfunction who all seem to be more than happy to help you put your training wheels own and guide you toward a successful goal of keeping those A1C's down and in my case, getting use to eating more food than I ever ate in a day of my life, until I became diabetic. Which brings me to an important point.

I'm sure your drs/nutritionist have told you that you should eat every 3 hrs or so in order to stable your glucose levels. My body hated having to ingest so much food. I was a coffee and juice kinda girl prior to diabetes so to shove food into my body as soon as I woke up (after testing of course) was more than I could tolerate. Not only this, my digestive system was sluggish and my dr had to give me a pill to help to metabolize the food faster as I felt like it was always in my chest once I had eaten it. I remedied that by adding acidophilous probiotics to my diet.

Another thing I found was necessary was to minimize unnecessary stress as much as possible. I did this by starting a meditation system of relaxation. Most of those tapes and guides you find on yahoo and other sites are way to long for my lifestyle, so I made my own. you can find it for free as a 5 Minute Relaxation MP3 www.onthepathtounderstanding.com. When you have a job and/or children, you're lucky if you have five minutes to relax. At any rate, I found that by decreasing the stress, it lessened the pain levels of all the other stuff that is wrong with me. The more stress, the more pain. Anxiety is stress and we need to minimize it as much as possible.

I've been diabetic type 2 for about 7 yrs now and my A1C's have never been above 7.5 and have been stable at 6.2 for well over a year now. If I could get better organized I could probably live a drug free life through exercise. This is another point to try to incorporate into your life: EXERCISE! Not just for your diabetes, but also for relaxation, dropping all of those happy hormones and chemicals your body makes when you exercise into your system and believe it or not, to help relieve quite a bit of the pain that you are in after you get around the initial stretching and using of unused body parts.

I could go on forever as you can tell. But I think I'll stop here. I always want to tell everyone everything I know in one sitting, and that doesn't help a whole lot. Thank heavens for forums like these because you can read things over and over until it sinks in. Good luck Lillitha, I'm sure you will have great victories and become a champ at mastering your diabetes.

jigsaw 2012-02-28 07:38:18 -0600 Report

You have come to a place that can offer a great deal of what you are looking for! There are positive answers and support just waiting to be had. Come join us, look around, and take what you will. Fill your mind with support and info. Thats's what we're all here for. Your new friends here, do have a clue, and then some!!!

eristar 2012-02-28 06:26:59 -0600 Report

Good morning, and glad to see you here on the site! I know what you mean about people having no clue - the day after I was diagnosed, my husband brought me a big chocolate bar "to make me feel better." Um…thanks? Many of us are also dealing with depression, so we are no stranger to that either. I hope you can find some answers here, as well as some good friends! Erica

flipmom 2012-02-28 01:07:57 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome to d/c! you will find a weath of info from lovely folks here on d/c or for just support because we are all in this together. I'm also a mom and grandmom! I wish you the best!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-02-27 08:44:47 -0600 Report

Hi LillithaT!

Nice to meet you. I am glad that you found your way to us.

I am not a physician but I counsel individuals facing chronic conditions. So I have to ask -- have you talked to your doctor about your anxiety and depression? Have you thought of seeing a counselor?

It is not uncommon to feel anxious and depressed when you are dealing with a chronic condition. It brings up a lot of feelings. Change can be scary. Life can feel uncertain. It all seems really unfair.

It's realliy important to have support. Friends and family can be good listeners, but they don't always get what's going on, or the feel helpless and either try to give unwanted advice, or avoid the topic. You might be experiencing some of both.

It could be really helpful for you to talk to a counselor, who might be able to give you some perspective and teach you some new ways to cope with your feelings. I would also encourage you to tell your physician how you are feeling emotionally, it is important for him/her to be aware. You might also look into support groups.

And I hope that that you will stay in touch with your friends here on Diabetic Connect. We are always here for you?

Keep us posted!


Armourer 2012-02-27 00:29:31 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC, a group of caring people. Ask any question or just post to rant your feelings, better off the mind then in it. Good luck!

pixsidust 2012-02-27 00:22:52 -0600 Report

Well Hello Mom of two girls!
There are fine people who would love to be your friends
We really are a family

dkhalil 2012-02-26 17:16:58 -0600 Report

welcome i understand how you feel most of my friends and family dont understand how i had to change things in my life either. ialso take 2 types of insulin and a oral med for my diabetes and sometimes it is hard to deal with but i keep doing what i must do to stay healthy i have faith in you to keep doing the things you need to do

jayabee52 2012-02-26 17:21:18 -0600 Report

Howdy DKhalil WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Glad you are here. I pray we'll see more of your postings soon.


Treelie 2012-02-26 09:24:02 -0600 Report

Welcome… This is definitely a site for you… I also struggle with diabetes taking 2 types of insulin and one oral… I think the depression stage hits us all… Anytime you need to talk give me a shout always good to make friends who understand what your going through

diabetesfree 2012-02-26 08:22:35 -0600 Report

Welcome! That is interesting about the Metaformin. I do not recall anyone else mentioning it causing those types of side-effects. Maybe it is more common than I think though. Has your Doctor ruled out any thyroid problems in your case? It might be worth a shot, as thyroid problems can also be a contributor to anxiety disorders, I believe. Take care!

LillithaT 2012-02-26 14:39:30 -0600 Report

Well what i have noticed personally ,sorry in advance if this is TMI. I was having bad diareah and horrible gas that tasted like sewage. It was so bad to the point i was having major issues with my anxiety because of not wanting to leave the house. I know where most of my depression and anxiety stem from. I was abused as a child and also as an adult in multiple ways. I am working with a councelor on all of that. I do see my doctor regularly and i have been tested for just about everything you can imagine.

diabetesfree 2012-02-26 17:05:30 -0600 Report

It could be that the Metaformin is having some kind of bad interaction with one of your other medications. Either way, I hope that the symptoms go away when you stop taking it. The trade-offs definitely do not sound worth it in your case. Take care of yourself! :-)

jayabee52 2012-02-26 16:31:46 -0600 Report

as far as I am concerned it is not TMI. It is a fact of your life.

It is good you are getting help for yourself to deal with your abuse

jayabee52 2012-02-26 08:54:31 -0600 Report

Howdy again my friend, William!
Yes there are many people who have problems with Met due to gastric distress it causes. Sometimes the distress is mild and short-lived. For others it is severe and debilitating. There is much talk about Met on DC. Find some of that talk here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu...

Blessings my friend!


diabetesfree 2012-02-26 09:59:48 -0600 Report

That is good to know. I have been taking it for years myself without any problems. Too bad it doesn't work as well for everyone else. Next to insulin, I think that Metaformin is one of the most helpful treatments that diabetics have available to them. This is especially true when you consider how inexpensive it is compared to most other diabetes drugs.

jayabee52 2012-02-26 10:12:36 -0600 Report

I was on Met until my kidneys shut down necessetating me being put on dialysis. I was changed from Met to insulin in the hospital and went home with a Rx for NPH and taken off of Met.

I DID get off of dialysis after 10 months of treatments, but my kidneys have been severely weakened and I am constantly on the cusp of returning to dialysis.

I have a 9:30AM appointment with kidney Dr on Monday and will find out then if my kidneys have deteriorated to the point where I'll need treatments or not.

Yes it IS inexpensive unless you are one of the ones who have gastric upsets and other trouble like me and my kidneys. That cheap med may have cost me my kidneys and hemo dialysis treatments. We'll see on Monday!

jigsaw 2012-02-26 10:28:55 -0600 Report

Jayabee52…I'm hoping all goes well at your appointment Monday. I enjoy both agreeing and disagreeing with you at times. Your a great guy to have around and I along with many want you to be as healthy as possible.

jayabee52 2012-02-26 10:40:26 -0600 Report

Thank you Al for those very kind words! They mean a lot to me!

I think that of you too, you are a great guy to have around! If we may disagree, at least we are not disagreeable!

jayabee52 2012-02-25 22:58:58 -0600 Report

Howdy Lillitha! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect. Glad you are here. I am following you also. Please ask any questions you may have. Here on DC, I believe that the ONLY foolish or stupid or dumb question is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED.

Praying God's Blessings upon you and yours!

James Baker

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