When Should You See A Doctor

By Latest Reply 2008-11-28 20:26:50 -0600
Started 2008-11-25 12:00:38 -0600

I have no real clue, for myself right now, I need the info so I know if it is appropriate to see a doctor, or just hang back.

7 replies

2008-11-28 19:04:24 -0600 Report

I guess I should have worded this different; I really mean, what are the symptoms you might have that may lead to a diagnosis of diabetes; If you don't already know you have it what should you look for, and when should you go to the doctor;luv:->)lilmarm

2008-11-28 19:07:59 -0600 Report

Getting up several times during the night to go to the bathroom, severe sweating, being thirsty alot, blurry vision, always hungry. These are just some of the symptons that my doctor had asked me about and told me to watch for.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-28 19:26:14 -0600 Report

Those are all symptoms, for sure. But do remember that many people do not exhibit any symptoms, or any that they recognize as such, therefore there are millions walking around in this world without a clue that they're diabetic. The way mine was caught, because I was one of the ones with no symptoms, was just through my annual physicals. I kept spilling sugar during my pregnancies years before, which indicated I needed to watch closely, and it later turned out that my parents (and later my siblings) all were diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor should, of course, gather that info when first collecting your medical history - or even as life goes on and new things occur. If there is a family history, that's a sure sign you need to be checked regularly. Regular annual exams are most important for everyone. If we're lucky things get caught early in that process, allowing us to get busy with treatment and control.

2008-11-28 20:26:50 -0600 Report

I did leave out the family history part. And, I, for one, should know that. I have a family history of diabeties. I have had several members of my family who were diabetic, including a great-grandmother who lost a leg because of it. Knowing your family medical history is definately important in knowing what to tell your doctor about when giving your medical history. Don't leave anything out of that history.

2008-11-28 11:02:01 -0600 Report

I see my dr. every 3 months. Of course, this is just not for my diabeties, but because of my other medical problems. I definately suggest do NOT put off seeing your doctor for any length of time. Keep your regularly scheduled appointments. This is the only way to stay on top of any medical problems you may have.

SkipT 2008-11-28 10:29:20 -0600 Report

I the initials stages of my diabetes the doctor saw me every three months. Now that I have gotten my numbers under control I go every six months. I don't think anyone with any type of medical issue should go longer than six months with out seeing their doctor.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-28 08:22:24 -0600 Report

I don't know that there is any standard "one size fits all" answer to this. It depends on where you are in your diabetic life. Your doctor should be the one to guide you about this, of course. I would say to definitely consult your physician whenever your readings are high or trending upward for no apparent reason (you haven't cheated, etc.). Medications can become ineffective after a while. Some work on some folks, but not on others. You may need an adjustment to your meds. Definitely see the doctor if you are experiencing low BS and/or if you are experiencing any symptoms like dizziness, sweats, nausea, extreme exhaustion, numbness - and all the things that you would normally want to see the doctor for. Keep good records before seeing your doctor, so you can provide him with just the right info to give you just the right help.