Type 2 and symptoms not addkng up.

By Lynnmoon Latest Reply 2012-12-26 21:53:42 -0600
Started 2012-12-23 07:32:59 -0600

Hi all, new poster here. my pcp just diagnosed me as being type 2 because of symptoms and A1c at 6.5 (i think, cant remember). I started getting edicated and testing and watching my food. So, whats the problem? My numbers are always reasonable when i test. Not perfecr but never above 135 evem after a "bad" meal. But my symptoms are aweful. Vision issues, dizzyness, severe fatigue, numbness in hamds and feet. Is that commom with numbers so low?

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Lynnmoon 2012-12-26 21:53:42 -0600 Report

Oh, to answer a question or two…yes, am overweight but am working on it. Nowhere near overweight enough for my issues. Diet? Since the diagnosis i,ve become very aware of carb to protein intake…but thats anout it. Not horrinle, but not great.

Lynnmoon 2012-12-26 21:48:57 -0600 Report

Thanks for the replies all. I have been sceptical about diabetes being the soul culprit because my numbers rarely get too high and while i,ve been monitoring and working on it they are really good…fasting and postmeals. But i thought i,d check to see id maybe other people are sensetive enough to the small highs that it causes symptoms. Will talk with dr.again at my next apt. And show her my log and see what else she suggests.

jigsaw 2012-12-24 11:50:26 -0600 Report

There are quite a few possibilities that could be going on. Some have already been mentioned here by members. It is possible that your blood glucose is spiking in the wee hours of the night when you are sleeping, or even going low also. Of course you would not know unless you were specifically checking.

The foods you eat on a consistent basis, your weight, and how long after you eat before checking your blood glucose, are all factors to consider. Make sure that you know your a1c, since that is an important guideline.

Also, Know your fasting blood glucose first thing in the morning when you awaken. Fasting blood glucose is definitely a key factor. A blood glucose reading in a person that does not have diabetes, would rarely go above 110. If you can, compare your results to a lab since home meters have quite a bit of leeway for error.

Nick1962 2012-12-23 19:21:58 -0600 Report

As Kirla suggested, these other symptoms may not be from blood sugar. In my case it was my weight. I tested a lot early on and can tell you (again as he suggests) that a good or bad number is only a brief snapshot of what's going on with you BG's.
I also had spinal alignment issues that only a chiropractor could relieve me of. Thankfully, that's relatively inexpensive treatment, but extemely effective fo me. With this diagnosis, a lot of us began to be hyper-aware of how we felt, even though we had been living with these little pains for years. A little more info would be helpful - do you have a couple pounds you could shed? What kind of foods are in your diet (some foods cause inflamation)?. What is the lowest you've been so far and when?

Oh and almost forgot - welcome to our little party here. Sorry you qualify, but glad you're here!

Kirla 2012-12-23 14:28:01 -0600 Report

It’s hard to give any advice without enough information. An A1C of 6.5 isn’t to bad and in itself shouldn’t cause most of the problems you seem to be suffering from. Most of the systems you mention are usually diagnosed with people who have had high blood sugar for a long time. But since not everyone is the same or responds to this disease the same, it might be possible that your systems are related to diabetes. And again there are other conditions that might also cause a lot the same systems. I read somewhere that a low level of B vitamins can also cause numb and tingling feeling in the hands and feet.

A lot of people who are diagnosed with diabetes also have several other conditions along with it. That’s why your doctor is important. Running tests to determine whatever conditions you might be suffering from is very important.

Blood sugar reading of 135 don’t sound that bad. But when are you testing. If testing before you eat or when you first wake up and you get 135 then there not very good readings. 135 2 hours after eating might be ok, but then again if your blood sugar is spiking to 200 1 hour after eating then again they may not be good readings.

Lynnmoon 2012-12-23 13:07:51 -0600 Report

I'm a little new here myself… so it seems there are 2 conversations going. If the question of did you talk to your doc was for me…yes, when she made the dx in oct. IM to watch and work on diet till my next visit in Feb. Where i'll have another a1c. So we are in regular commun7cation… i was just wondering if others have such extreme sumptoms with seemingly mild bs problems. My mom has it and is regularly over 200 and doesn't seem to have as many visible symptoms.

jayabee52 2012-12-23 11:24:22 -0600 Report

Have you discussed these symptoms with your Dr? Seems like you need to speak with Dr.

Putterfly 2012-12-23 11:32:33 -0600 Report

I have an appointment Jan 3 and plan to talk to her then about it. She had warned me about the lows being more severe on this type of insulin, and so I was prepared for that for the most part. I only recently figured out that the long-lasting doesn't seem to be lasting long enough. I was determined to figure out why my early morning readings and my early evening readings were consistently high, so I started taking my BS every couple of hours for several days in a row. That's when I could see my BS creeping up a couple of hours before I was due for my next injection.


I just read your article, jayabee, about your diet and am thinking of trying it. I go on and off of being a vegetarian, but feel like I really need to do something to get my BS more stable. And I really don't want to keep adding medications to my already exaustive routine.

Putterfly 2012-12-23 11:33:42 -0600 Report

Oh shoot. I'm new here and posted this response (above) in the wrong place. Cripes. I'm sorry!

jayabee52 2012-12-23 11:40:46 -0600 Report

No you posted this in correct place. You're doing fine!

I pray that my meal plan will be of value to you.


Putterfly 2012-12-23 11:48:43 -0600 Report

Thanks, James! I'm adjusting to the way the threads are laid out here. Facebook has me spoiled to not have to think much. :)

What you wrote up was of great interest and helpful. I'm in the midst of resetting some of my own lifestyle habits in a realistic manner that has some sustainability, so what you've written is helpful with me figuring that out for myself!

Thanks, again!