The harder I try, the more I gain and the worse my numbers are?!?!

By meg_519 Latest Reply 2013-03-23 17:35:41 -0500
Started 2013-03-20 13:57:01 -0500

Hello! I'm brand new to DC and figured I'd jump right in.

I was diagnosed at T2 in 2005. At the time my bg levels were in the 400's and my A1C was 12.5. In the past 8 years, I have been a guinea pig. I've been on all types of pills/injections in an attempt to get my numbers under control. During the process, I have worked really hard on diet/exercise and I managed to lose about 60 lbs. That was several years ago. Since then, I haven't lost any more weight, but I hadn't gained any either…until now.

For the past 5-6 months my body has gone crazy! My bg levels have jumped back up into the 300's. My A1C went from 5.5 to 8.2. I've gained almost 30 lbs. My BP is uncontrollable. I'm on 3 meds for it and it still runs 170's-180's/100-120's. It as if my body is rejecting everything! I have not changed my eating/exercise habits. I have been in and out of my doctor's office, the hospital, to cardiologists, nephrologists, etc. No one can understand what is going on. All the tests come back "normal", but obviously, I'm not.

I'm extremely discouraged that no matter how hard I try, my numbers are still too high…including the ones on the scale. I feel horrible and have no energy or motivation to do anything anymore. I'm ready to give up all hope of ever being healthy again. :(

I suppose misery loves company and I was curious if anyone else here has ever experienced such a thing where all of a sudden, your diet, exercise and meds seem to stop working. If so, how did you get through it? Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

6 replies

jigsaw 2013-03-23 17:35:41 -0500 Report

I have experienced similar circumstances on a number of occasions. I always managed to find a way. Sometimes through good professionals, such as endocrinologists, dieticians, diabetic educators, and or a good primary care physician. The main ingredient in my case is a strong belief that there is always a way, along with a positive attitude most of the time. Constantly learning, and staying informed is key when managing diabetes. When the answer seems to elude me, I search harder until I find what it is that I don't know.

Gwen214 2013-03-23 09:41:43 -0500 Report

I'm a type 1 diabetic so I don't know if this information would help. I was seeing a primary family doctor, and having all kind of issues. She referred me to an endocrinologist office that has an in house nutritionist. You all work together on working out a solution. Please do not give up hope, there is someone and something out there. I'm type 1 and have insulin resistance if that even makes sense. My primary doctor new she was unable to help me and referred me to another doctor that can. Ask your doctor to refer you, because your frustrated and you need to know what's going on with your body. Tell your doctor, what you just posted on DC. She/he needs to know exactly what your going through. Plus you worrying about your health can cause high blood pressure.

sloane 2013-03-21 06:35:56 -0500 Report

This is surely frustrating, but don't give up your fight. Your body does seem to be in a state of flux and now you just need to keep digging for answers. Sometimes its like a complicated puzzle. I would suggest making notes of blood work and charting your thyroid function, cortisol, etc. so that you can help your doctors unravel the mystery. I had a patient who was found to have an adrenal problem that was making her body go a bit crazy. I am not saying that is your issue, but as frustrated as you feel, keep fighting. If we can answer any questions, just ask!

RutabagaRosie 2013-03-21 02:23:34 -0500 Report

Your story sounds very similar to mine…except I have been D2 since mid 80s. However, I have just doubled down on my efforts. A1C was 11.5 last ck. I do have other conditions…not an excuse…just more reasons that I need to regain better control. Also need to lose about 25 lbs. I am hopeful that I can find much good advice, medical info and support here. Try to remain positive and focus on your daily successes! Best wishes…

Prprincess0923 2013-03-20 15:46:28 -0500 Report

Meg don't be discourage try to do some walking or do what I do at home dance to music I like.i had a lot of trouble losing weight too and I stop worrying about it I try to watch what I eat and I drink alots of water everyday and I squeeze a lemon or lime in it and cut a slice and put in my water too.
I try not to eat a lot of carbs or eat the right amount at the right time of my meals. I notice too many carbs raises my sugar to fast and it make it hard to control my blood levels. I know that foods with carbs/"carbs" give our body the energy it needs to keep healthy.
I hope everything goes your way and please if u need a friend I'm here!

MrsClaireB 2013-03-20 14:30:58 -0500 Report

Meg try finding workout buddies and maybe change up how you do things like I use biggest losers challenge DVD once a week and my Wii game system to work out your body needs a change of pace to shock it out of a routine . You have hit a Plato and need to put it in a higher gear to get thru it

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