Getting discouraged

By Smokebaby Latest Reply 2013-06-02 06:08:00 -0500
Started 2013-05-24 08:08:56 -0500

I am a T2 . I found out in jan 2013. I take my meds , I eat what I'm supposed to , the diet change for me was day and night , I exercise at least 50 mins a day . I have not dropped one lb! I am also so tired all the time . There are days when getting out of bed is a real struggle. I'm not depressed and doc says my thyroid is perfect. A few of my meds make me dizzy which makes it hard to exercise but I push thru it. Anyone have same issues going on ? I' m worried there is something more going on in my body and I hate that this has me so discouraged.

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Bun10 2013-06-02 02:56:22 -0500 Report

To Set Apart: I've never been anemic. Then in 3 mos I dropped my hemaglobin from 13.8 to 9.1. Doc says if I lose another gm they'll transfuse. She asked if I eat a lot of good red meat? I don't consciously avoid red meat. Given a choice, I will choice the leaner chicken or turkey because of my cholesterol for which she has me on eight pills a day. But I love a good steak or burger from time to time. Haven't changed my diet the past, I have struggled with getting out of bed. Like there is lead running through my veins and I'm weighted to the bed. Try eating from a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Limit you bread intake and don't eat anything with the word "enriched" flour on the label. Stick to whole wheat or grain. Leave the bread off a sandwich and have it on a salad or just eat the meat by itself with lots of veggies. No, not the Atkins diet! KNOW the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. IE, both a white baked potato and a sweet potato have the same amount of carbs. White rushes right in to your bloodstream like a broken dam. Sweet potatoes are fibrous and gradually enter the blood stream. Try Quinoa, pearl couscous and brown rice. Plus spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce is awesome. Switch to Dreamfield pasta. Fantastic for diabetics and tastes like reg pasta. Much better than whole wheat pasta. READ the box label. Cereal should have at least 5gms of fiber. You want to eat fiber, fiber, fiber but don't rush into that. Gradually, increase your fiber intake or it will upset your tummy. Hope this helps. Portion control is important. Meat the size of a deck of cards. Potato the size of a computer mouse. Divide plate in half. Fill 1/2 with veggies. Divide the other half in 1/4's. 1/4 carb. 1/4 protein. Don't skip meals. Eat 5 small meals (3 meals + 2snacks) don't let yourself get hungry.

Bun10 2013-05-29 22:14:17 -0500 Report

Oh, if you are on a staten for cholesterol, those things can really really zap you. I told my doctor twice I can barely get through a day. He did nothing until he started taking a staten himself. Next visit he took me off of those and put me on something else. He said when he went on them, they ruined his tennis game!! He'd only been on them two weeks.

Bun10 2013-05-29 22:10:27 -0500 Report

Check into Sleep Apnea testing. My Cpap machine made a big difference in my exhaustion.

dbreidenbach 2013-05-28 06:17:12 -0500 Report

Hi Smokebaby, so sorry to hear you're going through all this from the meds. I would go over each dose with my doctor to make sure you're not being overmedicated. I know you said your doctor said your thyroid is perfect, but did he run the full battery of tests to rule out hypothyroidism? I ask because my daughter just went through this, and the standard tests showed her thyroid was fine. It wasn't until she went back and had the full battery of tests which showed she has hypothyroidism. I insisted on the same tests for myself to rule it out. Just a thought for you to consider.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-05-28 05:48:53 -0500 Report

I am anemic and being tired was part of my symptoms, also vitamin D deficient, which there are so many of us with this. I eat very little carbs, do not follow suggested number of 45 per meal. I also try to always have some protein with my snacks. Never over 120 BG great job! Recently I've had to increase insulin intake, all I have to do is look at food or be a little stressed and my BG rises! Take care if you, also maybe writing what you eat, and portions. Joyce is right try talking to your doctor, being dizzy is not how we should have to feel. I get tired when I experience lows, so be careful in trying to stay too low. Best wishes!

Bun10 2013-06-02 03:02:50 -0500 Report

You have to eat some carbs, Set apart. Carbs provide your energy.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-06-02 06:08:00 -0500 Report

I do eat carbs, I drink berry smoothies, apples, quinoa, pears, small wedge, of watermelon, peanut butter, and other carbs. I try to keep them low glycemic!

shortysmalls 2013-05-27 01:03:21 -0500 Report

don't give up on the exercise and all the good stuff you're doing. the weight will come off. but talk to your doctor about the side effects of the meds. maybe can check it out, switch meds or whatever. but don't get discouraged…you're doing great and have half the battle beat

Timmmeh3 2013-05-26 23:33:24 -0500 Report

I dropped a few pounds at first, then leveled out a gained some of them back. I kept on with my same routine, and diet, and then I started losing a few pounds again. Sometimes it takes longer for some people than it does others, everybody is different. How long have you been with your doctor? Does he know you and your body well enough? You might want to check with a dietician to see what their advice is…

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irinajohnste 2013-05-27 14:50:15 -0500 Report

sounds good others, everybody is different. How long have you been with your doctor? Does he know you and your body well enough? You might want to check with a dietician to see what their advice is…
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Smokebaby 2013-05-30 11:52:06 -0500 Report

I have been with this doc about 5 months , seen him now 4 times so far . I have a list of questions now ( thanks to you all ) for next weeks appointment. I already work with a dietician. Taylor made meal plan , she says things will take awhile to see results. Maybe I'm just impatient? Lol thanks for your input.

Smokebaby 2013-05-26 21:47:15 -0500 Report

I am testing , 3 to 5 times a day… I have yet to go above 120 in three months . I do have issues with lows but that's not when I'm at my dizziest. In fact I'm tired , really tired when I'm below 80. It's so odd to me
Thank you for your kind words

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-05-26 21:28:20 -0500 Report

Hi Smokebaby,

Sorry to hear you are feeling so discouraged. It's frustrating to work so hard and not see the results you are hoping for. I am not a physician but I do want to touch base with you on the emotional side of things.

Support is power. I hope you are getting support from people in your life, that you have someone you can sit down with and talk about what's going on with you, who can just listen. And I hope you will stay in touch with your friends here on Diabetic Connect. As you see from the replies you have received, you are not alone.

It might also help to sit down and have a talk with a professional counselor or a member of the clergy. Someone who can listen, give you some encouragement, and help you to maintain your coping skills. Just a thought.

I am glad you are here. I hope you will keep in touch with us on how things are going for you.


Smokebaby 2013-05-26 21:44:13 -0500 Report

Thank you Dr Gary . I do have lots of support. My family is wonderful. They have all played active roles in helping me this far. I am going to speak with my doc and see if tweaking something will help. With the great suggestions here I have taken it all in and have a list of questions this round for him .
Thanks again for your kind words.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-05-28 22:00:20 -0500 Report

Smokebaby, thanks so much for taking the time to follow up with me. Really glad to hear you have good support, and that you are checking in with your doc on this. Please keep us posted, my friend.

Pastor C
Pastor C 2013-05-26 13:14:48 -0500 Report

I have traveled down that road of discouragement. As I look back over my periods, (yes, more than one), I realized that contributing to my sense of dis-EASE were several factors.

First, my eating schedule (although eating the right foods) was'nt the same time each day. It is important to eat within 30 minutes from waking, then follow a plan to eat smaller meals every three to four hours (balance of protein, carb, and healthy fats). Try to eat at the same time every day. It is amazing how a little preparation can stabilize our out-of-balance emotions and physical condition at times like this.

Secondly, "Get moving." I've also learned that it's not so much about the amount if time spent exercising, but the fact that you get out in the fresh air and breathe in the goidness … not to mention the vitamin D which we all need.

Finally, building a great relationship with your Diabetes Care Team (Physician, CDE, Endocrinologist, and Acountability Partner) is crucial to staying on track.

Hope this helps.

Blessings for relief from discouragment and regaining your confidence.

Pastor C

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-05-24 23:28:38 -0500 Report

When you have your blood/urine analysis make sure they do a full battery that includes iron, folic acid, vitamin B as well as the standard blood glucose, A1c, cholesterol, hemoglobin that they do for diabetics.

Feeling tired could be a sign of anemia, those blood tests will confirm that. If you think your diet needs help, a daily vitamin/mineral supplement will do that.

When I was diagnosed two years ago, I lost 30 lbs or 15% of my body weight. My doctor told me not to lose any more. I exercise 4 times a week and follow a Mediterranean diet. I avoid processed cereals/grains and enjoy whole-grain versions.

Purchase a kitchen scale that has nutritional values pre-loaded. Weigh that morning cereal or fruit and know how many calories, carbs, fat you're eating. After a while you will be able to estimate what is a correct serving size for you when you don't eat at home.

yjemmeline 2013-05-24 21:59:09 -0500 Report

In fact,we are sad and hopeless.But we have to say we must carry on,we can't give up.Coz we have our family.They love me so much.We can't let them dowm.Let's face diabetes together and suport each other.

Smokebaby 2013-05-24 17:16:17 -0500 Report

Several of my med do have that side effect labeled on them . I have spoken to my doc and he kinda blew it off. I don't drive because I'm too dizzy always . I have another A1C next week so me and the doc will have a nice long sit down about this . I simply can't keep going like this .
Thanks for all your kind words.

Blueyees91 2013-05-24 16:49:23 -0500 Report

Are you testing and if so how high are you going? Having High sugar will make you tired. Don't get discouraged, you are very new at this and it takes time to get used to being diabetic.

teacherspet 2013-05-24 15:36:59 -0500 Report

I can so relate. I am wondering if maybe you are wearing yourself out? Anemic maybe? Have you checked with medical provider about these feelings? I have a slight case of anemia and so started iron tabs, it was as you said night and day. If your meds are making you dizzy, they might be more than you need, or need to be switched. Good time to get the doc involved. Good luck…you are doing well, just need some tweaking,.

MrsCDogg 2013-05-24 11:52:21 -0500 Report

I find that being tired a lot is just part of diabetes for me. Also some of the diabetic meds they put you on will make you feel tired and worn out.

midgemills 2013-05-24 10:46:18 -0500 Report

side effects from medicine maybe.. Have you seen what the side effects are?? I dealt with on going vertigo for years.. Have you been checked for vertigo?? There is many things that can cause this.. Your vitamin B could be off as well..I dealt with many issues of dizziness from vertigo to the vitamin B..I would suggest go get a complete blood panel.. Your cholesterol is another thing.. It is hard to pin point but that is a few things that caused my dizziness.. When my vitamin count was off I had no energy, and dizzy

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-24 10:39:34 -0500 Report

If you are worried that something is going on in your body, why aren't you on the phone with your doctor? Diabetes can effect each person differently. Medications are the same each person can have a different side effect and some can have no side effects. Never ever take medical advice from people who are not physicians and have no information at all about your medical history. You could end up doing more harm than good.

I have dizziness from time to time that has nothing to do at all with my being diabetic. I have been dealing with it off an on for years. I know what I need to do to stop it. What I do isn't going to help you because you really don't know what is causing your problem.

Part of being a responsible diabetic is having an open line of communication with your doctor and treatment team. Any number of problems can cause dizziness and this should be checked out immediately by your doctor. Dizziness can cause some people to faint and you would not want this to happen if you are driving. Please call your doctor and get this checked out. It could be something as simple as adjusting your medication. Have him refer you to a nutrtitionist. He/she can help you with a meal plan that will work for you an with losing weight.

As a T2 I know how many carbs I can have per meal and how many calories per day. My meal plan was designed specifically for me because of food allergies and I have managed to lose weight simply by walking every day. Good luck to you.