Could use some of your wisdom. New-bie.

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-05-30 11:02:01 -0500
Started 2013-05-27 17:34:14 -0500

Hello,

I'm completely new here, and full disclosure, to my knowledge I do not have diabetes. . . yet.

I do however, have some concerns and questions. To be honest, I feel like I may be well on my way. My diet has always been terrible, and about two years ago I gained a ton of weight. Right now I'm somewhere around 330 lbs. I wear 330 better than most would, but still, 330 is 330. I'm always always always tired, which is weird for me because I used to be incredibly active. (Maybe it's just being overweight?) A lot of times when I eat, that is instantly followed by extreme tiredness though, much worse than normal. Basically I crash and more or less pass out. If I eat sugary foods, I get intense migraine like headaches every single time now, which never used to happen before. (And I know what legit migraines feel like because since I was a kid, I would get those once every 6-8 months). My feet even have started to feel weird, not like completely numb like I hear like it gets for some with diabetes, but weird no less. Just different than normal. I've even started to notice like little slight bits (patches) of discoloration on the lower half of my calfs, presumably I think from poor circulation.

I asked my family doctor about all of these things a few months ago and he basically just laughed off the idea that I had reason for concern, but no less, I still am. From a community of experts, what do you think? Am I just being paranoid? I realize regardless that I need to start taking steps to improve my health or eventually it will catch up to me, but I really am concerned about where I might be at right now already.

For you all, what were some of the first things that you noticed when you first realized that there might be a problem? I really do not know anything about this. What things would you have done differently if you could go back in time? Maybe I can learn a little from that. I really know nothing, but as I contemplate my future and the future of my young family, I realize that that needs to change. I suppose that this is as good a way as any to take a first step towards that.

Thank you,


12 replies

Jan8
Jan8 2013-05-30 11:02:01 -0500 Report

Hi Anon, I noticed I would get very tired and hungry for sweets. I already had peripheral neuropathy from my thyroid problem. If I were you I would go to an endocrinologist whose specialty is diabetes and get checked out. My endo does things much differently than my PCP. You do sound like you have diabetes esp. if you pass out (fall asleep) after sugary foods. You are not paranoid by any means and an increase in tiredness sounds like it too. When I found out I had diabetes type 2 and was given metformin the weight just melted away. Good luck to you. Jan

Jan8
Jan8 2013-05-30 11:01:55 -0500 Report

Hi Anon, I noticed I would get very tired and hungry for sweets. I already had peripheral neuropathy from my thyroid problem. If I were you I would go to an endocrinologist whose specialty is diabetes and get checked out. My endo does things much differently than my PCP. You do sound like you have diabetes esp. if you pass out (fall asleep) after sugary foods. You are not paranoid by any means and an increase in tiredness sounds like it too. When I found out I had diabetes type 2 and was given metformin the weight just melted away. Good luck to you. Jan

Jan8
Jan8 2013-05-30 11:01:21 -0500 Report

Hi Anon, I noticed I would get very tired and hungry for sweets. I already had peripheral neuropathy from my thyroid problem. If I were you I would go to an endocrinologist whose specialty is diabetes and get checked out. My endo does things much differently than my PCP. You do sound like you have diabetes esp. if you pass out (fall asleep) after sugary foods. You are not paranoid by any means and an increase in tiredness sounds like it too. When I found out I had diabetes type 2 and was given metformin the weight just melted away. Good luck to you. Jan

Jan8
Jan8 2013-05-30 11:01:04 -0500 Report

Hi Anon, I noticed I would get very tired and hungry for sweets. I already had peripheral neuropathy from my thyroid problem. If I were you I would go to an endocrinologist whose specialty is diabetes and get checked out. My endo does things much differently than my PCP. You do sound like you have diabetes esp. if you pass out (fall asleep) after sugary foods. You are not paranoid by any means and an increase in tiredness sounds like it too. When I found out I had diabetes type 2 and was given metformin the weight just melted away. Good luck to you. Jan

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2013-05-30 09:57:04 -0500 Report

When in doubt get a second opinion. Just like most of the others here have said get checked. No we aren't doctors yet we all share the same idea. Get to a Doctor Asap get tested. No doctor should laugh. That is totally unprofessional least to say. Do this for yourself to relieve your mind and worries. Good Luck!

Bun10
Bun10 2013-05-29 21:30:51 -0500 Report

New doctor ASAP!!! Some symptoms: constant thirst, frequent urination, urinating during the night, hunger (like you are starving). My big toes felt strange when touched. Almost like the were asleep. Losing weight without trying. Diabetic or not, a diabetic change of meals life style is a good idea for ANYONE. The challenge of finding new good for you food can be fun. I subscribe to joy bauers emails (free) and my bible, "Diabetic Living" subscription. Try things you have never tried like Quinoa, pearl couscous, brown rice. Get away from white potatoes and enriched wheat. Switch to whole wheat, rye and whole grains. Seeds, flax, etc make it even better for you. Dream field pasta tastes exactly like reg padta and much better than whole-wheat pasta,Think of food challenges as you vs Diabtes. Are you competitive? Add cinnamon capsules to your new life style. Remember this is not a diet just a life style change. If you really crave something, be strong! Still want it two weeks later? Then eat it. You'll find cravings diminish and eventually go away. Mine was Boston Cream doughnuts. Learn the difference between good carbs and not so good. White potatoes have the same amt of carbs as sweet potatoes. The difference? White potatoes or even bread, shoot right in to you blood while sweet potatoes are fibrous and gradually ease in. Portion sizes are important. Eat on a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Learn how to divide your plate 1/2 1/4 1/4 and what goes in each section. Good Luck and change doctors!!!!

kim_renshaw
kim_renshaw 2013-05-29 15:43:44 -0500 Report

It is most important that you find another doctor…I ignored symptoms and will forever regret it. Good luck!

correctionsnurse1
correctionsnurse1 2013-05-29 11:37:24 -0500 Report

When your body is trying to tell you something, listen, only you are aware of the changes you are feeling. A Dr. should not "laugh" something off that a patient is concerned about, that is just bad practice. Go with your instinct and find someone who will look deeper into your concerns. Best of luck.

Trishee_71
Trishee_71 2013-05-28 16:53:48 -0500 Report

I agree that you should definitely get tested. I can also relate to the migraines, and extreme tiredness. About 6 or 7 years ago, I went through the same thing. On top of being a Type 1 diabetic, I found out from my doctor that I could possibly have sleep apnea. Went to a neurologist, who sent me to a sleep clinic. Sure enough, I did indeed have sleep apnea. I am also considered "obese", according to my height. I am just NOW trying to work on losing some weight by walking, but even walking hurts. I'm not saying that YOU have diabetes or sleep apnea, but am asking you to please go have yourself checked out. It's better to find out whatever conditions you have now, so you can start taking care of them, to be on your way to a healthier you! Good luck!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-05-28 10:01:32 -0500 Report

Some of the tiredness after eating COULD be caused by high blood sugar levels. Has your doctor tested you for diabetes? If no, do you have access to a blood glucose meter? Walmart has a relatively inexpensive one that you could purchase if you don't have access to one otherwise. Like manapua72 says, we aren't MD's but it's clear something is going on with you that needs attention. If it is diabetes, the sooner you take steps to control it, the better you'll feel. As chronic diseases go, diabetes is one that can be managed quite successfully by making the right decisions about food and activity. Wishing you well!

alwaysknitting
alwaysknitting 2013-05-28 05:07:12 -0500 Report

I agree. Go get tested so you'll know for sure. Then you'll learn what to do next. Let us know how you make out!! I will keep you in my prayers.

manapua72
manapua72 2013-05-28 03:53:15 -0500 Report

We are not doctors on this site … And not a single one of us can tell you if you have diabetes or not … If anyone says otherwise , well I'll be nice and say they shouldn't be telling you one way or the other … If you really have concerns go get tested for diabetes then you will know … Just so you know not all people with extra weight develop type 2 diabetes … I guys that are about 4 of me in weight and they have perfectly good blood sugars , 100% normal … Anyways get tested by doctor then you will know whether you have or don't have diabetes … We can tell it would be could to lose weight and eat less carbs … Yet to know for sure ask your doctor and get tested …