diabetes & other illnesses

By Anngelia Latest Reply 2009-01-17 18:25:50 -0600
Started 2009-01-07 11:27:56 -0600

I would never wish this on anyone but I am curious as to how many have other major medical issues. I became a diabetic when I was 8 and then when I was in my mid 30's I was dx'd with multiple sclerosis. I'm just wondering how many other people have multiple serious illnesses. Diabetes neve seemed like that big a deal to me except when I was told I would be taking shots the rest of my life. That is a BIG deal to a small child.

But the MS is a big deal. It has already pretty much taken my ability to walk.

I have 2 sisters and they are both very healthy. I would never wish either illness on either one of them but every once in awhile I cant help but think…why me?!?! Ok, thats all the whinning I'm going to do.

I would not wish any kind of an illness on any of you but I am curious as to what other illnesses others have to deal with.

45 replies

shannonlynn 2009-01-17 18:25:50 -0600 Report

I have to have surgery on the 26th on my right breast. I have a duct that has to be removed. I have had gestational diabetes twice in my life. Now I am borderline. I have manic depression. I deal with my depression mostly by writing. I write poetry. I have a list to long to bore you with. You can view my profile if you like. I also have a son who is 13 with some disabilities. I was a single parent for 8 years and it brought me to the feelings of stress. I am lucky not to have high blood pressure yet. Thank God. I have also had my gall bladder removed when I was 27. I am 38 now. Never feel like you are alone in this world of illnesses.

myrtle - 28871
myrtle - 28871 2009-01-15 19:28:04 -0600 Report

hi I have several other health problems also Ihave severe arthritis fibermalgia and highblood pressure I also take care of my grandmother which is a big job of course i dont mind she raised me but it can be very stressful she has alltimers i have trouble coping with my health problems how do you cope

myrtle - 28871
myrtle - 28871 2009-01-15 19:29:59 -0600 Report

oh i also havecarpaltunnel ive had surgery once and severe depression

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-15 19:45:54 -0600 Report

Welcome, Myrtle. Sorry to hear of all that you are dealing with, but there are many on this site who have multiple health issues to deal with, and some also have others that they care for. Life deals us some tough blows at times. As for coping, there are other good discussions on the site which address this, as we all have a hard time coping very often. Look at the menu on your left and go through the various discussions there. Wonderful posts and a lot of helpful information. Take care, and hang in there.

Anngelia 2009-01-15 20:32:10 -0600 Report


I've had carpel tunnel surgery on both my wrists but I have never had one symptom. I would go into the doctor's office about something else that I would need surgery for and in the process find out that I had carpel tunnel. I always figured if I was going to have surgery for one thing, take care of both because I wouldnt go back in for just anything. The 2nd surgery I was having surgery for a trigger finger (that is due to the diabetes) and I figured if they were going to knock me out for one surgery they should go ahead and take care of both.

I will keep my fingers crossed for you that yours gets better. ;-)

teddybearcub1960 2009-01-14 17:47:19 -0600 Report

high blood pressure
high cholesterol
carpal tunnel
keinboch disease (bone disease of the carpal bones)
stones is salvaltory glands (now gland is shrinking up to nothing)

that's mine above
husbands below

high blood pressure
high cholesterol
problems with his knees
alcoholic (recovering since 1981)

Anngelia 2009-01-15 13:47:11 -0600 Report

What is it like to be married to someone who also has diabetes? I have often said to my husband that I wished he knew what it was like. He takes that to mean that I would wish this disease on him. But what I am trying to say is that I want him to know what it is like and how it feels, but only for a few minutes not a life time. I dont think unless you actually have this disease you really understand what it is like. You can read all the books and have all the medical knowledge but that is a lot different than feeling it and living it.

teddybearcub1960 2009-01-15 18:56:45 -0600 Report

Well since I have been diabetic for so many years before he got dx, I guess that it's nice to know that he has a better understanding about it now than he did before. Like you said "I wouldn't have wished this disease on him", but he got it through genetics as his Mother was also a diabetic. Both of us are type 2 the only thing that is different is I take one shot of insulin a day along with 2,000 mg. of Janumet a day, and he takes 2,000 mg of metformin a day.

Anngelia 2009-01-15 20:24:10 -0600 Report

Well as I said I wouldnt wish that on anyone but it must be at least somewhat comforting to know that you each understand what the other is going through.

Anngelia 2009-01-14 15:30:36 -0600 Report

I guess since I started this discussion I should share at least a little bit of my story.

When I was about 8 years old I was dx'd with diabetes. I was told that I would have to take shots the rest of my life. Now to an adult that sounds terrible but to a kid that is like the end of the world. Growing up I skipped every shot that I could. I would usually end up in the hospital at least every couple of years. I rebelled as much as I could.

When I was growing up I thought I would never be married and never have kids. I think because when I first became diabetic my father gave me all my shots. So I thought if I ever did get married I would still have to go home to have my father give me my shots. …remember I was only 8, lol.

So I grew up and got married. I was only 19 and ended up pregnant within a few months. My gynocologist was elderly and I guess didnt keep up with things very well. She had always told me they didnt give diabetics the pill and other methods dont always work that well. So at 19 I was pregnant and my mother wanted me to see a diabetic specialist. I then saw my first endocrinologist. He said they give the pill to diabetics all the time they just ask that they throw the sugar pills away and not forget to go back on them after a week.

So I got pregnant and decided to grow up. Afterall someone else would be depending on me now. I became a much better diabetic. I checked my sugars and took my insulin daily. My pregnancy was a breeze and my son was only born 2 weeks early. Thats good for a diabetic. Or at least that is what they told me then. I probably did so well because I was so young.

Things were going well until I hit my mid 30's. I started having strange tingly feelings and started going to a neurologist. Everyone kept saying it must have been my diabetes but my endo and I kept thinking it had to be something else. Then I went on an insulin pump. A month later I had my first ms exaserbation.(thats when you suddenly start having all kinds of strange sensations and other problems).

I was terrified that it was my pump causing all the problems. But then I finally got the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I sometimes think it might have been better if it had been my pump.

The MS has affected my thinking and my walking for the most part. I am now no longer able to work ( I was a senior accountant and most employers dont want accountants that cant remember anything). I also can no longer walk due to the ms. I no longer drive because my reactions are not fast enough for Dallas traffic.

So I spend my days at home alone with my 2 dogs. I love them but they are not much on conversation. I know I am just feeling sorry for myself but after reading all of your stories I think I will just have to get over it. I guess I am not really any worse off than anyone else. Sometimes reading other stories kind of slaps you in the face and makes you realize your sorrows arent the worst in the world. I do want to thank everyone for sharing and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

sparkysmom 2009-01-14 18:14:03 -0600 Report

I wish we lived closer. We could visit then. How far are you from Waco? My Sister's InLaws live there and I may go visit them one day. I get along way better with Sis's inlaws than my MIL

myrtle - 28871
myrtle - 28871 2009-01-15 19:43:27 -0600 Report

hi i am glad i found this site its nice to know im not the only person with issues it has made me feel better i developed my diabetes while i was pregnant with my miracle baby they said itll go away but it didnt it stayed and is worse half the time im in denial but since alot more problems are happening im trying to do better my husband has polycystic kidney disese and im not well either i cant work because my grandmother lives with me and i take care of her none of my so called friends hung around long they just didnt understand i cant leave her alone we have no other family so im pretty much stuck home not to mentain i also help my mother in law shes bed ridden with rumatoidarthiritis at least shes my neighbor but im not whining im thankful for my gifts in life im just lonely and miss my working

MeiMei 2009-01-16 19:46:06 -0600 Report

Ouch!! My mom cared for my dad with Parkinsons disease until he was just too much to handle then she had to put him in a nursing home. She felt she had abandoned him, but I told her the same thing I will tell you. ASK FOR HELP!! There are senior centers around that will know of people who can help you for a little while each day, usually volunteers, kind of like daycare for adults. Many times this care will be covered by Medicare or insurance.There is no reason you have to do all of this yourself, esp if you are not feeling well yourself. Don't feel guilty asking. If you are not careful, you will need help for yourself!!

Anngelia 2009-01-17 13:18:00 -0600 Report

myrtle, I think meimei is right. You should look for help. Thats not saying that you cant do it, just that you could use some help. And we all can use some help once in awhile. With all that you have to deal with I think anyone would agree that a little help would be just what the doctor ordered. ;-)

BeckyJ 2009-01-10 10:01:27 -0600 Report

When I read these posts it kind of makes me feel like a sissy, everyone seems to have much more sever problems. I will soon be 31 but have Type 2 Diabetes, Bi-polar Disorder, Severe Arthritis in my neck, back and hands from multiple car accidents , PCOS and Bronchial Asthma. Most of these conditions are under control with medication but I sometimes hate that I have to take 12 diferent pills and 5 shots a day. My parents both have more severe illnesses. My father has both pancreatitis and crohn's disease and still works up to 60 hours a week. My mother has had to have a plate put in her neck and has 3 fused vertebrae in her back. She also has diabetes and bi-polar but has found a treatment for both that seems to be working. I am in the adjustment stage and have been changing medications everywhere from weekly to monthly. I am just looking forward to a time when I am no longer a guinea pig for any new treatment or medication that comes out. I have been having a really hard time coping but coming here and hearing the positive feedback has helped tremendously. Thank you so much and GOD Bless you all.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-10 12:08:41 -0600 Report

Bless your heart, you do have a lot to deal with, as do your parents, it appears. I love and trust the Lord, but at times you just have to wonder how much more He will pile on you. There's a saying that goes something like, "I know God will never give me more than I can handle, but sometimes I wish He didn't trust me so much." I imagine most of us feel that way occasionally (LOL). But we do need to keep in mind that things actually could be worse, and that they are much worse for many people. As I've said before, I believe we're all tougher than we sometimes think we are.

MeiMei 2009-01-13 13:56:41 -0600 Report

They don't call it the "practice of medicine" for nothing. Keep trying and don't take no for an answer. All tried and true cliches. Good luck and may God Bless.
I too thought my situation grim until I read all of the previous replies. You all need a great big hug. Come on, group hug!!

Anonymous 2009-01-10 08:13:19 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with type 2 in 1995. That was my only problem then. Then in 2003 I was diagnosed with degenerating disc disease in my lower back and then they all started. High blood pressure, then neuropathy in both feet. that is enough for me. I take all pills for all diseases plus insulin.

Southern Granny
Southern Granny 2009-01-09 18:25:36 -0600 Report

This is not whining. Whining is when someone is blessed with better health than you are and are always trying to be sick. Believe me after reading some of the replys that has been posted I feel as if I am very lucky to only have diabetes and COPD. I also had a light stroke at the last of May 2008. Believe me I know that I was given a very good warning of what could have happened.

Anngelia 2009-01-10 09:46:36 -0600 Report

I think we all need to whine once in awhile. But I feel like all the posts here are sharing not whinning. And it helps to see once in awhile that you are not the only one who has problems. When I started this discussion I felt like no one's situation could be any worse than mine. But after reading everyone's posts I will have to rethink my attitude. I wish I could give all of you a hug but a cyber hug will have to do, lol.

So hugs and kisses to all of you!

dyanne 2009-01-07 23:33:18 -0600 Report

I also know what it is like to be overwhelmed by all that is wrong with me. chronic pain from herniated disc in neck and back. Two knee surgeries.. I need to have 2 rotater tears in my shoulders.fixed. I am also on meds for my thyroid and for depression and also a severe weight problem. What makes it so much harder is being not very mobile… it just adds so much frustration to the pain. The feeling of loosing your independence is a scary thing to deal with. If you are lucky enough to have a great support system it would be helpful. So you dont really know what came first all the pain or the depression !!!!! It just seems to become a catch 22. For me both my parents died and Iam divorced, I have a 19 year old son whom I adore but he isnt easy either… I also have a sister who is 22 months older then me and she is in great shape with no problems and I dont wish her any!!! Iam sorry for going on and on I have just had a bad day I think feeling trapped and unable to do much and b eing in the house so much is getting to me. Try to laugh as much as you can it helps, and if you have people who can help you… let them help. It is hard for people to understand what it is like to deal with this everyday besides trying to have some sort of normal life. I wish all of you who are suffering that you may find some relief somehow… I know what just one day pain free would mean. God Bless to all

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-08 06:44:01 -0600 Report

I know at times I think how nice it would be to just stay home that day (I still work) and chill out…do what I want, or just be lazy. I even wish at times I didn't have to work. But during those times I try to think about how fortunate I am to have a job and to be physically able to keep working. It's one thing to stay home when you want to, but quite another to have to stay there because you pretty much have to. Hoping your tomorrows (and today) are going to be better. Diane

2009-01-08 06:53:39 -0600 Report

You are very lucky Diane! I hate being home all day long. Not that I am physically ready to go back to underwriting full time TODAY, I know I can in a few weeks. I got a call yesterday about a new job that would start around Feb 2009 which is perfect. I go stir crazy most days. I think I have read every discussion ever posted on Diabetic Connect, and I'm not a big reader! LOL Hope you are doing well, your friend, Angie

2009-01-08 06:55:46 -0600 Report

Sorry Dyanne, I hope and pray you are much better very soon! Being sick will make you sick. It does get better, just keep the faith. Take care and get well soon! Angie

caragypsy 2009-01-07 20:30:02 -0600 Report

This is from my Family Medical History

Health Problems
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Fibromyalgia (Got a lot worse after back surgery in 4/2000)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Degenerative Disc Disease (caused by back surgery 4/2000)
Diabetes Type 2
Hypothyroidism (High Thyroid)
Migraines / Cluster Headaches
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Morbid Obesity
Minor Brain Damage
Major Depressive Disorder, severe
with mood congruent psychotic features
Post traumatic Stress Disorder
Bipolar type 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Uterine Fibroid (tumors)
Gall Stones (Gall Bladder Removed)
extremely low Potassium (in hospital 1 wk)
Suicidal depressive

Sometimes life is just to much.


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 20:51:18 -0600 Report

Cara, I don't know that it's a good idea to incl. the personal info you included. Just my personal opinion, however. My goodness, I don't know how some of you folks can continue day to day, with all you endure. I can't even imagine the number of meds you folks must take - and I know the cost must be outrageous, even if there is insurance involved. You too are to be commended. You always have such a great attitude on here, and your posts are always so helpful. I pray God's blessings on you in every area of your life.

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 22:16:21 -0600 Report

Cara you already are a great friend and if I can ever do anything for you on a bad day just drop me a note, I am always here for you. hugs jackie

sparkysmom 2009-01-07 19:18:40 -0600 Report

Let me look at my Dog Tags…
Enlarged Heart
Mitral Valve Problems
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Severe Sleep Apnea with CFS and RLS
Fibromyalgia…in a Pain Management program
Type 2 Diabetes
Multiple Allergies
3 disintegrating discs in lower back
Clinical Depression
Familiar Tremors
carpal tunnel surgery…have permanent nerve damage
Had left knee replaced after 5 other surgeries
Had Total Hysterectomy
Somebody took my tonsils and appendix
Juvenile Leukemia..Gone Thank GOD
2 bouts of the BIG C..Thank GOD for over 18 years of being free and clear
Recovering ( since 1982) Alcoholic and Drug abuser
MIL(81) lives with us
Other than that no problems.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 19:30:26 -0600 Report

I hope dog "tags" is right, because 1 tag would have to be about 1'x1' to hold all that! Wow! You have much to deal with, and yet you've managed to keep your sense of humor. God bless you!

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 22:14:29 -0600 Report

I so agree with Lady Di, being able to keep our sense of humor is one of the greatest assets you can have. good for you, we are all wishing you the very best. hugs jackie

SkipT 2009-01-07 18:52:17 -0600 Report

Do you take anything for your MS? My wife has MS and uses betaseron. It is expensive, but I feel that from all of the research I have done on it, it is well worth the expense.

Saphire 2009-01-07 18:07:59 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 11 years old my little sister got it when she was three years old. I was diagnosed with scleroderma and dequervains disease last year. I am in constant pain and the meds I am taking aren't working and I don't know what to do. I have a difficult time carrying anything because my wrists hurt and they are some what weak. I did go to physical therapy but it didn't help. Sorry about whinnig I just wanted to let off a little steam.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 18:19:35 -0600 Report

Well, it sounds like you have very valid reasons for "whining", altho that's not what I would call it. We all share our problems with each other at some point. You certainly have your share. You'll read on here (if you have not already) a number of posts where people have shared their trials and illnesses and experiences. That's because they know this is a caring community, and we all are dealing with health issues of our own, so we can somewhat understand. Good therapy to just get it out now and then, as long as you don't get to having a "pity party" that goes on way too long (LOL).

You look beautiful in your profile. What a lovely smile! Wouldn't know you were going through so much. God bless you as you deal with your problems. Hopefully there will be some relief in sight.


Cal Girl
Cal Girl 2009-01-07 15:17:06 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, then graves disease, then spinal arthritis and finally type 1 diabetes. I have 3 siblings, 2 living, and I am the only one with any illnesses. I have been on an insulin pump for 2 years now, and would never go back to multiple shots everyday. I suffered with depression for many years along with panic attacks and it wasn't until I met my husband 5 years ago that life was worth living to me…Having a caring and understanding spouse/caregiver makes living this life with multiple diseases worth living!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 17:27:00 -0600 Report

In my own family my parents and siblings (all younger by at least 7 yrs.) have multiple health issues, incl. diabetes (Type 2). Parents had high blood pressure, problems with high cholesterol, thyroid problems, bypass surgery, etc. My siblings, as I mentioned elsewhere, all had bypass surgery in their late 40's or early 50's. All have high blood pressure. One brother has just 1 kidney. The other brother has hepatitis, Agent Orange and has had both a liver & kidney transplant. He has other issues, as does my sister.

I have only the Type 2, and it is controlled. I have regular checkups and have always kept my doctor abreast of my family history. My blood pressure has always been low, I'm very mobile and active and have no signs of heart problems, etc.

I sometimes feel guilty that they have so much to deal with and I remain (thanks to God) very healthy. I do think I tried harder to take care of myself. I've never smoked, have generally been good about exercising (tho not as much the past few years) and have done my best to eat right (most of the time- LOL).

I still work and am active in volunteer work, etc. I'm afraid to stop. I think all of that is keeping me healthier physically and mentally. Since the diabetes can make one much more vulnerable, it is not unusual to see diabetics with multiple issues.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-01-07 17:56:01 -0600 Report

I also have multiple conditions. I have
COPD/Emphysema, Conjestive Heart failer,
Deminised Lungd, High Blood Pressure,
Poor Circulation in Legs,And a few more. All this after diabetise DX. My parents had Diabeties and blood pressure problems.
I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers and I'm the only one with all these health issues.

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 14:50:11 -0600 Report

I also have auto-immune disease Lupus very similar to the problems you have with MS. Also have had strokes, heart valve problems, DVT, vegitation on heart, my sister is very healthy and I think it is just human nature for us to sometimes wonder why me, I get to have everything, luck of the draw i guess. All the above before diabetes. hugs jackie

Carol11 2009-01-07 13:49:02 -0600 Report

They are also finding that having one auto-immune disease may make you vulneralbe to other auto-immune diseases. I read somewhere there are around 80!

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