First visit to the Endocrinologist

By briarrose70 Latest Reply 2014-12-13 11:42:13 -0600
Started 2014-04-09 10:34:00 -0500

Hi Everyone,

I never formally introduced myself so here's a little about me:
I'm a 43, live in NJ, married with a son of almost 23 come May and and was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on 3/24 bc my AC1 was 11.3 and fasting BG 250! Both my dad and brother have it and I was hoping I was taking after my mother however no such luck. I do know that last year my AC1 around this time was 6.7 so hoping I will be able to get it back there or lower eventually.

My family doctor put me on Lantus SolarStar Pen at 10 Units a day at night but that had to be uppped to 16 Units and then I needed to make an appt to see the Endo.

I went to see Endocrinologist yesterday and since I'm really low on Vit D too, he's putting me on 50,000 Units 1x week for a few weeks then I can go back to my regular supplement of 1000 units a day.

There was a resident doctor there who I saw first and he was really nice however he scared the living poo out of me bc my bg spikes after meals even though I totally altered my diet completely and he was talking about putting me on Insulin after every meal, seriously, I almost busted out in tears, I'm trying so hard to get off insulin that to hear I might need even more was a shocker. Luckily the Endo said that he will try Metformin first and see how that goes and that he was only a resident so no worries…phew!!

So now I'm still taking the Lantus 16 Units at night, and 500mg Metformin 2xday but he said to start out with only 1 for few days so I don't get too many side effects from it.

My c-reactive protein was high too so he wants me to see a dentist to see if there's anything going on with the gums…which is funny bc on the way home I was eating some mixed nuts and broke a tooth…ugh…so guess I'll be going there a lot sooner than I wanted to.

He recommend that I see a opthamologist to make sure no damage is going on there and bc everything is blurry. Also to start Diabetes education so I have to call and make sure my insurance covers it but they went ahead and scheduled it for the end of the month so that's good.

My thyroid is slighly underactive but I will have blood work done again in 2 months so we are waiting to see if some of this is caused by the diabetes. So hopefully, with the change in eating habits (I never had too much sugar bc I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at 18) but mostly I'd go without eating then freak out with what I always called the "Irrational disorder" so now I'm back to eating at least 5 small meals a day and started walking again since we like to go to the mountains to hike and camp. This year, New Hampshire so I really needed this to get my butt moving…lol!

Thanks so much for offering this great site, discussions and members. I look forward to being on this journey with you all!

4 replies

gatp 2014-12-13 11:42:13 -0600 Report

I also have low vitamin D and it messed with my heart. This is the first time I have ever had a low Vitamin D. I am a sun worshipper, but do wear light sunscreen on my face. Is this something to d with Metformin, does anyone know? Lots of people are now vitamin D deficient. Why? I am eating D, taking D, getting sun and it is still low. I want to know why?

jayabee52 2014-04-10 13:00:03 -0500 Report

Howdy briarrose
WELCOME to DC. Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do, I am glad you are here.

Your story sounds similar to many here. Should you have questions, please don't hesitate because IMHO the only stupid or foolish question here is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Glucerna 2014-04-09 18:10:10 -0500 Report

Welcome and thanks for sharing your story. You're making a bunch of proactive changes and I think you'll find that more information and education will be really helpful. Keep taking it one day at a time and you'll find that you not only are able to control blood sugar levels, but you feel healthier overall. ~Lynn @Glucerna

RachelChavezCA 2014-04-09 12:49:14 -0500 Report

Welcome Briarrose! We're glad that you found us. I think you will find some great support from the members here. It sounds like you are starting out of the gate with a bang which is awesome! Try to keep up with that strong 'can do' attitude you have right now. There might be a lot of changes coming, a lot of frustration, and hopefully a lot of triumph and wins as well. I wish you the best of luck as you get started on this journey!

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