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By sherrie2006 Latest Reply 2008-06-15 15:41:04 -0500
Started 2008-06-10 15:57:29 -0500

Hi Everyone.
My name is Sherrie (44) and I was diagnosed with diabetes May 2007. It has been a hard hit to me as I never thought I would have diabetes. My doctor has tried many medications to try to control my blood sugars and we may have finally found the right combination.
I am currently taking Metformin, Actos, and Januvia. This seems to keep my sugars down even though I do not eat but only once a day. I have problems dealing taking so many medications.
I also am dealing with high blood pressure, cholesteral problems, depression, acid reflux, broken back, chronic pain, sleeping problems, and was diagnosed today with a return of chronic asthma.
It seems the harder I try to do better for myself the worse things get and then I start getting stupid thoughts about not wanting to put up with all this medical stuff anymore. I need advise, friends, and whatever else I can get to help me with my problems.
I appreciate being able to find this website and become a new member and hope to meet many new friends.

10 replies

sherrie2006 2008-06-15 15:41:04 -0500 Report

WOW!! I would like to thank each and everyone of you that has responded to my post. You all have brought to the table some good ideas that I will at least attempt to pull off.
My reasoning for not eating is due to no appetite, how do I overcome this? Do I have to force feed myself…yuck! I am happy to have you all as my new friends and it does make a difference to have someone to talk to, when the others without our problems don't understand. I look forward to getting to know you all. Thanks again for being here for me as i will be here, if I can help, for ya'll.

Thanks so very much,

blessedmom44 2008-06-12 12:41:21 -0500 Report

Hi Sherrie2006- Yes eat more. Your body thinks its starving and goes crazy with just one meal trying to accomplish what it needs. It will pull from elsewhere to get nutrients you need. Snacks are great. Keep with you so not tempted to eat junk. Will pray for you on other problems. On pain meds,don't let it run out,has to work harder to accomplish getting rid of pain. Even if just tylenol/advil. Good luck,its great place here with good people and info. Have a God blessed day.

dolphin_dreamer1706 2008-06-13 13:04:36 -0500 Report

hey Sherrie,
My name is Melissa.and i am 20 years old. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on June 2006. Mine still isnt under control yet and i take 2000 mg of metformin and i take byetta(10 mcg) 2X a day. i also have high cholestrol, asthma, migraines, insonmia..ect.


Dancehawk 2008-06-12 08:04:10 -0500 Report

Hi hun, you came to the right place,
I agree you need to eat more, it will help with the icky tummy feeling from the meds, also try eating 6 small meals, space them out abot every 2 to 3 hours so you have a breakfast, then snack, lunch, then snack , dinner then a snack, be sure to eat your veggies that helps and eat protien, that helps with sugar too.
also go here and read up on there information, great stuff.
Also you said you have back pain, that will raise your sugar up too, With eating small meals that are healthy, your acid reflux should get better too.

We are here, and there are a lot of great postings here to read through to, if you have any questions please ask, add us all to your friends list here and know we are here.
So dont be a stranger.


GabbyPA 2008-06-11 11:40:23 -0500 Report

Hey Sherrie,
Good job to pop on here and seek some assistance. I have gotten alot of great advice from everyone here and it has taught me that no matter how I feel, there is someone who understands. The other thing that is great is that we also don't mess around with pity parties...there are a lot of issues that come in that package and if you fall into that pit, it's really hard to get out.
So hold on tight to the ropes that everyone throws you, let us do the work for a while and give you a rest. My husband does the "list of broken things" sometimes with people(and his list is a lot like yours), but he always turns it around to say "I am still here and kicking butt!!" When you take on things one at a time, it is easier to deal with and then one day, you'll look back and you'll laugh at the thought that it was too hard. You will do great if you keep making little goals everyday...then one day you will realize you met your big goal! Then you can move on to another one.
The best thing about all of that, is that you will learn great tips you can share with everyone here and be an inspiration to all of us. Go get 'em girl!

LeighG 2008-06-11 06:56:58 -0500 Report

hello hun.
i am still learning about it all myself i have good ears and am here to talk with you when ever you need too.i eat six times aday .i am on a few meds for diff things and i find the more you eat through the day the less side effects i have.stay strong hun .i have taken classes i have found to help me alot to understand and get a grip on everything.ask your docter about classes they hold them right in my docters office every so often and they truely do help.

Ginetteb 2008-06-11 05:18:03 -0500 Report

Welcome Sherrie. Coming to this site was a good thing to do. You'll get a lot of information, a lot of support and a lot of encouragement. You'll find that a lot of us suffer from the same health problems that you have. I too have low blood pressure (at times it's very high, so I call it a yo-yo blood pressure) I have 2 stents in my arteries, I fluctuate with cholesterol between 200 and 100, I take anti-depressant pills, I have spinal stenosis and to put the cherry on top, I am obese. (Because of the back problem, I cannot do any exercise, so losing weight is a BIG problem) So my profile is: I'm old, fat and ugly. But hey, I'm here, I have 2 wonderful children who gave me 5 wonderful grandchildren. The beauty of it is, they don't care that I'm old, fat and ugly. They love me anyway.

So chin up Sherri, better days are ahead. I have been on insulin now for 14 years. Like all of us in this site, I have tried a multitude of medicine before the DR and I found the right combination.
It takes time to make all the changes that are required, and the biggest and most difficult change of all is learning to cook and eat different and of course better. I guess that's how I got to be obese, I never changed my diet from the time I was 20 and extremely active. But I started to test myself before every meal and it helps to keep on track. I have now made my glucose meter my diet police.

So keep your chin up. Things will get better.

Jlynn 2008-06-10 19:10:45 -0500 Report

HI friend..I will try to help as i was just diagnosed in 05,,,and have yet to control mine completely..but i do know that diabetes when out of control effects you more then you notce at first,..your memory, moods,feelings,lack of feelings(sex drive) ..All of it. I was pulled over fo a DUI, a week before i was hospitalized w/ketasodocious(coma). Hadnt drank, i just got lost, confused??

My point it it takes time to adapt to new life style…especially if you are overwhelmed with all the need to knows..I know thats ME..
Just know one more tid-bit…Alot of other conditions and diabetes is tough, esp. when your not in control..They just get worse ,,as mine have too..try to find a diabetes wellness center in your area they will help you …with all(diet to doctors refferals) take care

morris.js 2008-06-10 23:11:26 -0500 Report

Sherrie, I've been a type 2 Diabetic for over 13 years now. The very first thing I changed about the way I ate, was to go to 5 or 6 small meals a day. This helped with a lot of issues, such as giving me more steady blood sugar levels, more energy, less feeling "stuffed" and drowsey, and NO hunger pains. Just take small steps, do not try to change everything in your lifestyle all at once, as it will overwhelm you. I was not strong enough to do it all, so only took small steps and added more as they got easier.
You have taken a very good step by becoming a member here and reaching out for information and support. The GREAT people here are all willing to share their stories, information AND support.
Welcome to the community, and know that you are not alone in your battle. John

Anonymous 2008-06-10 16:58:25 -0500 Report

If Your taking all of those meds for sugar I would advise eating more than 1 meal a day or You might end up in the ER..Read all You can & learn all You can.With proper diet & medicine You can control this…