Managing multiple illnesses including Type 2 Diabetes

By heather832015 Latest Reply 2015-02-28 01:16:14 -0600
Started 2015-02-23 19:39:51 -0600

Well I'll start with saying this is my first post and that I'm still newly diagnosed. I have type 2 diabetes, COPD with Emphysema, neuropathy, herniated discs in my lumbar spine, degenerative disc disease in my cervical spine, overall chronic pain, sleep apnea, high cholesteral, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, high anxiety and ptsd. I believe that's all but my memory isn't what it should be. I'm 31 and started getting my diagnosis at 28. I've been told I'm not going to live to see 50 and maybe not 40. I am supposed to be on about 13 medications.

I have to be completely honest in saying I am having a really hard time managing my illnesses, medications, symptoms, side effects and overall quality of life. I can't seem to get on a medicine regimin, the medicines make me so sick that I can't take them for a day or so to get my body feeling somewhat ok and then any attempt to get on a regimin are failed. And I'm having a hard time getting and keeping doctors because I miss a lot of appointments due to being ill, and my mental health just makes it worse. I freeze up, I've basically become a shut-in.

I try and I try and I'm going to keep trying but I'm having such a hard time. And I'm fighting for disability because I've worked my whole life and made the mistake in hiring the wrong attorney to defend me. And I don't have very good family support because I have what's called invisable illnesses and they just don't understand and most of the time make me feel like I'm constantly defending myself. As if my stress wasn't bad enough right?

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lilleyheidi 2015-02-24 01:10:48 -0600 Report

hi, welcome to DC. I also have multiple illnesses, several that you list, bipolar, and ptsd, and fibromyalgia that cause chronic pain as well as arthritis that causes chronic pain and ya, a lot of meds. I can relate. I recommend trying to get a home health nurse to help with meds and an alarm box for your meds. It will help you regulate your medications.
Keep fighting for your disability it is worth it.
if you have any questions feel free to ask them here or in private message.
stress willl bring your blood sugar numbers up higher so try to keep stress to a minimum, talk to a therapist. best of health to you.

heather832015 2015-02-27 20:43:13 -0600 Report

Thank you for the advice. I looked up the alarm box and there pretty pricey, I'm still fighting for disability and have no income except foodstamps. And I looked and my insurance does cover home health nurses so I will ask my doctor at my next visit.

However I did buckle down and forced myself to get back on all my medications and am now on a pretty good schedule. And I'm feeling a bit better. Those mental illnesses can really bring you down, especially when your not on your meds. And you were also right, I hadn't been checking my blood sugar and I've never been in or near the 200 s and my highest was usually around 150 but it was 174 and I think that's what kinda scared me enough to just suck it up and get back on all my meds.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-28 01:16:14 -0600 Report

if you can't afford an alarm box, yes they are expensive, set an alarm on your smart phone if you have one, that helps too.
definitely need to get your numbers back down quite a bit that will help you to feel better too.

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