Necrobiosis Lipoidica /Possibly Diabetic

SJ - 51536
By SJ - 51536 Latest Reply 2014-10-10 16:23:29 -0500
Started 2009-07-06 18:00:01 -0500

Hi everybody. I haven't actually been diagnosed as diabetic yet but i'm scared senseless i came across this site while looking for information.

I have been diagnosed as having Necrobiosis Lipoidica after being referred to a dermatologist by my doctor. The dermatologist said this is rare in non diabetics and i should be tested.

My problem is i've avoided going for the tests mainly because i have a severe phobia when it comes to needles and especially blood tests. I know this is stupid but i convinced myself that if i was diabetic something would have went badly wrong by now.

I became ill at a friends house the other day something which has been happening quite often over the last few months. My friends partner is diabetic he immediately asked if i was diabetic.When i explained the way i felt when this hits me he said i had described exactly what happens to him when he has a hypo?

Sorry this is such a long post i know i need to get tested but i'm absolutely terrified of the test and the possible result!

3 replies

Sarguillo 2009-07-08 13:37:02 -0500 Report

I hope you go see your doctor and find out if you are diabetic.
If not, congrats. If so, then you will get the treatment you need.
Please dont be afaird of the needles as if you are diabetic, in all probability, a type 2 and that can be controled mostly by pills.
now testing is a different story, and its not a needle persay, its a lancet. It just breaks the skin to get a drop of blood. We get used to it.
There are so many out there who are diabetic who dont know it, that its cutting down their life expectancy.
Please, find the courage and go get tested.
Either way, you win if you test now.
If negetive, great, if positive, you know that much sooner before complications arrise.
Good luck either way.
You are not alone.

Judimar 2009-07-06 21:13:11 -0500 Report


I can understand your concerns. I faced them myself when I was first diagnosised. It is better to find out early when things aren't so bad instead of ignoring things until it gets far worse.

It is possible that you won't need to go on insulin. My diabetes was controlled with pills since my diagnosis. Recently I have added Byetta but it was totally left up to me if it was something I wanted to do.

What I am trying to say is it will be better for you in the long run to find out as soon as possible. Be sure that you are seeing a doctor that will work with you and not just tell you what to do. My doctor is my partner in my healthcare and not just someone who expects to follow instructions without asking questions.

We are all here for you.

Good luck,


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