Newly Diagnosed and only getting confused

By vegoutchill Latest Reply 2017-11-11 02:55:10 -0600
Started 2017-11-02 03:22:40 -0500

No family history, no hint of diabetes until I had a heart attack the end of July. Immediately started on both oral and injected diabetes meds. I am on a very strict diet that I follow faithfully, take my meds faithfully, exercise more than suggested and my sugar only keeps going up. My doctor only keeps increasing the meds. I currently feel that I am on a road to disaster with no hope. Has anyone else seen this problem and if so how did you get it turned around?

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vegoutchill 2017-11-11 02:55:10 -0600 Report

Thank you to everyone for the replies. By strict diet I mean not only counting calories, little to no carbs, no sugar at all. I have also been told by a couple of doctors now that my heart attack has caused issues with my pancreas. The doctor explained it to me by saying that something when I had my heart attack told my pancreas to turn off when it comes to making/putting out insulin and for some reason taking insulin is not working. Since my last post I have doubled by oral meds and am now on 2 different types of insulin for a total of 4 shots per day. Also since my last post I have had episodes of debilitating pain throughout my entire body mostly in my bones and joints. The doctor is thinking fibromyalgia but does not want to label it that just yet. She had me try one med and I absolutely refuse to take it because it made me feel like I wanted to kill people. Not myself but others. She has me keeping journals with my sugar numbers and my pain numbers and we both agree there is a definite correlation between the two. When the pain increases so does the unmanageable sugar numbers. We are having to think out of the box for pain management because I cannot function on pain meds. They all put me to sleep and I have to work and take care of a disabled child. (single mother of 2 disabled children and little to no help). Yeah I know the stress isn't helping either but…I am welcome to any ideas or suggestions. Thank in advance

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-11-09 18:16:09 -0600 Report

Hi vegoutchill, nice to meet you. Glad you are here. I am sorry to hear your hard work does not seem to be getting you results. That has to be frustrating, and it sounds like scary as well. It looks like you are getting some helpful advice from other members. Support is power! I am hoping you are able to get to a regimen that works for you. Keep advocating for yourself. You might consider getting a second opinion, especially from an endocrinologist if you are not currently working with one. Take good care of yourself. And please keep us posted on how you're doing.

GabbyPA 2017-11-06 10:08:20 -0600 Report

There is hope and it may just take some time to find your way out of the weeds first.

Doctors do not really understand the individuality of diabetes and tend to treat with a one size fits all. So what you have to do is find out what your body needs and what works for you.

What works best for me is a very restrictive carbohydrate way of eating. I don't mess with calories, sodium or fad anything. I eat meat and veggies primarily and keeping my carb intake (not just sugar, but total carbohydrates) under 50 a day and that helps me greatly.

I still take insulin, but my numbers are far better than when I was on any doctor recommended diet. Now what you have to do for your heart may change what you can do, but do a lot of research. Don't be afraid to think against the norm and find what works for the uniqueness of you, Always keep your doctor in the loop, but it is your body and life, and you should be able to find what is best for you.

msann 2017-11-05 08:14:37 -0600 Report

hello with all you have going on you might have to tweak your insulin or oral meds check on that let me know ok good luck

haoleboy 2017-11-02 13:31:35 -0500 Report

frustration and diabetes. they kind of go hand in hand.
when you say "strict diet" what does that mean?
I can only relate what worked for me …
low carbohydrate diet (<50 grams per day)
attaining and maintaining my ideal weight
exercise, with an emphasis on anaerobic type workouts to improve muscle tone and mass
seldom (if ever) do we get a chance for a "do over"
but every single day we get a chance for a "do better"
☺ Steve

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