Do I have the right dr?

By designali Latest Reply 2018-01-21 13:44:15 -0600
Started 2018-01-13 01:09:08 -0600

I havent been to the doctors in 7 years but have been feeling run down and thirsty all the time. So I went to a new dr. I told her how I felt and she said lets do a urine test right now. That test came back asap and she said I was passing alot of sugar. She sent me to the lab for blood work. The nurses asked me if I ate this morning and I told her yes, she said the test wont be correct. So she went back to talk to the dr. she came back shaking her head and said she wants it done. my a1c came back at 12 the next day and she called me and said you are diabetic. my bs was 357 I tested on my husbands meter. I went to the follow up visit 1 week later and thought they would redo the a1c but they didnt. I asked if I would get a presc. for a meter and she said I dont need one unless I am on insulin. She put me on 500mg of metformin 2x a day to be increased to 1000mg 2x a day. which I am adding slowly since it is tearing up my stomach. she also put me on high blood pressure meds and high chloresterol meds. I have anxiety lol and my bp is normally 120/80 at home. I’ve been testing it daily. she said its good for your kidneys also. So now she said to come back in 2 weeks and get blood work 4 days before my apt. I wasnt sure if it should be a fasting one so I called the office and they said yes fast 8hrs before. The worst part about all this is most of the time I am talking to her intern not the dr. she came in at the end for maybe 5 minutes and just agreed with what the intern wrote up. the second visit I waited an hour til they got to me and they put me in the kids room and said sorry we forgot about you. the 2nd visit I never saw the dr just the intern, she left to get the dr and said were good with this plan for now. I’ve never been one to go to the dr but I’m not feeling confident in this dr. I’m trying to cut my carbs out to get my bs down so a meter would be helpful. I feel so uneducated on what to do. She told me to start the metformin asap and cut back on carbs. Since you have the trifecta with diabetes, high bp and high chloresterol you have a 50/50 chance of having a stroke or heart attack in 10 years. I have good insurance and I was given a pile of referrals since I’m over 50.. mamogram, colonospy, pap, eye dr. dietician. I did tell her I’m not one to go to the dr unless I’m sick. Its just all been overwhelming, scarey and confusing if I’m with the right doctor. Thanks for letting me rant.

5 replies

suecsdy 2018-01-21 13:44:15 -0600 Report

I didn't see a Dr on a regular basis before dx either. And I wasn't really happy with her the first few times I saw her. Now I realize how lucky I was to be assigned to her practice as she is a top notch Dr. I did all those tests that they have recommended for you and it took me about 2 yrs to get myself healthy again. (I was dxd at the time I had some serious emergency surgery). It is all those things you've mentioned, but you do need to follow up and get control. I went straight to insulin, but also now take bp meds and cholesterol meds. Forever. Wasn't crazy about that part either. I learned early on to always fast before labs. My Dr has a really busy practice and unless I make an apt well in advance, I may not always see her, but she has an excellent team and I am comfortable with her assistants. Do get a meter of your own. And if your ins allows it, I would push for a prescription for it. It really helps if you can see your progress on a day to day basis. Get educated. Find a diabetes class in your area. Many times, they're free or covered by ins. I see you're already cutting carbs, so you're on the right track. Good luck and take care.

designali 2018-01-17 08:31:34 -0600 Report

Thanks for the replies. I’ve been trying to get my bs down with a low carb diet and cutting back and walking more. Also worked my way up to 1000mg Metformin 2x a day. 3 weeks into all this and yesterday it was down to 180. I’ll try to find dr. Bernsteins book. Is he on PBS?

Type1Lou 2018-01-16 16:33:59 -0600 Report

You can go out and purchase a low-cost glucose meter and strips…Walmart has them. I would do that. Keep track of how many carb grams you're eating and reduce the amount bit by bit until you achieve the BG results you want. You are right to be concerned since continued elevated high BG's will lead to damage of many body organs. Welcome to our site. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and what you can do to get it and keep it under control…with determination, it can be done. The books Luis recommended to you are great resources. Reading Dr Bernstein's book back 15 years ago was pivotal in my gaining better control of my blood sugars.

Luis65 2018-01-16 12:22:11 -0600 Report

A1C test does not have to be fasting. It gives a sort of average over 90 days - most especially the last 30. The fasting BG test will show your morning sugars. And A1C of 12 indicates and average BG close to 300.

Now here's the news. You say you're not one to go to the doctor unless sick - guess what you are and it's not going away. You are hypoglycemic, have hypertension and are Hypercholesterolemic. Any of those conditions requires careful monitoring. So get past your doctor phobia. With care and sense you can live a long and great life.

As far as this doc is concerned maybe she's not a good fit. Check around and there are sites that give reviews of doctors. If your blood test indicate kidney problems that would indicate a visit to a nephrologist, Be sure to get a diabetic eye check sooner rather than later by an ophthalmologist.

Diabetes is one condition that affect nearly every system of the body. It is not something to play with and requires that you the patient be on board as captain of your health team. Two good books to start your education are "Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Richard Bernstein and "Think Like A Pancreas" by Gary Scheiner.