I went to my doctor for back pain and sciatica and also had blood work done for my physical. I haven’t been feeling well and in the back of my mind I thought I may have diabetes. I got my test results back on Friday. My a1c is 70 and fasting glucose was 143. I knew this was going to be bad news for me and I have no one to blame but myself. I am obese and have been ignoring everything I know I should do.
On Saturday afternoon I received a message on my health/doctor’s office app from my doctor that says, “Jennifer, you have mild diabetes. Go on a 1400 calorie diet, exercise 5X week, call nurse on Monday for RX for Metformin XR 500 and take one with breakfast. See me in three months.” That’s it. Now, I’m a smart woman and can figure this out myself, but I didn’t DO it before now, don’t you think I should have more support than this? Am I supposed to check my blood sugar at all? (I don’t have the equipment for it.) 1400 calorie diet is pretty broad (no direction on low carb, etc.) and when I’ve done diets, at my weight, they ramp me down gradually (like 1800 calories), not 1400 right away. I sent messages with all of these questions, but I just wanted to see what others thought. I feel alone in this, even though I have many friends with diabetes and I have done research and know what I should do. My husband is out of town right now and I don’t want to tell him over the phone, so I haven’t told anyone. I am frustrated with myself, but want to make better choices, feel well again, and reverse this if I can. (Is that possible?) Is there such a thing as “mild diabetes”? What can I expect from Metformin? Will I feel better right away? Should I take omeprozol to protect my stomach? I fee like all of these things should have been addressed. Also, I went in initially for severe back and sciatic pain; what kind of exercise can I do?! Wouldn’t he know that? I can’t walk or stand for long before I have terrible pain, then if I sit or lay down for too long, I have horrible pain in the other leg. I can’t just hop on a treadmill or bike. Even walking in Costco is painful.
Last year my cholesterol was high and I found out with a note on the same app that told me to go on a strict low cholesterol diet and exercise 4X week. No direction on what type of diet or anything.
I like my doctor. He listens to me and takes time during appointments. But, I’m not sure about the aftercare. What has been your experience?
Sorry for the length of this discussion. I hope you’ve lasted through it! I have found some wonderful resources on this site and look forward to implementing them.
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