diabectic and more

By loismay Latest Reply 2010-03-28 15:56:23 -0500
Started 2010-03-21 20:14:52 -0500

how do you tell difference of diabete and graves desease, thyroid, week heart, plus the other things high blood pressure, high colastrol ,low iron. etc…(sorry about the misspellings) I take about 17 meds, well some vitamins, and some to counter act the iron pills. how do u explain it to people who just thinks you are big and lazy?

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scribbles 2010-03-28 15:56:23 -0500 Report

How to explain it to others? Don't. IF they really NEED to know, tell them you have "a long list of medical problems" and let it go at that. My standard reply is "Now why in the world do you need to know that?" It stops Nosy Nellie in her tracks. Makes "Ms Goody two shoes" pause, too. Unfortunately, we are surrounded my "Nellie"s and "Goody two shoes", and I haven't figured out a better way to handle it yet. I'm one of those "get to the point" people, so it's got to be short and to the point. I take 10 meds and 5 injections daily (even in public) so I can empathize. Hang in there, you'll make it.

GabbyPA 2010-03-27 18:47:17 -0500 Report

Hi Loismay,

That is quite a list of ailments, but often when you have diabetes there are a host of other things that go with it. I found a link on diagnosing graves disease here: http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/graves-disease/graves-disease-diagnosis
It might help you ask questions of your doctor. Perhaps you can talk to your doctor about your lack of energy and see if there is something that he can recommend. Even moderate activity can help increase energy, but with a weak heart, your doctor will need to guide you.
It is hard to have a disease that doesn't show. People who are healthy don't understand what it can take out of us sometimes. But if we learn about it for ourselves, then it is easier to explain it to others.

One thing that helps me is to get them involved in my life as treatment. All my friends and family know I am diabetic. I don't use it as an excuse, but as a tool to let them know that sometimes I may not be able to do things exactly as I used to. I try very hard not to complain about it, just live with it, and that has helped me and those around me not be afraid to push me if I need it and at the same time to understand if I am a little slow on the hoof.

MAYS 2010-03-21 20:45:50 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

My honest answer to you is to schedule an appointment to see your medical doctor for test and an evaluation pertaining to your medical condition(s).

High blood pressure and a weak heart is a very bad combination.

Having thyroid issues (over or under active) alone can create a multitude of other physical issues in and of itself.

See your doctor and insist on seeing a Endocrinologist.


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