By sylrazy Latest Reply 2010-05-14 01:15:45 -0500
Started 2010-05-11 11:29:45 -0500

I went to see my doctor yesterday, I have been since diagnosis in October 2009 Type 2 been doing everything I have needed to do. I lost over 40 pounds, have been tracking my numbers which are always between 75 - 125 at the most a little higher if i have a stressful day. Now my issue is this has anyone's doctor ever told them not to track their numbers? when first diagnosed this doctor told me do not track your numbers I'm putting you on Metformin 3 times a day 2,250 per day see you in a month, I go back in a month I have lost some weight at that point she gives me my glucometer tells me to track my bs levels at random times of the day and drops my metformin to 2000 a day, tells me to come back in three months, well I went back yesterday and I have been tracking my numbers consistently lost over 40 pounds by changing what I eat and walking. I take my blood pressure daily which is always between 100/70 or inbetween those numbers but not high. I was put on high blood medication upon diagnosis due to my blood pressure being 160/100, but I have the white coat lab syndrome and it's always high when I go to the doctor/dentist. Anyhow my doctor told me she was not interested in my numbers at all nor did she want to see my record of my numbers both the blood pressure and blood sugar and that at the time of diagnosis she forgot to put me on ACTOS…she said don't take your blood sugar numbers for a month take Metformin and Actos and I will see you in the middle of June, I was very upset that she would not even listen to me.

Sorry it's so long but this is disturbing to me and she said she wanted to put me on a higher dosage of Blood pressure meds but refused to look at my log my numbers. I'm faithful in all I do for my diabetes and blood pressure my numbers are really good how could a doctor tell me not to check my blood and just take the meds…has this happened to anyone?

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7 replies

chillwill080 2010-05-14 01:15:45 -0500 Report

i think you need to see another doctor for there opinon because my doctor tells me that to check my blood sugar three to for times a day just to be on the safe side and he always wnt to see my number

GabbyPA 2010-05-12 09:21:18 -0500 Report

It is strange that she did an about face on you and wanted to see it and now she doesn't. My doctor only wants me to test twice a day, but I feel I need more. He is helpful though and I take my log book with me at every visit along with a list of questions I have to ask him. I would not want a doctor treating me who is unwilling to look at my logs or answer my questions. You might just tell her that. You are paying her. She is serving you. You are the one in power so exercise that a bit if you must. That is one thing I have learned from this site and the encouragement from the members here. Never be intimidated by your doctor. When you find one that will work with you and that relationship grows, that is the best way to go.

MAYS 2010-05-11 14:55:40 -0500 Report

I can understand why your doctor would say that, so that you do not get or become too focused on that, but that doesn't make it wrong for you, continue to keep track of your numbers for reference and peace of mind.

Before switching doctors consider this, if your doctor is good for you, stay put, if not then move on.
Don't make your decision based on only this incident, you can listen to your doctor but continue to follow your current method of tracking your numbers, don't choose a doctor based on your doctor agreeing with you on everything, if you do, then you are becoming your own doctor and don't need one, ask your doctor for an explanation about this recommendation to stop tracking your progress, he or she at least owes you that much.

Make the best decision for you, just make sure that it is a wise decision, either way it's your health, your right !


spiritwalker 2010-05-11 14:53:37 -0500 Report

Its time to find a new MD. If she/he isn't interested in your
health run don't walk to a new Dr. I have been diabetic 25 years, and I have an A1C between 5.5-6.5 and my Dr. has
me write everything out in a journal. It goes to every visit.
He reads all of it each time. It includes all bg reads, B/P,
daily exercise log, food plan, daily carb totals and all information from other medical visits such as eye specialist, dentist and so forth.
He put it well when He said I can't know what's going on with unless you tell me and this is the most complete way
of doing it. My DRS. are also in contact with each other.
Remember, you are the leader of your own health care team.
Don't accept anything lesss than the best. Good luck.

Harlen 2010-05-11 14:30:48 -0500 Report

You need a new Doc no ifs ands or buts thats just nuts .
And Keep up the great work on the weght loss .
I would be looking for a new doc befor I left the offece.
Best wishes

monkeymama 2010-05-11 12:36:25 -0500 Report

Hello there! I would have to agree with petals about finding a different doctor. Now for me, I track ALL my numbers and manage my diabetes via my laptop. My dad is also a type 2 recently diagnosed and was put on metformin and had to be taken off of it because of a bad reaction. He was than placed on Actos as you are and given the option to track him. His is only optional because of other issues and his doctor was okay with this. Since he sees his doctor frequently. Tracking is a vital part of managing your diabetes. You are correct in feeling the way you do. As I would tell you, you are your own best & knowledged person about you. You pay that doctor to do his job. If he can not, than it may be time to look. If you do happen to look for a new doctor. Research for a new doctor. Ask questions. Keep on mind what "you" want in this doctor. I've had to fire a Endo Team because of serious issues with nursing & other team staff members. Do not be afraid to speak up either. Best of luck to you!

petals 2010-05-11 12:25:19 -0500 Report

This has never happened to me.But I think that you need to find another doctor ,one who will take you seriously and listen to you and your concerns. Sounds like you are doing a great job of taking care of your diabetes!! Now you need someone who will do a great job of helping you along the way. Look for another doctor, soon.

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