I'm not new to being diabetic, but I am new to this site and to actually looking for support and information outside of my doctor, who has done very little.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago with type II. I've spent most of that time fighting to get my numbers under control, lose weight and take control of my diet. I've failed so far on all fronts.
I'm about 50lbs over weight. I wake up every morning with my blood glucose readings in the mid 200s and have yet to figure out a way to keep that from happening.
During my teen years, I'm 36 now, I was bulimic. I still have some pretty serious issues with binging, though I no longer purge.
I'm on metformin, 850 twice a day, yet it doesn't seem to do anything for me. I don't even have the usual side effects. My numbers have actually gone up since I started taking it. I also developed some pretty serious neuropathy within 3 weeks of starting the meds, though my doctor is convinced it's unrelated. I'm certain I was a diabetic for at least a couple of years before my doctors finally had me do a fasting blood test and put me on meds, so it's hard not to think it's related.
I'm hoping that having a community such as this one will help me to find ways to stay on track and get this thing under control. I'm terrified of losing my legs because there are days when I can barely walk due to the stiffness and the stinging and burning pain.
I used to be an athlete and now I can hardly get out of bed some mornings. It's frightening and disheartening.
I've been lurking and reading for some time, I finally reached a point where I realize I need more than that.
I look forward to chatting with you all and learning what has worked and what hasn't for other who also live with this disease.
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