On Friday I saw my regular MD. He's a nice man, good humored and seems caring. But I'm growing impatient with him. Especially now. I had asked him about vanadium, a mineral supposedly proven to help lower glucose naturally. He shook his head, rolled his eyes and said it wouldn't work. Then he said he didn't keep up with that stuff. So which is it I thought? It's snake oil or he isn't with the program? Every time I see him (months go by between appts) he ups my insulin by a couple units, tells me to lose weght and bugs me about getting a Pap smear. I have told him when I'm ready to get the Pap, I will do so but his concern about the issue seems out of order. I have other issues I bring up to him, such as fatty nodules in my arms that he says are lipomas caused by my weight, but he's never biopsied them. I have bad circulation in my legs and feet which he attributes to my weight, even though I am a (corrected) clubfoot baby and I have told him my surgeon says my leg vessels are twisted up. I am becoming increasingly confused. What is the right thing to do? He's treated me for a year now. I am trying to find something to help me and when I bring my question to him, he knows nothing about vanadium but he knows it won't work. Am I going to lose my eyes or limbs as months go by with him adding two units here and there?
I'm on Lantus- 40 units twice a day.
I also tale Glyburide, Metformin and eight other drugs for blood pressure, cholesterol, Lisinopril for kidney protection, Pristiq and Abilify for bipolar. About ten meds plus insulin all together. He won't take me off any even though I asked for it because he says I could have a stroke.
He doesn't seem concerned about my legs swelling up like fenceposts or fat bumps in my arms but he can't wait to give me a Pap! I should mention out my way, good doctors are a rarity.Our only endocrinologist nearly killed my friend so he's not a option. Any thoughts? Thank you.
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