Questions to ask doc on Monday

By Eversinging1 Latest Reply 2010-12-04 10:48:32 -0600
Started 2010-12-02 21:56:15 -0600

Ok. So this is the 1st appt with my doctor since I've decided not to be in denial anymore. My BS has been between 150-250 and shot up once to 308. (Have to stay away from the spiked egg nog!) I have the night time muscle cramps in my lower legs and feet, I have constant foot pain, and sleep apnea. So besides those issues, in order to properly get a grip on this diabetes (type 2 non-medicated…at least not yet) what questions do I need to ask my doc to make sure I get the best treatment and options and education???? My husband is going to the appt with me, because he is more outspoken than I am and I would probably wimp out and not ask anymore than about 2 things. lol I plan on asking about a CDE, but is a CDE also a nutritionist or is that separate? Anyway, any suggestions I'm all ears! How do I get started on affirmative action dealing with this disease?

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Lisa07 2010-12-04 10:48:32 -0600 Report

goodluck and bringing your husband is a good idea. I took mine the last couple of visits. you need moral support from your hubby. btw my visit run smoothly with my doctor. you have a good one:-)

Pynetree 2010-12-04 10:17:49 -0600 Report

Not much to add to this…you got some great advice (as usual) from Gabby, Dr Gary,and James. I'll just ask you to post after Dr appointment and let us know how it went!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-12-03 21:05:05 -0600 Report


Nice to run into you again. Congratulations on taking an important step forward in getting your treatment on track. Fantastic!

You have received some great advice here from Gabby and others. I would just add that I am also glad that you are taking your husband along. He will be an important member of your support team, so it's good to have him enlisted from the get-go. You might ask the doctor to talk about how your diabetes may affect your relationship and let your husband know how he can support you. The CDE can also help in this regard.

So often family members are not brought into the picture early on, and the result is lack of real information, misunderstanding, avoidance of the issue, frustration. Family members go through many of the same reactions as patients -- fear, anger, frustration, sadness. Getting him educated and involved will be as much help to him as it is to you.

Best wishes to you as you get your treatment journey underway. Please keep us posted!

CaliKo 2010-12-03 15:01:40 -0600 Report

CDE is Certified Diabetes Educator. Most of the ones I've met are dieticians, which is one step further in education than a nutritionalist. Others I know of are nurses or pharmacists. I don't know if they are always a health care professional also, but all that I know of are.

realsis77 2010-12-03 12:16:04 -0600 Report

I would talk to your doc about getting a treatment plan to bring down your blood sugar. Weather it be pills, or insulin your going to have to get those numbers down. Work closely with your doc and make any adjustments needed with his help to achieve a normal blood sugar. It took me about three moths with tweaking my treatment plan and medicine to fit my needs. Now I take two different insulins and I have great control but it took some dose adjustments to get there! So remember that close realationship and treatment plan is the key. Also remember it will likely take some adjustments in the treatment plan to achieve good tight blood sugar control. Its up to you and your doc to make a plan that works best for you. Also don't be afraid to speak up if something is not working for you! Remember there are many different options avaiable to you and you want to go with the option that offers the greatest control over your blood sugar because this will pervent future problems! Please let us know the treatment plan you have chosen and keep us posted on your sucess ok ?

GabbyPA 2010-12-03 09:20:46 -0600 Report

First thing to do is write each question down on a notebook page. Leave space after to write down what your doctor tells you to do about it or what he will do about it.

Start by telling him you are wanting to do things for this now and want to be a part of the treatment now. Don't let him rush you into things like meds. If you are willing to work at diet and exercise now, allow him to give you time to show you are serious and will comply.

Sometimes you won't ask all the questions because you don't know what to ask. That's okay. Take notes every time you discover something new or want to try a new tactic. Keep a journal and that way you have questions to ask next time. My doctor always knows I am going to come in with a notebook and a list. He doesn't mind so much now. I think in the beginning he thought I was being a smart alec, but now he knows I am wanting to work with him.

Oh, and taking your hubby is a GREAT idea. I didn't do that the first visit and I got so mad at myself for not being more assertive. I have learned to find my voice from all the great folks here. So taking a buddy the first few times is a huge help. I applaud him for going with you.

Eversinging1 2010-12-03 13:36:03 -0600 Report

Good ideas. Jimmy (husband) is a really good guy. I stood by him through all his heart problems (finally got him a pacemaker/defib) so now, unfortunately, it's his turn to help me out. He's pretty awesome!

jayabee52 2010-12-03 03:03:45 -0600 Report

Good for you!

Whatever questions you come up with, may I suggest you write them down. I type them out and print 2 copies, 1 for me, 1 for Dr. I believe it focuses the mind. (Of course it's a coping mechanism for my ADD.)

One question I would ask is how many patients with diabetes does s/he help manage?

Another might be what is his/her treatment philosophy re: DM?

Eversinging1 2010-12-03 13:37:51 -0600 Report

My doc stays on top of education stuff. I remember seeing a trophy out on the counter in the reception area that he received for diabetic training or something to do with diabetes. He's always been pretty good with whatever we've been to see him about, but he just gets busy now. I'm definitely taking a notebook with me!

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