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How did you get diagnosed with pre-diabetes?
2 years ago  ::  Mar 22, 2012 - 3:54PM #32
furball64801
Posts: 6,969

Jan 29, 2012 -- 9:57AM, sooziqz wrote:


Good morning all...signed up here last week and have so far only been to one forum...time to look around Smile  I have a diagnosis that I'm still unsure of due to the fact that my Dr. waffles on whether I'm Type2 or Prediabetic.  I injured my shin at work (this was two years ago), and developed a wound that wouldn't heal.  I was 60 at the time and just took care of it myself.  No medical insurance...you know the same ol' story.  Anyway...it literally went on for months, getting to the point of almost healing up, then stalling, then starting up again.  I woke up in the middle of the night shaking and shivering with a raised rash on my upper thigh looking for all the world like prickly heat.  I do read alot on every subject and thought it might be cellulitis.  My son rushed me to the emergency room at our local hospital, and with a temp of 104 they sent me upstairs where I was admitted.  They immediately pumped me full of antibiotics and 2 types of painkillers which I adamently told them I didn't need because there wasn't any pain...just a slight itchiness.  My leg would was seeping clear fluid and looking not that great, but it didn't hurt...just looked like it did.  They hooked me up anyway!  Shortly after being admitted, they took all sorts of blood tests, one of which was for BS.  It came back at 117...which the nurse said was still in normal range and I didn't need to worry, that my leg looked like a staph infection...blah blah blah.  I was there for a total of 3 days and the highest my BS got was 137.  Blood tests were done at different times thru out the day and not necessarily connecting a meal (which I didn't have much of an appetite at any rate).  One Dr said..."yep...Type2"...another said "you've got prediabetes"...no one could agree on anything.  Finally a patient advocate told me it depended on the hospital, clinic or where the Dr. trained as to what they considered diabetes when looking at numbers.  I was more confused then ever.


They got me Dr. for follow-up care, and first on the agenda was getting my leg healed up and checking out my BS numbers.  The antibiotics and painkillers I had been on had ruined my stomach, and I was feeling much worse then when I went to the emergency room.  It lasted a solid week...vomiting, excruciating stomach pain (I was told it was one of the painkillers and an antibiotic I was given)...I was a mess.  All the while I worried over my BS levels and was I, or was I not?


At the first visit with my new Dr. he said "no...you're pre..." at the second a week later he said "yes...we need to get you on a medication you are..."  The highest my Ac1 got was 5.8 taken at my first visit.  This was 2 years ago this March, and no one still says which I am.  A year ago he said there was no need to test (which I had been doing faithfully each day).  He said I don't need to do that.  The only medication I've been on is MetFormin, which sent me to stomach/intestinal hell for a solid year!!!  Stomach pain, diarrhea so bad I couldn't leave the house for days nearly costing me my job ...taking it twice a day before meals, after meals or with a meal to find a good fit...it was horrible.  All during this period, my Ac1 levels lowered to between 5.3 and 5.5 and have stayed there.  I've lost 64 lbs and intend on losing more (yes, I was quite overweight) and have really changed the way I eat (we've always eaten healthy, my problems were with portion control and when I ate).  I know the weight loss has helped tremendously...but am I or am I not diabetic?  I treat myself as a Type2, and yet my mind says "no...you were close, but now you're not so keep it up?"  I plan on taking myself off of MetFormin in a week once the prescription runs out.  I'll wean myself off rather than just stop taking it.  All of the things it was causing have stopped...but if I'm not needing it, why take it.  I know that the stress I was under and the Iv's could have played a large role in my hospital BS readings...so anyone with any thoughts on this for me?  Thanks to all who respond Laughing 



Your weight loss could have helped your insulin resistance and helped your body use the insulin you make.    Metformin works to help the liver from dumping glucose,    if you go off of it then the liver could dump glucose again.      Treat yourself as if you are type 2  if you ignore the fact you will be in a few years if you are not now. 

3 years ago  ::  Jan 29, 2012 - 12:18PM #31
janisroszler
Posts: 7,107


Hi Sooziqz,


The problem that you described could have quickly become life-threatening. I'm glad that the medical team treated it aggressively or you might not be here with us today.  I know that your conflicting diabetes diagnosis is frustrating, but you have been though a great deal that could cause unreliable symptoms.  Time will tell if you have pre-diabetes or type 2.  Regardless, you are treating yourself as if you have type 2, which is the right thing to do.  If you have pre-diabetes, it is best to be aggressive and try to turn things around.  I would think carefully before you stop taking Metformin.  It is now being recommended for people with pre-diabetes also.  It is a remarkable drug that can help protect you from further problems. Discuss your medication concerns with your health care team before stopping any medication.


Janis

Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N
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3 years ago  ::  Jan 29, 2012 - 9:57AM #30
sooziqz
Posts: 22

Good morning all...signed up here last week and have so far only been to one forum...time to look around Smile  I have a diagnosis that I'm still unsure of due to the fact that my Dr. waffles on whether I'm Type2 or Prediabetic.  I injured my shin at work (this was two years ago), and developed a wound that wouldn't heal.  I was 60 at the time and just took care of it myself.  No medical insurance...you know the same ol' story.  Anyway...it literally went on for months, getting to the point of almost healing up, then stalling, then starting up again.  I woke up in the middle of the night shaking and shivering with a raised rash on my upper thigh looking for all the world like prickly heat.  I do read alot on every subject and thought it might be cellulitis.  My son rushed me to the emergency room at our local hospital, and with a temp of 104 they sent me upstairs where I was admitted.  They immediately pumped me full of antibiotics and 2 types of painkillers which I adamently told them I didn't need because there wasn't any pain...just a slight itchiness.  My leg would was seeping clear fluid and looking not that great, but it didn't hurt...just looked like it did.  They hooked me up anyway!  Shortly after being admitted, they took all sorts of blood tests, one of which was for BS.  It came back at 117...which the nurse said was still in normal range and I didn't need to worry, that my leg looked like a staph infection...blah blah blah.  I was there for a total of 3 days and the highest my BS got was 137.  Blood tests were done at different times thru out the day and not necessarily connecting a meal (which I didn't have much of an appetite at any rate).  One Dr said..."yep...Type2"...another said "you've got prediabetes"...no one could agree on anything.  Finally a patient advocate told me it depended on the hospital, clinic or where the Dr. trained as to what they considered diabetes when looking at numbers.  I was more confused then ever.


They got me Dr. for follow-up care, and first on the agenda was getting my leg healed up and checking out my BS numbers.  The antibiotics and painkillers I had been on had ruined my stomach, and I was feeling much worse then when I went to the emergency room.  It lasted a solid week...vomiting, excruciating stomach pain (I was told it was one of the painkillers and an antibiotic I was given)...I was a mess.  All the while I worried over my BS levels and was I, or was I not?


At the first visit with my new Dr. he said "no...you're pre..." at the second a week later he said "yes...we need to get you on a medication you are..."  The highest my Ac1 got was 5.8 taken at my first visit.  This was 2 years ago this March, and no one still says which I am.  A year ago he said there was no need to test (which I had been doing faithfully each day).  He said I don't need to do that.  The only medication I've been on is MetFormin, which sent me to stomach/intestinal hell for a solid year!!!  Stomach pain, diarrhea so bad I couldn't leave the house for days nearly costing me my job ...taking it twice a day before meals, after meals or with a meal to find a good fit...it was horrible.  All during this period, my Ac1 levels lowered to between 5.3 and 5.5 and have stayed there.  I've lost 64 lbs and intend on losing more (yes, I was quite overweight) and have really changed the way I eat (we've always eaten healthy, my problems were with portion control and when I ate).  I know the weight loss has helped tremendously...but am I or am I not diabetic?  I treat myself as a Type2, and yet my mind says "no...you were close, but now you're not so keep it up?"  I plan on taking myself off of MetFormin in a week once the prescription runs out.  I'll wean myself off rather than just stop taking it.  All of the things it was causing have stopped...but if I'm not needing it, why take it.  I know that the stress I was under and the Iv's could have played a large role in my hospital BS readings...so anyone with any thoughts on this for me?  Thanks to all who respond Laughing 

3 years ago  ::  Sep 18, 2011 - 5:08PM #29
janisroszler
Posts: 7,107

Dantinabo,


I'm more concerned about your son's state of mind than his possible diabetes diagnosis. Scientists have identified some possible triggers that may cause a person to develop type 1, but we still don't have a way to prevent it.  Emotional stress (and physical stress) releases inflammation hormones that make it harder for the body to fight illness and heal.  Please find a way to give your son a break from all of this tension regarding a possible diagnosis that may never take place.  Even if he develops type 1, he can still enjoy a wonderfully, fulfilling life.  His life doesn't have to be the same as his father's. It sounds like the tension in your home is feeding your son's insecurity about himself and the world.  If possible, see if you and your son can meet with a mental health professional to help him learn how to relax and gain a healthier perspective regarding his health. 


Janis

Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N
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3 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2011 - 10:48PM #28
dantinabo
Posts: 3
I have a child in the trial net clinical study.  At his last visit, his results came back positive for gad65 and Miaa.  I've been told these are pre cursers to a type 1 diagnosis.  Also, was told he wouldn't necessarily get T1 just because od positive test.  He does not have the genetic markers to "prevent" diabetes. My concern is that I'm not doing enough to "help" his immune system. From what I've read certain viruses and "traumatic" events could set the process in motion.  We recently had our tonsils out and a LONG recovery.  He also had a stomach virus that was pretty severe a while back.  I feel as if I'm just waiting for it to happen.  My husband is T1 for 22+ years.  Diagnosed in college and does not keep good control.  I am just now trying to understand carb counting and looking for "preventive" suggestions.  My son is 8 and very high strung.  Type A personality, stresses over everything and is a very picky eater.  He sees his dad not feeling good a lot and he cries and says he doesn't want to be a diabetic.  He knows he is in phase 2 of the trial and has to do 2&1/2 hr. test vs. the 2 min. Visits he was use to.  Any suggestions for food choices, "preventive measures would be greatly appreciative.  Also, he gets plenty of exercise
3 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2011 - 7:37PM #27
sharon
Posts: 1
Hi all,

I am 45 and live in a NJ suburb of Philadelphia.

I had bloodwork, urinalysis, hair testing and stool testing by an alternative medicine doctor who works with science based nutrition. I just got my results back at the end of last week and this is what I found...

Blood sugar of 108
A1C of 5.9

...the report basically said, if I don't change the way I eat, I will end up with full-blown diabetes!

(My grandmother's brother had diabetes and my older brother has been a diabetic since he was in his 30's; he's almost 49 now!)

I just started to change my diet in such ways, to eat as if I have diabetes so I can make sure my numbers don't get worse... does anyone have any opinion about that? Undecided
3 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2011 - 8:17PM #26
Deborah
Posts: 12
Was feeling hungry all the time and had a few bad episodes of hypoglycemia where I'd wake up sweating and nauseous.

A1C came back as 5.9. Doctor gave no help....diabetic nutritionist was the one who really talked me through the process and answered my questions.


Debbie
3 years ago  ::  Mar 28, 2011 - 8:39AM #25
gphx
Posts: 83
I had been going to doctors for a few years for symptoms ranging from swollen feet, neuropathy, blurry vision, cog fog, and others to no avail. My A1C had been checked many times and was relatively normal. Finally one day a doctor at a walkin clinic ran a fbg and it was 135. Subsequent checks found highs under 200.

I set a goal of 50-60 carbs per day and now my labwork and symptoms are getting better every day instead of getting worse as they had been for years.
4 years ago  ::  Nov 17, 2010 - 6:35PM #24
goldensun
Posts: 128
It might be a good idea to get a copy of the tests and start a home health file. If you take copies of your test results to other doctors you see, it can help them get a better picture of your health. It also helps you to keep track of your progress.
4 years ago  ::  Nov 16, 2010 - 7:10PM #23
Erin
Posts: 2
prediabetes
I went to get a check up with one of my doctors and she wanted me to go to a diabetes dr to get some test done for PCOS and she wanted me to get a lot of test done and my A1C1 came back high I do not know the numbers. So went back to her a few weeks later and she said that I am pre- diabetic, and that I have PCOS, and have high blood pressure as well.
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