I am 39 years of age and got diagnosed with type 2 in 2007, now recently my blood sugar has been going up since june 2011, so i decided to ask my family doctor to see an Endocrinologist. I also noticed that i was losing weight. I was 200lbs right before getting diabetes, now i am 162 lbs and 5'11.
When i saw the endo, she said that i might have lada 1.5 because i am very thin and i am taking more insulin, bolus:18 units and basal:18 units
She also removed metformin, glyburide and crestor out of my prescription and kept Fluvoxamine for mild anxiety and Synthroid for my hypothyroidism which began in 2004.
My HA1C% is 11
My Blood sugar spikes a lot faster now, right after a meal and i get blurry vision and dizziness at times. The worst feeling i got so far was last saturday when i went to a dinner with friends and i had 2 pints of beer before my meal. I don't know if my sugar was high or low but i felt very dizzy and i had trouble maintaining the conversation, was like a feeling of confusion and then started to feel tremors in my chest.
Since i did not have my glucometer with me, i had a few slices of bread to see if that helped, but not much. i called 911 and told them the situation and an ambulance arrived shortly to measure my vital signs and blood sugar.
i was at 11.7 mmol/L
I have to go for a c peptide test in june and blood tests to see if this new insulin and diet will work or not.
so far i have not been able to bring it down below 10 mmol/L
I am worried.
Am i damaging my kidneys and other organs?
I also am trying to go back to school to learn web programming and on monday i had to leave the class because i was feeling weird, almost like a panick attack, was right after lunch, felt like my sugar was high and my face was very warm. I also felt dizzy from reading the text on my screen. Should i just forget about programming, is it a too stressful job for someone with diabetes? I been hearing about jobs that cause stress and can make your sugar go up a lot too.
As you can see, i have a lot of questions and little answers,I feel like i have no luck in life and this disease was the cherry on top of the sunday.
I take max metformin, 2.5g.
You won't believe this.
Yesterday while i was at the clinic to give her my letter of complaint.
My Endo asked me why i was there. So i told her i have been feeling like crap and i was doing better with metformin combined with insulin. So she said to start taking metformin again! First she removes it from my prescription and now she says if have any left at home to take them... what the?? Now i have no prescription for metformin and i have to wait until june or july... What kind of a professional is that?
I think i am going to study to become an Endo. I probably know more than her in the little time i have read books and done research on the internet. I would have more compassion and empathy for my patients.
Last night i had 2 glasses of wine with dinner and i felt great, so relaxed and then i checked my BG and it was at 7.3 or 131.4 mg/dl.
i got a bit of a headache and pulsating feeling in my feet, but BG was ok.
You shouldn't have to wait until june or july just to get a prescription. Call the clinic and tell the nurse that the endo told you to start taking metformin again but you need a new prescription. They can phone it in for you. And I wouldn't take no for an answer.
One thing I've learned with diabetes is that often you have to push to get what you need to be able to take care of yourself. With doctors, nurses, insurance companies, pharmacies, hospitals. It's a shame but it's the truth.
Yes it's a shame, you have to fight for your rights.
I always have to push and push and write letters and argue and i feel like a lawyer sometimes. I have to put arguments and reasons and always have to backup what i write.
it's been 2 months i been writing letters and filling out forms, i feel like a government worker.
I can't wait till it's over because i am done with this crap.
I've been following this thread for a while... I'm down the road in Ontario... When I was first dx I tried changing Drs because I wasn't getting the right answers from my current Dr. Well, the new Dr I found was a complete disaster. I told her her I think I could be LADA and she asked "why". I told her I did some research and she asked "on the internet?" I replied yes. She told me to get out of her office. I was "WTF"? Are you serious? She was. She told me she doesn't want her patients looking on the internet (which for me was this forum) and for me to leave... I left gladly. I'm an informed patient and if my Drs don't like that tough... We have to fight hard for our well being... DW, keep fighting... its your life and you have to look after it!!!
P.S. Red wine is great for my BS!
I am not surprised she told you to leave.
They are scared of people who are well informed and educated.
She probably did not even know what LADA is.
You did the right thing by leaving.
Don't waste your time.
I will find a better Endo if she does not cooperate with me.
So these scenarios are from Canada? Does the National Health system publish their "rules" like "Don't talk to the doctor, even if you see them in the hallway?" or is this a peculiarity of this particular doctor?
i think it's a general rule.
Or else people would not go to their appointments i guess.
So we can't call them or email them directly.
So we always have to make a list of all our questions and not forget them or else we have to wait for our next appointment.
They probably don't have a system for billing the patient or whoever (don't know how healthcare works in Canada, eh) if they just talk to the doctor in the hallway or email or write a letter. That's probably why it's discouraged.
I wrote on one of these forums a while back about how my doc wouldn't refill my scripts until I paid some money I owed and made an appointment, even though it was 2 months out. I was pretty cheesed off about that.