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Searching for a needle in a haystack

I've not been feeling 100% the past month - and today - I decided that enough was enough. I called up Info Sante (a government run help line here in the province I live in) - and spoke with a nurse to explain my situation. In the end, she told me to either go to a walk in clinic or ER - she didn't want me to take a chance and wait until I saw my endo in September.

This is after a month of having to wait to see the same doctor I had seen a month ago (my spread your legs doctor - aka gynocologist). At that last visit when he asked me how I was doing - I said "I feel like crap - I'm not myself". It was like he didn't hear me - SCREAM - as he proceeded to plod along with the usual questions. He eventually told me near the end of that appointment that my various descriptions of how I felt (I try to be a concise as possible with all doctors as they only have "x" amount of time to spend on patients) - meant 500 different problems and would cost $60K in blood work, etc. etc. I think I caught him on a day when he'd rather be golfing.

To find out if I locate that needle in a haystack -go to the rest of my blog at

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Tags: IBS, automic, blood, colon, diuretic, gastrologist, neuropathy, pressure, spastic

Comment by nel on July 31, 2009 at 9:06pm
8-1-1 help line is available in BC as well , I was told .
Darn your story ; not a happy one Anna ...I hope you locate that needle ;-(
Comment by Anonymous Diabetic on July 31, 2009 at 11:27pm
Hi sweetheart my thoughts are as follows. We assume all doctors are great, and know more than they do. The reality (and this is what diabetes teaches you) is that they are human and like plumbers brick layers and autoworkers etc. there are good ones and bad ones.

The good news is that you are sharp as a tac, and this combined with some online help will help you get to the root cause. It is clear to me over time that human beings are EXTREMLY emotional and doctor or not, we deal with facts as a last resort.

This means that because you are irritated, once again you must take control by researching, and checking with others who are suffering similar symptoms. Women went through this crap when they were told that "the pill" was a miracle and toatally safe. The same thing is true with Thalidomide. For now I encourage you to research as much as you can, and leave the door open for doctors because they dfinitely have a place and value in our society.

It's kind of like going to a lawyer, you have to present your case and back it up as best you can. Write down ALL the changes you can remember before, during and after your body did things you are not comfortable with. Once again like any pioneer/detective, appeal to science as best you can and try to have patience for a health care system that is ALWAYS a business first, because it has to be. Please keep us posted Madame Curie!!!

Love Always
The Anonymous Diabetic.
Comment by Suzanne on August 1, 2009 at 8:04am
Have the docs run blood work to see if your inflammatory markers are high? As you know, t1 diabetics are at risk for other autoimmune disorders and this is a way to rule that out. My symptoms starting with swelling in the feet and legs and progressed to stomach issues, muscle pain and weakness, and zero energy. It took the docs 1.5 years to figure out what was going on and only after I was sent to a rheumatologist did they find out what was wrong. The other docs said it was just diabetes doing this but they couldn't diagnose any complications, WTH?
Comment by Joanne on August 1, 2009 at 7:06pm
Anna, i hope the Dr told you to check your BG more frequently as this medicine can cause some havoc with your numbers. Also take care to eat extra foods with Patassium cuz Furosemide is a loop diuretic and decreases your potasium levels. Last thing, it also increases your sensitivity to the sun, so be careful if you go boating or for a bike ride and use sunscreen. I hope you find the answers you're searching for.
Comment by FatCatAnna on August 3, 2009 at 1:49pm
Joanne - no doctor didn't say anything about Furosemide doing that! So far, I'm not noticing anything different in my BG's- they are doing what they do like usual. Good thing is my legs are back to normal. It was not very pleasant while it lasted. Surprised I put up with it for the length of time I did - but I hate going to doctors - as they usually poke and prod about my diabetes - and I don't get help in the end. This time, the doctor I saw - listened to my babbles - and she didn't promise me anything yet - but she maybe able to take me on as a permanent patient. My first female doctor as well as first GP in 20 years!!! I'll know more for sure when I go for a full physical at the end of Oct (next available appointment).


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