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Possible Diabetic, Family History, and Epilepsy


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Old 03-15-2010, 00:45   #1
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I have contemplated diabetes, if only for the fact that my dad's side of the family has a history of diabetes, even though I never researched it and knew nothing about the symptoms. I am an extremely active healthy person, I play sports and eat well, so is really normal for someone like this to have diabetes (My grandma has type 1 diabetes (she has to take insulin has meds and has to check her blood pressure etc), and my over-weight uncle has either type 2 or type 1 I'm not sure)? I take lamictal for my seizures.

I went and researched and I found some possible symptoms of diabetes that I have -

- Feeling irritable - Altered mental status: Agitation, unexplained irritability, inattention, extreme lethargy, or confusion
- Fatigue (particularly after eating) (always) I think I'm the only person I know among my friends and family who feel like sleeping after I eat even a small meal (even though I play sports, I have been feeling far more fatigued then I had been when I was younger...though I'm not sure if that's a factor. I notice I'm breathing super heavy really quickly as opposed to my teammates when I'm playing soccer on the field)
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Frequent hunger (I control it because I can't afford bad eating habits with my sports lifestyle and all, but I just feel extremely hungry, and then other times I don't want to eat at all)
- Excessive thirst
- Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet
- Deep, rapid breathing (I have to take these long labored breaths all the time it's very annoying)

(Hypoglycemia)

- Pounding heartbeat
- Cold sweats
- Confusion
- Paleness
- Decreased Alertness

I don't think I have weight loss

I don't know about the slow healing of wounds symptoms, I play so many sports that I always have 'wounds' on me, they're so normal, so I don't pay attention to their healing process at all. I always thought this was just a normal part of meds, but some people have been saying *it might* be diabetes. But I take blood tests (for my epilepsy not diabetes) and they always come out 'normal' and I have good blood pressure (you know, the usual nurse check-up)

I have epilepsy so I never really know if this is because of my meds or my epilepsy, or something else entirely.

 
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Can you not edited posts here?

Just a little bit more - I am 17 and anywhere between 99-105 pounds. Something like that.

 
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Hello, Concordia, and welcome.

Do you know if the blood tests they do for your epilepsy are actually checking for glucose? You could get a glucose meter of your own for less than ten dollars at Walmart. Get a package of strips for about $20 and do some checking on your own.

Non-diabetic persons rarely have fasting blood glucose over 100, and if they spike after a large carby meal, it will drop quickly right back to the 70s/80s. Many of the symptoms you describe go along with high levels of blood glucose, so I think you would be well advised to see a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) as soon as you can get in.

As active a person as you are, you would want to move quickly on this so as to preserve your eyesight, your kidney function, and arrest any peripheral neuropathy (the numbness/tingling sensations) before there is permanent damage.

Diabetes can be controlled and it can be tightly controlled, so that the risks of complications are drastically reduced. Just don't ignore it - it won't go away. You can be in charge and live a long productive life.

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Thanks for the response. I also have another question -

When ever I play sports, my muscle cramps, like a pulled muscle. This happens EVERY TIME I have a soccer game, and it hurts really bad, I have to be pulled of the field and I can't play the rest of the game. Are muscle cramps like these also a sign of diabetes?

Also, I would love to do checking on my own at first. My parent and sister have been horrible with me, always never paying attention to my medical problems (except for epilepsy), and I only just told my sister about me possibly having diabetes and she just got extremley annoyed at me telling me how I am 'over-exagerating' and 'finding excuses'. Ugh.

 
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I have another thing I'd like to share -

A year ago I went to bed and the next morning I started walking in the hallway but I felt dizzy like I couldn't stand up, and quickly ran into my bedroom and just crashed. I immediatley had to go into my bed and clench my pillows while I had horrible, horrible cold sweats runing up and down my body, I couldn't stand up for 3 days because of this. When I stood up my legs felt like water. It was the weirdest worst feeling. I had to go to the hospital because I was worried and my mom took me to the hospital. The doctor was rude and didn't help me at all. I have no idea what happend, but has that happened before to diabetics?

 
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If you are saying there's no help available from your parents, perhaps when you see the nurse or doctor, you could ask that glucose be checked too, explaining the symptoms you've just described to us. Or you could consider seeing the school nurse - she might be able to check you.




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I have another thing I'd like to share -

A year ago I went to bed and the next morning I started walking in the hallway but I felt dizzy like I couldn't stand up, and quickly ran into my bedroom and just crashed. I immediatley had to go into my bed and clench my pillows while I had horrible, horrible cold sweats runing up and down my body, I couldn't stand up for 3 days because of this. When I stood up my legs felt like water. It was the weirdest worst feeling. I had to go to the hospital because I was worried and my mom took me to the hospital. The doctor was rude and didn't help me at all. I have no idea what happend, but has that happened before to diabetics?
You say that you take Lamictal. Has your dosage changed any recently? I was put on that medication once as a mood stabilizer and I could not take it because of the dizzy spells.

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My lamictal has never changed since I was 12, so I'm not sure if that's a factor. I don't suffer any side-effects from lamictal. Unfortunately my school teacher is my mom, and I had decided talk to my dad over skype about it, being the person he is he told me I should check with doctor and take tests. My mom read over some of our conversation and only told me that it's just a bunch of crap.

So I guess it's sort of a lost cause for me until I turn 18. Which won't be long. But thanks for the comments.

 
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Are you saying you're homeschooled? Or is your mom a teacher at the school you attend?




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I'm homeschooled. I go to 'classes' outside of school as well, but they aren't anywhere near like a school-nurse etc.

 
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