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Old 03-29-2018, 21:02   #11
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Thanks guys, I’ll try and see if the feeling gets better with less carbs, I’m not a big carb eater so I won’t miss them really.

I went to a “lab” right next my doctor’s office and they took the tests, not just diabetes he wanted a full panel and they send it away somewhere to a lab that gets the results and send them back. They don’t have the equipment I guess to evaluate then and there. I didn’t leave any urine samples or the finger blood tests that they do sometimes. Maybe he is testing my hb1ac rather than glucos?

But thank you, I did get the answer to my question because it seems like you guys think that I am experiencing thirst. I thought it was just mouth dryness but it probably is thirst and I’m just really bad at interpreting my own body 😕

Whether it’s diabetes or dry mouth or dehydration I’ll make sure to mention it to my doctor because I shouldn’t have that without an explanation!

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Whether it’s diabetes or dry mouth or dehydration I’ll make sure to mention it to my doctor because I shouldn’t have that without an explanation!
There you go! It's a shame your doctor is not available for so long, but, as VeeJay mentioned, if your lab results indicated an immediate danger, someone would have gotten back to you before now.

A key issue that has been discussed more than a few times on this forum (and, I'm sure, other forums) is that us non-doctors really have to manage our own care. Part of that management is to push for an answer when the first question (or maybe the first two or three) gets a 'no'.

If what you're experiencing is not diabetes, it must be something, and the doctor should pursue what it is with further testing, definition of symptoms, changes in diet or routine or existing meds, etc., until there's a better idea of why your condition persists. Unfortunately, that's almost impossible to do long-distance and sight unseen. Your doctor should be able to get you better answers or have you meet with people who can.

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Yeah I’m not scared really, I think if something was alarmingly wrong with me I would feel way worse. So I’m not worried. This has just been a few very stressful weeks where I’ve tried to finally tell doctors something is wrong but I’ve answered their questions wrong and not mentioned things because I thought it was “normal”. I was taken to the ER (not my decision at all) a few weeks ago by ambulance and ended up being sent home with the doctors whispering behind me that I’m just having panic attacks. I’ve never been so insulted. You really gotta be your own little amateur doctor and it’s exhausting.

Thank you guys for taking the time to talk to me. It’s helping me getting closer to talking the right way to the doctors so I can get an answer to what’s up.

A person without diabetes, do you guys know what their glucose level is approx when they’re hungry but not fasting?

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Kinda depends on who you talk to, but 70-120 mg/dL for someone without glucose-metabolism issues who is not fasting and hasn't started eating. Some sources will push that upper limit down to 100.

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It helps a lot in communicating with doctors to have what you want to tell them written down. Make it short paragraphs, and maybe less than a full page. Do this when you're relaxed. Have your husband read it over to help it be short but still cover your concerns/symptoms.

Then give it to the doctor at your appointment and let him/her read it (without making comment). This greatly speeds up the process - especially with limited appointment times.

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Welcome Know. My 1st cousin and I are both diabetics. She had the classic symptoms you read about: lethargy, excessive thirst, and frequent urination. I had none of those symptoms. In hindsight, the only thing I was experiencing was chapped lips. They were peeling and cracking. It was gross! Everyone's experience is different.

Try to calm down and not go into a panic. You did the right thing going to your doctor. If it turns out that you're diabetic, you've come to the right place, and I hope you continue to post.

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Thank you all for being such a sweet support to me. I got my HbA1c results back and they were at 27mmol/mol (range: 27-42) so my doctor was satisfied. I personally would have preferred a bit more of a margin but I’m not a doctor so what do I know really. But he said we can move on from diabetes. I’m happy but still sad I don’t know what’s wrong. But now I can at least add thirst to my symptom list. I think one day I’ll find the answer and the answer will be something that appears in range on paper but my personal range is different. Just gotta hang on until then. I’m very sensitive to blood sugar drops, in the mornings I feel horrible and I can’t go hungry for long before I suffer low blood sugar symptoms. But when I had the chance to check my sugar it was within range - 4.2 and then the head ache had set in. That was after going 45 mins being hungry (normal hungry not starving) due to being stuck in a meeting..

One day it’ll all make sense I guess!

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Many years ago long before diabetes developed I experienced reactive hypoglycemia. What helped the most to smooth out the low/high BG rollercoaster was to eat low-carb. When one keeps carbs down low, there's no longer the BG spike that triggers hypo. (The primary reason for reactive hypoglycemia is that the signaling that the body needs insulin gets messed up and the pancreas produces more than it needs.)

Low carb/high fat way of eating is healthy. Many people have embraced this lifestyle and found many health benefits beyond blood sugar control. I recommend you take a look at this site to learn more about LCHF
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

Good luck to you as you search for answers.

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I’ve heard that being mentioned. I’m not big on carbs but could definitely cut back more and I wouldn’t really miss it day to day just maybe those odd nights I want French fries, haha. So I think I’ll go all in and try that “diet”.

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I don’t know if I could do LCHF, from what I’ve heard there’s a lot of fatty food involved. I can barely handle butter on bread. It has to be the thinnest layer possible or I get nauseous. Potato chips, cooking cream, butter even fish with a high fat content I can’t eat at all without feeling horribly nauseous 😞

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