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Hello everyone,
I’m worried that I may have diabetes and may not have been tested correctly. I am a 21-year-old female, 5’7”, weighing 135lbs. I have family history of diabetes.
In the past two years I have been having really bad problems with dizziness. I am dizzy to a certain degree every day, and I am tired every day. Sometimes I feel like I can’t concentrate because I am tired. I get 8 hours of sleep every night, drink a lot of water, and eat healthy. I can’t eat a lot of grease anyway.
I urinate frequently (at least every 1.5-2 hours) and am thirsty all the time. I’ve passed out a few times this year. The doctor said it was vasovagal syncope. But it never accounted for why my feet hurt every day. They start out tingly, like you would when your feet fall asleep, but it gets intense and then my feet hurt. It feels like a bunch of needles are stabbing my feet and sometimes I have to get off my feet. I’ve worn out my shoes from standing on the sides of them in pain. My feet and hands are always cold too, but I thought that might be a circulatory thing. My weight stays the same, but I had my gallbladder out two years ago so it’s been stuck in the same weight since then.
When I’m really dizzy, tired or don’t feel good I feel better after I drink something with juice in it, or eat some foods. I always feel hungry, even when I know that I’m full. Sometimes I feel hungry when I’m eating!
I have been to three different doctors, in the past 12 months, and told them my symptoms. They all say “Diabetes!” the first thing, give me the finger poke test, and then go “oh, your blood sugar is fine, I don’t know what’s wrong.” They checked my thyroid through blood work too. They sent me to a cardiologist, who said that my blood pressure was a bit low, but that’s all.
It’s very irritating when my hands and feet are hurting, and when I’m dizzy or don’t feel well.

Do you think I could have diabetes? And how can I test this? Or have you heard of something similar?

Thank you. I don’t want something to get worse when the doctors won’t help. Sometimes I get random fevers at night as well, and I’m just plain miserable.
 

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Almost every symptom that diabetes has is shared by other conditions, so the doctors may be right but a quick random blood glucose check isn't a good way to reach that conclusion.

To identify if you have symptoms that are really diabetes without a laboratory test we need to run a series of tests of your blood sugar over several days. If you live in the USA, the least expensive way to do this is to visit WalMart and treat yourself to one of their Relion meters and a box of test strips. You also need a nice little note book to act as a log.

Next, you need to check and record your blood sugar as soon as you get up in the morning. At this stage you're looking for a figure below 100 mg/dL.

Have breakfast and keep track of what you ate. Then test your blood sugar again, one hour after your first bite and again at 2 hours.

Repeat this exercise for each meal for about a week. Yes, it's a nuisance but by the end of the week you'll have enough information to draw some conclusions. After meals at one hour, you expect to see a number below 140 and at two hours below 120.

If you consistently get numbers above this, take the figures to the doctor when you next discuss your symptoms and make an appointment sooner rather than later.

Hopefully you don't qualify to join our little club as a full member but do feel free to explore the forum. Another site to look at is Blood Sugar 101 and in this section Am I Diabetic? How to Test Your Own Blood Sugar To Find Out you'll find a much more detailed description of how to check your blood sugar.

Again :welcome:
 

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Thank you! I will be trying that asap.
Hopefully they can figure out something other than diabetes, but right now that's the only thing they all agree I have the symptoms for
 

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Well the good news is that at your age and weight, the chances of type 2 diabetes surfacing is quite low and the lack of a family history tends to argue against type 1.

Still running a check on your blood sugar won't do any harm and may serve to re-assure you, so I'd press on with the tests.
 

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I was diagnosed as having celiac disease last year. My only symptom was anemia. Now, just because I have celiac disease doesn't mean that everyone else has it, but there are over 300 symptoms!

What caught my eye, was your gallbladder removal, which, in my family is a curse! Now, several of us that had gallbladder surgery, have celiac disease. There is a strong link to celiac disease, thyroid, gallbladder and type 1 diabetes. Also, all the neuropathy you have in your feet is common to celiacs and diabetics. Brain fog, fatigue, always hungry, cranky,fainting (I am the Queen of fainting!) -- those are celiac symptoms (but they can be diabetic ones too).

Check out the University of Chicago's celiac website. Look at the symptoms there and from other reputable sites. I had celiac disease for years and years (probably since I was a kid) and it was not discovered. I just hate to see people suffer. Doctors just look at whether you are wasting away or having severe intestinal issues. I looked healthy, so no one caught it.

Just food for thought. A simple blood test is all that is needed. Do not go gluten free before a formal diagnosis. If you do have CD, it is awful to go back on gluten for testing

I am not trying to scare you or diagnose you over the internet. I was,like you years ago, when I would have gallbladder attacks severe enough to pass out and they told me it was all in my head! The Neuro once told me that I was "delicate"! Ha!

Research, research, research!!!!!! You are your best advocate!o
 

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I was diagnosed as having celiac disease last year. My only symptom was anemia. Now, just because I have celiac disease doesn't mean that everyone else has it, but there are over 300 symptoms!

What caught my eye, was your gallbladder removal, which, in my family is a curse! Now, several of us that had gallbladder surgery, have celiac disease. There is a strong link to celiac disease, thyroid, gallbladder and type 1 diabetes. Also, all the neuropathy you have in your feet is common to celiacs and diabetics. Brain fog, fatigue, always hungry, cranky,fainting (I am the Queen of fainting!) -- those are celiac symptoms (but they can be diabetic ones too).

Check out the University of Chicago's celiac website. Look at the symptoms there and from other reputable sites. I had celiac disease for years and years (probably since I was a kid) and it was not discovered. I just hate to see people suffer. Doctors just look at whether you are wasting away or having severe intestinal issues. I looked healthy, so no one caught it.

Just food for thought. A simple blood test is all that is needed. Do not go gluten free before a formal diagnosis. If you do have CD, it is awful to go back on gluten for testing

I am not trying to scare you or diagnose you over the internet. I was,like you years ago, when I would have gallbladder attacks severe enough to pass out and they told me it was all in my head! The Neuro once told me that I was "delicate"! Ha!

Research, research, research!!!!!! You are your best advocate!o
Thank you! I will look into that. I really appreciate it :)
 

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Just jumping in to support everything the others have said, and to add that it wouldn't hurt to get tested for GAD autoimmune antibodies even though family history is scant. Get tested for c-peptide too. These tests determine type, and there's a possiblity of type 1 or 1.5 (LADA).

The postprandial testing at 1 and 2 hours is of vital importance. Doctors are fixated on fastings, but it's truly the postprandial levels that give the best information.

Good luck and visit us often.
 

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I suggest, at each BG test you also make note of how you feel. If this is not diabetes (and, as John says, random BG tests are just too prone to being taken at the wrong time to show a problem...until the problem has gotten so bad they rush you to the ER) ... if this is not diabetes, and not celiac disease, then I am wondering about food intolerances or allergies.

From personal experience, those can really tear a body up too. I used to get horribly ill and near-collapse exhausted for hours at random times. Until I realized those times always started after I ate eggs or peanuts.
 
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