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Joe S.

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Changes in health question
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:02:24 AM »
I have a hands in pockets PCP that prefers not to do his job as some of you know.

While I have been trying to drop weight through caloric restriction, I have experienced greater weight loss than expected. (325 to 250 in less than a year, I think less than 6 months)

I am bouncing in and out of my recliner at the drop of a hat. So I think I am getting more exercise than I did last year. I am also lifting and moving bins. I have trouble holding my head up, swallowing and muscle loss in my arms and legs which sends me back to my recliner.

Liver is AST, and ALT are off, HDL, LDL, and Tri Glycerides are very low and out of balance.
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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 12:50:03 PM »
I'm sorry to hear of your difficulties Joe!
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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 01:53:49 PM »
Thank you for your concern. I am just trying to figure out what twist this may be.
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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 01:56:56 PM »
Like you tell the rest of us: keep breathing!  Otherwise it seems you may have to make a pest of yourself with the PCP to get follow up.

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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2012, 02:26:55 PM »
Joe, I have no clue what is going on, but I have some thoughts on the subject. Imagine that. ;D

I was looking through your diabetes medications and I am wondering if your dosage needs to be adjusted with this weight loss. Your blood sugars may be good and in normal range, but weight loss can occur with some of these medications and if your system is being overloaded with these drugs they may be causing a overdosage that is affecting you.

I know that Metformin causes me to keep my weight down a few pounds and with the 3 meds you are on they may be potentiating the side effects enough to put you in a high risk situation.

Also, a low magnesium level can give you weakness. Low magnesium is not an uncommon occurence and generally is accompanied with low potassium and chloride. I think I would question the effects of some of your OTC supplements also. Any time we have a weight loss we are in need of reassessing our medications. Many times we have to lower the dosages.

If all else fails you might want to be checked for a neurological autoimmune disease, but if it was me I was check out the medications angle first. Also, evaluate your diet and see if you are getting enough of the normal vitamins and minerals. Do you take a good supplement??? Just some thoughts.

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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2012, 02:28:20 PM »
It's a shame because people with other autoimmune diseases are taken seriously, especially people with Lupus, even though Sjogren's really different at all.  It seems like everyone on this board has "other " problems past the dry mouth and eyes that they have trouble attributing to anything and are given a difficult time with doctors.

Good luck and I hope you find out what is going on... I'm still trying to find out what's going on with me.

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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2012, 02:30:05 PM »

The dramatic weight loss & abnormal labs are worrisome----is a second opinion an option for you?
Is your physician concerned at all?
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2012, 03:12:16 PM »
Hang in there, Joe!   Like Susan said maybe a second opinion is what you need.

By the way the first thought that came to mind was if you are Type II diabetic maybe you might want to see if it is the diabetes/insulin problem?

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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2012, 05:15:27 PM »
Thank you all for your kind responses. Just for your information A1C>15 BS>500 according to doctor. I do supplement with a good multivitamin and additional magnesium+.

What type of doctor should I get a referral to? Neuro, Endo, Rhumy or other?
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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2012, 05:21:06 PM »
Are you eating good fats?
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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2012, 06:20:20 PM »
It seem like your diabetes is completely out of control.  You should be seeing whoever manages this...PCP or Endo...ASAP.  Please keep us in the loop with updates.
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2012, 06:29:56 PM »
Have your PCP get off his duff and investigate whats up with your new symptoms , have him use his medical degree.

I hope it turns out to be nothing serious...maybe it will have to be you to get to the bottom of it...what a shame.

But Joe:

Don't panic.

Breathe in...I am

Breathe out...Calm.

Above is just some advice I got from a guy on this forum..you might even know him.


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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2012, 07:01:40 PM »
Thanks eye2dry, I have been doing a lot of that.

Susan, I have not been worried about the diabetic numbers since I realized that the endo did not know what they meant and would not do the required test to identify the true problem. Every time I was given insulin, the numbers went up instead of down. According to the Endo, I should be in a coma. Yet here I type while watching TV and fidgeting. One of the supplements that is giving me good benefits tweaks BS and A1C readings.
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Re: Changes in health question
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2012, 09:24:08 PM »
Joe, The normal blood sugar is usually around 80 - 130 fasting---more or less. It depends if you are older or younger. The AIc should be under 7.0---usually, but sometimes some people can get by with a higher one as in 8.0 which is based on their health status and determined by their doctor.

I can believe that you would be weak if your blood sugar is over 500. I would think that you are peeing large quanties of sugar out in your urine. I would advise you to see your GP ASAP to get this back in normal range. After that I would ask to see an endocrinologist as they usually have a much better way to deal with diabetes.

I have to tell you that you are running a high risk of brain damage or stroke with blood sugars this high. Our brain tissue is very fragile and low or high blood sugars can cause significant damage. You are way too young to end up with the loss of brain tissue. Please get yourself to a doc and probably get on insulin. These 3 meds are not working for you.

Also, be aware that there is a whole new way of dealing with diabetes and insulin these days. It makes keeping track of blood sugars and carbs so much easier and helps maintaining blood sugars easier also. Keep us posted. Irish ;D

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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2012, 11:31:28 PM »
I know you are wondering what kind of doctor you need to get next but most of the specialists will have a long wait to get an appointment. Not being able to hold your head up and feeling weak in your arms and legs is not a good sign. My recommendation would be to go to the ER ASAP and let them figure it out. They will call in the specialists and as an ER or inpatient you will get care right away. Just because you are not in a diabetic coma right now doesn't mean that you won't be in one soon. Jumping up from your chair or feeling like you are having bursts of energy could be your heart beating erratically. I hope you are still online although I know it is very late/early (depending on your point of view). I think it is time for you to go to the ER and put yourselves in their hands. When your PCP is not advocating for you sometimes you need to advocate for yourself. 

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