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Diabetes - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: Diabeteschick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I was a healthy 27 year old female when I found out. I had been training for a half marathon for a few months and had lost about 15 pounds, was thirsty, urinated more often than normal and had severe cramping in my legs at night. I chalked everything up to increased exercise. I had a cold/flu for about 2 weeks when I had some blood work done. My sugar was 627! I was diagnosed very quickly with Type 1 Diabetes. That day was certainly etched in my mind. But, I do feel like a new person and am probably healthier now than before!

Comment from: SSpumpkin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

After reviewing a letter written by my doctor, where I read he had prescribed Celebrex for me due to pain of Arthritis which had really messed up my neck, back and knees, I found that one of the side effects of Celebrex is Diabetes. I have Type 2, now, and have been being treated for it for over three years. I am keeping it under control, but it's not easy and I have a tendency to mess up when I cannot afford my medications. I am retired, living on a fixed income and money is hard to come by. As noted in the Celebrex info, this can also work into hypoglycemia. Just loads of fun here, huh?

Published: September 10

Hearing loss , ringing in the ears and dehydration were my diabetic symptoms. Also sometimes my blood sugar would drop too low (40-) and I would have hypoglycemia. Also I had bladder infections that my doctor put down to menopause symptoms at first. I also have connective tissue disease which muddied the waters a bit until random blood work with my rheumatologist and my gynecologist showed elevated glucose levels. I have nine siblings and six out of 10 have diabetes. The first diagnosed was my youngest brother who died of diabetes complications age 35. I have told my four siblings who are not diagnosed yet to watch for symptoms of diabetes. They are not the youngest, my oldest sibling is free of symptoms. It might also be noted there are four different kinds of auto-immune disease with myself and my siblings.

Comment from: Jean Harris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I have been told by my new doctor that I have diabetes and my number should be 6 but it is 14.

Comment from: lkg4244, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 30

While I was awake at night with a sick child for a few days I noticed my 13 year old son waking up to urinate, which I never thought he did. The floor around the toilet was sticky from his urine, I thought it was because I was using a different cleaner. A week later my 14-year-old daughter said my son was urinating so much one day while I was working. He was looking thinner. I chalked that up to a growth spurt. He was tired and I thought it was normal for growing teens. He had wet his bed two times in that week, something he has never done. After Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis, he said he was getting up three times a night to urinate, admitted he was very hungry after eating, and felt pretty crummy, but just kept going before he knew he was diabetic.

Comment from: veda, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 30

A blood test found I had diabetes, since then I have lost three stone in weight and only weigh just under eight stone now, too. I had another blood test last week and my doctor now tells me my kidneys are bad.

Comment from: wilma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My diabetes symptoms were frequent urination, high blood pressure and dizzy spells.

Comment from: Sisiegh, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I've got most of the symptoms, blurry eyesight even though I wear glasses. My left thumb is numb; my feet are rough. I'm always hungry and thirsty, and I get tired most of the time.

Comment from: KenG, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 27

His father was a diabetic. He drinks gallons of water and is losing lots of weight. Where is there a doctor who can treat a diabetic with serious symtoms of diabetes? We live in Orange County, CA and he has no medical insurance.


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