I Have Diabetes & It Sucks!

[alert color=”FF0810″ title=”Backdated Post”]Backdated post to the day I was diagnosed, August 12th, 2015. Some information is updated to today, December 7th, 2015.[/alert]

So I am one of those dummies that rarely go to the doctor. Aside from a couple doc in a box visits, I haven’t really been to the doctor in 4-5 years. I am 43, overweight, and an ex-smoker of 2 years (Vaping instead). On the vaping, I went from 2 packs of smokes a day to 18mg nicotine e-liquid to 3mg nicotine over a year and a half and then for the last 3-4 months, I have been vaping e-liquid with ZERO nicotine. I vape now just to keep my hands busy in my office instead of snacking.

Anyhow. On to the Diabetes.

Since I got out of the US Navy in 1999, I have been getting in worse and worse shape. The biggest issue was a 8 year period where I was consuming a TON of Mountain Dew, not exercising at all, and not really sleeping much. I ended up with sleep apnea and went from 225 lbs in 1999 to 320 lbs in 2011. At that point, I started drinking a LOT less soda and tried to snack less. I eventually ended up at about 260 lbs from this, but it ended up that part of that wait loss was probably diabetes. More on that later.

I ignored what ended up being numerous diabetes symptoms over the last year or so. Some of them were so minor that I didn’t even check up.

I eventually started having my right hand and both feet going numb at night. That and the getting up 2-3 times a night to urinate was destroying my sleep. I felt awful and it was time to go to the doc and find out what was up.

I gave a urine sample and what felt like a pint of blood across multiple test tubes and a few days later, the doctor calls and gave me a laundry list of issues I have…

  • Diabetes (A1C was 11.3)
  • Really high blood pressure (153/108 the morning of the appointment)
  • Low T
  • Low Vitamin D
  • and more

He suggested a few vitamins and prescribed a few drugs. I took all his suggestions and things got a little better.

I never went back to that doctor after the 1st followup though. I was not pleased with his staff and chose to go to another doctor instead. In that last visit, he said he’d like to see me tackle the diabetes and high blood pressure before working on the Low T. I didn’t have the energy to get up after a day of work, something had to give.

The new doctor changed things up a little. She put me on some generic versions of the same drugs the other put me on and added a few things like GABAPENTIN to help with the nerve pain, a 2nd drug to control blood pressure (Amlodipine), and testosterone to help me with my get up and go.

I started feeling better!

My most recent appointment last week showed notable improvement in numbers. My initial A1C test 4-5 months ago showed 11.3 but the test last week had me at 6.4!!!!

My blood pressure normally perfect now too. This I credit to my changes and the 2nd drug added to my list (Amlodipine). Lisinopril alone didn’t help.

Here’s what I take each day now.

50mg Testostrone Gel
Standard Multivitamin
B12 Complex
Pioglitazone-Metformin 15-850 (was on Janumet)
Gabapentin 300mg (doc just uped it to 600mg)

Pioglitazone-Metformin 15-850
Gabapentin 300mg
Lisinopril 20mg (blood pressure)

Tizanidine (muscle relaxer to help with pain at night)
Amlodipine (blood pressure)

I also take a Vitamin D2 pill once a week.

My wife has totally changed our dinner diet. She’s making everything from scatch now and cooking recipes from diabetic cookbooks.

I have started walking 5-6 miles per week at work during lunch.

I am feeling better overall but….

There are a few things that have me baffled though.

When I was diagnosed 4-5 months ago, I was a 260 and still eating bad and not exercising yet.
After a couple weeks on Janumet and Lisinopril I shot up to 275. I assume this weight gain was because the medicines were starting to work and whatever diabetes does to cause unexpected weight loss was fixed.

Over the next couple months, I ended up losing back down to 260. I credit the new diet and small amount of exercise.

Now I am back up to 275.

The new weight gain to 275 and the diarrhea started about the same time that the new doc added Gabapentin to help with the nerve pain and the additional blood pressure medicine (Amlodipine).

I am considering trying to deal with the nerve pain to see if it gets rid of the weight gain and diarrhea but since I told the doc that the nerve pain is getting worse, she upped me from 300mg to 600mg.

Nerve Pain
It seems to get worse at the end of a work day once I get home and get on the recliner.
It seems to be getting worse each day too. Despite getting healthier and controlling blood sugar now… it’s worse now.
Will it ever go away?

I think I wanted to write more info too, but I just realized how long I have been writing this and I have to go! Smiley Happy


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