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Diabetes specialists appointment

Discussion in 'General Messageboard' started by bakebeans, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. bakebeans

    bakebeans Well-Known Member

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    I had my first appointment with the diabetes specialist today and she was lovely. I’m 4lbs off losing 2 stone since my diagnosis mid May she said I may have already done enough to put my diabetes into remission as my level was 56 but in 6 weeks if I’m not under 50 I should think about taking 1 metformin a day but definitely not the 4 I was prescribed 6 weeks ago. I’d like to lose another 2 stone.

    I’m still worried about my eye sight, at my opticians appointment a couple of years ago he said I had lots of little blood vessels at the back of my eyes and asked if I had high blood pressure which I don’t so said it was probably just the way I am. I asked today and she said it was probably all this starting off. She said to wait another 6 weeks before booking an eye test to let my sugar levels settle but what if I’ve already caused to much damage. When I had my daughter 8 years ago there was a mix up with my blood tests and I’m not sure my sugar levels were ever tested. When she was born she was 10lbs 3 and they checked hers but not mine. I did have a blood test 2 years ago and my results came back at 42 but wonder what it could have been before that.

    I’m not sure if it makes any difference but both my parents are type 2 (diagnosed in the last 5 years) and my dads had eye problems all his life. He’s had ulcers and bleeds since he was 17 and his a Retinal detachment 3 years ago so maybe it runs in the family
     
  2. trophywench

    trophywench Well-Known Member

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    Chase up your first retinopathy appointment - Google the R service and enter your location, it will tell you who deals with it where you are, then ring them directly to find out if it's in the pipeline and in what location it will be done.
     
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  3. KARNAK

    KARNAK Well-Known Member

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    Well said @trophywench.
     
  4. leonS

    leonS Well-Known Member

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    Well done you!

    Jenny is spot on and the sooner any eye damage is found the better. There are some very effective treatments available now, and the results will be better if done sooner rather than later.

    Very good to lose weight, but do not try to lose it too quickly.
     
  5. bakebeans

    bakebeans Well-Known Member

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    Thank you I’ve emailed them so I hope to hear back today if not I’ll give them a call. I think I will book an eye test also just to see what’s going on, if my prescription had changed a bit I can always go again in 6 weeks when things settle
     
  6. Kaylz

    Kaylz Well-Known Member

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    I'd book in at the opticians right away, I know they say not to but if I hadn't they wouldn't have found diabetic macular oedema as soon as they did, the optician picked up on something so sent a letter off and got me in with the eye department at the hospital almost straight away and I started treatment right away
    xx
     
  7. bakebeans

    bakebeans Well-Known Member

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    I’ve got an appointment booked for 4 weeks time they are completely full until then
     
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  8. leonS

    leonS Well-Known Member

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    The problem is this:
    If your BG is high all the fluids in the body will have a high sugar content too. This includes the fluids inside the eyes.

    When light goes through the fluid it is bent (refracted). The amount of bending differs when the glucose content is high compared with when the glucose content is lower.

    If your eyes are tested and glasses are prescribed and then the glucose content changes the glasses will be wrong. This is why they are suggesting that you wait until the glucose levels have settled down.

    Fluid goes into the eye to dilute the glucose and excess fluid comes out, so this takes some time. This also increases the pressure inside the eye. I don't know if this increase will make any difference when the pressure is tested as part of your eye test.

    You might consider rebooking the appointment for a couple of weeks later.
     
  9. Kaylz

    Kaylz Well-Known Member

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    I tend to disagree here strongly due to personal experience
     
  10. bakebeans

    bakebeans Well-Known Member

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    I’ve chased up an appointment for a diabetic screening, that’s 8 weeks away they aren’t doing any here until September and I’m booked in the 4th the same afternoon I have to go back and see the lady I saw yesterday I hope by then things have settled a little
     
  11. leonS

    leonS Well-Known Member

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    You have every right to disagree, but what is it that you think is wrong?
     
  12. Kaylz

    Kaylz Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, suggesting that the poster postpones their eye check up, if I had left mine the 'recommended' time after diagnosis I dread to think how bad my macular oedema might have became by then xx
     
  13. Drummer

    Drummer Well-Known Member

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    You could always ask if the optician can help with the check done routinely for those with diabetes - but having an ordinary sight check is not the same thing.
    There have been quite a few people rather peeved at having new glasses prescribed which were useless in a few weeks, as their eyes were changing due to alterations in blood glucose levels.
     
  14. bakebeans

    bakebeans Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I’m going to stick with my appointments I have and go to the opticians in 4 weeks time and the one at the hospital in 8 weeks. I’m going to try not to worry about it before then because I will worry myself sick. I’m thankful that I’ve found out about this all back in May otherwise I could have carried on and ended up a lot worse off. I’m sure the optician I saw a couple of years ago would have asked more questions if he thought anything was wrong then (I was pre diabetic and should have kicked my backside into gear) I don’t think my eyesight has changed much hence why I’ve not been back for new glasses.
     
  15. SB2015

    SB2015 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bakedbeans, when you do see the optician, remember to tell him that you have Diabetes.
    That may impact on decisions that they make.

    I unfortunately did not know I had D at the appointment, ordered new glasses as my vision had changed a lot, then two weeks later was diagnosed with T1. My new expensive glasses were now useless. I am pleased to say that the opticians replaced the lenses for appropriate ones at no charge with apologies that they felt they should have picked up my D as the change was unusually big. However it had been two years since my previous check.
     
  16. bakebeans

    bakebeans Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your reply I’m so glad they changed your glasses for you. They are expensive enough without having to buy them over again!

    I did mention it on the phone when I booked the appointment but I will let them know again when I go. I don’t think my eye sight has changed much I still only wear them for driving and using the computer and I can easily get away with not wearing them they were just to make things a little easier that’s why I’ve not been back until now
     

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