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feengala

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hi im a newbie just diagnosed with type 2 im suffering from headaches is this common with diabetes ? thank you in advance

I'm a 55 year old woman with type 2 just been diagnosed so a bit worried about it all.
 
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Docb

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Hi @feengal, and welcome to the forum. You will see that I have joined your two threads together which should make replies easier to follow. Hope you do not mind.

Your reaction to a diagnosis is common and most of us on the forum have been there and understand. It is a serious condition for sure but it is manageable and once we have got on top of it, it becomes something in the background rather than the foreground. If you read around the forum and check out the learning zone, you will be able to get an understanding of what it is all about and work out a plan to get yourself back on track.

Headaches are not something much talked about on the forum so I imagine something that is not common for those not having something else going on. Maybe if you let us have a bit more information about yourself and your diabetes and how you came to be diagnosed, you may get members who can relate to your experience and offer you some thoughts.
 
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LucyDUK

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Hi @feengala
Welcome to the forum. The only link to headaches I know of is through dehydration, so if your levels are running high this will lead to you being dehydrated, so drinking plenty of water could help if this is the cause.
Hopefully some of the support you get here will help to ease that worry, I would also recommend a read of the pinned threads in the newbies section which is full of useful advice and info.
 

feengala

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Hi @feengal, and welcome to the forum. You will see that I have joined your two threads together which should make replies easier to follow. Hope you do not mind.

Your reaction to a diagnosis is common and most of us on the forum have been there and understand. It is a serious condition for sure but it is manageable and once we have got on top of it, it becomes something in the background rather than the foreground. If you read around the forum and check out the learning zone, you will be able to get an understanding of what it is all about and work out a plan to get yourself back on track.

Headaches are not something much talked about on the forum so I imagine something that is not common for those not having something else going on. Maybe if you let us have a bit more information about yourself and your diabetes and how you came to be diagnosed, you may get members who can relate to your experience and offer you some thoughts.

thanks for your reply and putting my posts together i was only diagnosed a week ago but dont know much about it other than the sheets of paper i got from nurse i think she said my numbers for bloods taken to be sent away was 67 i plan on calling her monday to talk about things as i feel like here you have it get on with it she said i wont be tested again for 4 months she didnt give me a blood sugar reader so i bought 1 of internet its showing i think i have high readings ie 8.9 up to 17.0 at times thanks for replying its helped me ps i didnt get anything for it
 

grovesy

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thanks for your reply and putting my posts together i was only diagnosed a week ago but dont know much about it other than the sheets of paper i got from nurse i think she said my numbers for bloods taken to be sent away was 67 i plan on calling her monday to talk about things as i feel like here you have it get on with it she said i wont be tested again for 4 months she didnt give me a blood sugar reader so i bought 1 of internet its showing i think i have high readings ie 8.9 up to 17.0 at times thanks for replying its helped me ps i didnt get anything for it
That is because the 67 will be a HBA1C and rat measures the amount of glucose take up by red blood cells, on average they live for 3 months, so they are not usally done more frequently than 3 months. What treatment if any have you been given? It is not routine for all Type 2 to be given a meter unless they are on drugs that can cause hypos.
 

feengala

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ive not been put on any thign for it she just said you have type 2 diabetes and gave me some leaflets looked at my feet and said try to loose weight i have sever copd so excersise is hard for me as i get out of breath very easily on the plus side i made an appointement for the optitian so hopefully that will be ok thanks again for your help
 

grovesy

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ive not been put on any thign for it she just said you have type 2 diabetes and gave me some leaflets looked at my feet and said try to loose weight i have sever copd so excersise is hard for me as i get out of breath very easily on the plus side i made an appointement for the optitian so hopefully that will be ok thanks again for your help
Be aware to the optican you have just been diagnosed . You should also have been reffered to the NHS Retinal Screening service .
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Welcome to the forum @feengala

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis with diabetes and also your copd :(

Hope the headaches subside for you soon - frequent headaches can be very debilitating. Do mention them to your surgery if they continue, unless they are a symptom of something else?

It’s great that you have got yourself a BG meter already - that would have been one of the first suggestions of the forum. As you can already see you can get vastly different numbers from your meter depending on when you check, and what you have eaten / been doing before.

Interpreting the results can feel a bit bewildering at first, but the basic idea is pretty straightforward. You taking a reading before and again 2hrs after eating a meal, to see what the differences are and how the meal increased your BG at 2hrs. Initially in a sense, the numbers themselves matter less than the differences between them. You should be looking for a ‘meal rise’ of 2-3.

The part of the meal that will be increasing your BG most
significantly is carbohydrate - which includes sugars, but also more ‘complex’ carbs like cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, bakery items, grains, and many fruits. It’s not that you have completely avoid all these things forever, but using your meter you can adjust portion sizes and choose the ones that suit your body best (sometimes just having things at a different time of day makes a difference). Gradually tweaking and tailoring your menu to find one that suits your tastebuds, your waistline and your BG levels :)

If you are interested in this approach you may find test-review-adjust by Alan S a helpful framework.

Good luck and let us know how you get on :)
 

feengala

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i spoke with my dr today on phone he said i shouldnt use a blood sugar meter as it will just tie me up in knots i thought they would give me one or at least be happy that id bought one myself , but no they said they dont go that way at there surgery so now im a bit lost how am i supposed to know if im ok or not? myblood sugars have been on average the last week from 8.2 to 17. he said i woudl prob get some treatment down the line but need to get more bloods taken in 4 month im totaly confused what to do oh and to add to it i have a infection of some sort in my urine so need to give another sample once ive finished a course of antibiotics once they get the results back from the hospital about my urine test :( :( feeling pretty low about it all :(
 

grovesy

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Infection can raise blood sugars. It is up to you if you can afford to self fund testing to test.
 

Anitram

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i spoke with my dr today on phone he said i shouldnt use a blood sugar meter as it will just tie me up in knots i thought they would give me one or at least be happy that id bought one myself , but no they said they dont go that way at there surgery so now im a bit lost how am i supposed to know if im ok or not? myblood sugars have been on average the last week from 8.2 to 17. he said i woudl prob get some treatment down the line but need to get more bloods taken in 4 month im totaly confused what to do oh and to add to it i have a infection of some sort in my urine so need to give another sample once ive finished a course of antibiotics once they get the results back from the hospital about my urine test :( :( feeling pretty low about it all :(
Ignore what your GP told you about testing. Most HCPs would tell you the same. It's your diabetes and it's your choice as to whether you want to self-test as part of your BG management.

Martin
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Sorry you’ve had a confusing and disheartening conversation with your GP @feengala

Rather than waiting 4 months with BGs between 8 and 17, for some treatment ‘down the line’ your GP had the opportunity to really engage with a proactive patient who was clearly eager to start making really positive changes.

If you begin to use the before and after test-review-adjust method, and call on the support and experience of forum members, your Dr will most likely be amazed at your results in 4 months time and asking you how on earth you did it!

Hope the ABs take care of the infection swiftly for you.
 

trophywench

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Huh! The NHS to our disgust at the time, adopted the results of a large clinical trial involving shedloads of T2s, who were all issued with meters and strips and asked to test - but not given any advice on how to 'review and adjust - and in fact were absolutely banned from doing those two things! Hence an awful lot of em just stopped testing cos they couldn't see the point of bothering (what a surprise - NOT - because they were right, there was no point) and those that continued became dejected because they were banned from taking any action to change the too high meter results - instead of being helped to make the necessary changes to correct them.

In my opinion - the only ONE thing the 'research' was designed to do was to save the NHS money, not to help T2 diabetics generally whatsoever.

Hence - we absolutely encourage Type 2s to test and also show them how to use the results to improve their lives, because we can!
 
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