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Im scared I have diabetes and I'm not being heard.

  • 1.  Im scared I have diabetes and I'm not being heard.

    Posted 02-25-2021 22:44

    My name is Jessica. I have all the symptoms of diabetes (frequent urination, dry mouth, pins and needles in my hands and feet, dizzy spells when going without food, excessive thirst, etc.) and im afraid my doctor isn't hearing me. My glucose number is 129, and the CDC and American Diabetes Association say diabetes starts at 126. Im scared that im being misdiagnosed and untreated by my doctor and that my symptoms will just worsen. Ive already raised my concerns to her and she doesn't seem to be concerned for my health. Ive been going to her for 2 years now, and I like her. But im worried im diabetic. What should I do? How do I bring up my findings and symptoms to her without being rude?

    Jessica Knesal

  • 2.  RE: Im scared I have diabetes and I'm not being heard.

    Posted 03-25-2021 13:31

    I am not a physician or a medical professional.  I will say there are several stigma's when it comes to diabetes and it is quite frustrating. However, it sounds like you are trying to advocate for yourself. One way to empower yourself and your health journey is keeping good records and a log about your sugar. Invest in a good meter and write down your numbers (i.e. when you wake up, after meal times). Sometimes that is a doctors language...show her the facts. I know it seems like you are both speaking different languages, which as a patient is not very fair. If she is unwilling to listen to your concerns. I would seek out another physician that is more equipped to understand, communicate, and help you with potentially getting you diagnosed and getting down to the bottom of the issue. Best of luck to you and your journey!

    Sarah Mayfield

  • 3.  RE: Im scared I have diabetes and I'm not being heard.

    Posted 03-25-2021 13:39

    Hi Sarah,


    I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling heard. It's hard to make a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus with a single lab value and there are two types. A couple of things to ask your provider would be:


    1. Has a Hemoglobin A1C been obtained, what was the value and can you help me interpret it?
    2. If my symptoms are not caused by diabetes mellitus, what other things could be causing them and how can we partner to help me sort that out?


    If you are not satisfied with your provider's answers, it is reasonable to request your records/lab values and seek a second opinion.



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  • 4.  RE: Im scared I have diabetes and I'm not being heard.

    Posted 03-26-2021 12:07
    Great answer Joe!

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