Can it get any worse?

@1grnthmb (2063)
United States
June 17, 2008 7:09pm CST
For those who do not know me, I have a lot of health problems. I had an appointment with my Neurologist today to discus how the medications are helping me. We finally have my neuropathy in control. But my latest blood tests say that I might have diabetes. What is bad is that since my wife was diagnosed with it we have been eating very healthy and losing weight and eating all the right foods to help her with her condition. And now after eating right and exercising for six months I come down with another health issue. What else am a going to get. It seems like the last ten years I have been diagnosed with more things then I have fingers and toes. I take way to many medicines already and now I will have to start taking more. Oh dear, what next. Thanks for giving me the space to rant. I needed it.
6 people like this
11 responses
• Regina, Saskatchewan
18 Jun 08
Sometimes life just sucks don't it? I know how you feel my friend. I married relatively late and had my kids. My father had already beaten cancer three times. I knew all the right foods to eat to avoid 'triggers' for the disease and brought my kids up with that kind of diet. I did all the right things to keep them safe from it and other health concerns in their later years, and then BANG. My 23 year old comes down with cancer last year. Life's a crapshoot and then you die. Sad, but true. Just take care of yourself as best you can and vent here anytime! Hugs.
1 person likes this
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Thank you for the comments. I have had friends who drink and smoke and eat poorly who are very healthy. And her I am who has never smoked or drank and almost always ate healthy having multiple severe health problems. It really makes you wonder.
2 people like this
• Regina, Saskatchewan
18 Jun 08
There's hope though I think. My parents grew up in an era where six rashers of bacon and eggs fried in lard were considered a must have breakfast. You can imagine what the rest of their diet was like. And in spite of their heart problems, surgeries, medications and all that goes with advancing age, they are still hale and healthy and in the their mid eighties and of course eating better. Your body was wired in the womb to be suseptible to whatever, and everyone is different. With all the additives in foods these days, and growing methods, whose to really say what's truly healthy and what isn't? Like I said, life's a crap shoot and all we can do is deal with things as they come along. NOT the plan God had in mind I'm sure, but we've brought our downfall on ourselves I think.*sigh*
1 person likes this
• Regina, Saskatchewan
20 Jun 08
Hello sunnflwr and thanks so much for asking. He's in remission now and we are hoping for the best. There's been quite a bit of cancer in my family too, but having a child so young with it is very hard. But he's back living his life and we are staying positive. I do so appreciate you're kindness. I return it ten fold. Hugs.
• India
18 Jun 08
I am sorry for you. Diabetes is a disturbing disease and you have to be careful always. But I think you can keep your sugar levels in control with the right kind of food and medicine. Regular exercise has a major role in controlling diabetes. I think the medications you are taking for the other health problems is the cause of diabetes. some medicines like steroid will stimulate diabetes. Once my mother was admitted to the hospital because of a sudden attack of asthma, she had to had steroids and resulted increased level of blood sugar. But after stopping the medicine she returned to the previous condition. I hope you will also have control over your health conditions. good luck.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
19 Jun 08
The Doctor does think that the prednisone is a major contributer to my high blood sugar and also the glucosomine. So he pulled me off of those for now to see if it is controllable by just removing those.
1 person likes this
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I am so sorry that you are having health problems. Maybe this one can be controlled without extra meds. If it can't at least there IS meds that can help you live a more normal life. Good Luck!
1 person likes this
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
18 Jun 08
We are already trying to control it with diet and my blood sugars are still high. So they are probably going to put me on meds
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
18 Jun 08
I know it's tough, I've been through much the same in my life, though many would say it hasn't been a long one. i was born with my body covered in eczema, then shortly after i was diagnosed with a standing urinary tract infection, after that i had chronic migraines, later they found it was caused by manic depression, then after that they found that caused an anxiety disorder, shortly there after i was diagnosed with insomnia, then Bruxism (severe clenching of teeth and jaws while sleeping, causing many issues like delusions, migraines and so on.) and night terrors. Shortly After IBS later i was told i had cervical polyps, little finger like tumors in the cervix, causing intense pain, bleeding quite often, irregular cycles, and many other problems, but found they were benign. Shortly after that they said i had a retroverted uterus and also scoliosis. I also have asthma (diagnosed when i was very young) and at one time had chronic bronchitis. Over time through all of this, i was on so many pills that after i would take them i was no longer hungry. I had cabinets and boxes filled with medication. I got tired of it, and after researching my medications i decided that between the meds killing me early and all of my health problems, I'd rather die by health problems, i quit all of my medications one day, the doctors were furious. that and they go on and on about withdrawals, turns out, i had none at all. After stopping treatment i went searching for other remedies, natural remedies, herbal. I've had few problems since. I do still of course have scoliosis, that will never go away, i had the polyps removed, I'm healthy and happy, for the most part, have asthma that is no longer severe, though i do have those medications for emergencies. my eczema has disappeared, i sleep through the night, well morning now that i work a night job, migraines are gone except for one day a month, and other than the fact that I'm tired for several hours after i wake in the morning things are going well. I guess the point in this long unruly post is just to say that i truly believe that doctors are the ones causing more and more health problems, they put you on one medication, then another, therefore causing more and more health problems, and shortening your otherwise natural lifespan. Every health problem has a herbal remedy, another way to deal with it other than doctors and medications. Daily i take a prenatal vitamin (it's really good for women who aren't pregnant, but also really good when your trying to or are pregnant) 2 1200 mg capsules of Omega 3-6-9 3-4 metamucil capsules, just to keep things regular after that, things are good and i feel pretty great. i used to take Glucosimine sulfate because of my scoliosis, and my hubby for arthritis, but after starting the omega i lost need for it. Things are good now, with few problems in the health department and i know that if more people stopped seeing the people who are causing these problems (doctors) then they would be better off. Good luck, i hope things get better for you. if you need anything lemme know.
1 person likes this
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I also use a lot of herbal remedies. The main thing that helped me was to go on the wheat free/gluten free diet. After that my eczema cleared up as well as head aches that I got quit often. I take Yamoa which has stooped me from having recurring respiratory infections ( I was constantly getting bronchitis that would turn into pneumonia. The year before I started the Yamoa I had pneumonia eight times. Since then I have only had it once. I agree that the omega vitamins has helped with the arthritis. I still take the glucosomine but the omega has helped more then it. I also take multivitamins complex as well as a calcium complex. But even with all the herbal remedies I still take the prescribed medications. I have tried to stop taking them but I do fill better while on them. Thank you so much for telling me how you are and what you did.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Jun 08
hi welcome to the club I also have diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure. I also take a slew of pills but you know what, all is under control and I am alive and that beats the other do not you think? lol smile be happy, a great percentage of us americans are walking around with diabetes and do not even know we have it. so I think its better to know that you have it and treat it and go on' with your life lol.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Add severe asthma to the list along with the neuropathy (which the docoter thinks might have been from the diabetes that has been undiagnosed since 2000.
1 person likes this
• Canada
18 Jun 08
Yup, it sounds like you have your hands full, between your condiions and youre wife's conditions. It's nice to have a place like this where one ca speak out.
1 person likes this
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Thank you, Gosh, I can not believe how fast I got a response. It is not like I all ready have my hands full.
1 person likes this
@vanities (11375)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Jun 08
ohh...just be thankful to God that you had surpassed those 10 years of being sick and all...which means that God really loves you and heals you on the process...just be careful and watch what youre eating and all..take care and be well always...
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I don't know your history or the other conditions you are talking about, but I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes diagnosis. I have quite a few health problems myself, diabetes being one of them, so I know it's not easy. You said you've been eating better since your wife was diagnosed with diabetes. Are you both eating a low carb diet or the ADA diet? From my research, and watching my own blood sugar, along with talking with many other diabetics, I'm come to the conclusion that the ADA diet won't work for most of us. Low carb seems to be the way we have to eat to reach optimal control. I have talked with diabetics that used to suffer from neuropathy and after changing their diet are no longer having the problem. That's why I mentioned the diet to you. I wish you all the best.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
18 Jun 08
We are following a low carb diet along with recommendations from my wifes doctor. Surprisingly he said to eat lots of fruits which usually are not good for diabetics, but he recommends that you continue to eat them because the natural sugars are handled a lot better by the body and they provide essential nutrients.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Have you both checked your blood sugar readings after eating the fruit? That's really the only way to tell because each person is different. I have tried many things over the years just to see what it will do. I can have a piece of chocolate cake and my BS only goes to between 110-115. I can eat one small orange or drink a glass of orange juice and it will shoot up to 170! You just never know.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
21 Jun 08
Mark I know what you mean as that is always what happens to me as well I just hope that this will be the last thing for now as my Lungs are bad enough to deal with Do not get down Mark, you have coped with the others you will handle this one to I know you will Hugs to you
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
21 Jun 08
This one is actually minor compared to what they thought I had in the past. In 2001 they thought I had ALS and that was devastating. But after five months of being test they said I did not have that. So this is not a major issue. It might help to explain some of the other things I have wrong with me and It is treatable.
• United States
18 Jun 08
Hi! I'm sorry about all the medical problems in your family. Living with more than one condition is tough. But if you're eating well and exercising, it sounds like you're already on the right path. :) Here's a really amazing and helpful website: http://www.holisticonline.com This is probably the most helpful guide on the web to alternative medicines and therapies for treating a number of conditions. It might help you and your wife to reduce the number of pills you're taking. Best wishes! Namaste, Becky
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Thank you. I have a very good friend who is into Holistic medicines and health treatments and he gives me really good advise all the time. Thank you for this link.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
18 Jun 08
You know that you can always come here to myLot to rant. That is what we are here for. I am sorry to hear that you might have diabetes on top of all of your other conditions that you are dealing with.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Thank you. It is nice to have a place to rant and have friends to support me. Mark