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Friday, September 09, 2011

Hi my name is Sheila. I have been married to a wonderful man for 26 years. We have two wonderful kids. Sarah 21 and John 19.
I have steadily gained weight once I had my kids. Then finally came to a plateau 320 lb. Stayed there for several years. I was happy healthy and then my family moved from CT to SC and I thought I had injured my elbow in the move. I went to the doctor and he said, I was in 3rd stage hyper tension. Put me on Benicar HCT and then he said, he wanted me to do a 3 hr glucose test. It came back a little high and me being naive about diabetes...didn't know to ask to be put on a diet. So he put me on Avandia and I have taken those two meds for 7.5 years. WE moved to Germany last year and my new doctor is very upset that my doctor in the states had me on Avandia...not only does it cause heart problems in some people....but he said, it also causes WEIGHT GAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which makes perfect since, because once we moved to SC I started steadily gaining weight again. I went on and off diets again....WW, TOPS (take off pounds sensibly), low carb and I was not as successful with them as I was in the past. I would loose like 10 lbs and put it right back on and was so hard to lose the weight. My heaviest weight was 409 lbs.
Not understanding the whole time that it could be the medicine. Trusting my doctor that he knew best. He came highly recommended by all the people in my church. He made me feel like he had my best interest at heart.
The new doctor in Germany took me off Benicar and I realized that it was causing my back pain....which I was told it was my weight. I have been switched to a new very low dose of diabetic medicine and I go next week to see what the results are. If the blood work comes back good. Then he is taking me off the diabetes meds and retesting me to see if I am really a diabetic. SO BEWARE of your doctor....I trusted and loved mine and now I am questioning everything he did.
My son was also diagnosed in SC with having a thyroid condition.....the German thyroid specialist did tests and ultrasounds on him and found nothing wrong. I also found out my thyroid is bad and I am on meds for that. I have lost very easily I might add....23 lbs and I am not really dieting per say. I am watching what I eat, but not measuring or counting anything at the moment. I am waiting on my body to regulate with all the new meds. Once the weight loss stops...then I will start back on WW and measure everything and count the points. This is my second week of staying the I will be starting back after my blood work next week. So that is where I am at in my journey.

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    A little high on a glucose tolerance test probably shouldn't rate drugs. Glad you found a doctor who doesn't just prescribe whatever.

    I see you're on the low carb forum. Are you eating low carb? It does great things for controlling blood sugar.
    2291 days ago
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