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2/19/16 7:59 P

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I suspect mine was undiagnosed for 10 yrs.

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2/19/16 7:55 P

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Miller, I wasn't on any medication before the neuropathy. It was the neuropathy that sent me to the doctor.

My PCP was sending me to the gastro doctor, but I had been to the surgeon for another problem and he was checking my ultrasound and tests and said that with my current A1c and the neuropathy in my feet it was probably the gastroparesis that was increasing the IBS problems. Also something the radiologist did not mention to my PCP was some problem with my liver. So the recommendation is to get my diabetes back under control. I was doing good with diet and exercise, but ate too much stuff I shouldn't, so am working to get that back under control. I cannot take the meds for the diabetes because of the side effects I get. If I can't get myself back in control (I do mean that, not the diabetes), then I will have to go on something that often causes increase in weight, cholesterol, etc. and she doesn't want to put me on something that might make me worse. I am also taking something natural to strengthen liver. When I keep my diet under control I am not bothered by the neuropathy so the gastroparesis shouldn't be as bad, either.

How long could a person have an undiagnosed diabetes do you think?



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2/19/16 7:44 P

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I think neuropathy can be a side effect of some medications. Since your neuropathy only showed up after you started treatment for diabetes, could it possibly be a side effect of one of your medications?

If you talk to your doctor and neuropathy is a side effect of one of your medicines, there may be a different medication they could prescribe that won't cause or worsen the neuropathy.

It's just something I thought I'd mention so you could discuss it with your doctor.




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2/19/16 7:28 P

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My dear you have answered your own question. Yes, it is possible to have undetected diabetes for 10 yrs. or more but have the symptoms you speak of who up.

I more than likely had type 2 for at least 10 yrs. prior to being diagnosed. Never had an A1c till 2010 when I was diagnosed. And definitely had neuropathy of hands and feet.

Gastroparesis is a problem for many diabetics. I am lucky I don't have that, but many do. Is your dr. doing anything to help you with that?

Anytime you have a blood sugar over 140 microscopic damage is being done to veins, arteries and organs. So for me, anyhow, having had undetected diabetes for a very long time, I feel lucky to have only slight neuropathy in my feet.



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I really don't know how to put that topic. I was at a surgical consultation this week and the surgeon actually came up with some things that could be a cause of my IBS problems. One is gastroparesis. I have had IBS since I was 18, though not as bad as it is now. I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 54 after I had trouble with neuropathy in my feet. What I am wondering, considering the IBS/gastroparesis link, can a person have diabetes at a low level for years without a fasting BS reading showing anything? I think that is all they tested before. When I was diagnosed it was after I had been eating some candy (too much of it) and after that they ran an A1c, but I don't think I had an A1c ran before (I didn't go to doctors much, either). I have read before that neuropathy doesn't show up until after some 10 years or so. Of course, also read there are other causes of it, like cancer, and I had that too, but the neuropathy wasn't bothering me after I started treatment for the diabetes.



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