New Symptoms, Possible Diabetes?

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To whom this may concern,

I have been experiencing some unusual symptoms lately that I am waiting to discuss with my PCP about at my next office visit. I guess that I'm looking for some opionions and advice by posting this.

Over the last few weeks I have been extremely thirsty. I drink a lot of fluids throughout the day yet even so, I'm still craving fluids more than ever in the evenings. Nothing seems to quench my thirst no matter what or how much intake I get. In particular, I've been craving a lot of thirst-quenching fluids like ice, milk, and fruit flavored drinks. My urinary frequency is increasing significantly which I figure is likely due to the excessive fluid intake(?) I've recently cut back on high-sodium foods and carbohydrates in my diet and I've been eating more fresh fruits and vegetable as well as a lot of protein. These dietary changes were recommended by my provider in order to achieve weight loss yet I only seem to be gaining weight despite my efforts (not giving up any time soon though)!. I have struggled with my weight all of my life, I'm a 21 year old female with a BMI above 50... I'm working on it, but I'm concerned that my new symptoms may be related to something going on whether it be diabetes or a deficiency of some sort. I do have a strong immediate-family history of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The last time I had my hemoglobin A1c checked was 6 months ago which resulted normal at 5.2%. My medical history/ current problems include obesity, hx of ovarian cyst, polydactyly, iron deficiency anemia, hx of PE, unexplained chronic fatigue. I've had a full work up with several specialists including Rheumatology, Cardiology, Gynecology, Hematology. Many of my labs to check for thyroid problems and different autoimmune disorders have been completed within th last 6 months and all have resulted essentially normal.

Thoughts and/or recommendations are appreciated!

Thanks.

Brayden

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    Hi and welcome Brayden. It sounds like you and your Drs are doing everything to try to get to the bottom of your problems. This is particularly

    great to hear as soon many folks here have Dr's that don't seem to care

    or give up on them quickly.

    The thirst was my 1st major symptom, drove me crazy.

    I hope that the next test will be a Glucose Tolerance Test. I believe that

    that test is the most reliable test for Diabetes.

    I too have the horrible extreme fatigue but absolutely nothing I've tried

    has helped at all. Maybe someone knows how to deal with extreme

    chronic fatigue will answer you as I too would certainly love some

    suggestions.

    I hope this sort of helps, hopefully someone with more knowledge will

    answer your questions. Good luck and once again welcome. Susan

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      Thank you so much for your kind reply, Susan. It's always encouraging to hear from someone who can relate to similar struggles. I will keep you updated as to what my test results are.

      Thanks again! smile

      Brayden

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    Hi brayden,

    Sounds like your doctor has everything covered.

    Hang in there , if the doc was worried about diabetes he would do a fasting blood sugar test etc.

    Tell him/her about your concerns and he may suggest that as the next move.

    The fatigue could be from the anxiety xx

    Good Lucknxx

     

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    Hi Brayden, the thirst you're experiencing sounds like what I went through with thyroid disease, hypothyroidism. I have a large cyst on my thyroid that essentially screams thyroid disease, although blood tests came up normal except for rT3. Thyroid disease is autoimmune disease, which, would make sense given your other conditions. Also, if you're drinking a ton of water, you're also peeing out a lot of salt, so you need to make sure you're getting enough salt? You might want to try some natural sea salt or hemalayan salt.

    Thyroid disease effects your energy levels, just as diabetes can. Both are part of the endocrine system, working to regulate energy levels.

    Thyroid disease has no easy fix, although there is medication, because for many people the side effects outweigh the effectiveness of the meds. Because of your other conditions, you fmight consider seeing an immunologist or infective disease specialist to rule out Epstein Barr virus, parasites, or other microbes that could be causing the variety of problems you're having.

    In be between waiting for doctor appointments, you might get some relief from acupuncture, 

    Hope that helps.

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