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In 1993 while visiting my Mom in El Paso Texas she had me test with a borrowed glucose monitoring kit and my readings were all over 300. I reviewed my medical records from VA and saw that my tests indicated high reading of blood and sugar in urine.

I brought this up with my primary care Doc and he has an A1C that was high and told me I was diabetic and put me on glyberide in 1995. The first week I took it I broke out in rashs and felt like hell but over time my A1C improved and I got better or so I thought. Its been a constant battle with little or no help nor training from VA but now although I take insulin 2 kinds and metformin my control is not what it should be. My Doc is now concerned and I am testing 2 times a day and will go to 4 times until my next appointment. I am very discouraged at the moment.

When I get control I have problems gaining weight but less problems with neuropathy and when I don't have tight control I usually feel better. Its very hard for me to explain this.

I am wondering if I should use my Medicare and find a Doc who specializes in diabetes. I am convinced that the VA is not my best friend on this issue and that they know a lot more than what they tell me.

This morning my reading was over 300 and I am back where I started. I am really discouraged about this mess.

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Pete,

This is not one of my area's with any knowledge,

but I surely wish you the best.

I think you would suggest to other's - to get another

doctor in on this.

carlie

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Pete, you need to find a Diabetes specialist. Being close to Dallas is a good thing for there should be several to choose from.

Hang in there buddy.

J

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Pete,

If you have medicare go that route, I aggree they don't sound like your best friends. Konw that you and I talke awhile back saying you were on avandia and the VA took you off. That is what I am on a combo of avandia and metaformin avndamet 1000mg twice a day. it has my fasting down to below 115. I would find a good doc fast and get it under control...

Know about the ups and downs in how you feel it is not fun...

Take care

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Pete,

Find an endocrinologist. The VA has them, at least in Portland. Diabetes is tough, excercise has helped me a bunch, even a little helps with insulin absorbtion.

Testing is great, but your doc should have also given you plan to adjust your insulin/meds if your sugars are high, or low.

I always hated story problems in school, but diabetes is one big story problem.

Good luck.....Eric

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