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Could it be diabetes?

I'm very lost and confused at the moment. All the doctors I've seen have given different diagnosis.

Lately I've been feeling very tired. Weak and drowsy, and I get tired easily from the smallest of activities. A couple of months ago I had severe abdominal and back pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and nausea, and after being taken to the emergency room, the doctor told me I had a kidney infection. He prescribed me medication but I still felt really tired and weak after.

The next day I went to another doctor who did an ultrasound and said that maybe I had a kidney stone, but that it was no problem. Not happy with his response, I went to another hospital where they did an ultrasound and x-ray and found a polyp (5-6mm) in my gallbladder. The doctor said that maybe it was causing my fatigue.

A couple of days ago, I experienced shaking in my right arm and hand that lasted about 4 hours, on and off so I booked to see another doctor who said that I probably had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and that it was completely unrelated to the polyp in my gallbladder. Still, he didn't sound too sure, especially when asked about my shaking and tingling arm.

I don't know what to believe anymore. Everyone is telling me something different. I'm still constantly tired, sometimes experiencing lower back and abdominal pain, sometimes dizzy and feeling nauseous, and sometimes the tingling sensation in my right arm comes and goes. I am quite thirsty most of the time, but this may be due to the hot weather here. Some days I'm okay, some days my energy level is down. I've also been recently experiencing blurred vision,especially when I'm trying to focus on something far away.

I should also tell you that I have a history of diabetes in my family--my mum has type 2 diabetes and my aunt has type 1. I think I'm at a normal weight, not overweight, although I have gained a few kilos over the last few months. Again, this might be because of my diet. The first doctor I saw ran some blood tests and when I asked him about whether I might have diabetes, he said he checked and I don't have it.

Should I trust his opinion or get another opinion?
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141598 tn?1355675363
Yes, you may have diabetes. All your symptoms indicate so. How did the last doctor check? Follow this link to see how the test is performed, how you should prepare for it. Levels up to 100 mg/dl (5.55555 mmol/l) are considered normal
Levels between 100 to 126 mg/dl (some say 122) or 7 mmol/l are referred to as impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabtetes.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003482.htm

A more defined diabetes test is the HgbA1c (A1c). Follow this link http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003640.htm

Ask your doctor for copies of your medical record in order to review any test performed.
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I had a blood and urine test done the last time I was admitted to the emergency room. The doctor, of course, asked me questions about my family's health history and I told him my mum and aunt were diabetic, and that my mum also had kidney stones removed before.

They found blood in my urine but the doctor said everything else was clear. The day after, I asked about the possibility of it being diabetes but the doctor said he already checked for that. I'm not sure how exactly he did it. I'm in South Korea at the moment, working, so everything that happened at the hospital had to be translated to me and I never did get to see my actual medical record of the tests.

Thanks for the link. I'm going to go to a much larger hospital to get another set of tests done specifically for diabetes and this time I'll ask to see the test records myself.
141598 tn?1355675363
Good luck. Hopefully the test results aren't written in Korean. At least get a copy so you can get it translated. Post back and let us know how you're doing.
568322 tn?1370169040
Fatigue, dizziness, nausea, thirst, and blurry vision can be related to having high blood sugar.  The tingling arm can be neuropathy, which can be caused by diabetes.

If you have diabetes, any kind of infection (like the kidney infection) will cause your blood sugar to go way up.

The test to check for diabetes is supposed to be done fasting.  Ask for a copy of the results.  

568322 tn?1370169040
My previous post was for you but I missed writing your name....ooops.
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When I had the blood test at the hospital (the one the doctor said he'd checked for diabetes) I don't think I did do any fasting. I basically went to the hospital halfway through the day because of the sudden pain in my stomach and back and they did the blood and urine test then. I probably had breakfast that day (can't remember now) so I don't see how it could have been a proper diabetic test then.

thanks for your input CoWriter.
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