I am a 55-year-old woman disabled with a chronic pain disorder. I have an extensive family history of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I was also diagnosed with Raynaud's Disease at 12, and have a very small bladder; so several of the symptoms for me can be easily explained away. Also, I never had a weight problem until menopause.
Recently, I began gaining weight. So far I've put on 50 lbs in the past 4 months. My blood pressure has been extremely high since August 2015, along with an arrythmia, but the most alarming symptom was foot pain and burning, getting worse at night. I have decent pedal pulse, but I can't elevate or cross my levels without total numbness, my ankles and and feet are very swollen with pitting edema, and I've noticed that my calves are sometimes cooler than my feet, which are smooth, clean, heal well, but for the first time in my life have an odor.
When I was finally able to get an appointment with a new primary physician, he ordered bloods. My fasting blood glucose was 116. My cholesterol and triglycerides were very high, I had a high serum potassium level, and my BP was off the charts when I saw him. He prescribed a beta blocker, instructed me to monitor my BP (which has continued to run very high despite the meds. As a former nurse, I know that beta blockers are more effective for arrythmias than for controlling hypertension, but due to my cluster headaches I can't take calcium blockers), and prescribed an anticholesterol drug. He also sent me for a doppler of my calves, but I haven't received the results yet, and he told me to monitor my glucose levels, except I haven't received the meter and supplies I ordered online.
So here's my question: A) Do you think I'm correct in thinking that, based on one FBS, calling me "borderline" isn't very likely considering my multiple positive signs and symptoms, and especially because how could I have complications of a disease without actually having the disease? And B) Because I'm currently living in rural Texas (tho hopefully not for long), where actually seeing a doctor is difficult even with insurance, the doctors aren't close to what I'm used to in New York, and they're all on staff at the same small hospital with offices in the same place, how aggressive should I be to get seen by an endocrinologist, at the risk of seriously pissing everyone off? I'm the farthest thing from the standard ultra-polite, passive southern patient as it is. I usually don't have a problem being in charge of my healthcare, but I've learned the hard way, especially as a chronic pain patient, that sometimes it's necessary to tread carefully.
Thank you for your input.