dmcd11, the good news is once your sugars come under control, the thirst etc should settle. Some people think once you're diabetic, you're thirsty, tired and running to the loo for ever - not true. Thirst/tiredness/frequent urination are really symptoms of undiagnosed or suboptimally controlleddiabetes, not of being diabetic.
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I have had persistent dry throat for nearly 6 months and in the last 3/4 weeks non painful ulcers started to come and go on my tongue and gums. I had my throat looked at by 3 medical people and they couldn't see anything but said if it got worse or more problematic to come back and get a referral to a specialist.
My glucose readings have been on the rise in the last 3 weeks and my DN did a whole of blood tests and referred me to a lovely GP. He was very good at listening to my frustrations of this year, he sent me off for a throat swabbed and urine check incase of 'low grade infection'
I have a fungal infection in my throat...
He feels it's related to the Diabetes and fungal diseases do like sugar - personally in my case, it doesn't quite fit to be honest but then then they're all pondering what kind of Diabetic I am (my A1c re classed as good control). I was too much in shock to pursue further questions to be honest.
He doesn't think this is the full picture though regarding my dry throat (I have dry skin, eyes and also extremely dry heels too), but he believes this is something we can treat and hopefully eliminate first, then if the symptoms remain will need to look at referring me to a specialist.
I also asked to be tested for Vit B-12 (because of my mouth ulcers brain fog/fatigue) I'm at 210 the range is 200-900 the GP said I was at 'lower end of normal range' but my blood cells are 'normal size' so no further testing required. I will be buying bumper Vit B supplements today.
So, push for a swab of your throat and a vit B-12 especially if you're on Metformin as this can deplete vit B levels (I'm not on Metformin).
Hello message for the people with mouth ulcers and also request for advice from anyone listening.
I just wanted to join the discussion on dry mouth as I had thought it was just me but I am always having to clear my throat, especially when I am speaking at meetings and I thought it was just nerves. However I also wake up in the night having to clear my throat. Further for years I wake at around 4:00am (I know it is when your body is at its lowest ebb) but no amount of altering insulin makes a difference and I bg isn't particularly low or high at the time. does this happen to anyone else. Just some advice re the mouth ulcers. i don't want to scare you but it was the symtpom I had before I was diagnosed with coeliacs disease, along with anaemia, which may account for the tiredness. I didn't have any of the other classic symptoms associated with coeliacs disease and still don't react that way if I have gluten, but I do get mouth ulcers back if I go off the diet. I hope it isn't that as it is a real pain with diabetes but it is worth asking to be checked. there is a gold standard blood test that can diagnose.