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What causes anxiety in those with diabetes?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Langerhans Failed 1993, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Stupid bs for no reason. Like today. Up up up the plummet. Same schedule and food as always. Now I'm crabby haha
     
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  2. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Me too, tonight!!
     
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  3. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Tiring. Mentally exhausting. Physically too. Sleep well my friend.
     
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  4. tiredoftrying2017

    tiredoftrying2017 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    And me!!!

    Why oh why?! I've changed my basal to minimise overnight hypos and that's been working perfectly the past few nights but last night I sky rocketed to 16?!

    Has anyone put any reasoning to their experience of this? Not feeling particularly unwell but might be PMT (sorry guys!)
     
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    tiredoftrying2017 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  6. Tony337

    Tony337 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Type 1 of 43 years and am anxious to varying degrees with most of what you good people are anxious about.

    The one oddball thing I have noticed only this year is my fear of losing my strength of will.

    I firmly believe to get up in a morning with a very low blood sugar and be able to treat it and get going with the day as normal takes a herculean strength of will that a non diabetic would not understand.
    I fear my will is failing.
    It hasn't happened yet but for the first time in my life I nearly threw the towel in and didn't go in to work!
    I had the same issue only last week.
    I nearly sagged.
    43 years type 1 yes but I'm only 49 years old.
    I feel as if I'm entering the twilight zone.................
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Expert

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    I was reassured if did in future I'd be passed to similiar support. Phew! God bless my psychologist!
    Carnt stop crying since I opened up yesterday. God bless you posters who listen too!
    Soooo emotional lately. Hormones playing havoc. Monthly not due for another 10days so shouldnt be that. Only one god knows!
    Have gp appointment wednesday to discuss possible neuropathy.
    All anxious times relating to diabetes.
     
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  8. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Pretty much same as you!! This morn, altered pretty much the lot!

    I just putting it down to winter for us coming in. I know I always have to change basals, bolus every clock change here and its not that far away.
    Happens twice a year to change everything. Every July / start of august a severe hypo despite knowing it..

    This morn I had to take an extra 2.5 units of bolus to get over two big swings starting to happen again, morning and pre bed.. so hopefully mornings easier to sort that the new highs pre bed!! Ggggrrrr.
     
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  9. tiredoftrying2017

    tiredoftrying2017 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow I'd never considered that!
     
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  10. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    I also have slow colonic though and this is also a factor. When I cannot move my bowels for days my bloods will also rise.
    Although I know this isnt cause at the moment I am well aware that we are appeoaching clock changing time and over tge years I've realised that every time seasons or July/Aug I get huge changes to my insulin needs.
    I think other winenmay relate also to hormones up and down, going tgrough pregnancy and menopause etc can be a real bummer...
     
  11. Ashley13

    Ashley13 Type 1 · Member

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    I'm exactly the same as you re. Insulin change.

    I always need to reduce basal at beginning of Summer and increase again as we come into Winter.

    This year it has came early for me too (started getting unexplained highs at the beginning of this week). I wonder if it could be due to the weather suddenly coming in colder?
     
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  12. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Exactly same for me, start of this week. Its earlier for me too.

    Few weeks ago ended up on 11 tresiba, now looking more like 14 and also more of my correction doses and insulatard for just getting up as well.

    Pretty glad that otgers are similar.. makes me rationalise thoughts better that its not just my body. I started taking antibiotics Monday so I had wondered whether this was connected. I dont think it is as I've been pumped with ntibiotics over the last few years and never had this reaction. Pretty sure its the winter effect coming in earlier, like you mention..
     
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  13. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Same here this week. But then as I expect a high and inject accordingly I'll plummet. Like yesterday. It's like all the extra insulin I took to bring it down all showed up at once. Then I felt like junk.
     
  14. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    My extra units today not made a blind bit of difference..
    wondering whether to change my pen. Done, needles, cartridge etc and still made no difference..
     
  15. Linda_Clark

    Linda_Clark Type 2 · Member

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    When I was in high school I wasn't having breakfast and we had physical education right in the morning. After a few weeks of this, I was having trouble concentrating in one of my classes so I asked if I could go to the rest room. I don't know what caused it (as in I don't know the science behind it), all I remember is waking up and looking at a strange ceiling and then I realized I fainted right there in front of the sinks. I suppose if I had one anxiety it's having that happen at work or while driving. Only with diabetes it will be far worse because if I lose consciousness again it could mean a coma and not just a minor fainting spell.

    My other concern honestly is dealing with others on this. My family is kind of judgmental and if they aren't judging they are offering unsolicited advice. I am doing my best to take care of this - watching what I eat, reading labels, monitoring what my blood sugar levels are, working out, trying very hard to follow my doctors and health nurses advice and also trying to learn all I can about this. I know they are only looking out for me but it took my sister a whole 5 minutes after finding out my diagnosis to start with that, and it may just be paranoia talking (lol), but I can picture them now monitoring everything I do or eat now in their presence, and if I have a bad day or decide to have something with sugar in it saying "You really should be taking better care of yourself". I am learning how to deal with the sugar and what will bring it up or lower it but it's a learning process and I need time to learn without criticism, judgement or advice that may be contrary to what my doctor is telling me or what is working for me. We are definitely all different.
     
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  16. JTL

    JTL Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Behave Tony!
    I have utter exhaustion from other heath problems and medication so I understand but I'm retired and now have the luxury of .... going back to bed.
    I'd rather have the luxury of walking in the beautiful mountains and forests here like I used to but it's not to be.
    Keep yer chin up and remember you survived it this long so you'll be okay.
    Right ten press ups and a run round the block .....
     
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  17. Langerhans Failed 1993

    Langerhans Failed 1993 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi
    Just know that this is a huge job we are thrown into and that family will never understand the toll managing this disease takes. I was undiagnosed for about 4 years before I was diagnosed, I was 16 at the time. my family have never understood what I live with and like you I have had to deal with a lot of criticism and whenever I was upset or out of sorts about anything the first question was alway "Have you tested your sugars" like it was the answer to anything that could possiby be wrong. i now have my own family and my husband is very hands on a supportive which was a refreshing change from my birth family. People always assume having family to support you is a positive thing, but as with mine and your experience that is not always the case. You seem to be doing all the right steps from what i can read, and there is so much more information out there now and the science has certainly moved on. Keep up the good work!!! Thank you for your feedback and honesty.
     
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  18. Langerhans Failed 1993

    Langerhans Failed 1993 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Tony
    Losing strength of will.....I can totally relate to that, I am a pritty strong willed and determined person but every 5 years or so I go through a bit of a bump where I just don't even feel like facing it all. The finger pricks, constant monitoring, calculating and yes.... that sheer will to get out of bed. What helps is knowing thatIi have my son and husband who would be thrown into chaos and dispair if I wasnt there anymore, its hard going man, its like a job you never get a vacation from. Goodness so many years under the belt, well done!!! It gives me hope.
     
  19. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I completedly agree about family. My mom doesn't get it at all. She thinks if my bs is high I should eat even after telling her a hundred times that's not how it works. Then of course going to visit her causes anxiety because she constantly offering me carbs of all kinds and leaving them out all over the place. I'm getting much stronger but sometimes I just want to scream at her ( but I don't). I'm 53 and have raised 3 children. I think by now I know how to get my own food. Lol. She means well but ....
     
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  20. Linda_Clark

    Linda_Clark Type 2 · Member

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    That's a very good way of putting it - a huge job we are thrown into. I remember being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. My specialist suggested major surgery to get rid of it and I was supposed to rest for a few weeks to recover afterwards. Yet it was enough so that I didn't have to go for radiation or chemotherapy or go on medication. Having that operation changed my life in that it took care of a health issue that was robbing me of living life and had done so for years (even going out for a walk was too much). After that though, my life was given back to me and now I am 5 years past it in November.

    But this diabetes thing it is changing my life again because it is something that is going to be with me the rest of my life and something that I will always have to be partly thinking about every day in a way the cancer experience wasn't. I got diagnosed and had an operation and then it was over pretty much. But with this, I will never be able to go back to eating and living the way I used to. That isn't a bad thing but it is a huge change to make all at once. When I first heard the news it was like "Great - that's just great". I think I am in the feeling sorry for myself stage though in that I feel like I was given my life back only to lose it again.

    That is the best thing about learning about this illness though - it is showing me that it doesn't have to be a life sentence and the most horrible thing to happen to me. So I am trying to think of the positives. I am finding I am getting really creative with cooking with new ingredients or old ingredients in completely new ways I hadn't thought of before. Then I think of the clothes I might buy if I ever am too small to fit into the clothes I have now (my existing clothes are getting very loose). Shopping sprees are always fun. I was getting ready to go out a few days ago and I looked in the mirror and noticed something too. People have always complimented me on my complexion and the other day even I noticed that my skin looks incredible. I am not usually vain and I can only credit the changes since my diagnosis. As trivial as these things might be it is helping me want to make these changes - and that's a positive.

    I laughed at your "Did you check your blood sugar" comment. It reminded me of a joke made by a woman that suffered from PMS and depression. Every time she would get upset people would ask her if she had taken her meds for those conditions. They couldn't conceive at all that perhaps she was just responding to them being a jerk! LOL Humor is another positive thing. :)
     
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