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Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by dogwalker08, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. dogwalker08

    dogwalker08 Prediabetes · Newbie

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    Hi everyone! Jill here!!
    My brother has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
    I am having various symptoms which made us think that I have it also..
    Went to the doctors Friday (19th September) and was told to take in a urine sample. Took it in and was expecting it to be tested there and then but I have had to wait all weekend not knowing either way. Got the result eventually and was told it was fine.... :? Not what I wanted to hear.. but then again..!!
    Very confusing.. :?
    My symptoms are tiredness, feeling dizzy and sick. I drink a lot more than normal and go to the loo more often...but its not especially bad. Its like the symtoms are there but not bad enough to make me KNOW that I have diabetes...if you know what I mean..??
    Although I have VERY bad tingling, pins and needles/numbness in my hands and arms.. which keeps me awake.. it feels like my hands are in a vice and being squeezed. It is ongoing all day but gets really bad at bedtime (I am on nights so I sleep from 6 till about 12 or 2 in the afternoon) to wake me. Also I am very sensitive about hot/cold etc.. seems to be very hot when it is warm and ice cold when its only cold from a tap :? :? And pain is heightened.
    Should I have a blood test to see if that can detect it or could it be something else??
  2. sugarless sue

    sugarless sue · Master

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    Hi Jill,welcome to the forum.Yes I think you should have a blood test to check out your sugar levels and also to check your general health especially the pins and needles feeling.Did you discuss this feeling with your doctor? There are other things that this could indicate so it is best to have a thorough checkup from the doctor to find the root of your problem.
  3. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    The trouble with testing urine for sugar is the "Renal threshold". this is individual and is the level at which excess glucose is not recovered from the blood by the kidneys and "Spills over". there are diabetics with high renal threshold, who have VERY high BGs, but nothing showing in the urine and NON diabetics who have exceptionally low renal threshold and who show glucose in the urine all the time. I have met people with both conditions. If you show diabetes type symptoms, a urine test is a very inadequate test. A finger stick test would show more and even that isn't truly diagnostic. The only 100% certain diagnostic tool is a glucose tolerance test.
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