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Diabetes Burnout.

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by catherinecherub, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. paruri

    paruri Type 2 · Active Member

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    You can see from my signature I have been in denial for almost 4 weeks since i was diagnosed (june 2nd week 2015). I started taking my diabetes seriously after the DNS told me that no way I can manage it with diet alone and I need to take metformin (on jul 16) I just couldnt bear the thought of having diet restrictions and being on medication for the rest of my life and that was the good part and I did not even think about the complications I might have because of having this disease. After a day of intensive web surfing regarding my ailment i came across this site (very gald i found it) and I saw lot of people have reversed theirs with diet and regular exercise. I finally was not that worried anymore thank you to all who have reduced their BG and all who have reversed it.
    I started the LCHF diet since I was sure that I would not be able to do starvation diet as i really need the calories for taking care of my almost 4 yo DS and DH. Sorry for the rambling but I thought you should know because I am really struggling sometimes with the carb intake especially since yesterday. I have successfully brought down my FBG from 8.8 in june 2015 to 5.2 on 31 jul 2015 thanks to lot of good advice on this forum. But I am really struggling with not stuffing my mouth with the carbs left out in the open for e.g., any left overs on my son's plate or the jam donut he decided not to eat today (brought my BG to 7.5 with the half bowl of chicken noodles he didnt have for lunch)

    In short having trouble with all carb temptations in front of me

    thanks for reading
     
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  2. snofleck

    snofleck Type 2 · Newbie

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    diagnosed a year and definately on burn out - ****** off completely that i avoid high fat/colesterol and nothing changes....still doing morning checks and getting 10.5! Taking 4 horse tablets daily (2000 mg metaformin) soooooo tired. eyesight is shyte! everything is blurred and shadowy.....tis like watching everyone in a black and white readybrek advert....definately NOT lol. am i losing my marbles or just diabetic
     
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    Natalie1974 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @snofleck. Check out the type 2 forum, there is loads of advice on how you can get your diabetes under better control. Might be worth considering LCHF, I know this sounds crazy given that you're trying to avoid high fat and cholesterol but LCHF can actually reduce cholesterol levels...you will find quite a lot of info on this in the LCHF forum. Take a look...see what you think. Hopefully someone in a similar position will be able to advise you better than I can.
     
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    snofleck Type 2 · Newbie

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    thanks Natalie - bit of a downer last night - sooo ****** off. but wil look at this link and see...many thanks
     
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  5. Stuntman

    Stuntman Type 1 · Member

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    I have been diabetic for 13 years and just starting to get the hang of it but iv gone blind in my left eye have multiple problems that get me down and depressed now and again but I've never gave up and don't u give up to
     
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  6. Gravity-Carb

    Gravity-Carb Other · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for that post. I really needed to read those motivational words.
     
  7. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Stuntman Sorry to hear your story. Someone who I help has T2 & is a double amputee. T2 is a very tough disease. I try to go to Mass most mornings of the week to ask God for a miracle for us all... I've all but given up on doctors. I hope my logic makes sense..
     
  8. Stuntman

    Stuntman Type 1 · Member

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    @Living-by-the-beach

    I'm not a religious person but God bless your soul and thanks you for helping people

    I forgot to say I'm type 1 and struggle most days but I will beat this disease before it beats me it is always waiting for us to make a mistake never give it a chance I was in the hospitals years ago for a cataract operation after multiple operations on my eyes
    I met a old woman that I thought I had it bad but after seeing her I've only scratched the surface on it and I gave her a hug and when I left the hospital I couldn't stop crying how lucky I was and it still haunts me to this day so don't let it beat you because that's what it wants and thanks to this group I'm stronger already
    God bless everyone that's trying to beat it

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    Keep battling on and on
     
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  9. Mep

    Mep Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't know about diabetes burnout as such... I think it is more bad health burnout for me. I get sick of juggling everything and nothing is happy with other things. I've seen 2 clinical psychs in the past and realistically they really don't know what to say to people who are chronically ill. Also since beginning of 2012 I can't even talk properly so I had to cancel seeing my clinical psych then because I literally can't handle sitting there for 50 minute session talking and paying $200+ for it. I know I still need counselling for what I'm dealing with. I recognise I'm dealing with depression right now. But there is no help for people like myself who have limitations. I requested to do counselling via online chat... nope they want you in person to talk don't they or on the phone or Skype to talk. It's not until you have trouble talking that you realise how much we rely on it for communication, also makes you realise how much help you can't get too. Diabetes out of everything I have is the condition that is considered controlled for me. My endo sees me every 6 months just to keep tabs on my overall health. While I recognise that one condition can burn you out... it's when you start getting multiple diagnoses (which I'm sure some of you would have) that you really start feeling a lot more pressure. It has impacted my entire life... I can no longer work full time hours (they're pushing to reduce my hours too), I can't socialise, I crash every few days literally where I struggle to do anything, I can't just have a conversation without my voice going and/or throats spasms that can last days. My communication is now mostly online or by texting. I tried using a phone app to talk for me but people have no patience with me. When I'm out in public I get stared at, laughed at, and inappropriate comments because of my chronic burping. Oh it's fun being sick isn't it. lol. I have to see the funny side or I'll cry. My endo let me know I have free access to a social work at the hospital if needed... but seriously what can they do other than force me to talk? I manage ok... just having to adapt to my life with chronic illnesses. I have my faith in God which is my constant for me.... that helps more than anything especially considering the closed doors I've had seeking help. My family says go for a long walk in the hope it will make me feel better... yeh well I need access to toilets (bladder & bowel issues) and long walks actually cause me a lot more pain... movement in general triggers a lot of symptoms on me or makes them worse. But of course that isn't helpful for my diabetes management. As for my diabetes management, I'm on my own. I don't live with family. If I hypo and don't wake up then I guess someone will find me eventually... but I try and not think of that. I know my doc said my liver will save me mostly but the liver can eventually fail at that. oops sorry, venting here. But hopefully someone here relates to what I'm on about. Even though there is burnout... you have to keep going and you don't always have access to help.
     
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  10. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Stuntman

    As debilitating as T2 is I got a text from a friend who is giving away a kidney to a girl who cannot survive without a kidney transplant. That takes real courage and love of one's fellow sister. So no matter how dark the day is, almost certainly, some one else has it even worse than my T2. & Yes for me T2 is a tough disease and I spend a part of every day praying to God.
     
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  11. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Mep

    I've just read your post. I will pray for you too..God bless.
     
  12. Dessi

    Dessi Type 1 · Member

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    Hi!
    I'm Dessi from Sweden. Here in Sweden it is very much focus on good blodsugar levels and very little on the mental healt. Doctors don't care if you're stressed or burnt out. I've been really stressed and tired for about 10 years now and everything the doctor talks about is insulin and blodsugar. It is soooooooo annoying. I told her that I wasn't going to see her in a year cause I needed a vacation from my diabetes. And she only said "OK".

    I live a very hard life. No relatives, two kids with serious diseases (Cystic Fibrosis and Autism), no drivers licence, I have 11 other diagnosis aswell as Diabetes type 1, I have to ride my bike to work and work for 9 hours every day, then go and get my kids in school, go home and help them with their physiotherapy, medicines and so on (and ofcourse all the other stuff ordinary parents do). Ofcourse there isn't much time left for me and my diabetes... But doctors here in Sweden don't have a holistic view on things. Unfortunately... They only see blodsugar. :(
     
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  13. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Dessi

    My daughter's friend has CF, so I am aware somewhat of what you are facing. So as a a parent and dealing with children who have Autism and CF + the Type1 you face yourself, I can only imagine how overwhelming it is. My T2DM is tricky enough yet I am close to a gym and lift weights most evenings. It isn't much of a life having either variant of diabetes but along with other stuff too, its probably just too much.

    I pray for you Dessi that your life becomes easier.

    Best wishes

    JM
     
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  14. Fayefaye1429

    Fayefaye1429 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you ever considered seeing a counsellor who specialises in long term illnesses even diabetes specific?
     
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    Sethlb Type 1 · Member

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    thanks for posting this, I will have to have a good read of this.
    I think I experienced Burnout as you so put it really badly half a year ago.
     
  16. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've thought about this a lot. I was really angry at developing diabetes and I think if I hadn't found Low Carb a year into it, I would have succumbed to burnout and given up. Neither the NHS advice, nor the GI diet had worked and my GP was threatening insulin.

    Being an ex-chef and growing a lot of my own veg, I felt it really badly. I'd been eating the low fat diet since I was 10 yrs old, I'd spent most of my teens and twenties a vegetarian too. I ballooned from size 12 to 18 in two years and my previous doctor said nothing, just kept dishing out birth control pills and telling me my blood pressure was bang on normal. I got fatter just by filliing up round the edges with pasta, rice and bread, eating the low fat 'healthy' margarine I had been brought up to believe was healthy and carried on getting fatter.

    I was really angry, I felt the rug had been pulled out from beneath my life and that I was helpless, on a runaway train to complications and an early death. I very nearly burned out but a chance meander on Google, saved me.

    I found an old article by Gary Taubes, in the New York Times, entitled: 'What If It's All A Big Fat Lie ?" and I dug deeper and found that much of what I'd been told about nutrition was utter rubbish. My health had been compromised by political agendas and food company profits, based on bad science.

    That truly saved me. I channelled my anger into exploring Low Carb and my energy into improving my health through food.

    So please don't despair, read the success stories, that can be you too.
     
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  17. babsy2

    babsy2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    T2 is a very difficult disease to get your head around my shock was the eye problems I am absolutely petrified cos I'm
    Virtually blind in r eye a detached retina with scar tissue over it makes it impossible to operate and also telling you that limbs can be in danger when I first was told in 2009 I have been reminded by go & diabetic nurse that all I wanted to talk about was the l eye I take a hatful of drugs for arthritis copd gout and diabetes and my major focus with all these conditions is my decent eye and how it mixes with it are any side effects showing I see my go once a month regardless and their always double appointments to say that I feel tired and burnt out is an understatement but I look at family and friends with health problems less than and they crack up and I think no gotta a lovely
    Wife a superb sister and my parents in their 80's going strong some of the extended family whinge a bit and I think come'on Keith don't give up yet I retired on Ill health 20yrs ago from Nhs and I'm 56 on Xmas eve and I haven't looked forward to this Xmas for a least the last 5yrs pain or no pain and having to miss the odd sweet thing I hope that we can all move forward in 2016 and just enjoy the moment I think living the 'moment has become the most important thing to cherish good luck to you all
     
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    Emma1980 Type 2 · Member

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    Just stumbled across this thread... this is what I am going through right now. I have worked so hard, tried so much and had so many things go wrong not due to me I am just done with it all. I have a great team behind me now who encourage me to keep going but even they aren't helping me though this funk. These people are unrelated to my doctors who are just a bundle of bad news and negativity....

    I am inspired to start over, thanks so much for such a positive message, the impact you have on peoples live says a lot about your own I feel, yours is going to come back in Karma and hug the life out of you!

    I will never be well as I used to be, but I can be better.... off I go, going to make something yummy and nutritious instead of junk food today. Baby steps....
     
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    Like this story. I cannot handle the Metformin and Glicazide..seems exercise (weight down) and losing the carbs are key factors
     
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  20. neverforever

    neverforever Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi welcome to the group. I was just wondering what problem you are having with the meds? I know initially they takes some getting used to and some people have a slow release metformin prescribed, which seems to help. Ultimately I found, as you have said lowering the carbs and then exercise, is the one, in my experience. Occasionally when I increase my carbs I notice the difference very quickly, carb fog/ lack of energy, lack of everything. Good luck and keep in there.:happy:
     
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