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Is urinating small amounts a symptom?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Languagelearner, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. KennyA

    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting . I had exactly the same things for years before formal diagnosis. I retained water and the more I drank the more I retained. I had persistent oedema in my lower legs. Urine often dark brown and very little of it. GP put me on furosemide and then bumetanide and was about to move to a third one when BS finally reached a level where they would agree I had diabetes. It seems the "common" picture is that "diabetics pee a lot, if you don't you're not diabetic". Mine has largely cleared up as BS came back to normal range, although I still get some oedema occasionally, especially if I've been on my feet all day and taking in lots of fluid. Please update on how you get along.
     
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  2. Languagelearner

    Languagelearner Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I will post as I find out what's happening!
     
  3. Languagelearner

    Languagelearner Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I went to the effort of getting the Kentera patches, to see if I was suffering from overactive bladder. The patches didn't do a thing. I now realise that the frequent urination at night, even one drop at a time, is diabetes-related. I think high blood sugar a night could stop me sleeping and exacerbate it too. The nurse at the surgery told me polyuria was a diabetes symptom, but I thought she didn't know what she was talking about.
     
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  4. KennyA

    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Probably good news then, as there's every hope it will clear up with your numbers coming down. I have noticed that some (at least some) of my current oedema problem might nt be T2 related - I have been taking naproxen and it seems that can cause oedema too. Anyway, been off the naproxen a week and the oedema has gone, but the inflammation pains are returning. I'm going to have to find a balance.
     
  5. Languagelearner

    Languagelearner Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Taking metformin and tamsulosin (a prostate medicine that can be used for similar conditions too, as it enables you to urinate better), I'm definitely sleeping better and going to the loo less at night. Before I might have needed to urinate 50 or 60 times a night, and now it can be 3 or 4. So I think bringing BG down may seriously help this problem.
     
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    The bit about not peeing all the time meaning not diabetic is certainly not true. My urination patterns were, and are completely normal yet I blew the meter up with an a1c of 114... I'd say that qualifies as diabetic!
     
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  7. Languagelearner

    Languagelearner Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It seems there is more accurate information on diabetes on this forum than anything the GP will tell you. They literally don't understand diabetes. They're not diabetes specialists.
     
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  8. Languagelearner

    Languagelearner Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm keeping my comments on this in one thread, so it is a resource for others. My main problem before diagnosis as diabetic was urinating dozens of times at night, often one drop a time, and being unable to get to sleep. This was the case even when I was Hb1Ac of 37. I'm having tamsulosin, which helps with flow, but is really for enlarged prostate or overactive bladder. I don't think I have either of those - ultrascans show no enlarged prostate, and I do regular Kegel exercises and know overactive bladder isn't what this is.

    The nurse suggested it was a diabetes symptom, owing to glucose in urine. I had expected copious urination volume in that case, but she said it may not be: if I'd gone to the toilet many times in the day, I could have hardly any fluid to pass, and my body could still strain to get rid of glucose.

    Since taking metformin, the problem hasn't gone away, but is much less. I feel that getting blood sugar down to the low 30s might help. The hospital via a phone consultation has now prescribed me vesicare too. This was only prescribed today, but when I get it I will be on: metformin twice a day (2 tablets a time), tamsulosin, vesicare, and due to vitamin D deficiency I have to take a Vitamin D tablet every day for life. I'll update the forum when I know how it works.
     
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    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is interesting as before low carbing I would lose a lot of fluid, although never overnight. Over the almost two months of cutting carbs I seem to pass very little! So the opposite to you almost, but still strange!
     
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  10. KennyA

    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    What I take from all this is that the image of the stereotypical diabetic is often rather far from reality.
     
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    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think you are bang on there KennyA :D
     
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  12. SlimLizzy

    SlimLizzy Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    My main symptom was frequency of urination along with urgency. Always small amounts.
    Now diagnosed prediabetic, have found on a low carb diet this has mostly disappeared.
     
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  13. Languagelearner

    Languagelearner Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Slim Lizzy, this gives me some hope.
     
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    SlimLizzy Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I do hope you have taken the advice to drink more. Your body cannot work properly without sufficient fluid.
     
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