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Old Nov 18, 2022 at 11:28 AM
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Oh yeah, it would be annoying then. It may be fun to try some day in a different spot but you have a lot of new tools to keep you busy anyway
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Old Nov 24, 2022 at 06:58 AM
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Apologies in advance for what could be a long thread.

Two years ago, had a "provisional" type 2 diagnosis. GP wanted another blood test. Then Covid hit (in general, not me!). Blood test cancelled, then few days later asked to make appointment to discuss its results. When I pointed out no blood test happened, I was thanked for letting them know then heard nothing.

Fast forward to June this year. Asked to book blood test. Results confirmed type 2 diagnosis. First appointment with diabetes nurse who lacked some empathy skills. "Noticed you're overweight when you walked in", "you must exercise". Thanks, tell me something I don't already know. Informed can no longer see usual GP and passed over to specialist diabetes one. Telephone appointments ensured, metformin prescribed. 112 tablets arrived, he forgot to send dosage instructions.

Then fun started. For anyone who has taken this drug and had side effects, you know what I'm talking about. Next telephone appointment told him and he prescribed slow release ones. Even worse side effects. So now have over 100 tablets to take to pharmacy for disposal.

Finally got face-to-face appointment last week. What a thrill that was! For a young guy had little "bedside manner". When I said I'd stopped taking the tablets, then got a lecture on what diabetes can do. Said I was well-aware but would not sacrifice my dignity. So, now he's prescribed something else with a host of side effects too. Dapagliflozin. I use postal prescription delivery so they've yet to arrive.

Also argued with me that fungal type problems experienced were all because of my type 2 and nothing to do with metformin. No amount of telling him that it began when I started the tablets. Have only recently got it under control.

One piece of good news. Had my first diabetic eye test and everything was fine. Although it revealed I should get reading glasses (years of computer use!). GP didn't have the report, so as advised by optician, wasn't sharing it with him.

Next doctor's appointment should be interesting. There's another diabetes one so will try to swop if I can.
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Old Nov 27, 2022 at 07:58 AM
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Wow, will they not let you see your regular doctor permanently just because you have diabetes?
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Old Nov 28, 2022 at 06:53 AM
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No hvert, they won't.

Seem to have totally ignored I'm taking medication for hereditary high blood pressure.

This new diabetes tablet seems to be a "wonder drug" according to this new doctor. Apparently, will protect my heart and also "have a positive effect on my blood pressure". I'll be reading the info sheet very carefully,

Yes, the UK's NHS is a mess....
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Old Nov 29, 2022 at 04:25 PM
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I hope it works better for you than the metformin! I was fortunate to not get many side effects from the metformin so I take that and eat low carb. It gets old.
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Old Dec 01, 2022 at 05:01 AM
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I've started taking the new drug and so far, no obvious side effects except skin problem has flared up again.

The info sheet was like a mini book. The worst, but very rare, side effects don't bear thinking about. And why they should manifest themselves in that part of your body is very strange. Not wishing to be too indelicate, I'll be paying more attention than usual.

Only family member who knows is my aunt. During long phone chat about my mother's attitude last night, I told her. She doesn't think it's a good idea to tell mother unless forced to. Happy days!
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Old Dec 29, 2022 at 04:46 PM
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Have now told my mother and she keeps "picking away" at the subject. Firstly, why I knew in June but hadn't told her. Secondly, she's wound up about who knew before her.

Appointment with diabetes nurse earlier was interesting. Different one to last time. Much more approachable. Impressed me with her efficiency and common sense. As I've only been on new medication for just over a month, she said there was no point in taking blood so now need to cancel follow up appointment with doctor.

She took my blood pressure, wants a week's readings, to be given to my usual doctor. When I mentioned about not having contact with him anymore, she was surprised. She confirmed he's still available for advice.

Listed everything I needed to do for future appointments. Still didn't have record of eye test. Looked at my feet, talked about diet. Mentioned exercise but in a far nicer way. Her final comment "I'm here to empower you, not criticise". Have her name for future reference.

What a different experience! Result!!
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Old Dec 30, 2022 at 08:03 AM
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This second nurse sounds fantastic! I hope you can meet with her again if you have to go again.


I was skipping my metformin here and there over the holidays and learned that it makes a huge difference for me, much more than I realized. Even when I just had eggs for breakfast, my numbers would be much worse if I forgot to take my metformin. It's good to know.
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Old Dec 30, 2022 at 01:33 PM
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Yes, she was and I've written down her name to request her for future appointments. Will also do the same for other diabetes doctor, to try and avoid the other one.

Although she wanted me to start BP readings today, have decided it can wait a few days as they're not open until Tuesday anyway.

When I explained about what metformin did to me, she listened. When I mentioned the skin problems starting when I began medication, she expressed surprise but accepted my word (unlike the doctor).
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