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south70 posted:
A while ago I wrote about going to see my new Endocrinologist and I finally met her June 28th.. She was not happy with my Dr at all. That made me feel better to know that I wasn't the only thinking that he is a dink. My A1C 3 months ago was 6.1 and now is at 6.6 and my Cholesterol was 119 and 3 months later is 151. She told me that I have 3 months to get off the couch and start exercising or she was putting me on another med.. I do not like meds.. Also she said that she saw after downloading my meter that my meds are not working. So, I am still on Metforming but I am doing an extended release and working my way up to 3 pills a day. If this doesn't work then I will go to a shot a day, however I don't remember the name of it.. I also had an appt with a dietician who made sure that I understood everything and talked to me about food choices and what I should be doing.. It was an amazing appointment.. To bad that my Dr fought me on going to her. My insurance got involved. I dearly love my insurance company.. Ok, well I just wanted those out there to know that there is hope, even when your Dr seems to be fighting against you.. There is always someone above their head.
mhall6252 responded:
Sounds like you're on your way to better health. Good luck and let us know how things are going.
Diabetic since 5/2001
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Smile and the world smiles with you.
south70 replied to mhall6252's response:
Thank you , I will do that.. =o)
denial741974 responded:
hi south, how are you< I don't think we met, I've been a web M.D. diabetes to for the past four years, I was diagnosed January 20, 2008, I'm Den 37 single man with learn disability and mental issues but am working on my progress. I can beat my disease so nice to meet you take care.
no denial anymore in my health, it's a learning experience
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Thanks for sharing your story south70!

Getting a 2nd opinion is always an option - I'm so glad you found answers. Here's a good article that gives some information on that topic:

How to Ask for a Second Opinion

auriga1 responded:
South, so glad you received a second opinion. Wish my mother had done that. She relied on her cardiologist to keep her toeing the line. Didn't work.

I was so fortunate that I inherited a great diabetic team: endo, dietician and CDE. They were extremely beneficial in my fight to get my A1C down (13.2). I now stand at an A1C of 5.8, a month and a half ago.

I use two insulins and probably will for the rest of my life. I don't mind because I'm in control. I still have to count my carbs diligently and exercise. Listen to your doctor! Get off the couch. Best way to stay in control of this disease. You may find if you have weight to lose, you may not need medications.

Good luck to you and thanks for posting your story. Anyone not happy with their doc should do as you did.
pepe51 responded:
There is hope but another question is a endocrinologist a better option than a regular MD? Why am asking have had diabetes for 7 yrs in Dec 2012 and have been seeing a reg ddoctor. Get tested twice a yr so nothing seems to be amiss. sugar last test was 136 and a1c was 6.2 about. should i switch drs or just leave way it is
auriga1 replied to pepe51's response:
Pepe51, that is entirely up to you. It's a matter of personal opinion. Although I should say, another doctor did refer me to an endocrinologist without me asking him to.

The doctor I have now is also an educator in diabetes. As I said, I was extremely lucky when I was referred to him. I was also diagnosed as an uncontrolled diabetic who needed to bring my A1C down drastically. My sugars were terribly high.

An endocrinologist is considered to be practicing a specialty. I don't know if you have insurance but many times it will make a difference. My co-pay is higher when I am referred to a specialist, but to me, this specialist makes all the difference in the world.

If you are happy with the way things are going and your doctor is, too, don't do anything.
south70 replied to pepe51's response:
I switched because my Dr walked out on me after telling me I had diabetes. It all depends on your situation.. I find that having an endo, I also get a dietician and a diabetic nurse.. The endo specializes in diabetes so she seems to have a lot more info.. If your A1C isn't coming down it might be because of you eating, or meds . It doesn't hurt to get a second opinion I have found out.. Good luck with what ever decision you make. =o)
brunosbud responded:
Doctor's can be "dinks", no question...

And, doctor's can definitely be rude and obnoxious. No question about that either.

No big thang, really. 1. Meet your doctor. 2. Ask him/her a couple questions. 3. Let them ask a few questions.

Take bout 5, maybe 10 minutes, tops, to get a good reading on the "dink" meter. If they rate off the scale, shake hands and wish em a nice life. Then, go find another doctor...

That's how its done in CA and, apparently, that's what you did, too. It was the smart and right thing to do.

But, the 6.1 to 6.6 and the 119 to 151...Are you pinning this on your "dink" doctor? Are you suggesting he's responsible for your test results?

I'm confused because the way I see it, one has no relevance to the other. What if your A1C in 3 months climbs to 7.0. Does that mean the endocrinologist is a "dink", too?
south70 replied to brunosbud's response:
No, my old Dr was not a good Dr. because he wasn't making sure that my numbers where coming down on my meds.. I was not stabilizing.. my numbers obviously were climbing, which showed at my endo drs appt.. My other dr is a general dr. He seemed to be in a hurry and didn't like to explain things.. With me changing the way I am eating and being put on a higher dose of meds my numbers have stabilized in fact they are ranging between 93 and 112 that is before and 2 hrs after I eat.. I am very happy with my Endo dr she is amazing.. She sits and listens and asks many questions.. She didn't just tell me that I had diabetes and walk out of the door.. I have changed the way I am eating with the help of a dietician and my friend who is also a dietician.. I work out every morning.. My numbers are truly showing that I am doing the right things.. With NO help from someone who walks out of a room.. I have a lot to be thankful for from my Endo dr, my dietician, my diabetic nurse.. My friend and my family.. As for my cholesterol I am hoping that that number will come down with the help of my dietician and friend showing me the best ways to prepare food and what do's and don'ts are out there.. I am feeling much better now, I have more energy and I am not on the couch watching tv all the time.. I hope that this clears anything up for you.. =o)
brunosbud replied to south70's response:
Thanks for the explanation and congratulations on getting control of your diabetes. Sounds like you have an excellent support team behind you and justifiable optimism for improved outcomes. Good on you!

I share this only to show there are two sides of this diabetes issue. Let us realize and understand that the treatment of diabetes is very difficult and demands good communication between both patient & doctor. With successful weight loss outcomes running less than 1 in 10, this study clearly shows that message is clearly getting lost and people are becoming very impatient with each other...

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