I was diagnosed in October of 2001.
I started a weight loss program and was loosing weight rapidly.
I was also having other symptoms such as blurred vision. I did not
think much of it until I started having foot pain. I went to see
my doctor and was told I had Plantar Facitis (a foot tendon problem)
and was sent home with exercises and pain meds.
I was also tested for low potassium while I was there due to leg
cramps. I received a call that evening at midnight asking if I felt
OK, I was at 640. They said I should go to the hospital immediately,
I said I felt fine. Next morning I went to my doctor and was tested
again. Over 600 then as well. I was hospitalized. My foot problem
was worse, I was severely dehydrated, and had dangerously low potassium
levels. I finally convinced them something else was going on and
they diagnosed a large blood clot in my leg.
In the hospital for 6 days. Everything that could go wrong did.
I was on insulin for about 2 months out of the hospital then chaneged
to Glucophage which I take now. I have lost 85 lbs so far and my
numbers are excellent. Luckily I can eat anything I want but I have
learned small portions are the way for me and no desserts because
I choose not to. I exercise and hope to be off Glucophage by the
end of this year and control it with diet and exercise. I hope to
continue to loose weight and stay healthy for many years to come.