I had to wait a couple of hours before I wrote this post. Yesterday, I contacted my PCP to request a prescription for test strips for my meter (I had used up my stash I had from my previous endo). While on the phone with the receptionist, she asked why did I need test strips. Once I realized she wasn’t joking I explained I was a diabetic (controlling my diabetes via diet) testing 2x/day. She said she would have the doctor call me back. My PCP called me back and told me that I was NOT a diabetic. I gently told yes, I was when I came to her 2.5 years ago. The PCP said that yes I take prednisone for my RA but I’m not a diabetic. (?) O.k.? and she wanted me to come in fasting for labs.
I agreed to do. I went in at 9 am with a BG of 106. Note: I have been running around 110 to 125 in the mornings, during the day around 150. Very thirsty, drinking a gallon of water daily, but not having an appetite.
I told her this information yesterday on the phone and today in person. She still says I’m not a diabetic, that the prednisone is the culprit. I’ve had a previous PCP, 3 endos, a rheumatologist, and a cardiologist all say I’m a diabetic, but this PCP says I am not a diabetic. She is doing a full blood panel and confident that I am not a diabetic.
When I was diagnosed in August 2013 my A1C was 7.5. When my previous endo left the area in 2017 my A1C was 6.2 and she wanted better. The previous endo wanted my morning fasting to range between 90-100, before lunch/dinner to be less than 120, and after meals less than 150.
I told the current PCP I’ve been running 120-130 in the mornings, and around 140-155 lunch/dinner with blurred vision. She says that the numbers are not bad and does not indicate diabetes.
I can’t go to an endo without a referral from her. I am unable to change doctors because doctors in the area are not accepting new patients (this was before COVID-19). She’s always been a little off (rude). But now she’s really got me worried.
My rheumy has been counseling to remain in tight control with the keto diet which is what I am doing which is why I am concerned about my numbers. I do stretching throughout the day.
One thing is different is that I at work my BGs were better but I was always in pain from my RA, now with the quarantine, I’m working from home, and my RA pain is minimal, but my BGs are climbing but I’m staying on my diet even better.
I’ve lost about 5 lbs in 2 weeks.
All advice is greatly appreciated.