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Type 2 Diabetes: Life Complications

This is a must read for anyone with Type 2 Diabetes, this is my story…

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 2 years ago and my health was deteriorating from that point on. I was gaining weight, sugars were out of control, my energy and metabolism became non existent, I ended up with so many other health conditions such as osteoarthritis (weight bearing) in both my knees, it was a terrible time. I went from seeing one doctor to having 3 different specialists with constant appointments, having to get blood work done all the time and testing my sugars.

Although I changed my eating habits, starting drinking a lot more water, doing as much exercise as I could (even with all the pain), and following all my doctors orders – nothing seemed to help me.

7 months ago I had a TIA (mini stroke) due to my diabetes and it was the scariest thing to go through, all of my doctors were concerned. I ended up having an ultrasound on my carotid artery to check for any blood clots which came back normal but it just so happened that (by accident) during this ultrasound something else was seen – suspected nodules on my thyroid. My thoughts “oh great, another complication”. Life can’t get any better!!

So after getting an ultrasound specifically on my thyroid, doctors found that I had 3 nodules which 2 were benign and 1 was malignant. They were still very small so there was no cause for immediate concern. I went to see a specialist and was put on medication as my thyroid was not working at all. At this time I was scheduled for surgery (one year from that date). I had another ultrasound a couple months later as doctors needed to keep an eye on it and found out that another 2 nodules had formed (those were benign as well). The surgeons office called and scheduled surgery in 2 weeks.

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During this time my diabetes is still out of control, my health is still deteriorating and none of my medications are working. I was very scared as I am only one step away from having to take insulin for the rest of my life.

I go in to have my thyroid completely removed, my thyroid replacement medication was adjusted and let me tell you…what a difference!!! It has only been 6 days and I feel wonderful. I have the most energy I’ve had in years, I feel great every morning and can actually get out of bed without feeling like crap. I test my sugars 3 times a day and the results are astounding (between 5.3 and 7.1 when usually it’s anywhere between 9.2 and 14.7). Even the dark circles under my eyes have gone away lol. So this is what brought on my research, a persons thyroid does more than what most people think.

If any of this sounds like you or someone you know, please get your thyroid checked not just the usual blood work but ultrasound as well. Having my thyroid removed was the best decision I have made. The surgery is simple with little or no complications, one night in hospital and 3 days off work and I am almost completely healed.

A big shoutout to Dr. John Stewart and all the staff at Misericordia that took care of me during my stay. I am doing great!!!

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