Fibromyalgia & Diabetes: Telling New Symptoms of Illness to Your Doctor

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • I have a confession to make.  I’m guilty of not practicing what I preach.  A few months ago I began having tingling – more like pins and needles – and numbness in my legs.  Figuring it was a new fibromyalgia symptom, I didn’t do anything about it.  Then about a month ago, I started having mild headaches – not normal for me, but again another FM symptom.  I wondered about it but did nothing.  I’ve also been more tired than usual but since my fatigue level varies with FM, I didn’t pay attention.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I found I was extremely thirsty.  Alert – not an FM symptom.

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    To make a long story short, I had blood work done and it turns out I have diabetes.  In fact, when my doctor called me she said it was so bad that I was in extreme danger of going into a diabetic coma and dying or having a heart attack.  I immediately went to her office and she gave me a blood glucose meter and prescriptions for medications to bring my blood sugar down as quickly as possible.  It’s been three days and my glucose levels have come down quite a bit, although I’m still not out of the danger zone. 

    The main reason I’m sharing this is to encourage you not to ignore new symptoms, even if you think they could be part of your current illness.  I don’t think anyone hates going to the doctor and getting tests done more than I do.  Plus I have the added excuse of not having any insurance.  And I know how discouraging it is to go in with a new symptom only to be told it’s just another phase of fibromyalgia.  But it’s worth the frustration and expense.

    I’ve learned my lesson.  Ignoring new symptoms can be just plain dangerous.  So, please do as I say, not as I do – or rather did.  It could be a matter of life and death. 


    Wishing you health and happiness,

Published On: August 25, 2008