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  • #187

    amy
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    I have type 2 and have successfully controlled it for the past four years. Went for a check the other day and apparently my glucose level is ‘off the scale’ and there was evidence of a liver problem.

    An ultrasound showed no liver problem at all.. perfectly normal. I have been prescribed Gliclazide tablets, told no more driving (due to a combination of tablets) and been given a brand new glucose monitor.

    The thing is, the readings are all coming back normal. Slight peaks, as I would expect, but nothing over an 8.

    Due to this and the erroneous panic over liver damage, what is the possibility of the hospital having mixed my results with those of someone else? I suppose it can happen?

    I have another appt at the end of the week, for BP.. and will ask then but wanted some input from someone who knows please.

  • #188

    kerry
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    Is it possible that you ate something different that causes the spike, or that the sample was contaminated? Not been well, that can cause your BM to rise? Did they do the HbA1c, which gives a better picture over a longer period?
    I think we all heading towards type II, to a greater or lesser extent. Have you had a look at the various charities online about diabaete, lots of tips from people trying to control their diabetes by diet? It seems different people react differently to the carbohydrate in different foods. Lots of advice from people who have diabetes and what works for them
    I would do a food diary, there are lots of apps for this and test before and after meals for a week.

  • #189

    andypandy
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    If its HBA1C then it sounds like they made a mistake. You cant have wildly uncontrolled diabetes then well controlled diabetes the next day. However a one off test could easily have been a one off. Id ask for another HBA1C now to check

  • #190

    sam
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    Mixed up results can certainly happen! My late mother was erroneously told that she had a recurrence of breast cancer after hospital tests, it was two years later when a young, on the ball doctor questioned the diagnosis that she was told that it hadn’t recurred. Quite apart from the worry caused to my mother and her unnecessary treatment, what about the poor woman who was told that her test was clear?
    In your case, OP, I would contact the clinic again and ask for a review.

  • #191

    amy
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    Thanks all. Since the blood test was analyzed by the same hospital which told me I had advanced, terminal cancer with only a very few months to live, I should have realized that yes, they can make mistakes. I had to live with that little gem for three weeks, kids were devastated and then I got a letter saying I was all clear!

    I shall ask for a 2nd blood test on Friday and monitor it closely until then.

  • #192

    fred99
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    Ask for a repeat blood test, also no driving?? They use to stop you driving once you had insulin but that is old guildlines. You have to be careful a gliclizide can give you hypos the same as insulin but as long as it’s under control I would question being allowed to drive

  • #193

    amy
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    @fred99 Yeah, I agree but the problem is I am also on morphine and the combination makes it inadvisable. I will certainly ask for a second opinion before ditching the car altogether but then would also need to talk to insurers who, I am certain, will err on the side of caution.

  • #194

    fred99
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    @amy Taking morphine would be in issue, but depending when you take it and how it effects you would be the barrier (even Piriton has a warning about driving because of the sedative effects). I don’t think the insurer would need to know about medications. But would need to know about conditions that the DVLA need to be informed about as they mark it on you license.

  • #195

    fred99
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    There are other medications you can take for Type 2, so even if it turns out that you do need tablets now, it doesnt need to mean the end of driving.

  • #196

    carly
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    If you have been medically advised not to drive and you do, then you invalidate your insurance. Get the test results checked again before you drive and get them to prescribe different meds if at all possible.

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