I am not sure how common this is and am interested how everyone else was diagnosed and if anyone has had a similar experience.
I am a 38 year old male, and started having some health issues around August of last year. I went from being pretty healthy to being in the ICU in one evening.
I started having severe pain in my upper abdominal area and went the the ER. They diagnosed me with pancreatitis, noting that I had high blood sugar levels and high triglycerides. At a follow up with my primary care DR the next week he told me I had type 2 diabetes and started me on Metformin and a long lasting insulin. I was on this regimen for 6 moths and my blood sugar levels did not get any better in fact worse. Finally one evening I stood up and fainted! When my wife found me and I came to, I checked my blood sugar levels and they were over 600. My primary care Dr did not seem to concerned and told me to just up my long acting insulin 10 units.
Being extremely tired, thirsty and in general feeling like crap all of the time, combined with the most recent fainting episode I decided to see an endocrinologist. After doing some blood work, it turns out I have type 1, not type 2. This was 2 weeks ago, and already the new regimen I am on has me feeling much better and my blood sugar levels are coming down.
I cant seem to get over my anger at the assumptive diagnosis of type 2. The wasted time, money and all those months of feeling like shit could have been avoided by a simple blood test. I am not overweight, and from what I am reading now; I had all the signs of being type 1.
How often does this happen? Are people commonly diagnosed and treated for type 2 when they are type 1? Had I not advicated for myself who knows what would have ended up happening. I understand that it isn’t common for someone my age to be diagnosed with type 1, but you would think that one simple blood test would be common practice.
Has this happened to anyone else??