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What medical problem do I tackle first?

By November 20, 2011 - 6:43am
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I've just been told I'm diabetic, have liver damage from unknown source (don't drink),but obese so likely non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, & have pneumonia. Wasn't told if Type 1 or 2 diabetes but don't need to measure blood glucose levels, which I thought all diabetics need to do. I went to doctor initially due to excessive bloating, abdominal discomfort and wild swings between constipation and diharrea and extreme fatigue. I quit smoking on July 10, 2011 and added 12 pounds, so am very concerned about losing weight. I just can't get into doing everything at once. I was trying to exercise 1-2 hours daily doing water aerobics, but now so exhausted and ill I can't leave the house. Was sent for additional blood work to test for hepatitis and scheduled for abdominal ultrasound 11/29. Also put on inhalers for COPD and antibiotic for 5 days (Now Day 3- no improvement)

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Hi marianend,


Thank you for your question and welcome to Empowher. It appears you have many different symptoms and issues going on all at once. I think you should follow close with your treating physician since there are no clear diagnoses. Your diabetes should be getting treated and this is common for obese individuals. You can find out more information about diabetes here https://www.empowher.com/condition/diabetes.



Your COPD is probably due to your smoking history which is very common. It is normal to get on inhalers to help with your breathing. This also may be a reason that you are experiencing fatigue along with your diabetes and obesity. Have you tried talking to a nutritionist? You should also consult with your physician about an exercise regime. Slowly losing weight is your best alternative to get back some of your energy and exercising is your best option. I hope this information helps but I would certainly keep close contact with your physician.


I hope that helps.


November 20, 2011 - 11:05am
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