Right, where do I start? I had a very helpful and interesting consultation with my GP yesterday and covered all my concerns. She had the copy of the T and F report regarding statins, which I left at the surgery for her two weeks ago, with a covering letter from me. She had read it all through. (This report which Avocado kindly posted a link to, can be found at: http://diabetes-support.org.uk/diabetes_forum/index.php/topic,6479.0.html
The T and F report suggested that CoQ10
and selenium supplements could help reverse heart failure but my GP said that, unfortunately, they are not available on prescription. I will ask again when I go to the Heart Failure Clinic.
I had blood tests done a week before this consultation and she gave me the results. My total cholesterol was 6 with an HDL of 1.11 and a non HDL of 4.9. I didn't ask any more about the breakdown as I had already made my mind up that I was not going to take any more statins. The T and F report had shown that statins could cause heart failure and other complications such as high blood sugar and raised levels of creatinine. I have all three of these! My GP did not argue and took the Atorvastatin off my repeat prescription along with the quinine tablets which I have also decided to give up. In fact I stopped taking them a few weeks back. I was pleased to be told that my creatinine levels had gone down some more and were now at the normal level of 92.
We then came onto the HbA1c result and my worry about "Dawn Phenomenon". My latest reading was 53 so had crept up another three points. My GP said how pleased she was that I had managed to control my diabetes without medication since diagnosis. She spoke about Metformin but as I had experienced problems with my kidneys in the past, she did not want to put me on them unless absolutely necessary. She suggested that I have another HbA1c blood test taken in May.
We then spoke about my tiredness and dry mouth problems and she does not think it is the Oxybutinin, as I have been taking it for a while now. She said that any side effects would have made themselves known at the beginning. She prescribed Beconase nasal spray and will give me a ring in 2 weeks to see how things are going. Once I can breathe through my nose, my dry mouth problem may not be so bad. We will just have to wait and see how things go now.