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Worried about DS2 (18 months) and just been a bit fobbed off by GP

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NoCapes Fri 19-May-17 10:30:09

I've been worried about DS2 for a long time, still waiting for food allergy tests, he's had acid reflux most of his life and recently there have been some strange new symptoms that I couldn't match up to anything else going on

So I googled, and he has all the symptoms of diabetes (this has come up before as when he was very young he used to smell very very sweet, so made sense)

Took him to the GP this morning and was basically laughed out with a 'if he had diabetes he'd be in a coma' and a refusal to test him
Do I have to wait for him to be critically ill before I get a test? Surely people present with symptoms every day and get tested, without needing to be in a coma??
Should I get a second opinion?

JennyOnAPlate Fri 19-May-17 10:33:49

What symptoms does he have and how long has he had them? type one diabetes would make a baby very ill very quickly.

floatingfrog Fri 19-May-17 10:35:37

Yes I asked GP for a blood sugar test for symtoms my DS had he wouldn't do one. If I had rocked up to A & E with these symptoms it would have been the first thing they would check. I don't know wtf is up with GPs atm.

I think a GP would be up before the GMC of you asked for a blood sugar test and they were found to have diabetes.

I would go and get some strips from boots and test yourself.

It is such a simple test for a GP to do I cannot understand why they won't do it.

floatingfrog Fri 19-May-17 10:37:18


NoCapes Fri 19-May-17 10:47:52

His symptoms have been for around a week or so
He has literally unquenchable thirst, he has a sports bottle type thing that he drains 12/15 times a day, and frequently cries at the sink asking for more
He's also been weeing a lot nappies to his knees within an hour or two and I have to completely strip him and change him a couple of times a night because he'll be wet up to his armpits
Within the last couple of days his hunger has ramped right up too, he's clearing plates bigger than the 7 year olds and offen rooting in cupboards asking for food (something he's never done before)
I've also noticed an increase in tantrums and general emotional-ness, and irritability can also be a symptom

Had no idea you could buy the tests and do it yourself thanks frog
Can I ask what your DS's symptoms were?

NoCapes Fri 19-May-17 10:57:37

Fell off Active, so just a gentle bump smile

FreeButtonBee Fri 19-May-17 10:59:39

okay, that sounds really bad. I would definitely go back. That much thirst is not normal! And keep going back. Maybe call 111 as well?

scaredofthecity Fri 19-May-17 11:01:53

oh it sounds textbook to me sad
crazy that your gp has fobbed you off. It really is such a simple test.
you can buy the machines in boots, also a few of the larger pharmacy chains offer blood sugar testing for free but I'm not sure if they do kids.
if you know anyone with diabetes, they could use their machine to test him.
I hope you get sorted soon

Fitzsimmons Fri 19-May-17 11:04:12

Your poor boy, that sounds terrible. Can you ask to see a different GP? If not, I would go back anyway and refuse to leave until I had some sort of action plan. His drinking habits are not normal and need further investigation.

Alwayshungryforcrisps Fri 19-May-17 11:05:00

Defiant get some strips from Boots, it sounds like he needs this doing asap, to rule out if nothing else.

I would request bloods too, do you have a children's hospital with an A&E department, or a local walk in centre?

Alwayshungryforcrisps Fri 19-May-17 11:05:08


Kahlua4me Fri 19-May-17 11:06:24

Perhaps go to your local pharmacy/Boots and ask them about getting him tested. They could probably do the strip test, which would give you an immediate result.

Or can you ask to see another gp?

TheHiphopopotamus Fri 19-May-17 11:06:49

I think you need to see a different GP. My daughter has Type 1 and nearly died after I took her to doctors (twice) and was fobbed off.

The symptoms are/were:
Tired - do they seem lethargic or listless?
Thirsty - insatiable thirst
Thinner - does it look they've lost weight?
Toilet - are they going to the loo more often?

It seem like your DS fits all those. Even if he doesn't have it, a simple test would rule it out.

NoCapes Fri 19-May-17 11:09:51

Ah I'm glad you all don't think I'm crazy, if it was just one symptom I could understand GP thinking maybe not but its every single symptom isn't it? He actually said at one point "maybe he just really likes water" hmm
He also said it would be a full set of bloods in hospital, not just a finger prick like I was expecting and that's why he wasn't keen to do it because he would be 'traumatised'
We don't have a walk in centre no, but there is a children's A&E nearby, but don't know if it's a case for A&E? I think I'll give 111 a ring and see what they think

Thank you all so much

Gooseygoosey12345 Fri 19-May-17 11:47:26

Quite honestly, and I'll probably be flamed for this, if my gp refused again I'd go to a&e. There's no way I'd risk my children being left to go into a coma! Your gp sounds like an arse quite frankly

DearMrDilkington Fri 19-May-17 11:49:58

I agree with goosey.

JennyOnAPlate Fri 19-May-17 12:45:50

I would go to a&e too. It just isn't worth the risk to leave it.

floatingfrog Fri 19-May-17 12:52:44

I'm afraid to say over the last 5 years the GPs have been rubbish at helping with any problems with my children. I tend to bypass now and go to A&E.

One condition was actually life-threatening and they gave me no help.

TheHiphopopotamus Fri 19-May-17 12:55:41

On second thoughts, I also agree with pp's. If it is diabetes, you'd be sent to hospital anyway, so you might as well cut out the middle man.

Bananamanfan Fri 19-May-17 12:57:38

Go back again, op & ask for a 2nd opinion.

scaredofthecity Fri 19-May-17 12:58:00

it would need to be proper bloods to diagnose officially, but a skin prick test will give an idea. I diagnosed my uncle this way, he then went to the docs afterwards.

ruby29 Fri 19-May-17 12:59:06

Please get a fingerprick blood glucose done today. Might you be able to see another GP this afternoon? If not I would go to A&E. A fingerpirck will either reassure you or make a diagnosis so that he can start treatment straight away. It's not worth risking waiting around.
Hope you get it sorted!

floatingfrog Fri 19-May-17 13:00:04

I also think that when you go to see your GP you have to ask them straight away what you want from them.

"Hello Doctor. I would like you to test my DS's blood sugar as I think he may have diabetes" Instead of giving a list of symptoms and then waiting for the GP to diagnose. It is then almost impossible for them not to do the test.

floatingfrog Fri 19-May-17 13:01:50

And absolutely book another apointment. They cannot refuse you this test.

prakattack Fri 19-May-17 13:02:15

Another one here with a son with Type 1 diabetes - your list of symptoms brought back all teh memories of when my son was diagnosed last year. If your GP is fobbing you off then I too would go straight to A&E.
Not to worry you, but this needs checking - children with undiagnosed diabetes can deteriorate really quickly and you need an answer before the weekend.

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