Hi although I have been a diagnosed diabetic for over 15 years, I have resisted Facebook groups, live treatment groups, and I really don’t know any other diabetics. With the exception of my mother who has passed.
I find myself in a rather awkward position. To try and make a long story short for 13 years my boss and my employer accommodated my diabetes by allowing me a somewhat regular schedule so that I could regulate my medication my food and my sleep.
Six months ago new boss. I no longer have a regular schedule starting at five different times on five different days, working three nights a week and then two daytime shifts then back to nights.
Ending up having a stress related meltdown. Went to the doctors only to discover I had a 99.9% blocked coronary artery. I was on FMLA for almost 3 1/2 months.
I was very excited to get back to work and I was willing to work with the nasty schedule the awful hours and whatever they threw my way because I really love my job and my coworkers.
Now comes the really hard part. In a matter of one month I have managed to alienate anger and upset everyone from work and my family. And all with big woefully being unaware that I was being unreasonable. Has anybody else experienced diabetic rage.
Apparently diabetic rage is a real thing and for the most part you’re not aware that is happening you just keep losing your temper having meltdowns and crying a lot. Unregulated work shifts, unregulated sleep, unregulated medicine, and unregulated eating, or major contributing factors. Add to that severe family stress from two very sad incidences.
Finally my question. Does anybody else experienced this on a regular basis and how the hell do you combat it. And how long does it take to get back to normal. Believe it or not my GP doesn’t know a whole hell of a lot about it. Hopefully going to the endocrinologist on Tuesday maybe she’ll have some better insight.
In the meantime I’m staying away from my family I’ve been suspended from work for aggressive behavior, and unfortunately I trashed my pottery studio. Thank I’m hoping you All will be a safe haven.
Jeff Webster I’m not going to say I’m an expert on Diabetic Rage, but what you’re going through sounds disabling. If your new Endo can’t help you, I think you could qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. No shame. You didn’t ask to be a diabetic or to have a new boss that’s an a–hole.
Sherry Cochrane Jeff Webster well I’m only 12 months away from Medicare and retirement. It would probably take at least 18 months to get on disability so that’s not even a solution for me. Not to mention I only work because I need the motivation to get up and move.
Sherry Cochrane Jeff Webster It sounds a lot worse to have diabetes and depression. For 15 years I have never suffered from either depression or rage. So I guess I can count myself lucky.
Jeff Webster There’s so much you can be happy about. My thyroid has been nuclear ablated so it won’t give me much of it’s protein or some such. I’m an old guy so my prostate is enlarged. I also have high cholesterol, and high blood pressure along with 20% congestive heart failure, of course the Type 1 cancer, major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, anxiety order and mild agorophobia all aspiring to beat the Big C, Esophageal Cancer that can’t be cured, but can be treated. Been having Chemo every three weeks, for a year and a half.
Jj Zacher See an attorney. You needed accommodation and were denied. That’s illegal. You should qualify for intermittent FMLA. You have several qualifying conditions for such. Maybe a therapist can help too. You WILL get through this. But don’t be afraid to ask for help. Good luck.
Megan Szczepanski I too am diabetic. Within the last two years, I’ve been going in and out of fits of pure rage. after it’s over with, I don’t remember what happened, what was said, or what I did. (Depends on how bad the rage fit lasts) I just have to pick up whatever I broke. I’ve driven away Friends of a decade, and family too because my rage fits get very VERY nasty. Super aggressive, almost physical. I recognize it’s not me, and that I sincerely do not mean to take it that far. I have no absolute reasoning on why this change happened. It just did. I can’t seem to control it anymore.
Sherry Cochrane Megan Szczepanski i’m extremely fortunate that I have a husband who is very devoted to me and helping me. My son is married to a nurse and she explained some of it to me. But as she said she doesn’t really know or understand it. But they’re very patient. My daughter well as always be the levelheaded one that will hug me and say it will be OK because I said so.
Megan Szczepanski Sherry Cochrane no ma’am I am not medicated for diabetes. My last blood draw said that I was at high risk for diabetes mellitus. I haven’t been able to keep up correctly for I have uncovered multiple other underlying health issues via bloodwork. It’s made it hard for me to take care of myself properly.
Megan Szczepanski Sherry Cochrane I have been passing out often but I simply thought that was because I fell under the struggle of anorexia. Diabetes was the last thing that had come to mind to be honest with ya. That’s why I joined this group. I wanna learn more and know signs and be able to ask questions and gain more knowledge from other people’s experiences.
Sherry Cochrane Megan Szczepanski I think it would bothers me the most is it somehow the chemicals in my brain are being altered and then after 15 some years of diabetes this may have done some permanent damage. I never before this year ever experience any kind of emotional problems not even depression. I excepted my diabetes as my mother and father were both diabetic as were both their parents and grandparents. Throughout the years I tried to take good care of myself knowing that it was a possibility. But the inevitability never scared me my grandmother lived to be 98 my grandfather 92. My father God bless him is still alive at 87. I’ve always known that diabetes is not a death sentence unless you let it be. Or at least that’s what my dad says to me.
Jeff Webster I may have experienced this and just put it down to my anxiety and just taken a xanex for it and it calmed me down. Like I said. Not an expert.
Sherry Cochrane Jeff Webster Quite honestly When is first started I thought I was just experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Had an assessment, and was quite simply told it was not standard anxiety or panic. They would look into it neurologically. After two months of testing they find nothing.
Cynthia Taber You have a lot on your plate! Have you considered finding a counselor to talk to? It is not uncommon to come out of a medical scare…especially relating to your heart without some measure of anxiety…which can present itself as anger…or as you describe it…rage, meltdowns, and crying. This may also relate to the hypervigilance aka PTSD-like feelings that come from managing a 24/7 disease. Diabetic distress is a conglomerate of depression, grief, burnout, fatigue, and behaviors/symptoms that are similar to PTSD. I would encourage you to find a therapist who is versed in the treatment of PTSD and go that route. I know for me…after my traumatic experience (near death from DKA…Afib…acute respiratory failure) and 10 days in the hospital, I came home with my new diagnosis, a prescription for insulin and PTSD. And the meltdowns, crying, anxiety attacks, and other issues led my therapist to diagnose me with PTSD. It has been hard work to process the trauma and grief surrounding my diagnosis. That said, I have an amazing counselor who is blunt and kind and who has guided me through the process of coming to grips with my new path.
And just for perspective…I am in my last class in my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Trauma and Grief Recovery. How’s that for irony! What has been on the pages of my text books and research is now part of my own recovery and process. Don’t give up…take one step at a time…and know that you are not alone…we get it!
Kathy Caplan My daughter can get feisty when she gets high or low and can be difficult. She had been much better on a pump and talking about it helps too. Stress can definitely make it worse.
Natasha Flamm It sounds like you definitely need to see a psychiatrist or psychologist to determine what you have. Diabetic rage may be the cause, but it could be PTSD as stated above, or something like intermittent explosive disorder. I’m not finding a whole lot about diabetic rage, so I wonder if it’s a current or outdated diagnosis. 🤷 Are bg’s high or low when this happens? No matter what, the best thing you can do is get bg’s under control as much as possible. Determining the problem is what will help you get the right treatment. Anger management may help as well. Good luck and hope you feel better soon!
Sherry Cochrane Well that’s odd because on the medical sites that I have been looking on I have found quite a bit about diabetic rage. Many of them quite current. Well lots of things to tell me what it is and what causes it. Very little that explains if it’s reversible. And/or if the treatment is simply maintaining a good BS range.
Jody Frahm Wow you have been through a lot lately. Please hang in there I know it isn’t easy. Take a walk daily if you can. My chiropractor suggested taking as organic as possible fish oil supplement. And wow did it help. I am not half as angry or upset at the world when I take the supplement. I feel like I am much calmer and easier to deal with. Recently I had to put my dad in a nursing home and all heck broke loose with my mom and brother. I truly feel if I had not been on fish oil I too would of been much more frantic and angry. I’ve been s type 1 for 44 of my 46 yrs. working different shifts and different start times is super hard on me. See if there is s regular shift job you can get. Good luck, I am rooting for you to get through this!
Melissa Noderer I’m not a medical professional, but….
It sounds like a prescription mood stabilizer might be in order. Something else, other than diabetes, might be causing rage issues and mood swings.
Talk to your primary care physician for help or a referral to another medical care provider.
Wishing you well.
Sherry Cochrane Just got done reading an article about the possible triggers for diabetic rage and diabetic mania. Never heard the term diabetic mania before either. It says that every person has different triggers and that they can be either physical, emotional, or chemical-based. Not sure what any of that really means so I’m gonna read some more.
Wendy Anderson Dittman Please consider that this type of work schedule is not good for your health long term. While you mention your diabetes, you also discuss the blocked artery which can definitely have an impact on your mood. If your glucose levels are elevated or on a roller coaster that impacts mood. This is a one day at a time one step at a time task in front of you. Write down your most pressing questions before heading into the endocrinologist. Sometimes our most difficult paths to endure lead us to take action that puts us on a better path. Sending you well wishes.
Sherry Cochrane I called the HR department where I work and they said that I had to have medical documentation of the exact shift I need to work in order to have a healthier lifestyle. First they responded with I’m lucky that I got my job back after being on FMLA. And then I should’ve had my needs in writing before I went back to work. So now I’m struggling with HR my doctors and trying to get this sorted and once again I had a meltdown today. It wasn’t a very bad one and I was able to get back in control but it took some doing.
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