Managing Dual Diagnoses: Diabetes & Fibromyalgia

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Diabetes and fibromyalgia are two chronic conditions that can cause devastating symptoms.
Air Date: 11/20/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Natasha Williams
Natasha-WilliamsNatasha Williams struggled with diabetes for much of her life. Having never quite fit into either the "type-1" or "type-2" diagnosis, she recently learned via a genetic test that she is actually a sufferer of MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young). Unfortunately, a fibromyalgia diagnosis was forthcoming as well. Through knowledge and specific health tools, Natasha has been able to overcome her diagnoses and live a full, happy life. Along with being an army wife, mother of two, and full-time student, Natasha has founded the Monterey Military Attic as well as the virtual assistant services company, Ghostly Pen. She is also a member and supporter of Military Mama Network.
  • Guest Twitter Account: @Ms_Natasha_W
Managing Dual Diagnoses: Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
At the age of 15, Natasha Williams was suffering from dehydration, kidney infections, fatigue, and body aches and pains.

She'd even been hospitalized due to her conditions.  

It wasn't until a specialist looked at the bottom of Natasha's feet and noticed early signs of diabetes (dryness, cracking) that she finally had an answer.

She was originally diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, and was using diet, exercise, stress management and proper amounts of sleep to deal with her condition.

She and her family members were constantly monitoring her habits. But, as a teen, it's hard to follow such a strict lifestyle, especially when it arises so quickly.

Natasha suffered with her symptoms until she was almost 31, at which time she saw an endocrinologist who suggested genetic testing. Tests revealed that Natasha actually suffered from a genetic form of diabetes, called Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY).

Unlike type-2 diabetes, which can be reversed with the proper treatment, MODY is a permanent situation. While you can manage the condition, there's never going to be a "cure."

Unfortunately for Natasha, the MODY diagnosis wasn't answering questions about her continued muscle aches/pains and fatigue. Eventually, she was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

But, knowledge is power, and Natasha has been able to overcome many of her symptoms by diligently tracking her foods, exercise/activity, and medications. This has helped her figure out what her triggers are.

She says you have to know when "too much is TOO much and take care of yourself first."

Listen in as Natasha shares more about her health journey, as well as the specific ways she has learned to address her conditions.