Hi, I am 59 and was diagnosed with type 2 in January this year. I do not know what my levels are, but i was put on Mitformin 3 times a day, starting with 1 and then working up to 3. Was ok on the one but when the second was added, i started getting tummy troubles, persevered and added the third, but could not cope with diahorrea and tummy pains. Real pain in my left side which was spreading up to my shoulder. Saw the pharmacist who said see gp. Did see him and he put me on slow release metformin 750 twice a day. That was 2 weeks ago and the symptoms are so bad still i am a mess. Been waiting to see Diabetic nurse since January only to be told this week when my appointment came through she was off sick and could not see her for another month. I have also got very high pressure in one of my eyes which is not linked to the diabetes but i had treatment for eye cancer 2 years ago, and am scanned every 6 months for spread to liver and pancreas (not actually been seen though since July last year). My doctor says stick to the Atkins Diet, but the nurse who has been changing my dressings on my legs says i need some carbohydrate. Saw the optician last week who asked for me to be referred urgently to eye clinic because of high pressure in right eye, yet that has also not been done. The pharmacist says i should not go on metformin anymore yet my gp has told me to try a lower 500 dose now. I am not sleeping properly, lightheaded and still have this awful pain. When the optician asked how i am checking my levels i felt like such an idiot , I dont! If type 2 is as serious as i am reading, then why am i being stranded like this? Someone said there is a standard of care that is expected. What can anyone tell me about this? Thanks and sorry for the rant, but i spent 24 weeks waiting to be referred for my eye cancer, so don't want to get caught out again.