Has anybody heard of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA), also known as Type 1.5 Diabetes? I have had fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and various and sundry lesser health conditions for several years. About two months ago, I wound up in the emergency room for 12 hours with an attack of acute pancreatitis, caused by a gallstone getting stuck in a bile duct. The pain was very bad, but I don't remember much about it, because they put me on Dilaudid (which I'd never heard of before). That stuff really knocked me out. I wound up losing a whole day! During that time, I apparently had both a CAT scan and an MRI, among other tests. Since the tests showed that I had more gallstones, I wound up having laparascopic gallbladder surgery. I was in the hospital for seven days. For most of that time, I wasn't eating solid food. They had me on IV fluids, a sucrose drip and antibiotics, plus most of my other medication. During my hospital stay, my blood sugar shot up -- hardly a surprise considering the damage to my pancreas, the fact that I was getting a lot of sugar through the IV, and I do have a family history of diabetes. They wound up giving me insulin shots five times. So why am I asking about diabetes on a fibromyalgia board? I remember seeing discussion on this list about developing insulin resistance--which is what happens in Type 2 diabetes, the kind they diagnosed for me. However, most Type 2 diabetics are overweight. I was well within the normal range when I went into the hospital, and I've lost more weight since then. So I started searching the Internet for information that could help me keep my blood sugar down *without* the weight loss that is appropriate for most Type 2 diabetics. That's when I found out about something called Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA), also called Type 1.5 diabetes. Apparently, this often affects people who are *not* overweight. What struck me is the fact that this form seems to involve an autoimmune response. MS is an autoimmune disease, and I think fibromyalgia has been described as an autoimmune condition as well. There may not be any connection between fibroyalgia and diabetes (of any type), but this board has been such a fount of knowledge for me in the past that I thought I'd ask. At this point, my oral diabetes medication and diet seem to be keeping my blood sugar under control. But Type 1.5 diabetics tend to need insulin sooner than Type 2 diabetics. If anyone on this board has any knowledge or experience that can help me delay, if not avoid, becoming insulin-dependent, I certainly would appreciate the information. Thank you in advance. --Laura R.M.