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Gennie27
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   Posted 7/25/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello I have a question I hope you all can answer. I have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes but about a week ago I was at my mom's and ate some fettuccinni alfredo.10 min. after I had finished my upper and lower lips went numb and I felt weak and dizzy.My hubby made the comment I should borrow my friends glucose machine and check my sugar levels. She said they were a little high. I called my dr. and he said he wants me to chart what levels my sugar is at until my appt. So I have been but my sugar levels are in the low 40's in the morning (like today it was 43) and after I eat (I didn't know to wait 2hrs. so I checked about 30min. after) it was 418. The 418 reading came after eating an ear of corn and about a cup of soup beans. I'm just wandering what could be my problem I mean I can't seem to find anything on going low to high just on going high. Is this low and high readings and should I be concerned. Sorry for the long post but Thank-you for Helping me.                       
                       Gennie

Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/25/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Jimminy Crickets that's a huge leap from 43 to 418!!! Are you on any meds? Certain meds can sometimes play havoc with blood sugar levels.

I hope your appointment is soon cause you really need to get that checked out. "Normal" people don't go that low unless they're on some meds or have something seriously wonky with their metabolism.

Make sure your hands are clean before you finger test and do your morning fasting test (at least 8 hours without food) and do another 2 hour post prandial test after breakfast one day, lunch the next, then dinner the next. Would be beneficial to see what you test at before bed, too. Gives an idea of what your BGLs are during the night (when you compare with the fasting test). I would also suggest, if you can, to do a 3:00am test. You're waking up with WAAAAY too low a number.

Being high is a long-term concern. Being low is an immediate concern. Call your doctor immediately if you continue to have low fasting numbers.

A few other things to be aware of:
- frequent thirst
- frequent urination
- fatigue/malaise
- fast weight loss/gain
- blurry eyesight
- hair loss
- sweats
- shaking/nervousness

They could also be symptoms of a disfunctional metabolism.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

Post Edited (Phishbowl) : 7/25/2008 5:43:59 PM (GMT-6)


Gennie27
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   Posted 7/25/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Im sorry I should of specified that the 42 reading was a fasting reading and the 418 was later tghat day after supper. I do get shaky and dizy Sometimes I feel like passing out and I'm tired all of the time. My dr.appt.is set for the 30th and I'm still getting those low numbers in the morning But thanks I will trty to take it at 3 am The problem I am having is I just feel like vomiting and I have headaches as well. I just wish all of this would stop It's kind of hard for me to take care of my 3 kids because it even affects my brain and I can't think properly.
          Thanks,
               Gennie

Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/25/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Gennie,
Start eating a peanut butter sandwich at night. See if that helps with the morning lows. (Fat in the peanut butter slows down the bread/carb absorption so it's like a time release.) The fat is a monosaturated fat, like olive oil and actually good for you, has protein to also help level out your blood sugar. If that doesn't work, try setting your alarm and eating in the middle of the night. Always have protein and fat with a carb. You are doing the roller coaster blood sugar thing... You should be eating small meals 6 times a day until you get to the doc.

Help him/her help you. Start a food diary and any blood sugar readings you have. The readings are meaningless without the foods list that caused them, ok? Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Gennie27
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   Posted 7/25/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
thank-you all for being so helpful. My dr. actually wanted me not to change my diet but he did have me to keep a diary on foods and levels so I have that but I think I will follow your advice as to eating small meals because I don't think I can make it to the 30th feeling this way. But if you don't mind me asking do you know why I'm doing the rollercoaster thing I mean is it a diabetes thing or hypoglocemia. I am so confused Thanks again

Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/26/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Gennie,
Everyone's body reacts differently to foods. Some of us here can't eat potatoes or wheat but barley and brown rice are ok... Some can't have any fruit or juice and others are fine with an apple or banana with peanut butter. And to complicate matters, hypoglycemics often do a flip-flop to diabetes in their 40's. You may be in the middle of the flip-flop. But this is why you have a doctor to help you figure this out and start to feel better.

If you notice that a big carb load makes you sleepy, don't eat so many starches. Substitute green beans with a pat of butter or zucchini grilled with olive oil and garlic. Start buying broccoli in bulk from the freezer section and fix it several times a week. Sprinkle with a little grated cheese. If the fam is having pizza, take your slices and scrape the good stuff off and dice it on a plate. Scatter that over a salad and you have Pizza Salad! There are lots of ways to get around the carbs if they are your problem. Just take it one day, one meal at a time.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Gennie27
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   Posted 7/27/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
o.k. I took your advice and ate a snack just before bed at 11:00 pm I ate some peanut butter crackers but when I got up today I slept a little over it being my day off hawever I woke up at 10:00am and checked my sugar it was 103. I still feel sick though I haven't eaten yet do I eat or wait a little bit so I won't sky rocket my sugar ? Thank-you all for helping me I am just so cnfused as to what my body is doing and to tell the truth I am a little frightened.
Gennie

LanieG
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   Posted 7/27/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, Gennie, with your numbers all over the place, I'm not sure what to tell you (I'm not a doctor obviously.) but I'd say to eat small "meals" of some protein (meat, chicken, tuna...), a couple of veggies (NOT corn or potatoes) and maybe a salad with olive oil/lemon juice dressing.  Don't eat till you're full; divide up the day into maybe 4 or 5 small meals.  Be sure you write down everything:  what you eat, how much, when and your blood sugar, etc. and show the doctor when you see him this week.  I wish I could help you more.

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Gennie27
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   Posted 7/27/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks I'll keep trying I have looked at some of the articles here and gathered some info on the internet its just I can't figure out if I really do have diabetes or if it's something else I hate this whole waiting thing it's driving me nuts I just wish I could go sooner
Gennie

Gennie27
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   Posted 7/27/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I have one more question for you all. I hope I'm not bothering you with all of my questions but this is really bothering me. My friends and family are saying there is no way my sugar is that high or that low. They say that if it was I'd be in a diabetic coma, Myquestion is this. Is that true, they think my meter must be messed up.
TIA,
Gennie

LanieG
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   Posted 7/27/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It's possible the meter is not really accurate, but I don't think any meter is as accurate as the lab.  Even figuring a 10% or 20% error margin, your numbers are really extreme.  There are some members here who have had blood sugar readings in the 400's in the past.  The only thing you can do is eat moderately.  I believe the glucose tolerance test would show how you metabolize carbs.  A fasting test would only tell them your reading at that moment they take the blood and the A1c would give them an average for about 3 months - but would not be able to show your highs and lows.  Be sure to let us know how the visit goes.

Lanie
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gelchick
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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was first diagnosed my fasting blood sugar was 457 and my A1c was 15. My sugar was always over 400. Several times my meter read HI (over 600 on that brand). I was not comatose- I was working 60 hour weeks and thought I had a yeast infection-
 
Whiel I was taking glipizide ( a pancreas stimulator), I would frequently dip down into the 40's and have to treat myself with fast acting carbs to bring up my blood sugar level- so it is possible.
 
With huge sugar swings like that, you could be expreiencing reactive hypoglycemia, but only your doctor can tell for sure.
 
good luck
sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Gennie27
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   Posted 7/30/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I went to the dr. today he said with my readings I probably have type 2 diabetes but he's really confused about my lows because he said I should have only highs. Next he said he would take a fasting blood test so he could see how much insulin my body was producing (he took 4 vials). I guess I was lucky to have you guys because of reading your site I got the idea not to eat past 12:00 midnight so he was able to take it today. Next he said it would take 2 days for the results and that a glucose test would do no good so refuses to send me to one. Does this sound right? or Do I need to find another dr.?
 
      Thank-you all for all of your help,
                     Gennie

Tawny4u
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gennie...I had some things like you... I was feeling sick and had migraines.. usually after lunch that had a lot of carbs... I was not diabetic but was glucose intolerant.. BUT when I started taking my BS several times a day we saw what the problem was... Glipizide was not good for me,,, it made me have too many lows.. we tried using it every other day.. but the thing that has worked the best for me is a half dose of Januvia. You wont experience the highs and lows like you do with it.
A test is only as good as the time it is taken.. see what foods put your BS up.. and see which ones help to keep it level. Peanut butter is great!

LanieG
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   Posted 8/8/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Gennie, it seems to me that if a doctor is confused by tests results, he'd either refer you to another doctor like an endo, or order more extensive tests.  Wouldn't most doctors consult with other doctors when they cannot grasp what's going on with their patients?  The facts are that your blood sugar is all over the place and the meds he's prescribed are not keeping the blood sugar level, so this problem needs to be resolved.  Can you make an app't with an endo yourself?  Remember to keep track of your blood sugar daily and what meds you've taken and when and what you've eaten. 
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