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   Posted 12/2/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  I have been MIA from Healingwell for quite some time, but I was once a moderator for Crohn's and UC boards.  Anyway....  I have a new 4 month old baby boy.  When I was pregnant I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  I was able to change my diet and control my numbers almost perfectly.  My doctor was amazed.  I was pretty sure they were all a little crazy.... but if I did something silly like eat a cookie, then my numbers would go up to about 125 or so.  So, I just didn't do that and it was all fine.  After Evan was born I stuck to the diet for a few months, wanting to lose the pregnancy weight and all that.  I fell off that wagon about a month ago.  about the same time I started feeling sick.  I have episodes where I feel like I'm about 2 seconds away from unconsciousness.  I don't know how else to describe it.  It's not like I'm sleepy, exactly, but I'm not really awake either.  It has happened twice when driving.  I had to pull over and have my husband continue driving.  I have nausea almost all the time.  Especially in the mornings and after I eat.  My GI doctor sent me for an ultrasound to check for gallstones.  Nope.  Keeping the gall bladder for now.  I noticed the other day that it seems like when I feel sick, it's when I have increased my sugar consumption.  And, I have been terribly thirsty again, just like when I was pregnant.  So, just for fun, I drug out the old meter and started checking things out.  When I woke up this morning I was at 105.  Not too bad, but much higher than it ever was when I was pregnant.  Ate breakfast.  Nothing good for me, of course.  Sausage McGriddle and hashbrown.  2 hours later I'm sitting at 160.  I know that's not good.    I also have had an increasingly hard time driving at night.  If it's raining at night, forget it.  I'm staying wherever I am. 
I know, I have to call the doctor and get back to eating real food....I just wanted to share my story and see what you all think.  I see my GI on Monday regarding the Crohn's anyway, so hoping he can help me out here with a referral.

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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello KitKat, welcome back but too bad you're having this problem.  I think pregnancy may tip the balance in someone who is, or might be in the future, a borderline diabetic.  Your blood sugar is out of whack and is reacting to the carbs you're eating.  I don't know if that's why you're having those strange feelings though.  Everyone is different and reacts differently to changes in blood sugar.  For example, one person may operate "fine" and not feel different when the blood sugar is dangerously high, yet another person would be very sensitve to slightly elevated blood sugar.  The same with low blood sugar.  I think a body's tolerance differs with the person - by tolerance, I mean how the person physically feels, like dizzy, nauseated, etc.  So, the best idea is to have your doctor evaluate all this.  If you were able to keep the blood sugar stable before, then you know it's the carbs that drive the blood sugar up, but how the Crohn's is affected is another matter.  And maybe your body is still dealing with all the hormone changes from pregnancy, who knows.  So, until then, the only thing I could suggest is eating sensibly for the blood sugar while trying to do the same for the Crohn's.  I wish I could help more.  Let us know how you are and what the doctors say, ok? 
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Gee Kit,
I've had the same feelings when I was not diagnosed yet. I'd recommend a food and sugar numbers journal. That will give you a clearer picture of what is going on and how long it takes for your body to get that way. And if you have insurance I'd ask for a referral to an endocrinologist. Might as well start with the guy who knows all the right stuff. Good luck with this, and congrats on the baby!
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   Posted 12/5/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Although Gestational Diabetes is often thought of as the type that you get only when you're pregnant then it "goes away"... it is most definitely an indicator that you are predisposed to Diabetes and have a much higher risk of future blood sugar issues. Sounds like that's what's going on for you now.

Pull out that meter and take a test when you're feeling zoned-out. You could be high, you could be low. Only way to know what's going on is to test, as your symptoms are indicators of both high and/or low blood sugar levels. The vision issues are usually symptomatic of sustained high levels, though. Keep those readings and the others you should take (in the morning, before/after a meal, at bedtime) and present them at the appointment you're going to make with your doc, if you haven't already. Something is going on and you need your eyes wide open - you've got a 4-month old under your care. Congrats BTW :-)
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   Posted 12/5/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone.  I'm pretty sure that my blood sugar is the problem.  I knew that Healingwell was the place to come and hear form others who share my problems :)  I see the GI on Monday and hopefully he can point me in the right direction.  I will let you all know how it goes.  Thanks.
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