Low blood sugar and headaches, fogginess, fatigue?

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Kate5763
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   Posted 2/9/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!

I am in the "which Dr. to see" vortex.....I have always had problems with daily headaches (I'm 47 now) that I was treating with quite a lot of excedrin which I've stopped now due to the rebound effect of the caffeine. Now that I don't have that to treat them (and none of the Rx pain meds or muscle relaxers that the Dr's have given me have worked), I am trying to figure out how to get rid of the headaches. I thought that maybe this might sound familiar to some of you. I have a strong family history of type II diabetes on my Dad's side but most of my family was overweight and very sedentary. I only weight 119 pounds (5ft tall) and now with little kids get to the gym maybe 2-3 times per week and work full time. I have always had issues with how I feel based on what I eat. If I go too long without eating, I very quickly go past hungry to sick and *itchy! But more often than not no matter what I eat, be it protein, carb, veggies, fruit, or sweets, I feel horrible afterwards....total exhaustion, headache, freezing cold, can't concentrate, etc. Really the only time I feel good is a 3 to 4 hour window in the morning.....after I have my one cup of coffee with sweatened, I feel great from maybe 7 am to around 9 when I get hungry, I eat cereal (cheerio's) with skim milk, still feel OK. Then around 11 I get hungry again and then once I eat lunch, really no matter what it is I am just done....ready for nap time...

I know it sounds like I'm not eating enough in the am but if I eat anything else I disrupt my "good window" and I really need that productive time to get a lot done because in the afternoon honestly it's a struggle to get focused and get through the rest of the day.

I don't think it's the coffee/creamer because I worked from home one day recently and tried a follow on cup of the same coffee and feel exactly the same way I would feel in the office.....

Every year I have had my glucose tested for diabetes due to my family history and I am always pleased to be on the low end of normal for a fasting glucose test but now I am wondering if it's possible that I have low blood sugar? Would that fact that I tested in range on the fasting glucose test rule that out or are there other tests that a GP can run?

As an aside a few months ago I lost control of my headaches and they turned into full blown migraines so I was put on a short course of prednisone and I felt like I was in that Robin Williams movie "The Awakening"!! I mean, I know I can't be on prednisone as a cure but for the week I was on it, I felt great, no headaches, no fatigue, clear head.......reading on here that prednisone can raise blood sugar levels is another thing that made me think that mine might be low...

Maybe my family's predisposition is just that we have problems with insulin, not necessarily in one direction or the other?

Thanks for reading and I'll take any and all suggestions you might have!!! Kate

LanieG
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   Posted 2/9/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate, welcome to the Forum.  I don't know about the headaches.  As you describe them, they may not be related to your metabolism but honestly, I don't know (and I wouldn't think so but I'm not a doctor).  You might be having low blood sugar if you feel tired  after eating the cereal but unless you have a blood glucose meter and test yourself, it's only a guess.  Some people who go too many hours without eating may experience low blood sugar just as someone who eats a meal of carbs may experience low blood sugar after a spike when the blood sugar comes down.  The problem with those whose metabolism is out of whack there's a rebound with blood sugar, ups and downs.  To try to keep it more even, eating balanced meals at regular times can help.  Balanced would mean portions of vegetables, proteins (any meat/chicken/fish) and a small amount of carb.  Eating like that may help but in your case I have no answer for those headaches.  Your regular doctor can order a GTT (glucose tolerance test) which would absolutely say if you do have problems metabolizing carbs.  If you do, you could be diabetic despite the fact that your weight is normal.  If your GTT comes out normal, then your doctor would need to consider other tests.  Other than that, I don't know what to tell you.  You could start keeping a diary of food and time and how you feel for about a week and show it to your doctor.  Being able to test your own blood sugar during the times you're feeling 'off' would be helpful so you know if it's high or low, too.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Kate5763
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   Posted 2/16/2011 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lanie!

Thanks for your thoughts, I did get a monitor and I'm surprised how nicely the technology has come along
since I remember the process that my Dad used to go through. Right now though what I've got is a bunch
of numbers......so I think I need a book of some sort....is there such a thing as Glucose for Dummies like
there is for everything else? Maybe I'll check Amazon....At the Dr's suggestion, I've tested my levels before
and 2.5 hours after meals and when waking. I've also tested when I feel really horrible (freezing cold, headache,
etc) which is usually right after eating and my numbers are at the low end for me 69-70 ish. Over all though
I don't think I'm ever "high" or "low", never below 60 and never over 140 but the numbers do fluctuate quite
a bit within that range. Also even after eating the exact same dinner (leftovers from Valentines day dinner
out on Sunday tongue ) and nothing afterward, one morning's reading was 114 and the following morning's
reading was 69 and when I woke up with the 69 level I had a headache and felt like crap...so I think I need
to keep monitoring this all for a while and see what it's trying to tell me.

Thanks! Kathy

LanieG
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   Posted 2/16/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kathy.  Keeping a log is really a good way for you and your doctor to see trends in your blood sugar.  I created one on Word for myself and each page was one week; each division was for one day and there were places for time, blood sugar reading, what I ate and did, etc within the day.  I could look back and see how I reacted to a particular meal/food and so on.  But there are log books available; most meters come with one in their package or the doctor's office may have one to give you.  There are probably several books about blood sugar as well as info online.  I bought the two Richard Bernstein books on diabetes.  Your blood sugar doesn't seem to be too high, which is a good thing.  You may be sensitive to a low of around 70 but everyone is different and experiences this in their own way.  (Keeping a log is helpful to see this trend though.)  As always, your doctor can order some blood tests like the GTT and the A1c.  The A1c says what your average blood sugar has been for the last 90 days, approx.  I think you're wise to be alert to all this, so being aware and informed is the best way to understand and control this part of your health.  You're doing great.
yeah
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Chaul22
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   Posted 2/19/2011 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was diagnosed, I got an awkward mete and the process of taking the measurement took 2 minutes. The first minute I think was waiting for the strip the react with a drop blood on it, and then you would wipe it and put it in the meter for the next minute. Terrible. So, it has come a long a way. Now I have a meter that takes the measurement in 5 seconds, stores a few hundred measurements in memory, which I can then print out by connecting the meter to a computer.

sabpermuth
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   Posted 4/1/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Kathy,



I am very curious to find out what you have learned since your last post. I am 33 and have been experiencing almost the exact same symptoms. My blood sugar level rarely gets above 100 and stays in the 70-80 range most of the time. I have dipped below 60... usually on Fridays (don't know why this is the worst day).



When I spoke to the Endocrinologist about all of this she suggested I was getting A-typical migraines and possibly going into early menopause. I am going to the Gyno at the end of the month to have my hormone levels checked. I read that hormone fluctuations can effect your blood sugar and low blood sugar can trigger migraines. So I think that might be what is going on for me... wondering if you are getting to the same conclusion or if you have travelled down a different path.



I was also referred to a Cardiologist in case none of this other stuff pans out. The endocrinologist has asked that I keep in touch with her by email because she would love to know what the actual cause will be.



Take care,



Sabrina

Post Edited (sabpermuth) : 4/1/2011 2:18:55 PM (GMT-6)


sabpermuth
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   Posted 4/1/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry... I meant to address Kate in my previous post... oops!!! I am new to this...

LanieG
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   Posted 4/1/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
lol Sabrina.  Welcome to the Forum!  I went and edited your post and put Kathy's name in place of mine.  If you find that you would like to go back and edit or even delete your post after you've posted it, you can do that by clicking on the pencil icon on the upper right hand side.  That puts you into an 'edit' mode.  When you're done editing, you just click 'submit' again.  I hope all is ok with you. 
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating
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