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dmjain6
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, my name is Amanda and I'm 29.  I have some questions. Ok, last week I went in for a pre-op (had my gallbladder removed) and had my blood taken. The morning of my surgery the nurse saw on the Dr.s notes that my blood sugar was at 100 (not fasting)  and that it needed to be taken again before I went into surgery. It was at 125. (fasting for almost 9 hours). Then a few days ago I was at a follow-up app. and asked my Dr. about it. He said that it was a little high and that I needed to come back in a month to do more testing. As I was getting ready to leave, I stood up and got really dizzy,sick to my stomach, and started sweating. The Dr. looked at me and asked the nurse to come in and check my blood sugar. It was 65. He gave me some oj to drink and then checked it again. It went up to 74. He said that it looks like sometime in the future there is a good chance that I will develope diabetes. I know nothing about any of this. Are those numbers too high or too low? I'm really confused that I one day I had too high numbers and then another day too low of numbers. What does this mean?
Also, I have been experiancing some weird symptoms in the past few months. I don't know if they are related to any of this or not. I have been sweating a lot lately. I will be just sitting there and start to sweat. Or I will be in the kitchen loading the dishwasher and be sweating like crazy even though we have AC. Also I have been really shaky. Sometimes it will get so bad my teeth will actually chatter, but I won't be cold. And on and off through the day the shakiness will be on the inside. I don't really know any other way to explain it. It's like my insides are shaky. Sort of like when you drink too much coffee. I haven't noticed if food makes it better or worse, or having an empty stomach makes a difference or not.  I have also been breaking out all over my face and chest. I have always had really clear skin, never even had more than two pimples on my face at a time. I'm thinking though that the break outs are due to the sweating?  And my mouth has been really dry on and off. Sometimes water doesn't fix the problem.
Before my surgery they took blood and everything came out normal, (kidneys, liver, thyroid etc.)
There really isn't a lot hystory of diabetes in my family. My mom's brother has it and my dad has mild hypoglicemia (sp?). Acording to these symptoms are there any red flags for diabetes and should I get in sooner to see my Dr. Or will it be ok to wait a month?
I'm just looking for any opinions about this untill I go back in and see my Dr. next month. Thanks for any responces.

Phishbowl
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 6/25/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Amanda ... sorry to hear all that you've been through lately. I don't know how the gallbladder removal/surgery could affect your blood sugar but I can tell you... those numbers you mentioned, as well as the symptoms, tell me that your body might be having difficulty metabolizing blood sugar.

Diabetes comes in different forms (hypoglycemia, type 1, type 2, gestational) and, because it's progressive, can be caught/diagnosed at various stages.

The sweating, heart palpitations, dizziness, and chills are all classic signs of low blood sugar. Changes in skin (rashes, oily, dry, slow-to-heal cuts), unquenchable thirst, lethargy could be signs of high blood sugar.

I would try to get an appointment sooner, if I could. If you're experiencing those symptoms often, then your doc needs to be made aware so some simple tests can be run.

In the meantime, when you find yourself shaky and 'low', eat some simple sugar right away. 4-6 oz of OJ or regular pop, a squirt of icing sugar, a Tbs of honey, hard candy are all good choices of fast-acting carbs. They'll bring your sugar back up quickly. (Don't eat chocolate bar as it has too much fat to act quickly enough). If you're not going to eat a meal within an hour, then have a snack: 1/2 apple with peanut butter, cheese & crackers, etc... something with protein/fat.

Hope this helps some :-) Keep us posted.
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


dmjain6
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 6/25/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Phishbowl, thanks for the responce! From what you told me, I have symptoms of having high AND low blood sugar? Is that possible? I always thought that you couldn't have both at the same time. Sorry for all the questions, I'm still learning about this. I will try and get in sooner to see my Dr. Thanks again! 

Phishbowl
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Most folks who have trouble metabolizing blood sugar, experience highs and lows.

The whole thing with an impaired metabolism (Diabetes) is to eat those things, and at those times, that will give you the best of nutrition while keeping your blood sugars stable. You could be low for example and correct that low by eating too much sugar and then you're blood sugar is too high. It's always much faster to go up than to come down :-)

No apologies for the questions... that's what we're here for: to share.
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

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