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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/21/2007 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's the poop.
For years now, I have been having severe reactions to eating....especially big meals...and especially after I've gone a while without eating.
What happens: I eat a nice meal. 30 minutes later, my heart begins pounding out of my chest...sometimes irregularly. I dont know much, but I know unless you've been really physically active, you shouldnt feel your heart beating like this. Also, My body gets a little tingly and I begin to get drowsy...more like malase. My breathing becomes a little labored too. Soon, I fall asleep, but only for 15-20 minutes. It is a DEEP sleep!
When I wake up my whole body is kinda numb, kinda "buzzy" and I feel like I have been drugged. It takes me forever to get out the post-nap funk. I can tell you that NO prescribed pain killers or pain meds have EVER made me feel the same kind of ssedation.

Also, if I am in a situation where I cant go to sleep (in the store or restaurant), I get dizzy and anxious and fidgety
Any thoughts?

LanieG
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello General and welcome to the forum.  I think Ethan is right that you are probably having wide blood sugar swings if these kinds of symptoms are frequent.  Eating too many carbohydrates can make you feel lethargic at times after eating.  I think you should see your doctor to have some blood work done.  Does diabetes run in your family?  Are you overweight?  Do you know what your blood tests are for blood sugar and cholesterol, etc.?  What kind of food (and drink) are you eating on a daily basis?  What kind of exercise are you getting everyday?  Check back with us.

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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/22/2007 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, heres what's happening.........
 
With the docs oversight, I am going to try and recreate a typical situation in which these symptoms happen.
 
I am supposed to pick a day, go about the normal routine without eating. Then I go get a blood test for insulin and BS's. from the lab I go eat a nice meal......give it time for the symptoms to kick in, hurry back to the lab and get another blood draw........
 
After that its all about waiting for the lab to process the samples, print the results and have the doc take a look and tell me what's up...........
 
Sounds fairly un-intensive.......and I am happy about that. I have chrons disease, and know all about the worst kinds of tests and stuff............
 
As far as my diet, I know I consume lots of carbs, lots of sugars......very little excersise. Im not unhealthy, per se. I am 6'6", 220 lbs and in general good health. Chrohs is currently in remission.
 
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   Posted 10/23/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi General,  it sounds like you will have a fasting blood test (normally first thing in the morning before eating anything), then eat a meal and then back to the lab for another blood test after 2 hours.  You're right.  This isn't a troublesome test, and I know you've been through worse.  Another test would be the glucose tolerance in which your blood is taken (normally first thing in the morning), then you drink a very sugary liquid, 1 hour and 2 hours later the lab takes another blood test.  Good luck with the test.  It could be that you are at the very beginnings of diabetes, but these tests are needed to be sure.  If this turns out to be true, you'll need to change all those carbs and sugary foods!  nono   Let us know what happens, ok?    

 
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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
One question about the fasting test.........the idea is to recreate a typical day in which I get these symptoms..........ususally it goes something like this:
 
Get up at 6am....drink one big latte.........dont eat anything until 4pm...............
 
So, the day I do the test, can I still drink my morning coffee?
 
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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know, General.  You'd better ask your doctor.  You might have to take the fasting blood test first, then drink your latte - but only the doctor can tell you what to do.

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gelchick
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   Posted 10/23/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Fasting tests usually mean nothing but plain water and medicines that have to be taken at a specific time. sandy

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   Posted 10/23/2007 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, you see, that's the point.  General said he's supposed to go about his normal routine during the day and then go for a blood test, then eat, wait and then go back to the lab, so I don't know if this means he has a fasting blood test first thing in the morning or not.  He says he drinks a latte in the early morning but doesn't eat all day until 4:00.  So, given this routine, I'm not sure just when the first blood test would be.  I just presumed it was a first thing fasting blood test but now I don't know.

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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/23/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, considering that I get real crabby without my morning java.............
 
Ive done much longer fasting for Chrons tests, but I am never happy about them.......
 
Im gonna drink the coffee and get it all over with tomorrow.............
Crappy thing is, Im going to do this to myself (just like all the other times), but this time I will have to stick around and be miserable in the hospital instead of in bed (or in the back of my truck) sleeping it off.............UGH!
 
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   Posted 10/24/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
So, General, what is the schedule in the morning?  Go to the hospital first for lab work and then the coffee?

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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/24/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
nope, drank it already.......but I used some splenda stuff........and not much of that.....Im fully confident that things will go fine...........
 
Ill post results next week when I get them...........
 
GCB

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   Posted 10/24/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, alright, then!  Did you reproduce the drowsiness that frequently happens?  I hope all goes well with the tests.  (Maybe you'd better re-think your eating plan and times?)

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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
SO I went all day and didnt eat, did the test, ate a BIG meal in the hospital cafeteria.......waited ........and waited........and waited.........did NOT get the full blown shock that I normally do,.....of course........but I took the follow up test anyway.........I did get some reaction, but not the typical one.......
When the doc tells me he didnt see anythin unusal in my blood, I am going to request a second test.......
 
 
gcb

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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
It might be that you get that sleepiness after eating a large amount of carbohydrates rather than just a large meal that might be more balanced.  It's good that the doctor didn't see anything unusual in your blood test though.  So, fingers crossed.  :)

Lanie
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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 10/31/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont know that he didnt see anthing unusual..........I havent been to my follow up appointment yet...........Im assuming, though, that the results wont be like I persumed them to be (under typical circumstances)
 
 

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   Posted 11/1/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
General,

There are several variables that affect the glycemic load from the foods that we eat. For instance, if you eat mashed potatoes made with cream and butter or sour cream they will have a different effect on your blood sugar than mashed potatoes made with milk. One is starch(carb) + fat + fat and the other is carb + carb (Yes, milk is considered a carb.) Fats slow the emptying time of your stomach and so stretch out the time that the carbs are absorbed into the blood stream. Eating proteins with carbs also affects the absorption time of the carbs.

I know that some Crohnies use lots of carbs to sooth their symptoms (at least that is my daughter's case) so maybe if you start mixing more protein and fat into the food plan along with the starches you will slow down the blood sugar swings. Worth a try, ok?
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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