Really bad "lows" all day. Can't bring those levels up. Scared!

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Ginny
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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I have posted here a couple of times in the past about my hypoglycemia issues.  I am having the lows really bad right now.  I'm in a constant state of the shakes, jitters, fatigue, dizziness, etc.  All the symptoms.  It doesn't matter what I eat, I can't keep my glucose levels up.  I'm maybe good for about 20 minutes, then I'm back down again.  I can go for about an hour on a Wendy's double burger and fries.... That's it.  I'm eating lots of protein, no sugar ( or very little), whole grains, complex carbs, soy.  I am scared and just feeling crappy.  I was tested for diabetes about a year ago.  Nothing.  I do check my blood when I'm in a low and sometimes it gets to the low 3's on the Acucheck monitor.  Other times, I'll have the symptoms and my blood monitors at normal ranges, in the 5's. 
 
I know I need to see my endocrinologist and my family doctor about this.  I'm making an appointment asap.  But in the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? I can't do any fasting blood work.  I'd end up in an ambulance. LOL.  I'm so tired of eating every hour. It's taken over my life.  Plus I'm gaining weight.... Just feeling like I"m at the end of my rope.
 
Thanks for your thoughts,
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/29/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Ginny,
I don't know much about hypoglycemia so I can't help but I'm sending prayers. Take care... I'm thinking of you.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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LanieG
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   Posted 10/30/2007 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Ginny, I don't know anything either.  This is a puzzle and of course you need to see your doctor immediately.  Could it be a combination of medication?  You could try eating more carbohydrates (not tons more) to see if you blood sugar would keep to a higher level.  Maybe try one of those morning breakfast shakes with milk?  Let us know what the doctor says, ok?

Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Ginny
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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi gals,
I appreciate your responses. Thank you for the prayers Jeannie.
 
I did eat some substantial protein at breakfast this morning.  I'm allergic to eggs, so that is a major protein supply I can't eat.  Instead, last night I cooked up some hearty little beef meatballs. I had 8 of them this morning with my cereal and soy milk.  It made a huge difference today!  I have no low feelings yet, and I ate almost 4 hours ago!  So that must be the solution.  Make sure I have a good supply of protein first thing in the morning.  I'm going to have some good protein for lunch too.  We'll see if this makes a difference in the long run.  I'm still seeing my doctor about all this though!  I'll keep you posted!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Marburg
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   Posted 10/30/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ginny,

Sorry--I just saw your post. I have a friend who has Hypoglycemia (low blood sugars). Her doctor has instructed her to eat more protein. When she gets too low she is supposed to eat a protein such as peanut butter and crackers, orange juice and cheese with crackers.

The peanut butter helps to keep the sugar from going too high but when combined with the crackers also helps to bring the sugar up fairly quickly. She has also been told to eat a candy bar if it stays too low and to see her doctor immediately. She also has to check her bs just like those of us who have hyperglycemia or diabetes.

Marburg

Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/30/2007 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ginny,

Definitely make sure you're getting adequate protein in the morning - it'll set you up for the rest of the day. Having protein at every meal is important and with hypoglycemia, you may be better served with eating 5 small meals a day rather than 3 larger ones. Also, ask your Endo to check your thyroid levels (all part of the same endocrin/metabolic system).
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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