Can anxiety mimick low blood sugar symptoms?

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Ginny
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   Posted 10/26/2007 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
I'm having a heck of a time distinguishing whether my problem is anxiety related or low blood sugar related.  The symptoms are the same for both, so it's really tough knowing if I need to keep eating like a horse, or just take some deep breaths and calm my anxiety down.
 
The thing is that when I do eat something the feelings of anxiety, sweating, dizziness, etc go away.  Could this be all in my head and it's really anxiety I'm experiencing?  I'm tapering off of Cobazam (benzo) right now. I was using it as an anti seizure med.  But my docs want me off it totally.  I'm on 25mg a day right now, and tapering 2.5mg every 6-8 weeks. 
 
Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.  I feel like I'm losing it!
 
Thanks!
Ginny
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   Posted 10/26/2007 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   

  Hi ginny,

  First off do you have diabetes, I do and a lot of the symptoms are the same but not all and I'm sure that your pdoc may have tested you for it in your blood work but right now I don't know as you have not said if you are diabetic and if not I would eat something just to bring it up and talk to your doctor about it just wish I could help you more but not really knowing other then some ppl are anemic (sp) to low blood suger, but trying to calm yourself will help you in the long run for now and I'm sure there will be other on that can help you more.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Ginny

Symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) range from simple faintness, to those that mimic an anxiety attack. Hypoglycemia is more than just hunger pains; it is a complicated and somewhat annoying condition that can seriously hinder even everyday functionality. Hypoglycemia is a low level of sugar or glucose in a person’s bloodstream. To the best of my knowledge it is a physical reaction that may cause anxiety.

Can anxiety cause low blood sugar, I do not believe so as your endocrine system controls your blood sugar. Please remember I am not a professional.

Take care.


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Ginny
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   Posted 10/27/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for responding.  I don't have diabetes.  I was tested for that not long ago.  I have no symptoms of diabetes either. I've been living with these symptoms since my mid 20's.  I'm now in my mid 30's.  I've seen an endocrinologist about my hormones, cortisol, etc, because I am on prednisone, and I have so many other health issues.  "hypoglycemia" is something I know a lot about because I've been dealing with these symptoms for so long.  I just don't have any answers as to why I have it, or if I really do have it.  Very frustrating.  Especially when you're following the appropriate diet for low blood sugar, and it doesn't work! sad    One of the reasons why I think it might be anxiety instead....
 
So I am hoping that someone else out there has dealt with the same or similar situation, and what advice or treatment they got.
 
Thanks again,
 
Ginny
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/27/2007 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear ginny,

Well your on Predinisone..................could that be the reason your blood sugars are fluctuating, question for your endo?

I did not mean to be so generic in my answer as I dump my blood sugar when I exercise, and I am not diabletic but I have checked it many times to  find it in the 74 range and I am cool, clammy and a bit dizzy.  although I am ditzy on a good day. :)  Are you documenting your BS with a glucometer?

I would always rather see some one running a little high on their BS than low.  I usually just grab a piece or 2 of hard candy, or a fruit.

I am not familiar with your diet but I am sure your physician is.

My Dr. was not concerned re my issue.

Hugs to you.


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   Posted 10/27/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Pednisone could very well be the culprit

My Ex has Diabetes and an ER doc put him on Pred his sugar was totally messed up

Our family doc was not impressed with ER doc at all

Take care

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freezinginAK
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   Posted 10/27/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

  The first thing I use to do when my anxiety was running high or so I thought was to check my blood sugar level just to make sure it was my anxiety kicking in or my blood sugar was too high or low, but I will say that the symptoms do seem the same at time but just taking the glucometer reading lets me know for sure.

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   Posted 10/28/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
As well as throwing his BSL out of whack it caused severe mood swings and a person I sometimes barely knew

Prednisone has it uses and is great for some DD but I do believe it does interfere with BSL levels ....Just a thought.......
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