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   Posted 10/11/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
This is really going to sound weird to you.  I did a glucose test where you fast then drink the liquid & they wait  awhile then see how the blood sugar is.  They said it wasn't real low but since I don't have dietetic that it was Hypoglycemia. 
Before I had this test went to the Dr. that told me that I have Gerd severely my stomach doesn't empty well, I told him I have a hungry feeling & he said that was natural since I have Gerd.  Then I told him I get shaky, nervous if I don't get anything to eat.  He said that weren't do that with Gerd.  That's why I went & had the Glucose test. 
The Dr. that said I had Hyoglycemia when that happens to eat Carbs,  which I did & ended up shaky & very nervous walking the floor back & forth & then laying down on couch.  My parents were around when this happened & I told them to get me some Protein Meat, they did & I ate it & after awhile I wasn't shaky, nervous I was fine.........  Since that time I always carry protein with me, protein shakes & Bars & am fine.  When I tell this to the Drs. they say that shouldn't be Carbs should work!
Since having Fibromyalgia lots of things don't seem to be right, especially when you try to tell the Drs.
Has anyone had something like this happen to them, especially the hungry feeling etc.  Would love to hear if you do.

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   Posted 10/11/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   


Fibro people tend to be low in protein.  I had an OAT (Organic Acids Test) done and found I was extremely low in almost all of the amino acids.  Amino acids are what proteins are made up of.  You get proteins from the foods you eat and your body also makes proteins.  If you are low, your body can't make some of the essential amino acids it needs because you are not ingesting enough protein, which your body uses to make other proteins.  My ND put me on a protein powder which has helped me tremendously.  I am gluten sensitive so the protein powder is rice based.  If eating the protein bars  helps you, you might ask to have the OAT test.  Maybe you are protein deficient.  I have noticed I don't get so hungry when I'm drinking my protein smoothies.


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   Posted 10/11/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Carbs don't work for people with hypoglycemia - we aren't like diabetics. You need to eat something with protein and low glycemic carbs every two to three hours from when you wake up until you go to sleep. Stay away from white flour and sugar. Most non-starchy vegetables are ok. Eat fruit with protein - apples with almond butter or cheese, berries with nuts, etc. If you wake up at night shaky, have a small protein snack such as a slice of turkey.

Learn to eat small, frequent meals. If you can keep your blood sugar steady, you'll feel better and not be so hungry all the time. Eat every few hours even if you are not hungry, eat by the clock, not by your hungry. Once you start to get hungry, your blood sugar may start dropping. You'll get ravenous and eat the wrong foods and plenty of them.

I've had my share of doctors mistakenly telling my how to manage my hypoglycemia. Do some research and experimentation. I suggest you keep a food journal for a few months. Log everything you eat, including the time you eat it and the approximate amounts. Write down how hungry you were right before you ate. This will help you determine what foods keep your blood sugar level and help you learn how to control it. Look for patterns.

Good Luck.

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   Posted 10/11/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Carbs. definitely aren't what you need - as already suggested. Protein is good. Also coconut milk is an amazing blood sugar balancer. I eat it daily and it keeps my energy really steady. Raw coconut (organic without sulphites added) can be good too. Almonds and almond butter work well I find also.

If you find you eat something that is making you shakey again, like too much sugar at once, you can take chromium picolanate. I take one tablet whenever I have the shakey reaction and usually within minutes the shakiness leaves. It works very well for me. Chromium is a great blood sugar balancer, but for some reason what i have read, 'they say' to get the picolanate form. the capsules I have are 200 mcg. Some people recommend taking more a couple times a day. I find I just take it when I need it, but at the same time I also rarely eat sugar and have found a diet that works for me to keep me pretty level.

take care, embers

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   Posted 10/12/2009 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been working on my diet over the past few weeks because I started to get concerned about my frequent UTIs and thought sugar was the culprit. (I was drinking a lot of Coke.) I was getting that intense hungry feeling at odd times, which had never happened before unless my sleep schedule got too far off, and found protein and fiber works best for me. I was in the Asian grocery near my work, and was walking past the coconut milk and suddenly got an overwhelming craving for it, started salivating and everything, so I bought some and am glad I did. I try to listen to my body when I get a reaction like that in the grocery store - I knew I was on to something when I was walking past the Brussells sprouts and got an intense need for them (I didn't like them). Now I regularly drink coconut milk and found it makes me feel really, really good and strong. I get coconut milk and green coconut juice with pulp, and it is my favorite snack along with almonds.

Also with the fiet I've found that if I eat more protein and fruit/veggies than carbs, I feel stronger. My new motto is to eat veggies at every meal now. Over the past two weeks since I started eating better I have had better sleep and steady energy - my goal is to get strong to the point where I can go walking every day or so. All of your advice is really helpful.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I was having trouble with my sugar dropping and my doc told me it was cause I wasn't eating enough protein. I had given up meats due to gastroparisis. Now that I have added more protein it hasn't dropped for a long time.
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   Posted 10/12/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for all the replies. Glad to know am not the only one having problems like this.


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   Posted 10/12/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
i found that by getting rid of aspartame and artificial sweetners.. and those wonderful 100 calorie snacks i feel alot better and don't get the hungry feeling or shaky or nervous feeling... they can be worse for you then having a smaller portion of the real thing. since most replace calories with sugars, and empty carbs.....

I eat 4 times a day high fiber oatmeal or eggs for breakfast then protein and veggies of some sort with dinner and lunch.. then something filling for my snack at night usually popcorn or

I have been tested for diabetes, hypoglycemia and thyroid problems but nothing ever turns up...
Diagnosed - fibromyalgia 2001
Meds amitryptilene 30mg/day
Lyrica 75mg/day

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 10/12/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I made a small mistake re. the coconut brand. Most contains metabulsulphites or something like that. Organic won't have it, but you can also buy a brand at many supermarkets. I think it's just called "Thai" - the can is mostly red. Sulphites are pretty nasty and highly allergenic for many people.

Littleneck, sounds like you are taking really good care of yourself. I'm so happy to hear you've found a diet routine that you are having so much success with! That's a great goal to set re. walks too. It's nice to read such an inspiring post as yours.

take care,
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