Posted 11/1/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -6)
Well, the past two weeks have been a little piece of hell for me. Some of you who have known me for a while know that I struggle with low blood sugar. This little phase has taken the cake.
I can't, no matter what I eat or how often I eat it, keep my glucose levels in the normal ranges. I use the Acuchek Compact monitor to test. So my normals are 5-6. I will eat a good meal and test, and the numbers are in the 5's. Great. Good. Then, literally 40-60 minutes later I start getting the hypo symptoms. I'll check my blood and will have dropped into the low 4's, sometimes the high 3's! It's insane. I feel like total crap all the time. I'm tired, agitated, shakey, dizzy, clammy, headachey, eomtional and NOT hungry. Man, I'm eating every hour! I"m also gaining weight because of this. I eat a very good hypo diet. I see a dietitian, so I'm eating the right foods, snacks, everything.
I never, ever have a spike in my sugars that go over 6. I have NO diabetes symptoms at all. I called my Endocrinologist in a panick yesterday because I just can't take this anymore. She is concerned and faxed me a requisition for a bunch of tests to be done today. I don't even have to fast for them, hehehe....My levels drop so quickly that 4 hours is more than required to do the glucose test she said. I'm even afraid of waiting that long. I might need an ambulance.... So she's checking my electrolytes, Alk Phos, calcium, hemoglobin, thyroid, ALT, creatinine, free thyroxine. And we're doing a test on my monitor to make sure it's working properly.
Crap, I hate this you guys. Do you ever feel that having lupus is like being slowly tortured? I sure do. Especially this year. I feel like it's a big bully that keeps picking on me and I can't run away from it. I've had periods of feeling frustrated and discouraged in the past, but right now I'm having a really hard time dealing with all of this. The depression and anxiety early in the year, then the medication allergy that nearly killed me in June. All the issues that the allergy created afterwards, now this blood sugar thing. I am so desperate for some normallcy. I know you all understand. That's why I love it here. You guys get it.
Well, I'll let you know how the testing went. I go at 11:30 this morning. Thanks for reading this. If you have any input I'd love to hear it. Oh, has anyone had their pancreas attacked by their lupus? I'm wondering about that being the cause. Just a thought.
Love to all,
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