HYPOGLYCEMIA....I need some help

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stutterbug
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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I have had this hypoglycemia going on for about 2 y3ears now. My liver labs are normal but I literally have to eat all the time. I keep protein in me but the carbs seem to help. This is out of control. I carry a back pack of food with me at all times! What else can be causing this??? what do you think?

CajunGrl
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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stutterbug,

I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I am in the same boat as you. I've been having hypoglycemia for a few years now too. I'm not sure what causes of but I still think Lyme has a role in it. I've read many posts from different forums of many people with either high or low blood sugar that also had Lyme. It seems to get worse with treatment. I carry glucose pills around with me. You can get some over the counter at a pharmacy or your local walmart.

Sometimes I'm tempted to just drink coke all day because I seem to feel better when I'm full of sugar. I know I can't do that though because of the Lyme and the yeast. It's so agravating and I know exactly how you feel. Get those glucose pills. They will help. There's no sugar in them.
Have a blessed day!


Ginnia
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   Posted 4/10/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You might be interested in reading about cinnamon.  It balances the body's sugar levels.  Takes it down if too high and brings it up, if too low.  I think it's safe for people with diabetes, but they may have to adjust their medications.  Check with doctors, of course.
 
I don't understand your saying that glucose is not sugar.  I thought it was a very simple form of sugar.
 
Blessings on your and all our journeys through this disease.
Ginnia
 

CajunGrl
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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Ginnia,

What I meant was that glucose pills are not straight sugar. They have carbohydrates in them which in turn does turn into sugar In the body but taking one or two a day cannot hurt.
Have a blessed day!


LymeInNJ
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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
My wife is having the same problem with hypoglycemia. Our llmd said that the antibiotics can cause hypoglycemia in people who are susceptible to it. She told my wife to eat small snacks like cheese and crackers or nuts throughout the day to keep it under control.

stutterbug
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice. I guess i just have to keep snacking like I have been. It has become a job!

sojourner
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Green supplements and/or fresh organic fruit (berries for their antioxidants) are good to blend ahead and carry. Shake and drink. Keeping protein in every 2-3 hours can help.

There are two products you can discuss w/your LLMDs or physicians that may be of help in between meals. I am sure there are a few others of quality and value as well; but Thorne Medi-Clear and Sustain pack a powerful punch.

Identifying additional deficiencies such as anemia (whether folic acid or B12), hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, pre-diabetic or diabetes as well as a host of others - and bringing these into balance can make all the difference in your body' ability to maintain.

Parasites, candida, metals are huge issues to consider.

Detoxing to ensure the toxic load is down thus utilizing less of your resources is important; but only if you are replenishing the good.

There's so much more. It takes time to identify and address each issue in a pecking order; but diet and nutrition are huge contributors.

Blessings,
Sojourner
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Dowa
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   Posted 4/11/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hypoglycemia can also be a symptom of low adrenal function. You might want to have that checked if haven't already.   D

Razzle
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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Chromium supplementation can help with blood sugar management, too.
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
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Dagger
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   Posted 4/11/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Never go more than three hours without eating. You should eat about 8 times a day. Each meal should have protein, low-glycemic carbs, and healthy fats. Almonds and walnuts are good, portable snacks. Try to eat your calories, not drink them. Smoothies are not good for people with hypoglycemia, liquid calories usually cause the blood sugar to rise quickly and then drop just as quickly.

stutterbug
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   Posted 4/12/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you all. I am going to quit complaining and just eat more! wow. I never thought that eating would become such a job.

MarriedtoLymeinNJ
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   Posted 4/13/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Dowa- what about hypoglycemia and thyroid?
My thyroid test came back borderline hyperactive (IIRC) and my dr is running some more work on it.
I find that my hypoglycemia is also worse at certain times of the month so I assume it is connected to hormones.

Some days I just feel like my body can't keep up with doing what it is supposed to do.

Isn't it just so much fun? *eye roll*
Chris: Diagnosed Lyme, Chronic Mono
Married to Lyme in NJ aka Gary: Lyme, Bartonella
Mom to Scott: Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella
Mom to Caitlyn: Lyme, Bartonella
My Blog: http://faerywings.wordpress.com/


nefferdun
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
You might give the herb (or tea) jiaogulan a try as it stablilizes the blood sugar. It is also a very powerful antioxidant, helps reduce inflammation and regulates energy and blood pressure. Google it for more information. It is used to treat insulin resistance and diabetes.
I found out about because a nationally recognized equine nutritionist uses this herb to treat horses with insulin resistance which can cause a painful condition called laminitis which is when toxins building up in the blood, restricts circulation in the feet causing the tissue (laminae) to literally die. Jiaogulan has been used very successfully to stop the inflammation and many horses have been restored to health by it. The cause of the laminitis is usually diet related from too much sugar in the hay/grain. So if you have anything out of balance with sugar in the blood, jiaogulan will help to balance it. Cinammon is another thing that she uses as it acts like insulin.

MarriedtoLymeinNJ
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok- update- My thyroid is low....
I bought Cinnamon- we'll see how that goes.
Chris: Diagnosed Lyme, Chronic Mono
Married to Lyme in NJ aka Gary: Lyme, Bartonella
Mom to Scott: Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella
Mom to Caitlyn: Lyme, Bartonella
My Blog: http://faerywings.wordpress.com/

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