Posted 4/6/2010 5:47 AM (GMT -7)
I've been hypoglycemic for over 30 yrs. I have no way to know if it was from that old tick bite. I still have it, but it is nowhere as severe as it used to be. I used to have to make sure there was NO sugar in ANYTHING -- had to read labels and all. And had, still have to eat a little something every couple of hours-- either protein or complex carbs.
Now, when I succomb to sugar, I feel horrible afterwards -- really tired. But I get away w/ it.
The best thing you can do is make sure you eat something every couple hours. It's a pain, but you have to make sure you take a little snack w/ you everywhere you go. Halves of little sandwiches worked best for me. I have never tried glucose pills, like CG.
I read some books on it way back when, and peoples' bodies react differently. Some peoples' blood sugar drops and drops and drops until they pass out or faint. That has never happened to me. I will get extremely weak and shakey and that's because my adrenals have notified my liver to release more sugar and it will come up a little. I have never tested to see what would happen if I didn't try to bring it back up, because it will start to make me feel horrible and will cause a major headache. I never get a headache unless I've allowed my blood sugar to stay too low before treating it. And it's a headache like no other.
I have been reading about adrenal fatigue, which I am suffering from. I am blaming that on the Lyme, but have also noted that it can result from low blood sugar -- because your adrenals have had to work too hard for too long working to get more sugar released.
Stutter, even tho we don't know if Lyme has caused our hypoglycemia, it is listed as a possible symptom/result of Lyme disease. The best you can do is get rid of as much sugar as you can and make sure to eat every couple of hours, as sugar free as possible. Also, heavy meals are not good either -- they can wipe you out. So don't ever overeat at a meal.
As you know, your pancreas is releasing too much sugar -- opposite of diabetes. So when you eat sugar, it is burned up too fast. Our body turns everything we eat into sugar. Protein and complex carbs are broken down more slowly, so if you eat these and spread your meals/food out and eat every couple of hours, you are helping to keep your blood sugar more even and stable. That's the best way I know to explain it.
If you are severely hypo, then you will have to get rid of ALL sugar in EVERYTHING (unless you need OJ in an emergency). STill, I think they key is in small snacks every couple of hours. CJ listed some good ones. Sandwich halves worked best for me.
ALSO. eating a bedtime snack is very helpful. If I do not eat at bedtime, I will not sleep. If I wake up hungry, I will not sleep until I get up and eat something. Even tho there's some sugar in cereal, a bowl of cereal w/ some yogurt and a small glass of milk help me sleep.
Even tho you should not take sugar when you are bottoming out, if it's somewhat of an 'emergency', a glass of OJ will help almost immediately. Just understand that you need to follow that w/ food asap afterwards. I used to have to grab half a glass back when I was waiting tables -- that kept me from getting sick, but I had to follow w/ a few bites of a sandwich asap.
My mother had a friend whose hypoglycemia was so bad, she had to drink a glass of OJ before she could even get out of bed.
Good luck, I hope this helps. A book on this might help you, since people vary so much.