I've read quite a few posts on here regarding sugar/blood sugar/hypoglycemia, but I didn't find anyone who had similar symptoms to what I've experienced.
Currently through a naturopath doctor, I'm on a diet that is dairy and sugar free, and since there is literally sugar in everything these days I try to keep it non-processed (for the most part) and low-carb (avoiding most breads/carbs/starches as well.) I live on a farm so we grow most of our own vegetables/meats and I eat mostly that. Each meal I am limited to 3-5 grams of sugar for the whole meal (so checking all labels and watching portions to make sure I don't go above that.) To meet that it has to be a mostly protein and veggie diet- crazy how much sugar there is in everything! I have one serving of fruit per day, usually the lower-sugar fruits such as apples and berries.
I've been doing this since august and what I've noticed is that this nearly impossible for me to do. When I don't eat sugar or carbs, I can barely function. I get shaky, withdrawn, irritable, and my psych symptoms go through the roof. If I go without sugar or carbs a whole day I will feel really sick the next day, emotions all over the place, etc.
I'm wondering if this is Lyme related hypoglycemia or if it's caused by Lyme dieoff due to the lack of sugar, or if it is really just withdrawal from sugar since sugar itself is a pretty powerful drug? If I eat sugar, and sometimes I feel like I just HAVE to have something, my symptoms will clear up to the point where I feel functional again.
For example, the few days before Halloween this year, I was really good about
my diet with 0 sugar. When halloween came, I didn't go out to a party with friends because I felt so ill, crying uncontrollably for no reason, irritable, anxious, depressed, having tremors, etc. When the candy hit the house after my younger siblings got home from trick-or-treating, I had one tiny 'fun-sized' Snickers bar and I think maybe one Reese's peanut butter cup (yes, I know, horrible of me to break my diet >
. Within 15 minutes, I felt at least 80% better, and my psych symptoms abated by about
50%. This is not the only time this kind of thing has happened.
I've only had my blood sugar done once within the last few months, and it was at around 60, not fasting.
Has anyone else noticed something like this? Particularly with psych symptoms, which are so difficult to handle, did sugar make a difference? If so, how did you manage a low-sugar diet? Were there any supplements that helped with this?