Hypoglycemia experiences

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   Posted 10/25/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm pretty sure I experienced a hypoglycemic attack this morning.  It's been so long (many months) since I experienced one before that I wasn't sure what was going on.
Background: My fasting glucose numbers have always come back above 70.  Sometimes not by much - 71.  Sometimes in the low 80s.  My maternal grandmother is diabetic.  A paternal cousin is diabetic.
Anyway, I had eaten breakfast and was doing some computer work.  I got up to go to the rr and was hit with a dizzy spell.  Ended up laying on the bathroom floor.  This "episodes" hit me hard with a fever type thing and then I break out in cold sweats.  I'll have ringing in the ears and almost black out.  I usually have extreme fatigue afterwards.  After I started feeling more alive after laying on the floor, I got up to get something to drink.  Didn't make it far before I had to lay down on the living room rug.  Plugged in dead cell phone and barely made it to the couch to collapse again.  FedEx came and honked at the gate to deliver a rug that came a day early.  Almost passed out while he was here - not good.  Finally after another lay down on the couch, I was able to get up and get some animal crackers into me.
I've been able to move around a bit, but have a major headache and know I need to eat some more.  I did have some CIB Chocolate milk to help get calories and sugar into me.  All I want to do is sleep.
My question:  Has anybody had experience with hypoglycemia?  My mom figures I've had it forever, but we've never had anything to back it up.  I used to have more common occurances after a hot shower in the AM.  But today it was at least an hour after I showered and I had already eaten...
This never happens around the time when I need to see a doc - and obviously I shouldn't drive when I feel that way...  Thank goodness it doesn't happen often.
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   Posted 10/25/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Dawn, they have tests that can check for Hypoglycemia regardless if you having symptoms or not. If I was you, I would make an appt soon to have this checked. You need to tell the doc exactly what is going on and the family history. I personally don't have any experience with this but I had a coworker once that was diagnosed with this and had the tests. I remember her having to eat small snacks thru out the day and go in for testing frequently. That sounds so scary!
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   Posted 10/25/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have definitely had this to a lesser extent (actually several times a week!). It hits be out of nowhere. As long as I eat something and drink a sugary drink (sprite, gingerale) I am a-ok. Very scary! I think a call to the doctor to get everything checked out is probably a good idea.
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   Posted 10/26/2007 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had it for about 40 years. I never get that bad, but I did pass out at the doctors office once is how I found out I had it. I always carried hard candy and ate it threw the day but I have more problems now the the sugar tends to effect my UC. juice will help also try not to go to long between snacks. but dont assume that is what it is in case it is something else causeing the problem. talk to your doctor.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
what did you eat for breakfast?  when i was first diagnosed with hypo, icouldn't even eat raisin bran b/c it does have some sugar in it.  inow can maintain mine with watching what i eat, but too much sugar also plummets mine.  70 is about where my glucose levelfeels the best for me.  get a glucometer and check before and after you eat.  if you see too much of a fluctuation, you probably need to go to the doc.  peanut butter by itself makes my levels jump the quickest.  sometimes, i'll drink a soda and it ends up being too much sugar and makes me feel worse.  everyone is different.  good luck!

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