Does anyone feel panic when hungry?

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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i was just reading about hypoglycemia and remembering that my doc once told me after a blood test that my sugar was low - if i had eaten lunch yet?  i said no.  that doesn't necessarily mean you have it right?  she said something about fasting hypo.  is that normal?  when i wait too long to eat lunch, i feel icky. just weak and panicky.  anyone else???

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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Hazelnut86,

I have often suspected that I have low blood sugar; (never actually been diagnosed).  I wake up in the morning hungry and ready to eat.  Then I can only go a few hours before I am hungry and need to eat again.  I can't skip a single meal. 

There have been times when I have gone too long between meals and I am so hungry that I actually feel shaky and anxious.  Eating makes me feel better.  I always get the terms mixed up; is hypoglycemia the term for low blood sugar?  Anyway, to answer your question: Yes!  I have felt that way many times; like I'm going to go crazy or pass out if I don't eat!

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   Posted 8/28/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by an abnormally low level of blood sugar (glucose), your body's main energy source.

Hypoglycemia is commonly associated with diabetes. However, a wide variety of conditions, many of them rare, can cause low blood sugar in people without diabetes. Like fever, hypoglycemia isn't a disease itself — it's an indicator of a health problem.

Treatment of hypoglycemia involves short-term steps to get your blood sugar level back into a normal range and long-term steps by your doctor to identify and treat the underlying cause of hypoglycemia. Simple fasting blood test should give you the readings your Doctor is looking for.
Please do follow up and yes anxiety and hungry can be sx of hypoglycemia.
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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Many times when i'm feeling a panic attack coming on, I will check my blood sugar. In the past, I knew I had low blood sugar, and many times it is on the low end. I will then eat something 0 like peantu butter and a banana- this will usually work, and hopefully it starts working before i get myself all worked up. Yes, it is possible to answer your question, if hypo can cause panic.
Another example is that my oldest son who is 20 has type 1 diabetes, and he has had panic attacks because of low blood sugar, but also with high blood sugars.
Some people just have panic disorders.

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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   

i actually am more predisposed to panic when i feel full, like ive eaten too much. makes me really anxious.

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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
When I started having panic attacks for the first month or so I worried about whether i had triggered something. Two of the first things that came to mind were Schizophrenia or Hypoglycemia. My family has a history of schizophrenia and my grandmother has diabetes. Of course really all i was doing was looking for something to explain why i was feeling the way i was. I even went to the point of buying a kit to check for hypoglycemia. They're not all that expensive, and you can buy them at a Wal-mart even. If you're worried you could do another test and check it on your own. But be careful about getting yourself all worked up about things, reading into them too much. Everyone feels a bit under the weather if they haven't eaten in a while, and people like us that have anxiety are hyper-aware of anything that may be slightly different in our own bodies.

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   Posted 9/1/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Sometimes when I am super anxious, if I have a snack I feel better.  I come from a long line of diabetics but do not have this condition, but I can tell about 3 - 3:30 in the afternoon I get this drop in energy and need a snack.  I recently have cut way back on sugar and caffeine and this has helped how I feel as well.  Anything with cinnamon is a good way to stablizing blood sugar dips.  Eating healthy will always make you feel better because if you eat too much sugar you will get the highs and lows and  think in some way this triggers anxiety, or it does in me anyway.


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   Posted 9/2/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7) soon as my blood sugar gets low I get very edgy.

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   Posted 7/13/2011 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
yes, yes, yes, I feel severe panic instead of hungry. I also feel a distinct pain under my right armpit and around the right back upper side of my rib cage and kind of where the spleen is supposed to be. when i eat it gets better instantly. then comes back again with severe anxiety, and feeling short of breath a few hrs later when it's time to eat again. it's stress related I think, lots of things going on in my life right now I wish I could control, but can't, it's so frustrating and giving me lots of grief. also gets worse around period time. iron supplements make it better, like organic molasses and vitron c. by the way, this symptom is about 6 months old for me. does it get better?

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   Posted 7/13/2011 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi emails and welcome! Since this thread is almost two years old, I would encourage you to start a new one of your own. You will be easily recognized as a new member this way and will probably get more responses:)

If you haven't already discussed your symptoms with your dr., you should do so to be on the safe side (getting a fasting BGL and checking iron levels for anemia would be a good start)

If all checks out, try to eat small, frequent meals and snacks to keep your blood sugar steady, and keep the panic away.

Again welcome, and please feel free to start a post of introduction for yourself anytime.

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   Posted 7/13/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had these and once in awhile get them if I don't eat every 4 hours every time I check my sugar level when I feel shaky like that it is always on the low side of normal around 70.My anxiety is through the roof then.
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