By OldSpirit1996 Latest Reply 2011-04-16 11:55:17 -0500
Started 2011-04-04 12:58:23 -0500

Has anyone experienced severe hypoglycemia or severe hyperglycemia? If you have, feel free to talk about it. I just experienced my 1st severe hypoglycemia this morning. My blood sugar was down to 23 mg. When the paramedics arrived, I was unconscious and I barely had a pulse. The only thing I remember was my mom screaming my name until 3 hours ago when I finally woke up and was hooked up to an IV. I was unconscious for 5 hours and my blood sugar went down to 12 mg. It was scary. I couldn't move or speak. I couldn't understand anything, like I was paralyzed. I was so close to death, yet God decided it wasn't my time. Thank you Lord, for giving me one more chance at life.

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vuzendoski 2011-04-16 11:55:17 -0500 Report

ihave had several lows to the point i blacked out and wokr up in er not remembering what happened and several times i had been driving so i carry hard candies and if i feel like i am low i stop what iamn doing and test and either eat candy or find some kind of protein and carb ( peanut butter sandwich a very good source of both). i also was advised by my dr to check bs before driving and if it is below 100 eat something so my lifeline( my meter) is always with me and gets a LOT of use. i have also ended up withextremehigh ones and ended up in hospital and my mom was told if she had waied an hr longer i would of been dead, someone was definitely watchig over me.

amyspeer 2011-04-10 08:51:10 -0500 Report

Hi OldSpirit, I have experciend low blood sugar. I was diagnosed with high blood sugars in July of 2008, and then 1 year agoin March of 2010 I kept have low blood sugars that landed me in the hospital, sevreal times in 1 month and I blacked out with low blood sugar, and fell and when I came to a short while later I was being picked up by the ambulance, and spent a few hours at the hospital until they got my blood sugar back up. For me I have seen a team of specialist at UOFM in michigan, where they diagonosed me with Reactive Hyperglycemia, which means I have to carry Sugar tablets and Glucose drink with me, so If I can not chew the sugar tablets hopefully I could drink the glucose drink. It is very scary when your blood sugars drop so low. I have to also eat every 2 or 3 hours through out the day and eat a lot of protein, I have to eat protein with every meal and snack. But it is not alawys easy because I have days where I eat a lot of protein and still suffer with low blood sugar.

iwillbeatthis 2011-04-08 18:15:37 -0500 Report

when i was on insulin, i would take it twice a day very small doses and my sugar would go to 70 just about everyday i was so jittery i didnt sweat my vision was blurred so i told my doctor and he told me that was a good low for me having just being diagnosed but he wanted me to be at 85, i was scared i had a small child at home with me and i just couldn't do it so i decided to see another Doctor. He told me that not all diabetic Doctors agree the same way about how low your bg should be so i dicided to stop taking insulin and now ive been taking pills since i was diagnosed 5 years ago. what i found out is that i wasn't being seen by the doctor he was just checking my chart and that the nurse was making that decision for me was that right for her to do that? or should i have asked to see the Endocrinologist.

How is it that one person can get hypoglycemic without taking insulin and hypoglycemic while taking insulin?

ssigner 2011-04-07 14:25:05 -0500 Report

My highest has registered in the 600's and my lowest has been 53. Thing is because my numbers have been so very high, it took a long time for my body to understand that 250 wasn't hypo, then 200, then 180… I never could quite get the dosing down for my insulin so then I'd go too low. Now, I'm on maintanence doses of Novolog, divded up Lantus for two doses, take my pills as I'm supposed to and watch what I eat. Wow, what a difference!

ssigner 2011-04-07 14:34:41 -0500 Report

One night, my husband, boyfriend at the time, spent the night. I had been having issue keeping my sugar level. About 2:30 in a.m., I wake up hot, dizzy, sweating, and had to wake him up to explain to him, in Spanish, that I needed his help. I explained that I needed something to bring my sugar up. He jumped up and got a piece of mexican cake, brought it to the bed and literally fed me, one bite for me, one for him, until my sugar came back up. My adult daughter heard the commotion and came in to see I was being cared for. It was then, my kids knew this man would be there for me. Miki has since learned so much and now will let me know if he thinks I need to test based on my temperature. Isn't that awesome?

Pynetree 2011-04-07 10:58:45 -0500 Report

Wow, you can see from all the comments from your friends here, that there are so many reactions. Important to get to know and recognise what YOUR clue is to lows. Glad you came back. Get in the habit of having healthy snacks around, and having them about every three hours.

Marley319 2011-04-06 17:21:02 -0500 Report

My worst hypo incident was in Las Vegas. After a day of walking the strip, we went to an impersonator show to see "Elvis," my absolute favorite. Shortly after we got seated, I felt I was slipping low, so I spotted a candy bar on one of the waitresses trays and bought it and started eating it. That's the last I remember. I slumped down in my chair and I was out. I guess my brother and sister walked me out of the theater - of course everyone thought I was drunk - and once in the lobby, the paramedics were called. By this time I had eaten the candy bar and some other candy, been made to drink orange juice and milk, and then the paramedics squirted glucose in my mouth. YuCk! The hostess was so awesome and asked the Elvis impersonator to come out to the lobby to meet me since I had to miss his show! So there I was all sweaty and mussed up and he leaned down to me so my siblings could take a picture. Even after all that I had a big smile on my face! :)

MoeGig 2011-04-06 16:26:51 -0500 Report

My solution to extreme hypo is to try to minimize the amount of Humalog I take, and the only way to do that is to minimize carbs. I have also raised my A1c target to high 6's instead of low 6's. To achieve low 6's or high 5's, I believe you're flying too low to the ground. For me, a BG of 80 to 180 will result in high 6's (6.8 last check). The last time I went low (27), I really didn't think I was going to make it…very dangerous. Be careful.

Flustrated 2011-04-06 15:28:15 -0500 Report

Oh my Gosh! Started reading discussions and thought I better check sugar because got back from dog walk and it was 57. Glad I was reading this and it gave me idea to check. I would never want to be lower.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-04-06 15:09:11 -0500 Report

I am extremely hypoglycemic, have been since high school. I keep small bags of peanuts with me at all times, in my back pack, by briefcase, in my office, just in case my sugar drops. I also eat three regular meals at regular times, high protein, low carbs, almost no sugar. I am not a very adventurous eater because of that, but this keeps me functioning at my best. Sugar makes me more hypoglycemic, and I certainly do crave sugar, but never enjoy the results. At one point in my life, I was drinking a lot of orange juice, thinking that it would keep me even, then wondered why I was feeling scarily lightheaded at times. Then I figured out that the OJ was loading me with sugar. Now I limit myself to two swallows first thing in the morning. I am keeping a close eye on myself, and watching my diet and exercise closely, knowing that I may convert to diabetes at some point.

From all the responses, looks like you are in good company.

Gemm 2011-04-06 10:45:54 -0500 Report

I had been hypoglycemic for some years before becoming diabetic. I was 1st diagnosed as hypo when pregnant with my younger daughter who is now 27. About 9 yrs ago it went into what the doc called critical stage where it was actually triggered by sugar. At that time I took all added sugars out of my diet and had to also be careful of natural sugars such as molasses, honey and even fructose in large amounts as they too could trigger a low.

Before being diagnosed I was walking around constantly (yes still walking though not well - felt like I was drunk but hadn't drank any alcohol and friends and family said that's how I appeared as well) with my sugars in the high 20's to low 30's. The doc that my doc sent me too said that my body had gotten so used to those levels that it was still marginally able to function - similar to an alcoholic in a blackout stage as much of the things that happened during those 3 - 4 months is a blur at best.

I was in the hospital, back before being diagnosed as critical hypoglycemic, many times. The last time was when my doc called in another doc and I was told to get rid of all sugar in my diet and that doc had me hooked up to an IV for about 3 - 4 days to get my system flushed out of all the sugar I had in it - my doc had put my on a high sugar diet to try to bring my sugar count up (he actually went back to school after this episode to get more training in diabetic conditions and is now a certified diabetic doctor). I had been known to pass out with no "aura" or shakiness or other symptoms, but just have a low BG count - it had been down in the teens several times when this happened. I have no idea how it felt really as I'd be feeling okay then find myself lying on the ground or in either an ambulance on my way or already in the ER. Over the period of 3 - 4 months that my doc had me on that high sugar diet I was in the ER at least 1x a week, often of no memory at all of what happened or how I got there. It was a really scary time for me.

Now, when I experience a low I have gotten to where I can feel them again below about 60. As was said - each of us is different because my husband also gets them and we have different symptoms. One of the 1st that both of us experience though is being grumpy with no apparent cause. After that I will usually start feeling hungry (tho at times these will be reversed). Next, sometimes even after I've eaten if my sugar was dropping fast, I will start having the shakes, especially inside. My shakes can get so bad I've actually fallen down from them and the ones that I feel inside are harder to get past than the outer ones. I haven't passed out from it in some time but have learned to keep some kind of snack handy - for my protein and carbs do a lot better than sugar as I still react to sugar to some degree though not as bad as I used to before becoming diabetic - diagnosed about a yr ago (which I was told when I was diagnosed critical hypoglycemic would probably happen at some point). I still read labels carefully as I still try my best to keep all added sugars out of my diet, though that's hard to do with some things.

HUGS to all

kmcook 2011-04-06 04:19:56 -0500 Report

I have lows where they don't read on meter and go into seizures about once a week from the lows. I miss a meal because I am busy and that is it for me. I used to get sweats and do get shakes, but not sure if shakes are my tremors or from low sugars. Have never went to hosp because I refused to go and my kids and hubby will not push the point. I did go to hosp one time when bg was over 500 mg and had to be on IV which left a bruise for 3 weeks. That is why I refuse to go when too low. My bg is not regulated well is either too low or too high never in middle.

EJMac 2011-04-05 22:17:49 -0500 Report

Shortly after my diagnosis 4 yrs ago, I was on glyburide. My spouse & I were in a store. All of a sudden I started sweating and shaking. Fgured I needed food. Went to the vending machine for candy and couldn't figure out how to put my dollar in. My spouse helped. When I tested when we got to the car, I was about 47. Since then, I always have some candy, nuts, some food on me at all times. It was very scarey. Now if my BS gets below about 85, I start getting the shakes. I always check before I exercise or drive. Elaine

tripletsmamaw 2011-04-05 21:31:39 -0500 Report

About four years ago, I experience it. I was taking about 2000 miligrams of metaformin and so much of glyburide. Well one morning I didnt wake up and my husband and son was here with me, but they thought that I was just sleeping all day. Well they said i finally got up and was acting funny so my husband thought i was depressed, since we had never seen this before or been around anybody going thru this. Well he called my daughter and she came over and she started talking to me and she said i said i was hungry, so she feed me a brownie and some pepsi, then after i while i started coming out of it some, but we still didnt know what was going on, they decided to take me to the hospital and i remember the ride over there but was still very confused. They admitted me to the hospital and the first night my sugar dropped again to around 30, the nurse came in and was feeding me peanut butter and coke. They told me that when my daughter gave me that brownie and pepsi that probably saved my life. That was a very scary feeling. I got off all of my meds and lost fifty pounds and has stayed off until about couple months ago was at the emergency room and my sugar was 300+ so they sent me to a endocrilnogolist and he has now put me on insulin shots which i didnt want. But hopefully I am trying to loose weight and i hope to get it back down to normal , but then side effect from insulin is weight gain. I am having lots of trouble finding something to drink. I drink lots of water but I am very much addicted to pepsi, dont like none of the diet drinks and most with aspertame in them and they say aspertame is bad for you.

Alexx_x 2011-04-05 19:45:22 -0500 Report

I have never experienced it and was wondering what it's like. Do u feel it? Cuz I've heard some people say it hurts and u have seizures but others say it's just like falling asleep. I'm really scared for it to happen (tho my sugars have been too high that I don't think I need to worry right now) and just want to know what to expect if it were to happen

dietcherry 2011-04-05 19:57:32 -0500 Report

A friend here told me this may frighten people so I removed it! Sorry if it did! :)

dietcherry 2011-04-05 20:13:10 -0500 Report

Sorry dont know why the first part didnt post this is what I said first: the lows are not painful but I used to experience any of the following: shakiness, anxiety, sweating, mental confusion, extreme emotional states, unsteadiness, falling over, inability to speak or move, and then seizure if its not corrected. Kinda in that order. Most of the time I have some recall of it but usually need someone to fill in the blanks, if there was a witness. I have hypoglycemic unawareness now so my early warning system is shot and so I pretty much bypass the shakes and go straight to confusion and inability to realize what is happening to me.

jayabee52 2011-04-05 19:55:23 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, as you may be able to tell from all the different descriptions of people who have had lows, You cannot tell how YOU yourself will feel/react to a low. There are broad guidelines of what most ppl may feel, but until you experience it, you'll not have a clear idea.

I had only 1 low that I know of. I started to feel shakey and got my glucometer and my BG# was 40. Not terribly low but low enough to concern me. Fortuntely I had some regular orange soda in my car, and I drank it. I felt better soon.

tweetydele 2011-04-05 21:39:44 -0500 Report

when my sugar goes b low 65 im in trouble. get the shakes cant hardly walk, sweat, my tongue goes numb then my lips. i rush to get anything i can to raise my sugar. one thing that works for me is bananas. unfortuantely that is the only time i can eat bananas as they make my sugar sore out of sight. i have an episode about one time a month sometimes more so i never leave the house with out checking my sugar.

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1cookie :) 2011-04-05 18:37:44 -0500 Report

I agree with labrat. I keep a tube of cake iceing in my operatory draw at work for emergacies. It needs no refridgeration, and will keep for a long time..PUT IT IN AN EASY to find place. If your in trouble, this needs to leap out so you can get it fast.

tabby9146 2011-04-05 18:16:34 -0500 Report

So glad you are here!! Wow, that is scary. I hope that never happens to you again! I can't imagine. I used to worry so much about that, when I was on pills, but now diet and exercise controlled, so I realize there is hardly a chance now of that with me, but…in the future years from now, I just know I will worry about it. the fact that so many can't "feel" when they are going to low is scary. Praise the Lord you are okay.

LabRat90 2011-04-05 16:43:10 -0500 Report

My diabetes counselor recommends getting some icing in the tube to have around when it's that much of an emergency. It can be squeezed in between the front lip and teeth and will absorb really fast into the bloodstream. This can be done (if someone finds you) even if you're passed out. Just don't get the red color. The EMT's will think you're bleeding.

jayabee52 2011-04-05 18:13:05 -0500 Report

probably the blue color should be avoided too, since that is a sign of poor circulation and 02 deprivation.

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1cookie :) 2011-04-05 18:39:42 -0500 Report

good point on the color I have yellow in my work place, I will pass it on no blue or red either, don't want someone to think your bleeding

dietcherry 2011-04-05 18:31:54 -0500 Report

James that reminded me of a story: years ago my ex-husband called the ambulance after I seizured and the paramedic suggested we get a tube of icing for when this happened. He was laughing and said he had learned of it from another call where the wife had tried to feed it to her diabetic husband and the poor guy had blue icing all over his face and looked just like a Smurf! :)

ak51ann 2011-04-05 13:00:03 -0500 Report

I had a short phase of having low blood sugars at night and would go into a seizure. One time my husband came home from a business trip a day early, luckily for me, as the night he got home I had a seizure and stopped breathing! He gave me two glucogon shots before the paramedics got there, and i was just starting to come round. Obviously I was fine, but suffered from short term memory loss for a few months along with compression fractures in my spine…apparently from the severity of the seizure. I now have glucose tablets everywhere, by my bed, in the kitchen, my handbag and the car. They correct my sugars after about 15 minutes. I also always have two glucogon sets in my bedside drawer just in case!

melcoujes 2011-04-04 23:39:49 -0500 Report

I have experienced low sugars a lot lately. I am active and can not seem to sit still. I do not realize I am getting low until I start to shake and feel like I am going to pass out. I keep some glucerna shakes in my 'fridge so I can get something in my system. Even then it takes up to an hour before I can even function again.

OldSpirit1996 2011-04-05 16:35:29 -0500 Report

Be sure to eat before and after doing exercise. Also try to eat or drink that will raise your blood sugar quicker such as glucose tablets, six saltines, four ounces of fruit juice or non-diet soda or just 6 jelly beans. Hope this helps! :)

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-04-04 15:02:12 -0500 Report

Ive had about 3-4 of those in my lifetime of diabetes. (Diagnosed at 8 yrs old) and they always happened while I was sleeping, or I would wake up with the symptoms and not be able to make it to the kitchen for o.j. (Id pass out before Id get there)
Sorry you experienced this. I know how horrible it is :( I used to not take the amount of insulin I should have been taking in fear of going low,…but now I am pregnant, and am keeping VERY tight watch on my sugars. Hope your feeling better now :)

OldSpirit1996 2011-04-04 15:09:43 -0500 Report

I always pass out too! (Before I can get sugar into my system) I also wake up at night too with the symptoms, I sometimes sweat, although I dont know why I sweat when my sugar is low (Im trying to find out). I was diagnosed 2 years ago, but Im trying to let diabetes not control me. I do feel better. Thank you :)

pkwillhoite 2011-04-04 13:53:58 -0500 Report

I hae lows but not that bad… My lowest was a 37 and it was really hard for me. I was dizzy and weak, and shakey and scared and it seemed like it took forever to get my bs back to where I was ok. I hope everything is better keep us informed !!!

OldSpirit1996 2011-04-04 15:01:48 -0500 Report

Everything is fine now. It is scary, but once you get sugar into your system, you will start feeling better. :)

PANTOUS 2011-04-07 06:58:16 -0500 Report

I had that happen to me years ago, my blood surgar was 19!! I couldn't get out of bed ( I was all alone!) I some how forced myself to crawl to the floor hitting my head on the night stand~passed out for a little while, got to the phone and called 911 for myself , could barley talk. They got to me and saved me. Another time I was just sick all day, but didn't really know if I should take my insulin or not but I did, was in the bathroom on the toliet and I fell hitting my head on the tub and that casued me to bite my tounge badly, my mouth was full of blood, my husband took me to the hospital and they said I was heading into a coma!!
But I am on an insulin pump now and very really get low