Emotions-the highs and the lows

By cherokee925 Latest Reply 2011-04-28 03:26:54 -0500
Started 2011-04-24 19:49:02 -0500

I have noticed over the past several years that when my blood sugar levels run high I am moody and depressed. When they are normal I am easy to get along with and I am able to concentrate and get things done. My blood sugar levels have been great for the past 21 days because of my new eating habits which I am ever so grateful that I found a program that works for me.

Has anyone else experience these moods when your blood sugar levels run high? I would love to hear your stories so I know that I am not alone.

17 replies

roshy 2011-04-27 06:01:18 -0500 Report

When my sugars are high for a long period of time my mood deffenitly changes for the worst! My hba1c was extremely high for at least 3 years and speaking form my families persective i was like a completely different person. When they became a bit more average i started becoming more like myself and less of a moody, agressive, shifty closed up person.

cherokee925 2011-04-27 09:30:04 -0500 Report

It took awhile for me to figure out what was going on with my moods and that is was related to my blood sugar levels.

MarkieMarkie 2011-04-26 11:08:51 -0500 Report

I get this way everyday from about 2 - 4:30 pm. I usually start off at 6 am so by then I'm running on fumes. I do get edgy, irritable and sometimes if I'm not doing well on sugar levels, I feel off, sideways or twisted. My family looks at me lik, "Umm, what are you dong?" I know it's time to stop, take a break, regroup. It bothers me emotionally and then I get depressed.

cherokee925 2011-04-26 11:21:36 -0500 Report

I know that feeling well I use to experience it around 4:00pm just about every day for a while. It was like I was all most having a panic attack of some type everyday I would try my best to remain quiet so that I did not bite off anyone's head because I was feeling out of whack.

pkwillhoite 2011-04-26 12:15:38 -0500 Report

That is how I get around 4-5 in the afternoon.. I thought I was the only one feeling like that. I just go to my room and lock the door so I dont tell any one off. I get really angry and dont stop being rude.. I hate it when I am like that.

cherokee925 2011-04-26 12:28:22 -0500 Report

I cannot stand it either when I get that way my poor family looks at me like what the heck is going on sometimes I have to distance myself from everyone until I can get it together because I do not want to mean to anyone.

MewElla 2011-04-26 10:44:16 -0500 Report

Most definitely, I feel a big difference when blood sugar is high. Seems like I can't think straight or remember little things and I get very edgy…But, when the #'s are low, and it usually happens very quickly, it is scary, I get clammy, feel like jello, nervous, irritable, headache and slightly dizzy. You are most definitely not alone, I think we all go through these ups and downs with the numbers. I always think of this like walking a tight rope, one mis-step, and I see changes..Otherwise, I am a pretty happy, diet/exercise controlled gal with no meds..This diabetes is quite a journey…No wonder, no one who does not have it, really understands us …it's hard to believe all this, but harder to live with on a 24/7…But all of us here, know what I am talking about, right?

cherokee925 2011-04-26 10:52:53 -0500 Report

You are right it is like being on a rollercoaster ride that you cannot get off of 24/7 of the ups and downs. My emotions are a little off today but it is not because of my sugar levels it is due to lack of sleep I did not sleep well last night.

jayabee52 2011-04-24 20:13:01 -0500 Report

Sometimes when my BG#s run high, or low for a period of time I FEEL like I'm dumber than a box of rocks! I used to get angry easily when I was in high BGs too. But as I've aged, I've mellowed, and most of the time now, even when high, I just feel dumb and very sleepy.

cherokee925 2011-04-24 21:22:21 -0500 Report

When my blood sugar run high I would get angry quick too alot of things would get on my nerves really fast also. It is nice not to experience these feels for the past 21 days.

Serenity 2011-04-26 10:31:59 -0500 Report

When my blood sugars were high, anything I ate made them sky high even with exercise, and all the oral meds weren't working and my doctor was being stubborn about giving me insulin (but you live alone, what if you go low? You could die! Ugh, lady, please), I found it made my ADD and anxiety issues a ton worse. I was moody, irritable, prone to fits of anger, and just general a bee with an itch to be around. Anxiety medication helped me with those issues and the heart arrhythmia from my Mitral Valve Prolapse (which high blood sugars also make worse 'cause of the anxiety thing). So when I'm feeling grouchy for no particular reason and feel like strangling the next person I see and/or throwing the nearest object, I check my blood sugars. Chances are, they're high.

Yet, if my blood sugars drop too fast, too sudden, I can go into a panic attack like there's no tomorrow. I try to keep my blood sugars even - not always possible (like when the pharmacy/insurance company have a disagreement and put a hold on my insulin until I get an authorization - grrrr), but I do try.

cherokee925 2011-04-26 10:38:59 -0500 Report

I am a little moody today I checked my blood sugar and it is 107 I know I did not sleep well it was hot in the house most of the night. Yes I am amazed at the battles between the pharmacy and the insurance always seems to come when you need your medication the most.

Serenity 2011-04-26 10:50:21 -0500 Report

I had to do without my Lantus on Saturday night because I thought I had more in the fridge (that's what I get for thinking!) and then had to deal with the insurance thing, on a Sunday of all days. It's mostly my fault for forgetting to refill earlier, but life is so busy and I can only handle so many things at once (I'm also dealing with upcoming ankle surgery and 9-10 of other health issues all at once). I didn't get much sleep last night, either - my youngest guinea pig has a swollen foot and so I was up with him until 4 this morning, ice and bandaging his leg. So, I'm feeling super tired and feeling like I need a break already (the guinea? he just had his breakfast and is sleeping - ha!).

I've found that stress also makes my blood sugars worse. It all goes hand in hand and, though it's difficult, you do have to give yourself some breathing room. Find something each day that makes you laugh. Laughter keeps me going.

cherokee925 2011-04-26 10:56:23 -0500 Report

Yes you do have to find humor in dealing with things in life that is why I decided to start blogging about my ups and downs I have created two characters which are two different sides of me in dealing with being a type 2 diabetic.
Stress is another factor that will run your blood sugar levels crazy too I try to keep my stress level down as much as I can.

Serenity 2011-04-26 11:14:42 -0500 Report

I was thinking of writing a book on dealing with the insurance companies. People tell me the system is broken and I just have to laugh. It's not just broken, it's rubble! Stress is too common in my life. Because of the autism issues, I have trouble with managing stress and it's often kicked me in the rear end. But, such is life, right?

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