Glucose drop

valentine lady
By valentine lady Latest Reply 2011-09-28 21:17:53 -0500
Started 2011-09-23 14:42:05 -0500

I have a question and I hope someone can help me with it. I suddenly have started having blood-sugar drops. As low as into the 30's. I can be 125 and 30 minutes later bottom out. I'm eating all my meals, keeping the carbs low and protien high, having snacks, on time, etc.. This happens around noon each time and has happpened 4 times in the last 2 weeks. It completly drags me down and I sleep all afternoon once I'm stable. I actually have been in the hosiptal the 2nd time it happened, for 36 hours while they checked my blood sugars around the clock. Has anyone had (have) this problem, please share with me and others. Please I need help…Thanks, Valentine Lady

33 replies

margokittycat 2011-09-26 01:38:27 -0500 Report

Valentine Lady, Are you type 1 or type two? There are a lot of different reasons your bs could be dropping so suddenly. I would contact your doctor ASAP and talk with them. Maybe drink a little bit of juice at lunch time and see if that helps keep the BS at a normal level.

cindygal1 2011-09-25 05:28:54 -0500 Report

You need to get in touch with your doctor that kind of drop is not good at all. I hope that you are feeling better nowl

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-09-24 14:25:23 -0500 Report

MEGriff1950: Thank you for your comments about the the problem you had and how you fixed it. No I won't try this on my own, but I will speak to my new Doctor about it. Valentine Lady

MEGriff1950 2011-09-25 01:22:07 -0500 Report

When I was finally able to get into my dr I told him that I started decresing my meds according to the last ones he had prescribed. I kept a really good watch in my journal too. If I had done it haphazzardly I am sure he woud have been angry. He was just so pleased that I was doing so much better.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 23:47:48 -0500 Report

I cannot and do not recommend that you do what I did. Here is what happened. I started going hypoglycemic often, when I woke at 4 am with a bg of 43 I got scared. I called the drs office he was too busy to see me. I explained the problem. Then I was told he would be out of town the next week. The only other dr in the office that I trust was too busy to get an appointment with. Shucks. I took it upon myself to start lowering the insulin I was taking by 5 units a day. Then I started skipping the insulin here and there. Finally I stopped taking any insulin at all on Aug. 2 nd and finally got into see my dr on August 5th. He highly approved of me taking myself off of the insulin. My bg was going below 50 2 or more times a day. Like I said I do not and can't recommend that you try this yourself. That was dangerous.
Well now the truth is out,

jayabee52 2011-09-24 00:02:49 -0500 Report

I'm glad you came through that time without major troubles.

It is similar to what I did when I ran out of insulin (dropped and broke my new bottle). I just watched what I ate closely and I noted my BGs didn't go way into the straosphere. That's where I got the idea to try to control my BGs with my eating plan.

Of course I told my Dr about my little experement.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 02:29:50 -0500 Report

I was watching my bg's very closely but with the lows and went clear down to 38 one day shortly after breakfast. I knew that was not good at all. I was ready with insulin if I needed it but could not get a drs ok because of no appointment. I had lots of numbers for dr and showed him the problem.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 04:41:09 -0500 Report

the lowest I'VE ever recorded for me was 40 which is not that much higher than 38. I don't even remember what alerted me to the possible low, but I was still able to function because I left the patient's house (I was working as a CNA at the time) and I went to my car and drank a regular soda which I happened to have in the car. I had no problem walking or navigating.

Each person with diabetes is different and where some are incapacitated when their BG falls below 70 others can still function adequately at much lower levels.

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-26 11:26:39 -0500 Report

That is so true. If my BG gets down
to 70 I can barely function. I think it is fascinating to hear different people's experiences!

Carol2x 2011-09-23 23:17:14 -0500 Report

I agree with the others here-talk to your doctor and explain the specifics of what has been happening to you and when. Your meds may need adjusting.

cbelyea 2011-09-23 21:12:59 -0500 Report

Holy cow, you need to recommend your Dr. to familiarize himself with a rolling donut. I don't see a lot about your diabetes situation/insulin regiment specifically, so I am hesitant to offer specific advice. However, I would be very cautious of going on a diet without making appropriate changes to meds. Also, if your meds were adjusted while in the hospital (i.e. ER) odds are good they were only correcting for the current crisis, not the big picture. My knee jerk reaction is that dropping your diet is the right move for the time being.

cbelyea 2011-09-27 02:06:07 -0500 Report

That's about as polite a way to get at it as there is. Sorry to drag everyone into the gutter, but that's pretty much how I feel about a patient's concerns being dismissed like that. I've experienced it first-hand, and it's infuriating. It can also cost a life.

What exactly it means or where it came from, I don't know. But it's quite the mental image.

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-26 11:27:44 -0500 Report

OK…I've heard "rolling donut" several times. I have no idea what that means. Would someone like to enlighten me, please?

jayabee52 2011-09-26 22:58:46 -0500 Report

Here is the link to the "urban dictionary" site but beware it is rather "R"rated in content: I hadn't heard that term before either so I looked it up on Google. I don't usually use the F word so I didn't comment at the time. But since you asked, here it is.

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-27 23:19:08 -0500 Report

Well, well, well…I had to ask, didn't I?! When will I learn that I don't need to know everything?! Thanks for "enlightening" me James!

jayabee52 2011-09-28 18:46:32 -0500 Report

I always say that on DC the only foolish or stupid question is an honest one which is not asked. You are most welcome, Claudia!

jimmyjames43 2011-09-23 16:27:16 -0500 Report

I would talk to your doc,may need to change your diet some(carbs)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-09-23 18:17:43 -0500 Report

jimmyjames43: thank you for answering me and for your concern. I have contacted my Doctor and asked to see an endrocrynologist. He refused me, said he could fix my problem himself, he hasn't and I have found another Doctor. If ever I can help you don't even think twice, e-mail me. Valentine Lady

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 20:10:14 -0500 Report

This is something that I really like about this site, validation of others suggestions when we firmly believe the advice is good. For me it helps when others agree or even disagree and give me food for thought.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 15:25:01 -0500 Report

Valentine Lady, I am wondering if maybe you might need to talk to your doctor about reducing some medications. Since August 2nd I was taken off of insulin and 2 glyburide as I have gained control over my type2. I think it is time to talk with your medical professional about this. If they do not act on it I would find another medical professional or get a referal to an endrocrynologist (could be bad spelling).

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-09-23 18:06:41 -0500 Report

MeGriffi1950; Thank you for you concern and reply to me. My meds have been looked at (while I was in the hosiptal) and some were adjusted. I too have type2 diabetes and I am switching Doctors. He refused to give me a referal to an endrocrynologist. He said he could handle it and hasn't thus far. Thank God I had DC to turn to. Thanks again, Valentine Lady

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-25 03:36:48 -0500 Report

Good move, Valentine lady! Some doctors want to handle everything themselves. An endocrinologist is a good person to have in your court. They are someone that can oversee your physician, too. Sometimes they can be part of your team, and you should have a team approach to your healtcare when you have diabetes. But, they are generally much better at regulating your medications when things get a bit off. Then, once you get a little more regulated, you can have your primary doctor follow you and follow up with your endocrinologist 2-4 times a year as needed.

jayabee52 2011-09-23 18:16:51 -0500 Report

Well Valentine Lady your Dr works for YOU. If s/he is not helping you, you might want to talk to Dr and get your relationship straightened out. If s/he still won't refer to an endo, get a new Dr.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 20:01:51 -0500 Report

Good job Lady, many are afraid to fire any professional when they do not have your interests at heart. With diabetes it is litterally a life and death situation.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-23 14:53:04 -0500 Report

Hello VL! If you are having problems with lows, why not increase you carbs a bit. Don't go carb crazy (as in a milkshake with whipped cream and a banana split on the side) Carbs while often considered to be bad, are needed by the body. Increasing them through fruit or grains might not be a bad idea. The other thing I would look at is you meds and the time you take them. I can't leave here to check your profile, but when you take your meds can matter. I was doing insulin in the AM and PM and metformin in the AM. My pre-lunch sugar numbers were not bad, but my 2:00 in the afternoon were high. I switched the metformin to noon and it has all been much better. AT 30, I would be non-functional or comatose, so don't fool around with this too much. But I would increase your carb intake between the hours of 11 and 2 and see if that helps until you can see your doctor.

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-25 03:39:30 -0500 Report

Just to add to this…I would make those carbs complex carbs. Those help to keep your blood sugar more even because they aren't absorbed into your blood stream as quickly as simple carbs.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-09-23 17:56:53 -0500 Report

Jim; Thank you for your detailed reply to me. I am going to do as you suggested and see how it goes. I'll keep you posted. I started a diet a few weeks ago that really constricts the carbs. I looked it over after recieving some e-mails suggesting the carbs be adjusted. I think I'll drop this diet, although reccomended for diabetics. I was in a coma when I was sent to the hospital, they pulled me out. I am afraid, that's why I turned to you all for help. I have a Doctors appointment as well to follow up on this situation. Again thank you so much, it meant a lot to me. Valentine Lady