"Normal" feels like a low???

Leslie S
By Leslie S Latest Reply 2012-01-05 21:18:08 -0600
Started 2011-10-05 23:05:14 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 three weeks ago… I check my sugars once a day as my doctor said. For the last couple of days I've tested twice because I haven't been feeling well. I thought it might be my sugar, so I checked and it was 127, which is one of the lowest tests I've had. Had anyone ever felt like your sugar might be low when it's in normal range?? I wasn't sure since maybe my meds are starting to do the trick, and my eating times aren't really stellar… any info is helpful! Thanks. :)

35 replies

Young1s 2012-01-05 21:18:08 -0600 Report

Earlier this evening, I had the opposite effect. I was feeling high but within normal range. For a couple of hours, my eyes were had been getting progressively blurry and my feet were feeling really sore. But I was in the middle of cooking so I didn't stop to check my levels. Plus, it wasn't time to check anyways. Just before eating, I checked as I normally do, to see how high my numbers had gotten. I was at 114.

That made me a little angry. I've lowered my testing to only 3 times a day and interchange what meals I decide to test before/after. Fortunately, tonight it was before dinner. What if I had already tested and wasn't going to test again until my final evening one. I may have decided that I was getting too high, tried to lower my levels and could have ended up in the ER. Not good at all.

This is why, as soon as I can, I'm going back to testing 6 times a day. I'm more comfortable testing that much anyways. I hate having to play this guessing game with my levels.

shawnamom 2012-01-05 17:31:41 -0600 Report

I have the same problem and i was told it was the metformin. It give me a dizzy kind of feeling some days worse then others.

Caroltoo 2011-12-02 13:37:56 -0600 Report

Hypo- and hyper-glycemia have some symptoms in common, so it is hard to tell sometimes without the BG test. I found as miy BG started to decrease on a regular basis, that it felt low for a while until my body adjusted to "my new low". Now below 70 feels low. When I first started controlling my diet, below 150 felt low. Our bodies adapt to our highs, that changes our (and the bodies) perception of the lows. Give it a few weeks for you to adapt, but watch it carefully to be sure that you aren't in a real low (below 70).

Young1s 2011-12-02 13:49:07 -0600 Report

I know what you mean. When I was diagnosed, my numbers were regularly in the mid 300's to 400's. Now that I am starting to be consistantly in the low 100's, every time my BG drops to around the low 90's I start to develop a slight headache. Happened last night when I went down to 86.

SUNNYSAL45 2011-12-02 13:31:32 -0600 Report

It is a problem keeping your glucose level in check. I tried two different glucose monitors at the the same time and got two different readings. I used the one touch and the accucheck aviva and my level was 65 pts. higher with the accucheck aviva than the one touch.. Sometimes I feel like my sugar is low and when I check it,it's usually a little high and once I eat, I feel better.. I think that some monitors work better than others.. Can anyone share any similiar experiences with me??

jigsaw 2012-01-05 18:04:50 -0600 Report

Most bg meters or monitors have an error margin of +/- 20% as generally stated in their users guide. I have 4 different brands. I can take two or three readings consecutively and anyone of them will give a different reading most of the time. As long as your within the +/- error margin, the meter is functioning properly. Make sure you wash your hands before testing also. The wrong substance on your fingers can alter the reading.

Young1s 2011-12-02 14:09:47 -0600 Report

Same thing happened with me with my One Touch Mini and my Freestyle. The differences between the meters would range from 10 to 40 points at any given time. I tried using the same blood, tried using diffirent fingers (on different hands), I tried my forearms. I finally gave up and settled with using the Freestyle because buying the strips are easier on the wallet.

jayabee52 2011-12-02 14:01:45 -0600 Report

For a while I had two meters of the same make and model (Onetouch Ultra2) avaiable to me.

I took my Blood Glucose (BG) reading with one and right after that with the same drop of blood I took it with my bride's meter. There was about a 20 point difference between the two meters. (so long ago I forgot how much difference). So even within the same make and model of meters there is sometimes a difference.

And recently (I am now using a True Track) I will sometimes get a reading of 215 (or similar), and I know I hadn't been THAT naughty. So I test again and get a reading of 135 (or similar). Something on my finger might have been sweet or who knows why. I use only 1 meter now, since I've run out of the OneTouch strips, and use it to show me trends in my BG readings. Are they trending up or trending down.

The FDA says that if a meter is within 20 points either high or low of "the dead on accurate" BG reading it is acceptable.

One has a lot more things to worry about as a Person with Diabetes than finding a meter that is dead on accurate. Like keeping one's numbers in the "normal" BG range.

MattyF 2011-12-01 16:59:42 -0600 Report

Don't sweat it. As a totally frustrated type 2 myself, I know this is not an exact science. You'll get to know yourself better with time. I feel the difference in my levels. I have s friend who feels the same if its 90 or 300.

Caroltoo 2011-12-01 17:35:59 -0600 Report

Totally frustrated type 2 seems to describe a lot of us these days. So…is it the weather or the holidays or what?

MattyF 2011-12-02 07:59:36 -0600 Report

Its everything. I guess the thing that gets to me the most is the doctors. I fired my last endocrinologist because he gave me a diet chart that had me eating almost 200 carbs a day, then he cranked about my numbers. Doctors are just clueless about this. They write the meds then it ends there. Another endocrinologist handed me a pamphlet about Diabetes, and that was it. Know extension of knowledge what-so-ever. Second on the frustration list is the diet, which drives me up a wall.

Caroltoo 2011-12-02 11:20:27 -0600 Report

Yes, that has puzzled me too. We do say, we are all different in our journeys, so maybe some folks aren't as cautious about their carb intake and/or simply don't realize how many carbs they have in a favorite recipe. We can always check that for ourselves. That goodness for the nutritional composition chart with the recipes!

tabby9146 2011-10-14 19:59:48 -0500 Report

I know this exactly because this still happens to me at times, and I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago. I can be in normal range around 80-120, but if it drops fast, I feel it !! I feel 'low' in the 80s at times, sometimes I have been in the 70s and I feel it each time. My doctor said I am just super sensitive to the changes.

Caliafiosgram62 2011-10-09 13:20:23 -0500 Report

You said that your "normal" was usually higher. As the normal range goes down, the body takes time to adjust. When I was first diagnosed I felt "low" if I went below 100. The dr. wanted me in the 80s and I said that at 100 I felt really bad. He told me to work at it and it would get better. That may be just what is happening to you. Your body was used to the higher lows and as they get lower, (better) you will get used to it and eventually you won't feel the 127 at all.

pixsidust 2011-10-09 12:07:42 -0500 Report

Welcome here. I get the same feeling at times. My advice is to really explore the grocery store and read the labels! Plan, Plan, and then plan! Give yourself snacks and meals and find substitutes for cravings of both sweet and salty that are on the no list. If you have healthy tasty choices around, eating will become…stellar.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-14 13:42:19 -0500 Report

I found this out the hard way! I failed to plan for my day yesterday and totaly got bit in the butt! I've come to realize that i have to thinks ahead. If i plan to beat this into submission(LOL) gotta have a battle plan!

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-10-13 20:11:20 -0500 Report

Right on time. Those Who fail to plan, plan to fail. Thanks for the info. You have realized that our disease is not a limitation but a challenge.
Peace and Blessings,
Brother Raoul

christelly 2011-10-09 11:15:57 -0500 Report

I am also newly diagnosed. However, I have not yet experienced your problem. If anything, when I feel wonky and do an additional test my BG is well below 90. Check with your physician as soon as possible because this could be a symptom of somethng else or a complication. Good luck!

roberto2011 2011-10-08 16:20:28 -0500 Report

I feel once a day testing isn't enough. At least 2 or 3 if they will let you. Losing a weight if needed and plenty of exercise helps. Also eat a lot of food that are low GI. Increase your fiber. Beans are great.

GabbyPA 2011-10-07 09:00:33 -0500 Report

It will get better. You used to feel bad when your sugars went high, but didn't have a way to know what was going on. Now that you are getting into lower numbers it will take a while to feel good at those levels, but it will get better. I know the first time I was at 98 I felt weak and thought I was low. It is your body telling you that something is different. At least you know that it is different in a good way.

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-07 08:10:23 -0500 Report

Your body is adjusting and thus is making you feel this changes. So when in doubt check it out! Hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs

hillwalker 2011-10-06 21:06:55 -0500 Report

i feel you there 2 months chills as i hit 140 spinal chills as i crossed 115 no memory no concentration rage issues useless at work for over 2 months

ShellyLargent 2011-10-06 09:40:26 -0500 Report

Once your body gets used to the new "normal" BG numbers, you shouldn't have those low feelings anymore, unless you're truly low. Still keep testing when you feel low just to make sure, but you'll even out eventually. I had those false low feelings for a few weeks after getting back on my insulin treatment. I was between 280 and 400 all the time prior to the insulin, now I'm hardly ever over 170. I test between 5 and 8 times a day, depending on what's going on and how my numbers seem to be running that day. But I'm a bit of a control freak, so I don't like not knowing what's going on.

jayabee52 2011-10-06 01:45:13 -0500 Report

My bride "Jem" would have what I called "false lows" when she was alive. She felt the sensation of having a low BG reaction, but was either in the normal range or even a bit above normal range.

She had high BG levels due to prednisone pills or cortisone shots she'd need to take due to her RA or Lupis flares. She'd sometimes go over 300.

I asked her endo about it and he said that once her BG level had been high for so long her body got used to it. So when her BGs were coming down she'd have low feelings. He instructed us to test her BG every hour when she was having those feelings and don't correct for a low if she really wasn't low. That was tough because when she felt lows she got ravenous.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-06 10:27:02 -0500 Report

James, I found it works the other way too. sometimes it is tough to decide to go with the way you feel or the numbers. The wiser choice I have found is the numbers. As I go through his separation/divorce my numbers have been crazy. The other morning 300! Now, maybe I got up in the middle of the night and made a banana split, but even if I did, I should have worked it off by the 5 mile walk each way to the store to get the ice cream! This morning 147. I am sure it is the stress.
The strange thing is the morning I was at 300, I thought I would be testing on the low end. surprise!

redcamel 2011-10-05 23:46:15 -0500 Report

Low BS symptoms are shakey really hungry. You can also tell because the symptoms come on real fast. What is happening is the meds lower the BS just fine but they do to good a job. Try to get on a regular eating time even if its to much or to little. The body gets used to one routine and always trys to level things out. several small meals a day or eat the meals at the same time seems to help. Was 127 before or after a meal. BS will spike right after eating.

Leslie S
Leslie S 2011-10-06 06:50:38 -0500 Report

127 was before a meal.

jayabee52 2011-12-02 12:47:43 -0600 Report

When my bride Jem was still alive and with me, She had what I called "false lows" because she was frequently on a steroid due to her RA. That often raised her BG above 200 for as long as she was on it.

When we weaned her off of the steroid she would have feelings of being low. When we figured out what was happening with her we took her Blood Glucose readings every hour she was feeling like that, but didn't give her anything to eat or drink to counter the feelings because she was too high still. We only treated for a low when the meter told us she was low (Jem was blind so I needed to do much of that for her)

Sometimes at night she wouldn't want to wake me and ate carb laden goodies with abandon (as folks with lows are prone to do) and then couldn't figure why her AM readings were so high.

It was tough for her to be in a false low situation and not eat something for it. But at least she didn't get on the BG roller-coaster, and we got her acclimated to
BGs closer to normal ( usually in time to start another course of Steroids)

snuggles071 2011-10-08 17:12:28 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed 4 months ago and i was doing the same thing,and i wasnt low,after a few months i dont have them anymore ,it is very scarey at first im just now starting to get used to a whole new diet good luck hope you feel better soon