Is It Fever Or Hypoglcemia - And What To Do

Uncle Lew
By Uncle Lew Latest Reply 2018-08-16 09:05:51 -0500
Started 2011-11-03 15:58:36 -0500

When I get sick I find I have one big problem. My fever goes on and off. When it comes on I don't know if I have a fever from the cold or if I am going hypoglycemic. So I have to do additional tests besides the six I do daily. Thank God I sandbag the insurance companies and have the extra strips I need. The extra tests (besides the 6 tests I do daily) have my fingers begging for mercy. The fever isn’t very high (about 99°F while my normal temp is around 97.5°F) but is noticeable and doesn’t last long. The frequency of the ons and offs really bother me (and my poor fingers). It is upsetting not know if I am feverish or hypoglycemic and sometimes even scary until I test. My MDs say just grin and bare it and ride it out. Easily said when you’re not diabetic.
Does anyone else have this problem and if so, how do you handle it. All suggestions [besides shooting myself ;) ] are welcomed.

11 replies

Whispercrafts 2018-08-16 09:05:51 -0500 Report

I am not considered "diabetic", but I've had pancreatic surgery and experience frequent lows… This week I've experienced two episodes where when I'm hypoglycemic, according to my family my skin is hot… I feel cold and when I check my sugar it is before forty… When they wake me up, they are freaking out because they can't wake me up- I'm usually a very light sleeper. All I know is when they wake me up, I'm sleeping better than usual and I have a big problem waking up, I think I'm freezing, I am so groggy it's unbelievable… I saw this thread searching for hypoglycemia with fevers because I'm usually cold and clammy including my skin… I already called the endo, now I'm wondering if I should call the internist. I don't feel sick, just really tired… I usually am in a lot of pain and that hasn't increased for about three weeks…

LauraS 2011-11-04 12:00:29 -0500 Report

I had the same thing happening to me when I was newly diagnosed about a year ago. My regular MD said that bacteria likes the sugar in our blood and I could just have been fighting off infections. I too have a low "normal" temp and a temp of 99 makes me feel sick. It went on for months and then all the sudden went away. I was not experiencing hypoglicemia so maybe my levels were just working themselves out.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-05 15:43:22 -0500 Report

My colds usually go on for months too unless they develop into something more serious. The last time I had a cold like this I became hospitalized with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

berrykins0 2011-11-04 07:34:40 -0500 Report

temp 100 to 103 i thought was consider a fever nothing below that maybe i'm wrong but i don't think so.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-05 15:36:37 -0500 Report

Your post intrigued me as did Heather4118’s reply to it.
I did a little research and found at the Mayo Clinic a fever is a very simple matter. Their definition of a fever from a paper published by them, “Fever — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this common sign of illness”, is…

"You have a fever when your temperature rises above its normal range. What's normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the average normal temperature of 98.6 F (37 C)."

So in my case a “normal” temperature of 98.6°F would be a fever at the Mayo Clinic. But, no matter how you figure it, it still stinks.

Heather44118 2011-11-04 09:41:17 -0500 Report

here is where there is a huge debate. if your base line temp in under the normal 98.6 and a fever is over 100.0 then you take your base line which for uncle lew is 97.5 so his range for fever would be( 98.6-97.5= 1.1) so a fever for him is ( 100.0 - 1.1) = 98.9. So anything over 98.9 is fever. did I confuse you yet.

Heather44118 2011-11-03 20:46:32 -0500 Report

i would take my temp before testing. and if i feel shaky I would eat something. then test at my regular time. I have the dang pricks. my doctor gave me a one touch delicada to test with it helps some. my friend tests on his toes. not sure how good it is to do that. i would not do that i would b afraid of it getting infected. hope you feel better soon.

GabbyPA 2011-11-03 16:09:41 -0500 Report

This is a very good question.

You know, my mom has frequent fevers and I wonder if she is going though a similar thing? She has not associated hers with her diabetes, but perhaps she should. She just has days when she feels "off" and her temp is slightly elevated. She is in her mid 70's. Could age be a factor as well?

Since she doesn't associate them with a low, she usually just takes it easy and pays a little more attention to her food intake. She is on insulin, but just one shot at night for a long lasting dose. I have never seen her "correct" due to a fever.

sadi23 2011-11-05 17:48:16 -0500 Report

Hell-O I am teri, i also have had Lupus since I was a teen. I carried a low grade fever everyday, 99 to 100 daily if it went above, i had med's i would then take for 10 days or so. As I have chronic infections everyday as well. I had this low grade temp for 30 some yrs, going up when ever i was sicker. I have not had a temp for over 6 yrs now? NO one knows why. Even when I was in the hospital with an infection that went to my brain, I was very ill. the doc's were baffled to why I had no temp at all. I was only diagnosed with diabetes type 2 a few months ago, but i feel now, it had been over looked, due to my many other conditions. I think Maybe i have been diabetic or diagnosed with diabetes, a year or two, as the symptoms and now that I look back, just make sence to me, that I should of been diagnosed back then, but there is nothing I ca do about it now, and thats ok. but i don't really think diabetes has anything to do with my fever leaving me LOL nor does this really have anything to do with this topic, just made me feel like sharing my fever loss, if anyone had ever heard of someone having low grade temp for 40 years of their life, then not fever ever? just a question:):) wish you all well..God bless and watch over you and your families…your friend Teri

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