By LouellaMarie Latest Reply 2012-01-15 22:44:16 -0600
Started 2012-01-13 00:47:04 -0600

I have experienced fear. Yesterday and Today both I had what I call an "episode". Hypo! As I was making supper, I thought I felt funny, then the shakes started, BAM! I was shaking so badly my husband said my voice was shaking, It feels like my insides are shaking as well as my knees! I looked at the clock and sure enough, 1/2 hour late for supper, I really hate these episodes. They feel terrible, I know now to drink oarnge juice and eat, but I am still frightened, Is this happening with you? ( I am newly diagnosed, 4 months) Louella

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annesmith 2012-01-15 01:47:11 -0600 Report

I feel for you without a doubt. I used to have terrible lows when on Metformin, as it cut my appetite way off, then I would go hours without eating, then fall down into the 50s. I rarely go low now, as I learned my lesson on making darn sure I do not miss a meal. I walk and run, so if I miss a meal, or eat a couple of hours later than usual, I will fall too low. The shakes are terrible…makes a person feel like they are dying and panicked. I find that lows are not near as bad so long as I have low to moderate caffeine intake. I never do this anymore, but, going back , I used to get the shakes REAL bad when I had black coffee, no meal, and was at a community event. Even eating a half hour later can throw a diabetic into a low…good luck!!!!! ANNE

LouellaMarie 2012-01-15 04:04:38 -0600 Report

Everything you said is right about how it happens, it can sneak up real fast too! It does feel terrible doesn't it! I too, am trying to not miss any meals or even snacks! Thanks so much for taking the time to write to me. Louella

annesmith 2012-01-15 22:44:16 -0600 Report

Thank you!!!!! I love this site so much, as I have made more friends and learned more here than any other site. I feel so much better ever since I made my improvements on making darn sure I never go famished. Sincerely, ANNE

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-01-14 22:01:02 -0600 Report


Here is a link to a post that I wrote on fear, awhile back. I hope this might be helpful to you in some way:


Glad that you are in touch with us.

Take care of yourself!


LouellaMarie 2012-01-15 04:10:09 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Gary, you have written about just what I was talking about!! So, I read your article, and I am going to go back and read it again! Thanks so much, its so great of you to HELP us all with your knowledge and time and thoughts, thanks again Gary! Louella

Young1s 2012-01-14 09:28:02 -0600 Report

Wow! That is scary. I've never experienced this myself. The few times I've gotten down to the mid 80's I started to develope headaches but that's it. I think Gabby is correct about keeping track of your food intake. You may think your eating enough and at the right times, but maybe your not as consistent as you may think. The journal will lay it all out for you. I know your four months into this new life, I am too, but you may want to take a look at a discussion I recently posted. You may already know a lot of this but I think it never hurts to have a reminder every now and again. Be blessed.

Here's the link to the discussion.

GabbyPA 2012-01-13 00:57:47 -0600 Report

Hey Louella, welcome to the community.

It sounds like your meds might be working too well. Or maybe you are not eating a snack between lunch and dinner to keep your levels up?? With just being 4 months into treatment, there are tweaks that the doctor can make to help you out. Do you keep a log of what you eat? If not, I would do that at least for a few days to see what might be amiss in your routine.

LouellaMarie 2012-01-13 01:04:17 -0600 Report

Thanks, I think your right, I will keep a written journal of what foods I'm eating and the numbers, I have an appointment with my diabetic counselor on the 19th, I just started with diabetic classes too, I'll tell them about it, especially if it keeps happening, thanks Gabby, how are YOU today>?

GabbyPA 2012-01-13 01:09:41 -0600 Report

I am well...hubby is not so well, so the bed is his tonight. Thus my 2:00 am time on site...yawn...LOL

You will learn so much from your classes and that is the time to ask a lot of questions. I loved the classes that I took, and I really need to repeat them soon. I took them about 2 years ago, so I am due.

LouellaMarie 2012-01-13 02:02:00 -0600 Report

I am an insomniac, I'm up late alot, but I didn't even realize it was that late! I get going on the computer sometimes and the time just flies by, thanks so much for talking to me, perhaps we can talk again sometime!

annesmith 2012-01-15 01:53:52 -0600 Report

I am just now sleeping with zero insomnia over the last 9 months. I am so happy now. For 2 whole years, I had severe insomnia every month. I felt like hell…I'd go to work with terrible dark circles under my eyes, and in fact had to call in sick more than once it was so bad. Every month, sometimes every other month, I would not sleep for 4 whole days..by the 4th day, I was in bad bad shape…to the point where I would have diabetic seizure(s). I made several several changes…garlic of all things helps me sleep tremendously. I also was not eating near enough protein in the evening. I read the Bible before going to bed more and longer. I also added pasta to my diet…I rarely ate pasta when I had the severe insomnia. I go to bed ONLY when I am truly tired. For some reason or another, if I go to bed even slightly too early , I am up all night. I hope you are doing better…write me back!!!!!—-sincerely, ANNE

LouellaMarie 2012-01-15 04:18:37 -0600 Report

Ohhhh Anne!! You sound so much like me, I didn't know where this horrible insomnia came from, also, it seems to be the worst case I've seen! It hurts. I'm so severly sleep deprived, my doctor has given me some sleeping pills, but I am afraid of them, I am on a pain medication for back aches, but some of those sleeping pills are anti-deppreants, which do not get along with me! I hated the way I felt on those. (Don't need them anymore, I'm not depressed!). Wow, do you think the insomnia is from the diabetes? AND, I am looking at what your eating here, see, I don't eat pasta, or garlic, and I'm not even sure yet if I get enough protein either! I am almost excited and hopeful to see that you have concured such a bad insomnia problem, maybe there is hope for me too, If you can think of any other helps on this problem, please please let me know, I've hurted too long with it! Thanks so much for writing me back Anne, hope we can talk again. Louella

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