My BG is a roller coaster

By b102009 Latest Reply 2013-01-09 09:58:08 -0600
Started 2013-01-03 20:15:03 -0600

Hi my name is Barbara. I'm 29 years old and was recently diagnosed with reactive Hypoglycimia. In the past few years I have become disabled from chronic debilitating back pain/ nerve and leg pain. Because of the pain I can't really exercise or do much activity of any kind. Since the disability I have gained over 50 lbs which I'm sure has contributed to me getting Hypoglycimia as well as my mother, both grandmothers and grandfather all have diabetes and my moms started as Hypoglycimia when she was in high school and changed to type 2 diabetes in her 30s. My BG is like a roller coaster it spikes and then drops really low. This happens multiple times a day. I know a lot of my problem is my diet but I am a VERY picky eater and 90% of what I like is carbs. Potatoes, rice, bread, pasta, pizza is mostly what I like. I don't eat much meat, I only eat chicken, pork, and turkey and I mostly like then plain with no barbecue sauce or anything. I live with my boyfriend do I'm cooking for two and he doesn't eat healthy either and has also put on about 50 lbs or more in the last few years. So now that I'm done babbling I could use some helpful tips and support. Plus I only get $200 a month for food so it's hard to buy healthy food because it's so expensive!

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MrsCDogg 2013-01-07 04:16:07 -0600 Report

If you are on diabetic medications to help control your blood sugars they can cause you to gain weight. It's especially bad if you aren't able to move around much. Every medication has side effects. Some have fewer and others have LOTS. Some of them can cause some really bad side effects. Most doctors (at least around here) don't take this into consideration when they prescribe medications. I had an issue with some blood pressure medication. I was having lots of fluid retention and my feet, legs, and ankles would swell to double their size. I showed them to my doctor and asked if it could be due to me taing Januvia and he said no…that it was from the Norvasc I was taking. Did he change my blood pressure med? Nope when I saw him next my blood pressure was still up, my ankles were still huge. So he added another BP med and prescribed Lasix and Potassium!
I didn't mean to ramble. I sure hope you can start feeling better soon!

Nana_anna 2013-01-05 22:57:14 -0600 Report

I have DJD and arthytis in my back. I felt the way you did for a long time. Then one day on You Tube I discovered Tae Bo, and started moving. I was slow at first. About a month later, I was doing better, and had more energy. Exercise gives you energy, and keeps your body strong. You get stronger everyday. Even if you can walk back and forth in your house for 5 to 10 minutes, your moving. I even started doing the treadmill at the gym. The diet you are on will cause you to continue to gain weight. It will still keep your numbers high. I drasitcally changed mine to eating fruits and veggies. Oatmeal or protein shakes in the morning. If you follow a good diet, healthy, your numbers will stay down. If your on medication/shots, exercise is something to help the inuslin work. Just know this from my experience.

tabby9146 2013-01-05 08:59:26 -0600 Report

I remember when my doctor 4 1/2 yrs ago, or so, thought I had reactive hypo, when in reality I had diabetes. I think what made her decide I had that, was my problem was mostly in the morning ,light headed, would seem to only happen then, even late morning. She told me to eat protein and fiber at every meal and eat two snacks a day , not to go too hungry, etc… I did all that, but after a few months, the feelings I was having were in afternoons sometimes too and she ran tests. wish you luck.

GabbyPA 2013-01-04 09:35:05 -0600 Report

In efforts to get healthy we sometimes have to find ways to like what we don't normally like. I am a pasta freak. LOVE it and would eat it every day. However, it doesn't like me and once I started feeling better, the idea of feeling bad because of pasta gets less appealing. I still eat it from time to time, but I have cut it WAY down.

It will eventually become a choice. To feel bad or to feel better. I didn't even know how bad I felt until I started making some changes. Then I just wanted to keep on doing that to keep feeling better. I slide back and struggle from time to time, but that feeling is what often makes me keep on doing the right things. Much like Nick, you suddenly find you are a new person.

tabby9146 2013-01-05 08:57:28 -0600 Report

I cut back on pasta too and I love it so much I am able to eat whole wheat kind, Barilla, and Dreamfield's are okay with me.

Nick1962 2013-01-04 09:25:40 -0600 Report

May I ask what they told you was the cause of your back issues? I ask because similar to you, back pain (well, and poor diet) was probably the cause of much of my weight gain over the years (especially the last 10).
And, (sorry guys if I sound like a broken record) have you consulted a Chiropractor? My chiropractor was not only able to correct most of my pains, but was the catalyst for me to lose about 100 pounds. Once I had the pain minimized, got exercise, and got my diet under control, heck, I was a new person and everything else fell under control! Still am a new person even though I still have some back issues (spinal stenosis).

b102009 2013-01-04 11:23:57 -0600 Report

I have degenerative disk disease. I have had a fusion which helped for a couple of years then the pain came back. I had a broken screw and when they went in to remove it they could only get out half of the screw. So now I have 2 and a half screws stuck in my back that they can't get out. And I have tried everything for the pain and nothing helps. I have gone to a chiropractor in the past it did help along time ago but now I am way beyond a chiropractor

Nick1962 2013-01-04 11:48:16 -0600 Report

Geez I'm sorry to hear that. I'm in the early stages of degen disk disease myself now, no doubt having a hundred or more extra pounds on me contributed to that. My chiro can manage to eliminate what she can manipulate (and that is about 80%), but the stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column) still exists and progresses. I'm looking into laser surgery for that. Probably a stupid question, but when was your last MRI? For me at least it seemd like I went from great to really in pain in less than 4 months.

b102009 2013-01-04 11:56:20 -0600 Report

It was a few months ago. Like I said they have tried every treatment under the sun plus I'm on pain meds around the clock but I'm still in debilitating pain. I'm on disability retirement and I'm not even 30 yet.

Nick1962 2013-01-04 12:16:34 -0600 Report

I'm hoping someone will find something that can be done. Can't give in, for now anyway you can work on your diet. A lot of foods have an inflamatory effect (especially caffeine). There's a book by Dr. Floyd (Ski) Chilton called "Inflamation Nation"
I know when I cut (or limited) a lot of these foods, a lot of pain went away as well. Might make a difference for you. Sounds like you'll try anything right now, and this might have triple benefit - weight control, some pain relief, and better BG's. Hope it helps!

b102009 2013-01-03 21:46:07 -0600 Report

I do get a lot if veggies and I too get the family meat pack and freeze them however my freezer is not very big. I live in a small condo so I think it's a apartment size fridge and I can't fit a bigger one (I wish I could get a bigger one)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-04 10:32:14 -0600 Report

The problem with my big chest freezer is now that it is just my sister and I things get lost. When I decide to clean it out and get to the bottom of it, it is like a frozen food science project…I never know what I am going to find.

b102009 2013-01-03 21:35:00 -0600 Report

I have consulted both PT and OT and there is very little I can do without causing severe pain. Even with being on pain medication around the clock. I have had 2 back surgeries and every kind of treatment under the sun to fix the pain and none of it has helped. It's so bad that I'm officially in disability retirement and I'm not even 30 yet.

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-09 09:57:46 -0600 Report

I was just at my Endo yesterday cause I have the same issues …I eat and then my sugars are dropping and I eat really healthy and low carb and everything …but lately I haven't been able to control it at all one day just the morning alone I crashed 6 times … Anyway she is thinking because of my autoimmune disease and me taking prednisone for years now and for 2 years in very high doses that it might have shut down my adrenal glands …so she upped my prednisone again and she ordered an ACTH test to see if I am producing enough cortisol …I don't know if that will help you but it might be something you and your doctor can look into also go to the library and borrow a book on low glycemic index foods they help with blood sugar regulation, and maybe you'll find some additional foods in there you would like to eat and try !!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-04 10:34:18 -0600 Report

I cannot stand pain. A paper cut will ruin my entire day. I have tried mind over matter and sometimes it works when I don't focus on the pain. Good luck to you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-03 21:07:37 -0600 Report

Hi Barbara, so sorry to hear about your problem. Have you consulted a physical therapist about exercises you can do in a chair?

I eat all of what you eat but only in moderation. I eat a small red potato with no bread. I don't eat pizza at all and pasta rarely. If you want to lose weight you have to stop eating the rice, pizza, pasta, bread and potatoes on a daily basis.

I am currently unemployed and I am on the SNAP program and receive $200 a month. I get enough food to last at least a month. During the summer I vended at one of the local farmers market. I bought sweet potatoes, corn, green beans for less than what I pay in a supermarket. The weekend before Thanksgiving I went to trade $10.00 in SNAP funds for coins that can be used in the Farmers Market so I ended up with an extra $10.00. I bought a quarter of a bushel of Kale and Collards, a peck of Sweet Potatoes, a bunch of Sage, some Apples and treated my sister to a bag of homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and only spent $9 bucks. The next week I bought more green beans and sweet potatoes.

I cooked all of my veggies and put them in the freezer. I will have green beans and the greens until at least March. I go to the supermarket and buy family packs of chicken, pork and beef and freeze it. I also make large pots of soup and chilli and freeze them. I go to a bakery outlet and get breads. I get fresh warm sourdough rolls in 12 pack bags for about 3 bucks and freeze them. I go to Wal-Mart and buy frozen spinach, lima beans, mixed veggies, eggs, milk, butter, spices and cheeses. At Easter I will go to the supermarket and buy a frozen turkey and have it cut in half. At home I freeze one half for later. If hams are on sale, I buy two. I cook one and freeze the other. I never run out of money buy the end of the month.

What you have to do is eat healthier meals. Veggies are a plus. The fiber in them will keep you feeling fuller longer. Farmers Markets allows you to purchase fresh veggies cheaper than supermarket prices. If you want to eat rice, I only eat a tablespoon. If I eat a sandwich I won't eat any other carbs with it so no chips. I also buy yogurt at Wal-Mart it is a great snack in the middle of the day. I don't fry anything. I bake, broil or grill everything including sausage and bacon. You have got to try different foods. Being picky only limits what you can eat. I use to be that way but stopped. I like trying new things and besides you can't say you don't like something if you have not tasted it. Stop being your own worse enemy and use this year as the beginning of a new you by making changes that will improve your health and build a better you.

tabby9146 2013-01-05 08:56:18 -0600 Report

really good tips here. you an eat sourdough bread? I read an article about some diabetics can have it and it doesn't seem to spike them too bad, might have to see .I used to love it yrs ago.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-05 17:26:20 -0600 Report

I have not had a problem with sourdough bread. The bread that caused me to spike was whole grain and multi grain and they are high in carbs. I don't eat bread everyday so I eat what bread I want.

Growing up my mom would can jelly and applesauce and make pickled beets. When we got a freezer my dad and I would go to the farmers market and buy a bushel of kale and collards, a half bushel of lima beans, peas etc… and mom would blanch and freeze them. We always had fresh veggies in the winter months.

Nick1962 2013-01-05 19:47:31 -0600 Report

OK ladies, now you're making me hungry. When i lived back up north we'd make the 1-hour treck to Milwaukee to Groppi's deli for a fresh loaf of italian or sourdough bread and salami and proscuitto. Rarely did half of it make it home. Don't get me started on pickled beets - I think that was my first solid food.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-05 20:54:21 -0600 Report

OMG I use to go to Safeway on my day off just to get Italian Bread right out of the oven and eat it with whipped butter. I like warm sourdough with a crunchy crust and whipped butter. I can eat pickled beets by the jar. I use to drive 10 miles just to get a homemade ice cream and they even made the cones…Yummm

Nick1962 2013-01-06 18:59:37 -0600 Report

You know, I thought I'd miss all those things, but like you, I don't deny myself anything - just have them in very small portions. They're even tastier now! We went to Hawaii and had to go to the world famous Matsumoto's Shave Ice stand. We split a Pineapple, Mango, Coconut Shave ice with beans and ice cream. Definately not on our diets, and it did kick my BG's up (good thing we walked around for hours that day), but well worth it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-06 19:19:01 -0600 Report

OMG I went to the Dole Pineapple plant when I was there back in the 80's and ate pineapple and drank juice till I thought I would turn into one. I then had guava ice cream. All the things I can't have a lot of now. Last night I didn't eat much for dinner but I had two homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. Raised me a little but I really enjoyed them. Won't have them tonight have to wait until later in the week.

We can't deny ourselves it is doing it in moderation that counts. If we denied ourselves the little pleasures in life, we would be some unhappy people.

Nick1962 2013-01-06 19:29:16 -0600 Report

I think of those little things as rewards. If I keep my #'s in line, then I can have them. It seems like the longer I've ben able to maintain control now, the less effect they have on me. Almost like I'm getting "less diabetic", and it sure has been worth the effort.
We passed the Dole Plantation about 6 times (we got lost a lot), but never stopped. Someone in a neighboring room at our hotel was cutting up a fresh one in near the pool and was going to throw out the head and tail, but we took them instead and threw them on the grill. They looked at us luck we were vultures on a mouse, but it was just enough tasty grilled pinaeapple (and of course concentrated sugar) to make us happy.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-07 12:04:45 -0600 Report

Sounds yummy. On National Night Out, our neighborhood services Sgt and I hung our with another officer attending all the events in the district. Our first stop was a community having their event. Someone was selling Gourmet Apple Chips. We have no idea what they were made of. They were sprinkled with cinnamon tasted like apples and absolutely divine. We bought a bag. We munched them all evening. The Sgt asked me should I be eating them. I said not as many as I had. So he proceeded to keep an eye on me all evening. The Major walked up to me and said I hear you were eating something you shouldn't have. So now he is watching me. I was fine because of all the walking we did and the water I drank. I was "less diabetic" that night but if you eat something like that while active, it really doesn't mess your numbers. They both called the next day to make sure I was okay. Activity is the key.

Nick1962 2013-01-07 12:17:53 -0600 Report

I've had those with cumin and they're pretty good. the natural ones (without added sugar or spice) come in around 7g. sugars and about 8g. carbs per serving (but who sticks to servings with those). Yup, my theory is I gotta work for my food. No walk-no pizza.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-07 12:21:48 -0600 Report

These didn't have a nutritional label. The chef who makes them just started packaging them for sale to the public. You could only get them in his restaurant or his catering service.

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