Uncontrollable shivering

By Debbiejf Latest Reply 2015-03-02 10:33:43 -0600
Started 2013-03-02 12:10:40 -0600

Years ago I used to shiver uncontrollably (? spelling) when my blood sugar dropped very low. And it caused the ungodly sweating and feeling of passing out. Lately, however, I have been exeriencing uncontrollable shivers and severe pain at the base of my skull and neck :(. I've checked my bg and it ranges from slightly low to slightly high. I'd say from 80's to 180's, so I'm not really sure that's the cause. At first I thought it was just that my bs was going up too fast but with the range it can be I doubt that's it. Mostly it's been every night when I go to bed, I always check my bs right before going to bed. So I'm wondering has anyone else experienced with any related issues to the diabetes OR could it be something with my nerves (which can be related to diabetes). I have the neuropathy in my feet/ankles but is there more? I do intend to see my doctor asap, but I've seen a neurologist not long ago about the neuropathy and she did a full panel with nothing out of the ordinary. Or would it be better to wait and see my endo (next appt in April :(.)? I tried to find something online but mostly it reroutes me to MS or Parkingson's and it's not like those at all.

10 replies

Gwen214 2013-03-08 20:29:34 -0600 Report

Are you having other symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness? If so, you may be going through an anxiety attack.

Debbiejf 2013-03-08 23:34:42 -0600 Report

no, there are no other symptoms but an anxiety attack is something I would never have considered if there were. thanks :)

??SCARED?? 2015-03-02 10:28:13 -0600 Report

I have very high anixity. I take medication for it. It makes you feel like your having kinda like a heart attack. Your chest feels heavy, shortness of breath and dizziness and shaking. I would go get checked. I also have had a heart attack at 40, and lost 1/3 of my heart. Now in the past year and a half they just put 5 stints in me. I looked up the symptoms for BG. I have them all. What I'm afraid of is I already have trouble with my eyes, Glaucoma, my heartheart and so on… No meds or Internal doctor for helping me understand what I'm going through. I don't know what I'm allowed to eat, even if I did, I'm not hungry at all!

??SCARED?? 2015-03-02 10:33:43 -0600 Report

I also have a thyroid illness, which once you take medicine for your thyroid, you have to take it for life. It has never given me the shivers. It just makes me tired all the time and forgetful! A few more problems it gives me, but I forgot what they are. LOL. but not dizziness or shaking.

jayabee52 2013-03-02 12:20:25 -0600 Report

Howdy Debbie

I would check it out with both your Drs and describe the symptoms to them.

I have uncontrollable shivering at times (usuallly when I go to bed) but mine is due to low thyroid output which makes my temp regulation wacked.

Notice any further symptoms you can. Any little clue may be helpful to them in helping them figure out what this is.

I pray you get answers soon!


Debbiejf 2013-03-02 15:43:30 -0600 Report

thanks :), the worst part is that this goes on for hours and I get no sleep :(. My gp did check my thyroid not long ago and it was fine.

jayabee52 2013-03-02 17:57:43 -0600 Report

it does for me also when I get colder than about 75 deg f.

I have heard that sometimes Thyroid levels need to be checked repeatedly because the tests don't always read correctly. Perhaps check you thyroid again with an Endo.

Debbiejf 2013-03-03 02:45:09 -0600 Report

I'm also having to deal with menopause! It's 23 degrees here now and I just step outside to cool off LOL, so it doesn't matter how cold it is outside I'm always hot. I am supposed to have blood work done before I go back to the endo, I'll call and see if they can't request thyroid blood work also.

Debbiejf 2013-03-03 12:56:15 -0600 Report

thank you :), something occured to me at some point while trying to sleep, while I was searching online about shivers I saw something that said our bodies naturally try to 'cool' itself when we get fevers-why we shiver when we have high fevers. Now I don't have a fever but maybe my body is just reacting to the heat from the menopause? Just a thought, my body is like an inferno 24-7 :( and at times feels hotter than others. I do take an estrogen pill, which in the beginning helped tremendously but lately I'm not so sure…it's hard to say because although I thought it curbed the hot flashes and mood swings (sooo cranky), not so much anymore, because the 'cool down' periods' are gone completely now. Most men don't understand and really don't want to know I guess because they don't have to go through it :).