Hypoglycemia induced focal seizures?

By 1rahrbunny Latest Reply 2013-04-01 11:28:39 -0500
Started 2013-03-29 08:36:24 -0500

Any one have any experiences to share of hypoglycemia induced focal seizures? My experience of how my lows manifest seem very different than other diabetics that I know. I really could only find info online on gran mal seizures with lows.

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Nick1962 2013-04-01 11:28:39 -0500 Report

I’m one of those that doesn’t experience lows until 50 (mg/dl) or below. I had to look up “focal seizure” and yes, some of the symptoms I experienced did fit. Uncontrolled constant swallowing, the sensation of having my head pulled to one side by the neck muscles, facial flushing, nausea and sweating. The lowest I’ve ever seen my meter was 45 mg/dl and that time it just said “low”. It’s only happened twice, but at the time I attributed it to a good dose of the “stupids” on my part rather than seizures.

MrsCDogg 2013-03-29 21:06:16 -0500 Report

I will usually have a string of lows. This week it happened 3 nights in a row. This time the lowest was 47.
When I first went on insulin I had my lowest low. It was 38. I started to feel a bit shakey, got hot and sweaty and by the time I got back in the house ( I was putting the trash out) My vision was starting to darken. I very quickly got to the kitchen and found something to eat to bring it back up. I had to call work and tell them that I would be late. I was only about an hour late. Looking back on that episode I should have just called in sick. I worked in retail at the time and I'm pretty sure they would have had a fit. Now if I get that low again I think I would have my husband to call 911.

type1's mom
type1's mom 2013-03-29 16:24:52 -0500 Report

My son has had 2 seizures the first i would call grand mal and the second could be focal/partial seizure. I didn't see the first one but his dad described his eyes rolling, jerking and he wet his pants. The second he had a very dazed look and one arm jerked repetitively. Both were caused by BS's 25-30. The second one I was mixing the glucagon when he started so maybe he didn't have time to get worse. Both times he was very tired for a while after. Oh and both he could talk to u but was confused

1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 09:10:11 -0500 Report

I am pretty familiar with the typical gran mal kind of seizure but not so familiar with focal seizures. I have never had a gran mal but my dr and I think I may have had some focal ones.I tend to be highly functional even at significant lows( 18-40 bg) so I am just trying to make some sense of my sensory experience.

jayabee52 2013-03-29 12:13:24 -0500 Report

Howdy "Bunny", I googled the term "types of siezures in humans" and got a lot of responses. Among those I was led to this article here ~ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seizures.html which containe a link to focal siezures here ~ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic... There is a lot more on siezures than one might think!

I have siezures myself according to my nurologist siezures which are due to dead spaces in my brain due to TIAs (ministrokes) I had in 2005. Those siezures weaken my legs so I cannot trust them to stabilize me in my former work as a Certified Nurse Aid. It was explained to me that my siezures were below my personal threshold for a big siezure, so I don't have the shaking kind of siezure.

I pray you find something which helps you


Sharon Valerie
Sharon Valerie 2013-03-29 08:49:52 -0500 Report

Hi there, I have suffered severe hypoglycemia for several years including comas. I have had many seizures, they happen when the blood sugar drops so low and mine are always followed by coma. I even had one at the Doctors surgery and she called the hospital as she was convinced I'd had an epileptic fit. My consultant confirmed it was all due to the hypo. I am lucky as because of this I have been able to have a Beta-cell transplant and while I still have some hypo's they are nothing compared to what they were.

Gwen214 2013-03-29 19:35:36 -0500 Report

Hi Sharon, how low were your numbers? Lately, I've been experiencing lows, my lowest so far has been 49. I've haven't had gone into coma, what number would that be? Is it different for everyone?

Sharon Valerie
Sharon Valerie 2013-03-30 01:34:37 -0500 Report

Hi Gwen, my numbers are pretty good lately though I did have a 41 yesterday evening which I didn't expect. Numbers for coma are different and it depends on the person. The lowest I've had is 13 and was unconscious for 2 days. I have been in a coma with numbers in early 20's but I've also been conscious if out of it with numbers in 20's. Everyone is different. One thing though One thing though, the lower you go, the longer it takes to recover and I always feels terrible for the next day and when you don't know it's happening its terrifying.