Low blood sugars

By BroadwayGirl Latest Reply 2013-08-13 17:23:34 -0500
Started 2013-07-30 13:21:53 -0500

I remember a time when if I had a blog sugar of 55 mg/dl I'd feel so shaky, hardly able to comprehend anything, and confused. At this moment in 55 mg/dl and it's hardly effecting me. It's kind of scary how such a low blood sugar hardly phases me; that I'm so use to it now.

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Sapphire89 2013-08-13 17:23:34 -0500 Report

I've felt low at 70, and felt fine at 17. It's terrifying how close you can come to a coma and not realize it… I've noticed recently that my symptoms are way off. Ill feel high but be 100, ill feel low but be 250…craziness.

BroadwayGirl 2013-08-01 22:47:28 -0500 Report

Yeah…I'm beginning to not be able to tell as well and it scares the heck out of me. I think once my sugars are in control once again I'll be able to tell…at least I hope so. You see, I'm only 16, and that makes it even scarier because I'm so young I don't want such health issues

Grandmama16 2013-08-01 12:02:46 -0500 Report

I've read the comments here and yesterday I felt just like you describe with a feeling of weakness so I had a granola bar which really has too many carbs but the thing is…my BS numbers are high, over 150. IVe never had below 100. At night it was 183. I also had eaten one scoop of ice cream with fresh peach slices, after 1/2 of a beef T.V dinner, and my acid reflux kicked in…even this morning. I ended up having popcorn last night to make it feel better but that bumped up my carbs. I can't seem to adjust things within the carb level? I end up starving with muscles feeling limp or other conditions are affected…high cholesterol, reflux, fibromyalgia which makes exercise hard, or headaches, muscle cramps and my muscles are still high…yada yada yada. I'm just really confused.

BroadwayGirl 2013-08-01 12:13:44 -0500 Report

If you're use to running higher (which is seems you do) then when you finally get your blood sugars in the correct range you feel low. It takes a day or two to get your body use to it and it really stinks while you're waiting for it to. A perfect range is considered approx. 90-130. At least that's what my doctor tells me.

Grandmama16 2013-08-01 13:02:08 -0500 Report

Really wiped out today. Thank you for your insight. I know I probably shouldn't but I'm drinking coffee with flavored creamer…in bed. I just wan to sleep. Things I should be doing. Phooey.

Hart4Him 2013-07-31 22:11:30 -0500 Report

I get shaky around 100, that I feel I'm going to just die I'm so famished. In the middle of the night it spikes than sharply drops just before waking up. Right now 10pm it's 241 :(
But it has been getting better :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-07-31 10:23:15 -0500 Report

It would be simple if BS just varied because of what we eat and/or drink. For me I find that stress, OTC meds, especially sinus & flu, as well as some of my other prescribed meds, all effect my BS, Oh, I forgot to mention my activity level and how much I am in the sun. At camp I have to watch it very carefully. I drink plenty of water and some Gatorade, but my levels drop often and sometimes very fast. This afternoon I am the launcher on the zip line for 2 hours, from 1 to 3, my worse times, so my beverages, including my emergency COKE and my test kit come out with me.

Scarlet03 2013-07-31 01:42:19 -0500 Report

I'm a type 2 on insulin for the last year. There have been times I've gotten a 72 and get grouchy and a headaches . Sometimes I don't at all. That is why I keep my terrier with me when I'm alone and out. I won't know. But she will. Even when I'm asleep she'll wake me up. It will be like a 100 but sometimes your blood sugar does a rapid drop, I really don't know why

peggy1255 2013-07-30 23:33:52 -0500 Report

I don't usually start feeling bad till I get in low 70s but have been as low as in 50s , as far as I know ,anyway starts with a headache for me then the other symptoms follow, everyone is a bit different , all comes down to what your body can handle, we get in tune with our bodies and learn what is best for us, it becomes easier after time, sometimes those nasty flu's interfere and play havoc with our sugar, but even that we learn from on what our bodies can handle:)

kimfing 2013-07-30 16:48:46 -0500 Report

Hi, I am newly diagnosed and have been married to type 1 diabetic for 22 years. we have noticed that a reading of 55 at one time you may not feel and another time you are incoherent because the incoherent one you may be dropping fast unlike the first one. My husband has had a 40 and feels "ok" because he's not dropping and then he could have a 65 and totally incoherent due to his blood sugar dropping instead of gradually going down and needing attention.

I also notice his face's skin color changes to a pale green when he's going low and I ask him when the last time he tested was and sure enough, he's going low !

Good luck !

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-30 22:37:43 -0500 Report

I used to know with that, and that I fully understand. But this seems to be going on for the last several weeks/months now.

kimfing 2013-08-01 15:41:02 -0500 Report

That must be scary ! I am hoping my honey doesn't get to that point too. I know someone in my support group that doesn't sense low blood sugars. He's on a dexcom (I think) which tests his sugars 24/7 and alerts him when he reaches below a threshold he has set into the device.

ShellyLargent 2013-07-30 16:10:29 -0500 Report

As your body gets used to lower and lower blood sugars, you start to feel them less and less. It's called hypoglycemic unawareness. I have it too. I don't feel a low until I'm in the upper 40's range… Just shy of blacking out… You can "retrain" your body to be more sensitive to the lows by purposely allowing higher numbers (not out your safe range, though) for longer periods of time. I typically do not let my sugars go over 110, but when I'm "retraining" I will allow up to 150 after a meal without a correction. And I try to keep my numbers from falling below 115 (except my morning fasting). I do this for about a week or so. I will start to feel a low in the upper 60's range then for a little while, then I have to repeat the training again. I also am more diligent in testing since I can be low and not know it.

Joe Boylan
Joe Boylan 2013-08-04 02:13:51 -0500 Report

My brother has been a type 1 diabetic for 40 years. Fortunately for him, he has been with the same company for 32 of those years. EVERYONE knows him at the company, and they watch out for him because he cannot feel lows coming anymore. He keeps his levels razor thin, and has done so for a long time. This makes him a classic case for the "unawareness." I, on the other hand am the opposite; so afraid of lows, that I (sub-consciously?) have routinely high sugars. (last A1c was about 8.) That said, crashing low blood sugars will wake me at night, and during the day I still feel them coming from a long way off. Only solution I can see is to track everything until you really know your body's rhythms. Really go t to practice what I preach now, right?

BroadwayGirl 2013-08-04 09:37:30 -0500 Report

I've been diabetic for 14 years now, and honestly it doesn't matter how much I test anymore. I test about 4-8 times a day at least.

Joe Boylan
Joe Boylan 2013-08-04 12:33:53 -0500 Report

Hey, BG. 22 years of diabetes for me. Diagnosed when I was 29 and already pretty set in my ways. Testing has always been my problem. That said, I know I'll never achieve better control unless I test regularly and MONITOR what's happening in my system. I just started continuous glucose monitoring last month, and it has really opened my eyes. Unfortunately, lots of work to do from here, but at least I have placed myself on a path. I'm told that an artificial pancreas is the next logical step in this evolution, and I can see it's close to happening. For me and my lifestyle, the sooner the better. Hang in there, and keep on testing and recording your results. You WILL be glad you did.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-30 22:39:27 -0500 Report

I know. It's just a pain to due because then I feel like those slightly higher blood sugars feel like I'm in the 200s or 300s and it's just sucky, y'know?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-07-30 15:32:53 -0500 Report

I wonder if it makes a difference if you are a 1 or a 2? I begin to become non-functional anything below 80. It scares the beejeebers out of me and I usually overcompensate. I am a type 2.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-30 22:41:08 -0500 Report

I'm honestly not sure if it matters what type you are. To be honest, since I'm type 1, I only know about type one. My knowledge is limited on type 2.

Sherelle112 2013-07-30 19:07:19 -0500 Report

Well I'm t2 and on metformin & w/ that it doesn't tend to get too low. The lowest I've had was in the 60s & I definitely got the shakes! It's crazy how we can the same disease, but it's sooo different for each of us!!

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