Feeling low? But are you really low?

By xAngelGirlx1822 Latest Reply 2013-11-11 22:48:24 -0600
Started 2013-10-27 21:29:02 -0500

Okay. So lately I've been feeling like my blood sugar is sliding down. But when I get tested im In the 80-90's. I don't get it. I feel dizzy and Shaky and my feet tingle a bit. It's been happening a lot lately even once at school. Then sometimes when I'm really low I don even feel low at all. I'm seeming kinda confused. When I went to my doctor my A1C was a 8.7 which is kind of bad because my family and I have been working our way down to a 7. I've also sparked an interest in the New T-Slim touch screen pump. Has anyone heard of it yet, or has it?
-Angel xx <3

8 replies

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-11 22:48:24 -0600 Report

It does take time to adjust to new lower levels, but don't feel bad, I'm always in the 100's-170's and if I hit 80 it feels like 40. I don't understand either!

kejo 2013-11-04 04:04:32 -0600 Report

I agree with everyone else when it comes to your body is just adjusting to the new low levels!

Also I want to encourage you… I used to have an a1c of 13 and now I'm 7.4. My new goal is getting to 6!!! You are capable of anything… You'll get to 7 in no time!!!!! :)

Young1s 2013-10-30 04:16:13 -0500 Report

Hello xAngel,

The adjustment your body is going through is a natural thing, i think. Same thing happened to me. I was so used to my numbers being in the 200's t0 150's plus fasting, that when I was lower than that, I was scared to take my insulin. It took me a while to realize that no matter the low, I need the insulin. Now, even if I'm lwer than 100 I still take it; just not as much. I can't control how my body will make it the way I need it to but I can control how to apply this substitute. I like the fact that if I skip it or not take as much, it's because it's within my control. My numbers have been known to go up like crazy (talking 300+) and can go down (60-), so I make adjustments with everything. From what I eat to my meds. I'm still working it out but I'm curious and vigilant, so this annoyance of a disease will not stop me. I'm too pigheaded and optimistic to let that happen. :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-29 11:26:58 -0500 Report

Shelly is correct. As your A1C gets lower, your body is going to adjust to the new normal low which means you are going to feel low. That almost drove me crazy because I was constantly testing. After talking with my doctor he told me to eat a piece of bread or a cookie. It worked for me and as I adjusted, I didn't feel low when I actually wasn't. For me low has to be in the 60-70 range which happens if I don't eat a snack.

ShellyLargent 2013-10-28 10:33:44 -0500 Report

What is probably happening is you are developing hypoglycemic unawareness. If your numbers have been high for a long time, once they start getting into a normal range, you're going to feel a false low because your body's not used to it. After your numbers have been in a normal range for a while, your body will not respond to low numbers until they are dangerously low because it's gotten used to the lower "normal" numbers. I have that problem. I keep such a tight control over my numbers that I have to be in the low 50's and 40's to feel a low coming on. What my doctor told me to do is try keeping my numbers in a higher normal range so that when I do start to drop, I can feel it in the 60's or 70's and not be at such a high risk. I do this for a while until my body "reboots" itself, then I go back to the really tight control. It's working. My last A1c was 6.4 and I'm expecting it to be a bit lower this next time…

GabbyPA 2013-10-29 18:00:23 -0500 Report

This is what happened to me. I thought I was low and it was 98. Really? But now I can figure out my lows better.

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