Hypoglycemic unawareness

By kejo Latest Reply 2014-06-06 12:34:10 -0500
Started 2013-11-01 09:47:16 -0500

I'm currently suffering really low lows without symptoms. I looked online and I guess it's not rare. It's called hypoglycemic unawareness.

For example, I was working the other night and I started to not make sense… My coworker check my sugar and it was 19. One of my coworkers cried because she's so worried about me.

Anyone else having the same problem?

Tags: hypoglycemia

17 replies

Whitney47 2014-06-06 12:34:10 -0500 Report

I've had that happen to me several times it's very frightening when you finally find out what your blood sugars are without being aware that it's dropping

Aries2 2013-11-06 16:19:58 -0600 Report

OMG 19?!?Thank God someone was with you. I am type 1 and have been as low as 29 and like you, sometimes I don't have any symptoms. It is so scary. But the weird thing is if I drop to 147 I get shaky and light headed, A good number for me is 150 and that is high but I feel good at this level. I test every time I feel anything because I can go low in just a matter of minutes! Good luck to you.

kejo 2013-11-06 16:33:46 -0600 Report

Thank you!!! I'm working on it.

When you run high most of the time, your body regulate that as normal. You feel shaky and low on a higher number. Perhaps that's what's happening to you.

I wish you good health !! :)

IronOre 2013-11-07 12:25:43 -0600 Report

and when you run low most of the time your body regulates that as normal, to the point of not being aware when you go too low.

Stuart1966 2013-11-04 19:08:49 -0600 Report

Extremely common, in point of fact.

Search for Dr. Cox (originally at U.VA. I believe) and their B.G.A.T. work. Symptoms are NOT the single channel we percieve and wrongly believe them to be. There are a host of parallel symtoms which we can also utilize and tune in given some time…

B.G.A.T. stands for Blood Glucose Awareness Training.
The symptoms can be reset but requires some counter intuitive acts on your part.

Now how many days have you worked there? In that time, how many episodes have you had since day 1
1 in 1,095 (ie 3 years) ???

It would be like fearing a heart attack. Once in a great while they can happen, but she cannot be terrified its gonna with every breath. Take her for drinks, some food, and let her know your love, but nudge her back from that edge. It was spooky, terrifying, but you are alive now. You understand completely her terror. But its time to put it down.

sportslover 2013-11-01 21:16:10 -0500 Report

Yes this happens to me alot. I play rep soccer and I do alot of athletics through the day. I'm constantly checking my blood sugar. I always have glucagon with my meter when I go to my classes! I can never tell. I had an episode when I was camping with my friend, I think I was about 17 when she checked my blood sugar

hollowed 2013-11-01 14:26:30 -0500 Report

Yeah, that happened to me about 8 years after I was diagnosed. My senior year in high school during a test, I couldn't comprehend any of the test material I knew inside and out. Bad timing to say the least. I felt like I lost my low symptoms overnight! I was used to getting the typical warning signs like hunger & shakiness. After that I've had to monitor my moods and recognize brain fog. Being on the pump and in better control did help me to subtly regain some of the warning sings but they're not not as obvious as they were before. Test as often as possible too, obviously. It's a roller coaster!!

kejo 2013-11-02 16:21:06 -0500 Report

I'm resting a lot more!!! It seems to help a lot!

Rodman1234 2013-11-04 02:05:25 -0600 Report

i have been resting a lot more also.. i am getting used to this… I have always worked 2 to 3 jobs…Now I cant work at all… due to not controlling my sugar in the past… I get so frustrated when I cant think clearly… I am learning to stay calm and focused…I used to be able to manage much more but have learned the hard way to slow down and smell the roses so to speak and enjoy each day…I love my piano… it has been my salvation…Laughter helps me so much and being thankful for each day… Thought control is a major factor and your talk about yourself and life in general…

mike1967D2 2013-11-01 12:21:25 -0500 Report

Kejo ,
We were just talking about this condition in my diabetes class at kaiser perm and the RN was saying some ppl just have this but that they should always carry this injector pen. It will bring you up quickly if needed. So I would check with your doc. Hope this helps.

kejo 2013-11-01 12:39:26 -0500 Report

The only thing I hate about the glucagon shot is that it expires within a year and you have get another prescription. I know I shouldn't complain and just get it.

Nick1962 2013-11-01 12:07:38 -0500 Report

Yes, but never that bad. I can go below 40 without feeling it, but 19? That might be worth getting looked at – ‘specially if you’re on a pump.

kejo 2013-11-01 12:11:31 -0500 Report

Yeah, it gets scary low. The only symptom is confusion! I'm on a pump, I have an omnipod.

I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my Endo…but my coworkers want me to go sooner.

Nick1962 2013-11-01 14:53:12 -0500 Report

Well, if you can't get in sooner, at least have glucotabs or something on you. That is scary low - I'd be ordering a med alert bracelet if it doesn't get straightened out.

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forsakes alive 2013-11-01 11:17:45 -0500 Report

I have had this for about 5 years now, it has its problems with not recognizing the symptoms any longer,though it has brought me to test more frequently throughout each day. My fingers and toes sure do take a beating from the lancets. Sometimes I have to give them a bit of healing time,yet during that time frame I have no idea what the BS are.

kejo 2013-11-01 11:26:56 -0500 Report

Yeah, I used to never test… Just go off, feeling. But with all my worried family and friends … Ive been checking 3-4 times a day.