By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-01-19 20:34:49 -0600
Started 2015-01-17 18:58:16 -0600

For those of you that have more experience than I do Can you tell when your bg is spiking and what does it feel like? I know what it feels like when it gets too low, had a few episodes when my body was adjusting to new levels, but usually don't know when it spikes.
Also, what is considered a low reading at bedtime? The last couple of nights have been in the high 80s so I cut my bedtime insulin back to 15units. I forgot to ask the Dr. how low it should be before I cut back, just what to do IF it was low. Mornings after were still pretty good at 98 & 100, so no harm done. Still have so much to learn.

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suecsdy 2015-01-19 10:15:05 -0600 Report

Thanks all for your responses. I think the problem I'm having is with my blood pressure and not sugar. I've been trying to figure it out. I'll be piuttering around the house and suddenly feel light-headed and weak for a little while. When I test my sugar levels are ok, but when I check the blood pressure, it's ok too. Just another thing to ask the dr about next time I see her.

rolly123 2015-01-18 22:20:51 -0600 Report

I know when my sugar high is going to bathroom a lot and also very thirsty and dry mouth I also get blurred vision and tired hope this helps

Jim1954 2015-01-18 15:25:14 -0600 Report

When mine went above 250 today I knew something was wrong by how thirsty I became real quick.

needanickname 2015-01-18 12:08:34 -0600 Report

I have been diabetic for 33 years now and have seen my sugars all over. Recently my pump and I have had some issues and I have been tested w a sugar of 2500 and one as low as 21. Yes. You read that right. When I am spiking I feel thirsty. Headaches. Cranky. Tired. Irritable. I've had chest pains. Vomiting. Mostly when it's just a normal high I'm thirsty with a bad headache though.

kimfing 2015-01-18 06:54:52 -0600 Report

When i spike i get a really bad headache and am a real grouch. I get a little fuzzy head too

jayabee52 2015-01-17 23:14:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Sue
There are those who claim that when their BG levels are ultra high that they often have similar symptoms as hypos. An article from Mayo clinic lists the symptoms of hyperglycemia ~

The highest BG I have ever recorded on myself is 300 mg/dl and outside of being thirsty all the time and urinating a lot, I had no other symptoms.

So I can not tell you how a spiking BG feels.

Regarding "low" readings at bedtime, If you are trying to prevent a liver dump, my Dr told me to eat a snack with complex carbs with protein (like graham crackers smeared with some peanut butter) if my BG level was below 130 mg/dl. If you are speaking of avoiding hypos then any reading below 70 mg/dl is hypo territory.

Diabetes is a disease which encourages life long learning in those afflicted with it.

God's best to you


RebDee 2015-01-17 20:38:41 -0600 Report

To my knowledge, I don't go above 200 and never have any high symptoms. I do have lows occasionally although not as much any more since I am off insulin and all Diabetic meds.

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Jibber Jabber 2015-01-17 20:17:41 -0600 Report

I have never seen a reading on my monitor under 89…so I cant tell you what lows feel like…but the first week after I was diagnosed I was still hitting 250 at times…didn't feel a thing…now high for me is in the 130's and still don't feel a thing…I am like Pegsy…a testing fiend…I need to know what everything I put in my body does to my BG…that is the only way to make adjustments..

RosalieM 2015-01-18 09:51:33 -0600 Report

You got that right. I have done that a long time ago, now don't need to any more. However, I only eat food I prepare myself. It is impossible to figure it out if you eat processed foods or foods your did not prepare yourself.

Pegsy 2015-01-17 19:20:51 -0600 Report

I never go too low and when I am high I really don't feel it. That's why I test like a maniac, LOL.