Loosing my ability to feel lows????

By BLC Latest Reply 2011-04-28 13:35:40 -0500
Started 2009-08-29 00:06:09 -0500

This afternoon when I got home from work I laid down on the couch. I just felt extremely exhausted. I slept for about an hour and a half. When I woke up I told my husband that I felt really bad. I just felt like my whole body was really really heavy. It was the weirdest feeling. My husband told me to go check my sugar. So I got up to do so and almost passed out. I kind of felt like I had the flu or something. So I checked my sugar and it was 44. The strange thing is I did not have the normal symptoms I do when my sugar is low like sweating, shaking, nervousness. Does this mean I am loosing my ability to feel lows?

18 replies

slittle01 2011-04-28 13:35:40 -0500 Report

I always have really high blood sugars 200-465 but I have low blood sugar symptoms so when I feel I should eat or pass out I test and find out I need more insulin. Does anyone know why that happens?

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-29 11:55:35 -0600 Report

The only time I have experienced lows, was after taking Glipizide. I had been running between 110 fasting to 235, not TOO far out, but when it dropped to 40, after taking Glipizide, I DID feel sweaty, weak— times do change as after 2 weeks of staying fairly stable, more on the lower side, under 150, I felt shaky when standing, light-headed a little zippy——checked and it was up to 163, which it had NOT been that I know of, for several weeks, so ASSUMED it was because my body had adjusted to lower numbers, so when it went up some—-I NOTICED IT! Guess it is just what your body gets to use for a few days or so, at a time, a slowly graduating scale——PR

kraftymom 2009-12-28 17:15:44 -0600 Report

I go through the same thing , usually by bf or my daughter notices that my blood sugar is low before I even do & the strangest thing is I don't feel any symtoms either. So needless to say I have been very careful everywhere I go , its so frustrating!!

Vanessa Wysper
Vanessa Wysper 2009-09-30 11:03:11 -0500 Report

The better control you have over your diabetes, the more likely you are going to experience hypo unawareness. Your body sets a baseline of "normal" If your blood sugar stays right around 200, you may feel low at 120. If your blood surgar is normally around 90, you may not feel low until 20! You have to be a distance from your baseline to feel the difference, but the lower the baseline, the more dangerous the lower range is. If you don't feel it until you reach 20, you could already be unconscious.
Make sure to keep glucose tables everywhere. Generally 4g carb per tab. Takes 4-5 sometimes a few more to stabilize, but treat slowly and do your best to be aware of your own body. The symptoms may be anything from your tongue feeling thick, or a barely noticeable headache. Everyone is different. Symptoms don't have to be "common" for it to be an indicator. If you forget someone's name, test your blood sugar!

kdroberts 2009-09-30 14:26:58 -0500 Report

That's not really true. The bit about being high and having hypo symptoms at higher levels is true but hypo unawareness is due to having too many lows so your body thinks that a low is actually normal.

coltssports 2009-12-26 18:07:05 -0600 Report

I'm not sure any of this will make any sense to any of you. My husband is the diabetic not me. He has gotten to the point where he does not feel a low coming on. However, I can call him and all he has to do is say hello and I know he is low. He used to have convulsions at but thank god not much anymore. He is on the pump but sometimes he wakes up with a high of 300+. When he goes to bed he checks and if he is 120 or so he will eat just to be safe. He travels a lot and this worries him when he is alone. He did have the glucose sensor but the variations did not help. It would go off telling him he was low after he had already treated for that. Most people here talk about using soda. We use orange juice. It acts quickly. As for the pump no one has ever questioned why - he is very open and finds more often than not that more people than we suspect have diabeties. I am looking for someone to tell me that whatever someone says when they are low — if it is hurtful — is something they don't mean, It's just as difficult on the spouse as it is on the person who has diabeties.

Anonymous 2009-12-26 20:40:07 -0600 Report

Makes sense to me - I am a diabetic myself and I was married to a Type I diabetic at one point in my life. I feel like I understand it from both sides. I hope your husband appreciates your love and support.

dietcherry 2009-12-28 19:18:25 -0600 Report

Hi coltssports! I have had T1 going on 30 years and yes, I can get extremely irritable and say things I later regret when my blood sugar is up and down. I have always heard that it is when BS dips, but I have to say that in my case, it is when I go too high or I'm boomeranging. It's the highs and the swings that do it to me. Actually, I think I will start a discussion about this and maybe it will provide you some insight into your husbands behavior. All I can really say is don't take it personally, we can ride a moody roller coaster some days! Stick around here and you'll see what I mean! LOL :)

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-09-06 05:13:51 -0500 Report

I have downed out many times this past year without any symtoms. I now closely moniter myself so I don't get in that situation again. It has made things so much simpler for me…Debe

Jenny H.F.
Jenny H.F. 2009-09-04 21:20:31 -0500 Report

I teach and my diabetes has never interfered with my abilities to teach until about two and a half years ago or so when I stopped feeling lows. I would go from feeling well and being rational to dizzy, confused, and even panicky within a few short minutes. In one case, this happened in front of a class and I was so worried that I scared them. The next time I saw them, I explained and they understood. I fought with the insurance company for almost 2 years, but they finally covered the CGM. It has been so helpful.

BLC 2009-09-06 00:51:23 -0500 Report

Thanks everybody for your thoughtful replies. I actually had a low yesterday and felt it coming on and was able to take care of it before it dipped dangerously low. For a few days I have been going through lots and lots of test strips making sure I wasn't low.

tlcastle 2009-08-31 15:59:29 -0500 Report

Been diabetic for 40 years..since I was 7 and my brother right behind me…we both think the change from beef and pork insulin to humalog is the reason…we could sense low blood sugars 1/2 hr or so before we even had to treat it and now it hits fast and much harder…we both check before we drive or go shopping or etc…and eat a little something if they are on the border. I also will check my blood sugars twice about 15 minutes apart to see if they are going up or down.

Vicrgreen 2009-09-04 22:16:28 -0500 Report

I've gotten to the point where I wouldn't dream of getting in the car to drive without a bottle of soda in case of emergency. I know there are healthier choices but with the screw on caps I only need a swallow or two and can close it up and go on. Not that I would recommend anyone else do this but I've been hit with unexpected lows on the road before. Even testing before I leave if I'm heading for Fairbanks, the nearest town of any size, it is a 2 hour drive and a lot can happen on a mostly deserted road in 2 hours.

tladybug77 2009-08-30 11:45:25 -0500 Report

I had convulsions the other night when I experienced a low episode and I have been type 1 for 45 years, scared the heck out of me and my husband. I also have been having more lows while I sleep and am on the pump. Can anyone explain? I do go to an endocronologist

Diane bessman
Diane bessman 2009-08-29 10:53:01 -0500 Report

I did not know I suffered from hypoglycemic unawareness till i passed out while driving, totaled my car, jaws of life to remove me, luckily i hurt no one. My doctor actually had to fight with my insurance carrier for the continuous glucose monitor. It is not that easy to get approved which I dont understand especially in my case. I have been told that my body will be trained to recognize the lows eventually, hasn't happened after 16 months. Once in a while I feel a low but for the most part the monitor alerts me.

kdroberts 2009-08-29 08:34:55 -0500 Report

It could be and it's quite common for type 1's to develop the same problem, especially if you have lows often. Your body kind of gets used to them and doesn't give you symptoms until you get really low. There is nothing you can really do but on the plus side, hypoglycemic unawareness is a major reason to get a continuous glucose monitor and a reason that will be accepted by an insurance company.

pthss 2009-08-29 01:41:24 -0500 Report

Me too…If I don't check my ever so often, then it just bottoms out like it tonight…is there something we do for this???

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