When your sugars are low, what happens?

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2018-02-20 21:23:37 -0600
Started 2018-01-29 18:24:11 -0600

I am curious to know what different people experience when their sugars get low. Also, what do you define as low? For me, 90-110 I just feel different, like I would not want to do anything like climb on a ladder. Once I get to 80 or so, I begin to malfunction and my mind begins to work in baby steps. How about you? Jim

14 replies

dentry 2018-02-20 21:23:37 -0600 Report

lowest mine was (that i can remember) was 52. shakes and sweats for me.
I also eat and drink everything in sight.
been so high lately, when im normal (which aint often) everything feels off

nixon9 2018-02-05 18:33:32 -0600 Report

Jim,when my sugar gets low i become disoriated,and feel like going to pass out. my sugar dropped to 22 last nov. and just dropped out. people called ambulance,and away i went to hospital.dr. said what i ate and how much insulin did i take. was at church and sugar was 584, took 15 units of insulin,but did not eat enough to cover it.when gets low in middle of night,i eat two fruit flavored yogerts, and that gets me normal. it is really a terrible feeling. would not wish that on anyone.hope i helped you out a little. Thanks and God Bless,

dreamcatcher 2018-01-31 19:36:56 -0600 Report

Good question, and guess I should of thought to ask this…For me I finally figured out why I get a major migraine, shaky, crystal like in my eyes, tired but know I can't lay down until I bring it back up and a major panic feeling of knowing something is wrong, happened about 6 times & when I done my test they were reading in the mid 20's, when the doctor seen my numbers he freaked out & told me to watch more carefully…haven't figured out what is causing it, and worse yet it shows I'm not controlling with food…just know I don't like the feeling of how I feel at those times…Still don't know why or what is causing it to rapidly drop & worse yet at what point do I call the rescue squad cause I no longer drive… but what is the best way to bring the numbers up??

suecsdy 2018-01-30 09:14:20 -0600 Report

Yesterday I tested in the 70s 3x and was quite surprised. Usually I have to be in the 60s somewhere before I feel anything. Shakes and sweats are my most common symptoms, though sometimes I get slow in my thinking also. I've also just had a mild headache and upset stomach and tested low, but that isn't frequent. My Dr tells me I need to eat more frequently and I'm working on that.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2018-01-31 18:12:04 -0600 Report

I tested at 58 once and I was glad someone was around that knew what was happening as I was unable to put thoughts and actions together. She bought me a Coke, helped me get it into my mouth, then stayed with me until I could retest and function. thank you stranger lady, may you be blessed.

haoleboy 2018-01-30 09:09:10 -0600 Report

lowest I've ever measured was a 68. felt no different than I always do.
seldom (if ever) do we get a chance for a "do over"
but every single day we get a chance for a "do better"
☺ Steve

Type1Lou 2018-01-30 07:15:30 -0600 Report

I can usually feel lows coming by the time I'm in the mid-low 60's. I can get foggy, mentally. Sometimes my vision will start to act like an old reel to reel projector that skips (younger folks may not know what this is) and my tongue may go numb. If it gets really low (40's or less) I begin to sweat. Luckily, since beginning my pump in 2011, I haven't had any really serious low BG's requiring glucagon…before that, I had several a year. (Nice to see you back again Jim!)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2018-01-31 18:15:36 -0600 Report

Hey Lou, I begin the sweats in the 70's. It is a real problem in the summer because my BS can have the bottom drop out. Yep, I am back. Started a new discussion…Jim Edwards…I am back…to update any of those that remember me from the past

GabbyPA 2018-01-30 05:07:26 -0600 Report

I have not seen you around in eons! Great to have you back!

For me, I have found I tolerate really low lows in a scary way. I had dropped to 34 on a camping trip I took and it was not the final number that alerted me, but the feeling of the drop. I was fortunately coherent enough to take care of it with glucose tablets and eventually a meal. I do not feel my lows until they are already in the 50's or so. It is then when I start to sweat and shake inside like I am cold. So far, I find I don't get too foggy, but I do get a slow motion feeling with any of my actions. I fear going low because mine also seem to come from no where. I had two on the particular camping trip and I am sure it was the extra activity I was doing, but it always happened way after that activity. Like hours later.

I do recall when I had my first ever "low". It was a 98. I felt like crap. But it was because my body had been used to 300's for so long, a normal ready felt bad. I have since gotten over that as my body has re-acclimated.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2018-01-31 18:18:13 -0600 Report

I think you are right. I think once you get your BS under control, your body establishes a new normal. In my next discussion (not the one mentioned above) I think will be Jim Edwards…diabetes and you can read about my BS being 850

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