Advice Needed:Hypoglycemia rapidly becoming worse

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2018-06-18 16:40:44 -0500
Started 2018-06-12 15:57:11 -0500

Hi. Ive been handling "non-diabetic" hypoglycemia for probably 5 years now. But in the past 3 months it's rapidly becoming worse.

I'm a very active 24 year old male. Body building is my vice, so my diet is very healthy and balanced. So episodes of loss of consciousness or seizures have been rare over the years. They've also been very related to a poor attention to the food that day. So my MD obviously told me the usual "eat more and often" speech. He's the "put and bandaid" over a broken bone type.

The past few months I've noticed a slowly progressive decline in my ability to control my assumed blood sugar. I don't waste my time with test kits. The symptoms are pretty simple to feel.

The past week however, I've had horrible experiences: Collasping in a restaurant; inability to walk into the hospital to talk to my doctor about it; even finding myself in the ER. It's almost seems like I'm not responding to booster meals at all. What use to take 20-40 minutes to come back from now takes 1-2 hours. And solid meals seem to cover me for 1-2 hours rather than the 4-6 hour range before symptoms occur again. And the symptoms never fully go away. Especislly the fatigue and light to moderate dizziness.

I am also predisposed to anxiety. Combine that with the adrenaline rush of low blood sugar, and it's pretty much completely debilitating. Those who haven't experienced vertigo, it's miserable. Trust me.

I missed my ER follow up Dr appointment today because I couldn't get myself inside without falling down. Got back in my vehicle, rested for a minute or two, and managed to drive a mile or two back home.

Has anyone else here experienced such a dramatic change in their hypoglycemia? And if so, what were the causes? I only ask so I can be better prepared to discuss to my doctor. He tends to devalue anything I say, and give me the same "eat more" crappy advice and moves onto the next patient. I'm practically house ridden as of now, and unable to work. Becoming quite desperate.

3 replies

Luis65 2018-06-18 16:40:44 -0500 Report

I agree with Gabby and MrsCDogg. You really don't know that it is hypoglycemia that you are experiencing. You need full physical with a glucose tolerance test, HbA1C to get a sense of your average blood glucose over 3 months. What is this about an adrenaline rush during a hypo?

I think you are making the common mistake of self diagnosing a medical condition using the internet as a doctor. Besides the above testing perhaps you should have a cardiac workup and if that shows nothing with the other test being negative and you are still having episodes then a remote EKG might be in order. This is a device you wear with 4 leads that is monitored remotely.

All of this advice is not what you need - except getting your symptoms diagnosed correctly. We can't do it and neither can you.

GabbyPA 2018-06-16 14:13:41 -0500 Report

I do not know what "non diabetic hypoglycemia" is. If you are dropping, there is something going on that needs to be addressed. Perhaps and endo would be a better choice than a primary who is offering you little help.

If you cannot get into a doctor's office because you are falling down, what makes you feel you should be driving home? Do you have a friend or family member who can step in and get you where you need to be? As a diabetic, going low while driving is something I must consider. For my own safety and those on the road with me.

For me, my episodes of severe lows tend to happen after I go hiking. Not right after, but hours later, when what I have eaten has worn off and my body says it needs something. They hit out of the blue and are very fast. I had a 34 while I was at my campsite alone. That scared me a lot. The next day I had another and you want to bet that I was eating dried fruit and nuts my whole car trip to make sure I would be okay. But I have diabetes and I am not sure what you are dealing with and if it works the same way.

I do agree with MrsDogg in that getting a test kit and taking that time might help. It gives you a snap shot. Do you keep any kind of food log with your exercise? Muscles will take glucose stores for hours after a work out. That is why it can seem unrelated to your work outs, but it could very well be.

MrsCDogg 2018-06-13 18:35:33 -0500 Report

If you don't check your blood sugar you don't really know that you are having hypo episodes. It very well could be something else. Get a meter and check your blood sugar when you are having an episode. Also, if you feel like your doctor is not listening then it's time to find one who will listen. This isn't something to mess around with.