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am i hypoglycaemic??

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  • Posted By: zanna685
  • October 26, 2006
  • 02:23 PM

for the last year now when i havent eaten for a while i get sweaty, shaky, palpitations and have fainted several times. I find that eating something sugary gets rid of the above symptoms within about 15 minutes.

today at work i experienced the above symptoms and because i was at work in not so familiar surroundings i also has a panic attack. i went to the doctors who just advised that i had been having panic attacks for the last year, but why then does sugar usually cure the problem?

while i may have had a panic attack on that particular occasion because of the hypoglycemia is seems odd to me not to take into account the low blood sugar levels i experience.

could i be hypoglycemic and how on earth do i get my doctor to take my problem seriously when she would rather fob me off?

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  • for the last year now when i havent eaten for a while i get sweaty, shaky, palpitations and have fainted several times. I find that eating something sugary gets rid of the above symptoms within about 15 minutes. today at work i experienced the above symptoms and because i was at work in not so familiar surroundings i also has a panic attack. i went to the doctors who just advised that i had been having panic attacks for the last year, but why then does sugar usually cure the problem? while i may have had a panic attack on that particular occasion because of the hypoglycemia is seems odd to me not to take into account the low blood sugar levels i experience. could i be hypoglycemic and how on earth do i get my doctor to take my problem seriously when she would rather fob me off?[/quote
    delakande 10 Replies
    • October 28, 2006
    • 04:43 PM
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  • If your doctor won't pay attention to what you say, either get another doctor or show her/him you are right ;] If you know anyone who has diabetes maybe they could lend you their glucometer and when you feel those symptoms take your blood sugar, if it's under 80-90 then it is low. It is very possible that this is hypoglycemia, I have those very same symptoms when my blood sugar goes low and i used to have them before i knew i was diabetic and just like you, eating candy or something sweet would get rid of the symptoms.
    the_one 39 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 05:48 PM
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  • I am in a similar situation. I have been diagnosed as Hypoglycemic (for 5 yrs now). But i am not diabetic. I also am diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder. The symptoms of an anxiety/panic attack and low blood sugar reaction are very similar. There are times when i dont know which one i am having, both causes shakiness, disorientation, etc. Testing my sugar helps determine... For some odd reason, i notice when i am extremely anxious, or having an anxiety attack, my blood sugar is very high. I dont if there is a link to that, (which i believe there may be due to cortisol levels??). It can be very frustrating......
    beaud01 2 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 06:39 PM
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  • hmmm this is interesting to me because yearsss ago at 19 yrs old I suddenly felt sick to my stomach,dizzy and I fainted.Diagnosed with Anxiety disorder shortly thereafter because of crazy symptoms for an entire year after that fainting episode and all test normal.I am now 32 yrs old and over the years have fainted about a handful more times.After I come to again I am SICK ..rapid heart beat or faint,sweating from head to toe,trembling,so weak I cannot barely move,totally disoriented,,and sometimes id toss my cookies.Anyway,I have had my blood checked but I wonder if it is still possible to be hypoglycemic? I never had extensive testing of blood I had my blood sugar checked and then drank that nasty syurpy stuff (bleck) and then tested after maybe 15 to 20 mins and that was normal would this mean I am not hypoglycemic? I did have an uncle who had sugar diabetes who went undiagnosed for years.
    tnmomofive 3 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 07:55 PM
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  • I, too suffer from low blood sugar most of the times, but then again I have to be careful, if I have too much sweets, then it goes high, am not really sure what I am, diabetic or hypoglemic, are there any clear definitions to these conditions?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 08:51 PM
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  • to all of u that wrote, i know how u feel, ive been doing this for about 4 years, never hungry just hits me all day long first my neck then my head then i feel sick and get shaky sometime it affects my vision, but when im hungry the normal way i dont feel sick. anyway have to eat something to feel better. no lowbloodsugar or high or diabetes. doc says its syphamatic low blood sugar, who knows. another doc thinks its anxiety attacks.sometimes a bits of candy helps but not often. anyway let me know what yaw think. its driving me crazy. thanks karen2007
    karen2007 1 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 04:18 AM
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  • I'm an RN, and although I can't diagnose, I can relate my experiences, both professionally and in my own family (my mother was, and my brother is, diabetic).Most of you describe classic symptoms of hypoglycemia, namely, disorientation, blurred vision, anxiety, sweating, and weakness. These symptoms occur both in those who are hypoglycemic, and from treatment-induced hypoglycemia in those who are diabetics (from too much insulin/oral medication or insufficient food intake).The problem, as many of you have found out, is that these symptoms are also generally the same as those of anxiety disorder, and unfortunately, many physicians are either too lazy or uncaring to find out which is happening.The definitive test would be, as at least two posters have mentioned, to check your blood sugar. If I were having these symptoms regularly (I have had them a few times, but milder than described) I would not only check my blood glucose level at a suspected attack, but also when I was feeling well because many times those with diabetes have "adjusted" to the abnormally high levels of glucose in their blood, and have difficulty functioning when those levels drop from their usual high level. You could be diabetic and not know it, unless you've had your blood glucose level checked lately.My mother, who was never under tight control of her diabetes, in spite of my meddling, usually ran a high blood sugar level. When it approached normal, she would experience the symptoms of hypoglycemia.Finally, hypoglycemia is often a precurser to diabetes.
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  • I too have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder and have been having panic attacks for almost 14 years untreated. I have learned over the years how to control them. I also am hypoglycaemic. It makes me wonder if they go hand in hand, seems like there may be a connection there. If I let me blood sugar level drop due to not getting enough food or eating increased sweets then it seems to bring on a "panic attack".I was just put on Lexipro (yesterday)and have been reading all about it today.hopefully this will work. good luck to all.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 04:36 PM
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