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Ketoacidosis

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  • Posted By: do11face
  • December 8, 2007
  • 09:12 PM

First I would just like to say I have not been diagnosed with diabetes.
I have hashimoto's but am still struggling with my health despite being treated for it.

Anyway, I just wanted to ask about Ketoacidosis.

What exactly does it feel like?

What exactly does the fruity breath odor feel and smell like?

I'm asking because over the past 10 years I have episodes that seem similar to Ketoacidosis but not quite what is described in what I have read.

It seems to happen when I drink alcohol. (not every time just randomly).
My back will start to feel like it is spasming. It will feel hard to breathe and I get the fruity odor in my breath. Almost like gasses are coming from my mouth. I will feel very weak ans shaky as well. It's a very scary feeling.
It has happened when alcohol was not involved, too but alcohol seems to trigger it.

I've told doctors about this but they look at me like I'm crazy.
I had a 3 hour glucose test in Oct. The 2nd hour was elevated (slightly) the first and third hours were normal. The doctor didn't seem concerned.
I also had gestational diabetes.

I thought since the doctors aren't really helpful I would ask someone who has actually felt it before. Does this sound like Ketoacidosis ?
It is the closest thing I have been able to find that explains my strange experiences.

Thanks for any input. :)

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  • There are major warning signs if diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Once the DKA is advanced the diabetic will vomit everything he or she drinks and will become severely dehydrated. They will get very dark circles and their eyes will look sunken in due to the dehydration. If DKA advances with no treatment the diabetic will go into a diabetic coma before they die. Foul play can be involved on both ends. The diabetic cannot take their insulin causing their blood sugar to shoot way up, which then causes the body to produce ketones and without giving any insulin, the body will go into DKA. On the other end someone could have messed with their diabetic supplies and put something like salt water in their insulin vile so that the diabetic thinks they are giving themselves insulin when they are not. As a diabetic, I have to tell you that we know when our bloodsugar is a way too high. For me, I get very thirsty and irritated, and I start to feel a little sick. To make sure though, I always check my bloodsugar to see if I need to give more insulin. If I am already sick (cold, flu, period, etc.) I tend not to notice as easy. But the fact of the matter is, for someone to die of DKA is from how they care for themselves. Very rarely is it out of the control of the diabetic to get DKA. It is very easy to detect a high blood sugar and when someone is taking proper care of themselves they should be checking their sugar enough times so that they know how high or low their blood sugar is. Diabetics now to look for expiration dates, and if they fear their insulin is bad, they should get knew insulin.
    davidlee 9 Replies
    • January 23, 2008
    • 07:08 AM
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