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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 20, 2006
  • 01:26 AM

Hi. I've been chronically ill with an autoimmune disease for the past 5 years. That said, because I've been sick for so long, I never go to my PC dr. because I can never tell when something is serious. I also feel a little silly presenting a minor problem to them. Don't ask...it has to do with not being taken seriously for years and being accused of being crazy before I was diagnosed with the immune thing.

So, besides my chronic problems, this has been going on and slowly progressing for the past 2 years. I didn't even recognize where it was coming from at first but slowly I've figured it out. Every time I eat sugar, my pulse starts racing and I feel as if it's beating irregularly. After that I get insanely drowsy and my heart drops scarily low (or so I feel). About 30 minutes after eating sugar, It's as if I'm drunk. I have walked in front of cars before. I have taken naps in random parks before and upon awakening realized how ridiculous laying down in the middle of the day, in some random public area is. I have not been able to add and subtract, and I am extremely mathematically inclined. I also feel shaky sometimes after eating sugar, and once, despite being semi-aware that it made me sick, I had a sugar pig-out with a friend. By the time I got home (a mile's walk) my vision was so blurred that I could not see. I fell into bed and could not get up. I was shaking and my heart kept jumping all over the place and I felt as if I could not control my muscles. Luckily this subsided within an hour or so but it was so strange. I've also noticed that I'm incredibly hungry when I eat sugar and have seriously consumed insane amounts of food before and felt as if I was still not full.

I have numbness in my hands and legs as well as vision problems because of the autoimmune disease,but sometimes I feel as if these are cross over symptoms and also occur when I don't watch my diet. Carbohydrates also cause this problem, but to a lesser degree.

To let you get an idea of how effected I am by sugar, if I have more than a few blueberries in a day, I'm gone. I can be screwed up for the rest of the day, seriously.

Anybody have any ideas?
I'm going to see the doc, btw, in a few weeks when the next pay check comes in so I won't be going solely on whatever you advise, but it would be nice to have some sort of idea if this is connected to my illness or is something different that needs to be treated.

Thanks!

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  • It's me again...I just wanted to add that I am aware of sugar and wheat intolerance and I don't think it's that simple. I can tolerate wheat just fine, although I don't eat it because I don't think it's good for my body. And I don't eat artificial sugar anymore. And I don't have candida. Sorry...just felt as if I had to add that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 01:29 AM
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  • Hi. I've been chronically ill with an autoimmune disease for the past 5 years. That said, because I've been sick for so long, I never go to my PC dr. because I can never tell when something is serious. I also feel a little silly presenting a minor problem to them. Don't ask...it has to do with not being taken seriously for years and being accused of being crazy before I was diagnosed with the immune thing. So, besides my chronic problems, this has been going on and slowly progressing for the past 2 years. I didn't even recognize where it was coming from at first but slowly I've figured it out. Every time I eat sugar, my pulse starts racing and I feel as if it's beating irregularly. After that I get insanely drowsy and my heart drops scarily low (or so I feel). About 30 minutes after eating sugar, It's as if I'm drunk. I have walked in front of cars before. I have taken naps in random parks before and upon awakening realized how ridiculous laying down in the middle of the day, in some random public area is. I have not been able to add and subtract, and I am extremely mathematically inclined. I also feel shaky sometimes after eating sugar, and once, despite being semi-aware that it made me sick, I had a sugar pig-out with a friend. By the time I got home (a mile's walk) my vision was so blurred that I could not see. I fell into bed and could not get up. I was shaking and my heart kept jumping all over the place and I felt as if I could not control my muscles. Luckily this subsided within an hour or so but it was so strange. I've also noticed that I'm incredibly hungry when I eat sugar and have seriously consumed insane amounts of food before and felt as if I was still not full. I have numbness in my hands and legs as well as vision problems because of the autoimmune disease,but sometimes I feel as if these are cross over symptoms and also occur when I don't watch my diet. Carbohydrates also cause this problem, but to a lesser degree. To let you get an idea of how effected I am by sugar, if I have more than a few blueberries in a day, I'm gone. I can be screwed up for the rest of the day, seriously. Anybody have any ideas? I'm going to see the doc, btw, in a few weeks when the next pay check comes in so I won't be going solely on whatever you advise, but it would be nice to have some sort of idea if this is connected to my illness or is something different that needs to be treated. Thanks!Maybe diabetes. What autoimmune disease do you have?
    HighlyBlessed 3 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 03:42 PM
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  • Would second consideration of diabetes.Do you take steroids for your autoimmune disease? (more info on it and your Rx would be helpful too)Do you have any other symptoms that are new
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 05:01 PM
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  • No. I don't take steroids. I'm currently in remission. What auto-immune disease do you have?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 05:18 PM
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  • I have MS, and I don't take steroids. I'm currently weaned off of all medication except the occasional pain-killer. I'm looking into tysabri but haven't yet started a new MS med. That's pretty much it. (Original Poster)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 08:42 PM
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  • Get yourself tested for diabetes. That currently involves a urine test and a fasting blood test, with further blood tests if the results are inconclusive
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2006
    • 10:51 AM
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