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Hypoglycemia? Maybe? Hopefully, because I'm out of money for copays.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 24, 2010
  • 06:03 AM

I have all of the symptoms of Hypoglycemia, and I've never read up on it before until now, and I was amazed. Apparently they fit into every aspect of my life. However nobody in my family has diabetes, and I'm pretty sure I don't. But, my grandmother and my sister both have hypothyroidism. I don't know if I could have this, because it doesn't seem right. I'm a normal weight 5'5" 122, and don't seem to have the same issues as them. But I'm almost positive that I have Hypoglycemia, I just don't know why I would have it. Is there something out there more likely for a 20 year old female to have that contains all the symptoms of Hypoglycemia including severe fasting intolerance?

I mean I literally have all the symptoms, I feel better with a candy bar, but it's so short lived because it's only a few hours before I'm hungry and weak again. I also have really bad teeth, so it's painful to eat sugary foods or foods like crackers, any suggestions, do sugar pills work for this kind of thing? Or are they like vitamins, you don't absorb nearly as much then if you just ate it. I hope it's just something they can fix. I've felt like this a long time, and I've had to drop school because of it. I'm just worried about falling asleep driving sometimes, or passing out standing up to fast, or having a seizure one day.

I've seen a neurologist, and a gastroenterologist(? don't know if I have the right title), as well as a rheumatologist and cardiologist. I get dizzy, nauseous, lightheaded. I've been given an EEG and found to have "seizure disorder-like" waves. I feel sick often, and tired. I also fall asleep easily, or can't fall asleep at all. I get terrible migraines. I was told I have postural orthostatic hypotension at the hospital when I collapsed. I was trying to go up a staircase. I'm 20 years old. I was there for a week, they found nothing underlying but they thought from the severity that it must've been something. I don't think I mentioned my inability to go without food while I was in the hospital because I just read about this hypoglycemia now, and they fed me three meals a day and all the snacks I wanted so I didn't really think of it. I felt a bit better, and they sent me on my way with a halter monitor. They still weren't sure what happened. But, I think that because I don't have a primary doctor, when I've tried to go to the county clinic they give me a specialist for each individual thing rather than looking at all my problems together. I'm just tired, and I never feel well. I'm ready to be a healthy normal 20 year old. I want to run, and jump, and I don't want to have nightmares, or heart palpitations, or be dizzy and irritable, or feel like I'm going to pass out if I don't eat every few hours. At this point, I'm open to suggestions to anybody willing to give them.

If somebody can guide me in the right direction, I'll gladly save some money and try to go with that route, because this spending money recklessly and building debt sure isn't making me feel any better.


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  • Did they check your cortisol levels?
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  • Did they check your cortisol levels?I don't believe they have ever checked that..I have some blood test and urine test results from the last stay in the hospital I had, and I don't see anything that says cortisol.
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  • Hypoglycemia - is a medical condition, you do not need to be diabetic to suffer from it.Hypothyroidism in your family genes is not suprising. Put very simply, the Thyroid is linked in with a few other glands which control other organs and glands, including insulin production & etc.So you may well have the genetic traits of your family, but it has sprouted in a slightly different way, and presumably it has not given you limited major problems, so hopefully you can consider yourself fortunate.There are illness' which include traits of Hypoglycemia, but if you were suffering with one of these, then obviously you would have additional symptoms (which you would have commented on !).No one is physically perfect in this world, and most people do not mention there problems until they are severe.Also because of genetics, genrally if you have a poor part, you have another part that is better than average. Many good musicians are Dyslexic, notice the poor / better than average link.On a slightly different note, at that height and weight, you are well balanced and even if you did put on 14 more pounds, then you would still be in nice shape."Severe fasting intolerance" can often be considerably helped by simple medictation e.g. Omeprazol (normally used for ulcers) is one I know about, which can basically be taken constantly or just a few hours before fasting is required.Changing your diet can make a substantial difference to you blood sugar & associated levels.On the snack issue, if you have something that has both the "sugar hit and also the sustained energy release", you might need protiens or carbohydrates or ... (experiment to find out) (additional though if my memory is correct - 75ml milk & 5ml sugar - sugar hit with fat for later energy).If you change you diet to low GI foods, then you may notice a susbstantial difference. You may also find that on a low to medium GI diet, that if you eat properley for 8 days, then fasting will not be an issue on the 9th day (experiment).Colgate Total 12 hour protection is a good product to use. If you are one of the many who find most toothpastes to strong, then you need to get the "Cool Mint" flavour (which is very hard to obtain). One of the reasons for teeth problems are lack of syliva, when your mouth is dry, you can make you syliva glands create more moisture, a slight side effect is that when it starts to get more automatic you will dribble when you sleep, but the answer is just to accept that also you will and you learn to keep your mouth properley closed whilst you sleep.Perhaps you should see a Dental Hygenist to get more care advice, because you really do not want to end up loosing your teeth.Reading further, YES a good well balances low GI diet will make imence difference to your life, possibly also consider eating perhaps 5 smaller meals in a day, instead of 3 meals plus snacks (if you went to 6 or 7 meals a day, that could help further, but I doubt yo are that badly effected).Remeber the 2000 calorie aim and also "5 portions of friut & veg per day". A portion varies to the person, but in a big meal, a fifth of the plate is one portion.A lot of your problems may be due to diet and fatigue (which will probably clear up with rest and a better diet).Actually after having a low GI diet you will probably find that you can frequently substitue medium GI foods with out any noticeable side effects."postural orthostatic hypotension" just means that you have "blood circulation problems upon raising / moving" You can adapt to your problems, but remember that you have adapted. The reason for remembering that you have adapted is that you can keep a logical comprehension of your symptoms, so if they change you know how they have changed (wording is a bit poor, but hopefully you get the idea).For instance the light headedness & etc. can be prevented by thinking for a moment before you move, this will raise you heart rate and get the blood moving and prevent the problem. An Endocrynologist might have given you better help, but to be honest, what has been said here is basically what he / she would have said.I have been suprised how often this inability to go with out food is not addressed by medical people. As previously, there are medication out there to help you, but you will have to experiment to find the one that works best for you. BUT your problems will be reduced with in a few days of changing your diet to low GI foods.Stress will probably make your symptoms worse, so always be practical about your health problems.I am sure you currently have "glandular problems" but I suspect when you get on to a good balance life, these glanduar symptoms will disapear. Remember you are stressed, by the symptoms and also the thought of what might happen in the future (so this will makle your symptoms even worse). Cortisol levels are often denoted by specfic accronyms e.g. HTC and such.When you get your system balanced, I am sure you will feel normal again and be a ble to live a normal life. Yes you will always have a tendancy for problems, but not that major providing you look after yourself. To give you a perspective, you probably know at least 3 diabetics that have not told you they have the problem, they just get on with it and have a good life, the same applies to you and your health problem.Good luck and have a happy futureTerryP.S. If you do not get good results after changing your diet, then update this post and I will come back with additional information. BUT due to my personal problems, it could be weeks before I get back to you.
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