Approximately one hour after eating food containing starch, such as potatoes, bread, pasta or corn my fingers will start tingling. Later I will feel a pressure above my eyes and my vision becomes blurry. I get dizzy and anxiety comes in. My pulse is rapid and I have also noticed increased urination. After a couple of hours I get very tired, and if possible I fall asleep. The following day I am very cold (especially my feet), dehydrated, depressed and I often start crying for no reason.
It all started 10 years ago, and in the beginning I thought it was an allergic reaction, but nothing shows up in blood tests. The problem is increasing in strength and frequency, and my GP admits he has no clue of what is going on, so he finally referred me to an endocrinologist, who did an ACTH test and tested for diabetes. Both were negative, so he has now suggested, that I see a psychologist. I strongly disagree, and has spent some time searching the web for information, and I now believe I have hormonal hypoglycemia.
There are other things indicating hormonal problems. I have polyuria, with a measured urine output of more than a gallon a day. I think this was what made the endocrinologist decide to test me for diabetes, but he did not figure out something else could be wrong!
Since April this year I have lost more than 20 pounds - without trying at all, and I am extremely tired, so tired that I have given up my work. Finally, this summer I have had a very beautiful tan - like a Greek god:-) - I am blond and blue-eyed, so normally I get red and sunburned very easily.
I also have problems with very little stomach acid (hypochlorhydria), and yesterday they did a gastroscopy at the hospital. It showed two gastric ulcers and since no H. pylori was present, they took biopsies for cancer screening. I think this problem might also be related to decreased cortisol output.
After reading about hormonal hypoglycemia, I have had one chance to test if it works to eat sugar or carbohydrates when symptoms start. I does, but the symptoms did return an hour later. It might be a question of dosage, so I will keep experimenting, even though I always try to avoid carbohydrates in my diet. I am very interested in hearing from other sufferers from hormonal hypoglycemia. Do you think this is what I have? Should I find another endocrinologist? How did you get diagnosed? Any other information you would like to share is really appreciated. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thanks for reading this far, I look forward to hear from someone.
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