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Night hypoglycemia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 7, 2007
  • 11:30 AM

Hi, everyone. I am a 36-year old woman, and for the past 11 years, I have had hypoglycemia every 3 hours, around the clock. Every 3 hours, night and day, I become hot & sweaty, light-headed, feel weak, have trouble thinking, etc. The only thing that relieves the symptoms is eating a small, healthy meal (lean meat, usually boiled chicken; healthy fat, like a small handful of whole raw almonds; and some carbs, usually vegetables). I have played around with my diet and tried everything I could think of (like eating big meals to see if that stops the hypoglycemia; it doesn't). I have been to numerous specialists and have received a number of wrong diagnoses. For example, an endocrinologist insisted I was pre-diabetic and put me on diabetic medication, but that made me feel awful. I have pricked my finger (as diabetics do) and seen what my blood sugar levels are. They're consistently in the 60s and 70s (which is not low, I know). I have had two Glucose Tolerance Tests done, both of which showed that I have hypoglycemia. But I've had a couple of doctors tell me that the problem is that hypoglycemia, unlike diabetes, does not occur by itself in the body; it's always caused by something else, and they have no idea what that something else is. I've had my thyroid checked several times (it's fine). On my dad's side, there's a lot of diabetes; on my mom's side, there's a lot of hypoglycemia. I think because of my medical history I'm very sensitive to fluctuations in blood sugar, however so slight. It's been suggested that something could be wrong with my adrenal glands (but I took supplements to boost my adrenal glands for several months with no results). Is anyone out there experiencing anything similar? Does anyone have any idea what it might be? Please, please, please help me if you can. I feel desperate. This has completely disrupted my life. Getting up during the night so often to eat means I'm not getting good sleep (and haven't been for the past 11 years), and I'm absolutely exhausted. Please help me.

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