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Hypoglycemia?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 9, 2008
  • 05:56 PM

All my life I have had trouble in the mornings with feeling tired, sick, weak, and fatigued when I woke up. I passed out once in 3rd grade - I felt sick while eating lunch in the cafeteria and fainted on the way to see the nurse. I have often almost passed out in the shower and had to get out and lie down. I also get very shaky, dizzy, fatigued, angry, have outbursts of temper, and get headaches if I wait too long between meals. I have passed out a few times during my life (once in third grade, once in High School), but I can usually control it by lying down and maybe eating something. When I was younger (approx 13), I also once had severe abdominal pain and almost went to the hospital. When I was about 21 this abdominal pain returned and got increasingly worse over several months. I drank a lot from 18-23 so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.The painkept me up at night. I received an ultra sound, and the doctors saw nothing. I saw a chiropractor based on my OBGYN's recommendation which helped with the abdominal pain. It still comes back every now and then, but not as bad. Over the last 2 years my symptoms have gotten worse. I was having these hypoglycemic symptoms more often, and in public, especially right after meal time or if I drank alcohol. I would feel sick, like something was really wrong, I'd feel dizzy, and want to leave where I am to go lay down. I sometimes also had tingling in the fingers. The doctor said I was having panic attacks and put me on Lexapro and Xanax. Once I was put on Lexapro everything became terrible and unbearable. I woke up one night with extreme trembling and sweating and wanted to call the ER but my doctor convinced me it was a panic attack from panicking about the medicine. I then passed out a few days later on the floor after immediately waking up and getting out of bed. I ended up in the ER and they said I was fine, but took me off the Lexapro and Xanax and put me on Klonopin. A week later I passed out again, and went back to the ER. I also had shortness of breath, chest pain, chest discomfort, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. They said my EKG was slightly "tachy" and that I had a heart murmur, but that I was fine. They did put me on a beta blocker for 2 days for the heart rate/blood pressure. My question is, are these panic attacks? Should I be on the Klonopin? Can Lexapro increase panic attacks or make hypoglycemia worse? I am really at a loss for what is going on, and none of the doctors seem to be able to figure it out. However, I am prepared with research and am going back to the doctor tomorrow! I am also going to seek a second opinion. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide!
I also took the Glucose test about 2 years ago and my doctor said I was "borderline" - whatever that means - but that she couldn't diagnosis me with hypoglycemia. The hospital also tested my glucose level and said it was fine. I am worried about myself and my health, and do not want to continue to pass out or end up in the hospital again. I am becomming anxious on a daily basis because I don't know what is going on with my body!

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