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Old 05-21-2010, 04:19 AM   #1
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Felt Terrible Today - Hypoglycemic Symptoms at RBS of 74

I felt dizzy earlier while descending from a stair. When I had the nurse check my random blood sugar, it was 74. Now I don't think it was that low. I was never diagnosed to have diabetes. I am hypertensive though. My blood pressure was 150/70, but it was normally controlled at 120/80 sometimes 110/80 even.

When it comes to me, I can't think straight. I'm such a hypochondriac and I'm imagining worst scenarios.

I am pretty scared.

And oh, I'm not doing low carb. Been failing to restart.
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Old 05-21-2010, 04:20 AM   #2
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It might just have been an attack of vertigo-I get this when I go down stairs or even elevators. I found frequent small meals help control my hypoglycemia.
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Yeah that was what I thought too. I took Merislon and ate lunch, the feeling went away after an hour or so. My doctor asked me to have OGTT done though so I am doing it tomorrow.

I felt dizzy and then I realized I was dizzy and then my knees/lower extremities got weak but could still walk and the nurse said my hands were so cold when she took my blood sugar.
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Sounds like a hypoglycemic attack. Hope you get to the bottom of things.
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I hope so. It was just kind of weird since my blood sugar was not that low to generate hypoglycemic symptoms.
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when I get those symptems, I dont get dizzy, I feel anxiety.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:08 AM   #7
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By the way, failed to say my FBS last month was 89.

I'm on Amlodipine 10mg/tab in the morning, 1/2 tab Metoprolol 50mg lunch, and 1 tab Metoprolol 50mg bedtime.

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I have tested my blood sugar AND my blood pressure when I feel like that, and it's usually just low blood pressure. That gives me much stronger symptoms than low blood sugar does.

And 74 is a perfectly normal blood sugar, just in case the nurse gave you another impression about it...

DIABETICS are discouraged from letting their blood sugars go below 80 for 2 reasons. First, the meters have a fairly big inaccuracy, so if it says 80 it COULD be 60. Second, when you are taking various medicines to lower blood sugar, it can move around a lot faster than it would in a person without the drugs. If it's 80, it could be on its way to 50, they aren't sure. So they don't want to get it too low for those reasons.

Non-diabetics often have blood sugars lower than that. I have tested both my mother and my sister, and they typically have fasting glucose levels in the high 60s. It's not a problem.
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This is what is called "false hypo." It happens because your body is used to having much higher than normal blood sugars so a normal blood sugar (70 is the bottom of normal) is responded to as if it were a dangerous low.

The only "cure" for false hypo is to accustom your body to normal blood sugars. If you treat false hypos with carbs to raise blood sugar again, your blood sugar will stay too high.

As long as your blood sugar is over 70 just sit tight and let it pass. The high blood pressure is from counterregulatory hormones that the body secretes to raise your blood sugar (and pressure as a side effect) because it thinks you are in danger.

You aren't. People who have had extremely high blood sugar can have false hypos at levels high enough to damage their organs. But the system resets the more it is exposed to normal sugars.
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Same thing used to happen to me ALL the time!!! ONly thing that fixes that is low carb
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