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Oh, my goodness, how I remember those days! I was living in a stressful home life with a controlling husband whom I could not please. Money for the home budget was hard to acquire, and I had sons living at home going to college and working in the family business. Even my daughter's bird in the cage couldn't stand the noise, and curled up in a corner and died when I ran the sweeper. Several hours after eating I would bet dizzy, nauseous, and couldn't think very well. I walked in front of a moving car at the shopping center. I cried and said weird things. Once I pulled my car over and stopped because I thought I was going to pass out. I threw a tantrum and pounded my fists on the floor, totally unlike my normal personality. I went to my doctor who tested my blood and said "yes, you have low blood sugar, eat often and carry cheese for a snack." It was a paramedic who explained my condition and told me how to eat. I bought a paperback which described the normal flow of blood sugar levels and how to improve them. Another book said I was neurotic. I cured myself with diet changes and more exercises. I had the four hour test and almost died on the way home. My mother had to come and care for me. I ate a lot of vegetables and laid down the law about the stressful lifestyle in the home and the noise. It took a few months but I became well for a few years. Dorisena
There is a four-hour blood sugar test they used to give where they have you drink bottles of sugar water every hour and then draw blood to test. My blood sugar levels rose and then dropped to very low, confirming my hypoglycemia. it can be a risky test if you try to drive yourself home in that condition because you can pass out when the blood level drops very low. I had the test twice and would never have it again. Counseling about your lifestyle would be helpful in addition to diet changes and more exercise. I did not realize that my insulin was turning on and then not turning off, lowering my blood sugar levels. Smelling coffee turned on the insulin in my body and without food I would be nauseous. I had to eat at regular times. I ate six times a day and then settled down to four times a day which I did for years. I was surprised when diagnosed with diabetes. Too much baking for my family and too much food was the new problem, along with not enough exercise and a touch of old age sedentary lifestyle. I can handle stress when it comes now. Dorisens
@trellg132 Welcome to the Diabetes/Endocrine Group. My name is Carol, and I am a Volunteer Mentor for this group. I have Diabetes 2 and several other problems as a result. I have included a link at the bottom to the Mayo site for hypoglycemia. It is very straightforward with laymen's language that we all can understand. When I was diagnosed three years ago with Diabetes 2, I was like you and wanted to know what was happening. I am not a doctor or medical person; I am a retired teacher, so medical information is always something I have to research or see my doctor for. As I've learned about Diabetes, I've also learned about hypoglycemia. On the site, you will see symptoms, and if you have any of those that are constant, you need to see your doctor. They are the ones who can determine what you need to do. Have you seen a doctor? You can start with your primary or make an appointment with an endocrinologist (They specialize in Diabetes and other problems as a result of it.) One thing is that you should not ignore symptoms. There is a list that will help you check for hypoglycemia. I have not experienced this, as my blood sugar is always too high. Have you had questions about this before now? Please let me know if I can help you with other information. Mayo Connect is a great place to get help from people who have the same symptoms that you do and have been through getting a diagnosis. Stay in touch and let us know what you find out.
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Yea I've had test done just waiting on results
I have high blood pressure
@trellg132 Great that you have had tests already and that should give you some answers. I don't think high blood pressure would result in hypoglycemia, but I am not a doctor. I do know that some of the similar symptoms can be from high blood pressure. The tests will tell that. How high is your blood pressure? My husband has heart problems and his high blood pressure causes him to feel weak and dizzy, among other things, at times. Knowing what the problem is will tell the doctor what to do to help you. If it's low blood sugar, that can be treated, or if it's heart, that also can be treated. I hope you will share when you get your results, and others on Connect can make suggestions and give you their advice to help. Will you let us know?
When I had my hypoglycemic problems, I was in my forties and my doctor knew about my family stress but didn't know much about blood sugar problems at the time. That is why I had to search for help on my own, and at the time it was a paramedic who helped set me on a good course for getting better. I agree that your doctor is your best source for help and you should have the test results explained to you so you can begin a program that works for you. When I took the physiology class a few years later, I learned more about low and high blood sugar, but mostly about diabetes. It has taken many years of study to learn how to control my aged body for better health, so I only share my experiences that worked for me. Basically I am on the right track but I am no doctor and you should be guided by a professional who knows about your condition. I would like to encourage everyone that we can improve our health with study and changes in our diet, exercise, and attitude. We are here to support each other. Low blood sugar and high blood pressure are serious problems as we age and we need support from others to seek the answers and follow the programs recommended. Dorisena
Doctors says heart is good
Blood pressure varies in on 2.5 amplopine
This runs in my family my mother father and sister all deal with sugar diabetes
@trellg132 Glad to read that your doctor is treating the blood pressure. My husband does not take that particular med, but I know it is used to treat high blood pressure. Now that you have your blood pressure under control, you can see what may be causing your other symptoms. If diabetes runs in your family, there is a possibility of that diagnosis. However, I know people who do not have it and everyone else in the family does. It is a unique disease and different for every individual. Sometimes, it's just a matter of ruling out different problems to get to the right one. Have you been tested for diabetes?
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