Reactive Hypoglycemia & Chronic Sinusitis
Can anyone offer any advice or information?
Everyday is constant struggle, After I eat any food with the slightest bit of sugar i gain all of the below symptoms;
-Lightheadness (almost like a dream state)
-Increased Phlegm (Post nasal drip)
If I keep consuming sugar I will get a sinus infection ive had 3 in the space of 5 months in which ive had antibotics and steroid drops to treat each time but the only difference is it turns my green phlegm back to thick white. I still get the puffy checks, sinus pressure, fatigue and so on.
I began the Keto diet to try and cut out sugar but then i get symptoms of hypoglycemia from lack of sugar.
It might be worth mentioning that i also keep getting thrush and have had antheltes foot in the 5 months this has been happening. Ive also had a few instances of random shooting pains down my legs and in my knees and 2 or 3 times an intense stabbing pain under my left rib which lasted a few minutes. (Im not sure if any of that is related)
Im desperate its effecting every aspect of my life relationships, work performance/Attendence and motivation.
Male, 23 years old. No instances of any other illness before September 2017
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Hi, @danny95, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Since you talked about a variety of symptoms and conditions that span multiple disease areas, I've moved your post over here where many members start when they have a question like yours.
Here is some information on reactive hypoglycemia from Mayo Clinic that may be helpful: http://mayocl.in/2FvVRyd.
I also wanted to introduce you to some members who have discussed reactive hypoglycemia: @coloradogirl, @dmdouglass and @hazemashry. @vdouglas, @wcbanta, @cehunt57, @ahtaylor and @hopeful33250 also have some familiarity with hypoglycemia in general. @Gray, @nadamarie and @huoda have talked about sinusitis. They may have some experiences and solutions to share with you.
Have you talked about your condition with your doctor?
I do have Reactive Hypoglycemia and eating most carbohydrates such as sugar or chips or rice, etc., makes my sinuses inflamed. I'm 62 and it took me a long time to realize that is the issue. Also if my sinuses are inflamed I will get a migraine on top of the sinus infection. I bought a glucose meter to check my blood sugar and I had my proof my blood sugar was all out of whack. I would suggest getting one….Accu-Check by Roche seems to be a good one.
Mine happens with chips, rice, potateos etc… I wonder why and whats causing it. Im seeing a specialist tonight. Im hoping to get some tests and eventually answears.
@danny95 Hello and welcome to Mayo Connect,
My name is Teresa and I'm a volunteer mentor for Connect. I'm glad that you posted this query. You mentioned that you will be seeing a specialist. If I may ask, what type of specialist will you be seeing? Given the reaction to carbohydrates that you have mentioned, I'm wondering if an endocrinologist would be a good person to consult with.
I look forward to your posts along with updates as to how you are feeling. It sounds as if you have many troublesome symptoms and I hope you soon find some relief. I look forward to your sharing your journey with Connect.
It is my understanding that eating the chips raises our blood sugar and then the pancreas floods us with too much insulin. Insulin is inflammatory supposedly. My blood sugar was always fine so I had to take matters into my own hands and get a glucose meter. Good luck and post back when you find out. 🙂
My daughter is having the exact same trouble, we have been researching and think it best for her to see an endocrinologist. Any suggestions?
Just a shot in the dark, but your symptoms sound a lot like issues my friends family had after exposure to black mold. They had to cut sugar and carbs from their diet for several months (so hard to do). The kids kept getting thrush as well. Once the source was found and removed it took about 3 more months before very slowly they began to introduce carbs and sugar back into their diets without symptoms. Good luck. I hope all who posted find relief.
Now that's a first how was black mold diagnosed? No one else in the house is having problems.
Symptoms started and where the worst for my friends son. Her daughters and she all eventually had symptoms. Her husband was always symptom free. Her son ended up in the hospital several times, but they could never find out what was wrong. She did some research herself. She suspected mold in her home. They kids improved after a weekend stay over with friends. She was able to get some testing done and found molds in her home. FYI all homes have some. This included a dangerous strain of black mold. Her husband refused to except the lab tests. They found that the highest concentration seemed to come from their basement. After a rather bad fight her husband got mad and trying to prove that my friend was crazy took a sledge hammer to a basement wall. As the drywall fell onto him so did millions of black spores and hype. It turns out the wall was completely covered in black mold. Luckily it was only in one area of one wall in the basement. They had to have specialists come in and take out the contaminated materials. The husband rebuilt the wall. My friend gave both the lab results and a small piece of the infested drywall to her doctor. This was an extreme case. Kids have been symptom free a since a few months after the house was cleaned and wall rebuilt. Sugars and carbs (complex sugars) feed the fungi aka black mold in the body keeping them alive. Starve them for long enough they die, but it takes time. Unfortunately I think these symptoms make result from several other issues, but mold might be one option. FYI kids and Mom had thrush, stomach aches diareha, headaches.
As a nurse and a cancer survivor I strongly advise you to see an endocrinologist first and if they refer you to other specialists do so. Your other choice is to go to a comprehensive medical center that can have several specialists evaluate you together and then act as a team to diagnose the problem by using best practices and develop a plan that is holistic. Your symptoms are varied and need a thorough assessment. Good luck!