Reactive Hypoglycemia & Chronic Sinusitis

Posted by danny95 @danny95, Feb 25, 2018

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)
-Sinus Pressure
-Lethergy
-Heart palpitations
-Increased Phlegm (Post nasal drip)
-Gritty/itchy eyes
-Blurred Vision
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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@nursemaven

Your symptoms are complex and could come from many medical reasons. I suggest you get a comprehensive examination by a good internist to begin with then go to any specialists he/she recommends. Your other choice is to go to a comprehensive medical center that has several specialists evaluate you together as a team to efficiently diagnose the problem by using best practices and develop a plan that is holistic. It's incredibly important that you get a complete assessment especially since you're so young. Wishing you all the best. 🙂

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such great advice @nursemaven. Well wishes to you!

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@dare

Hi @danny95 I am experiencing the same symptoms , it is horrendous every day, have you hd any luck with this ? Any advice greatly appreciated

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Hello @danny95, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Have you been to an Rhinologist for evaluation?

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I have always had post nasal drip but now it is chronic and my eyes (recently cataract surgery) are itchy and blurry. What is a glucose meter? I have some probiotic tablets but not L Sakei. I live in a condo so cannot break into walls. It does seem to be an unusually heavy dust season in the Pacific Northwest. How does one find an endocrinologist?

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I've been reading a lot about Cerebral Spinal Fluid leak that appears to mimick other symptoms and diseases and often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for long periods of time while the patient suffers and is told it's all in their head, well quite literally it just might be. After all sorts of tests seeing multiple doctors and specialists (ENT, Internal Medicine, Emergency room (for the Blood CT urine tests) all of which come back as "normal (and that is the case with CSF) everything from being told I have allergies, acute sinusitis, depression, anxiety seeing an ENT having a CT of my head. ruled out it is not sinus told it is neurological my primary referred me to a neurologist and cited Ataxia and Memory disorder as most recent diagnosis. All the symptoms are there, form clear fluid nasal drip, neck pain, ear pain, vision issues, concentration issues, extreme chronic fatigue unable to drive light sensitivity and sound sensitivity, insomnia, headaches brain fog all of it just recently saw this post and I wonder am I wasting time seeing a neuro? Why is it is so difficult to have this checked and ruled out.

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@danny95 & @susu2 I’m a type 1 diabetic since 1975. I’ve had lots of experience with hypoglycemia over the years but I haven’t heard of reactive hypoglycemia. I have had chronic sinus issues all my life but never made any connection between the two conditions. @susu2, a glucomemter is a blood sugar testing device. You can buy them over the counter and you will also need a lancing device, lancets, and test strips. The test strips are expensive, but the rest of the gear is cheap. Depending on your insurance coverage, it may be better to get a prescription from your Dr. An endocrinologist would be all over that. If you need to find one, you might need a referral from your primary physician. If you use a larger health system that has multiple specialties, you could check there under endocrinologists.

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Hi and Welcome! The thrush especially, along with the pains you describe, suggest autoimmune to me, not reactive hypoglycemia. The next time you have thrush, perhaps ask about seeing a rheumatologist?

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Thank you for the suggestion my primary care doctor referred me to a neurologist. I'm doing my own process of elimination I've read a lot about cerebral spinal fluid leaks and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatgue SYndrome, Fibromyalgia and Epstein Barr. I will take your advice thanks again.

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So sorry for the confusion @vikkr. My post below was meant for @danny95 .

Hi and Welcome! The thrush especially – along with the pains you describe – suggest autoimmune to me, not reactive hypoglycemia. (Specifically Sjogren's) The next time you have thrush, or before that, perhaps ask about seeing a rheumatologist?

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Dear Danny, You have host of problems and I consoul .I need to ask if you have had a good work-up by a good physician? It seems you do have some metabolic upset…e.g., sinus, etc. But there is a reason for your recurrent symptoms, it just has to be found. If trying to reduce sugar via Keto diet, maybe there is another way to maintain your blood sugar besides going cold turkey white and processed food sugar? Can you find someone to help you or can you dig a bit deeper on your own..e.g. slower releases of sugar by complex carbohydrates? Maybe a dietitian?

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It’s not the lack of sugar in the Keto diet. It is because they have removed most carbohydrates. It is not a good diet. Follows low carb high protein diet. Slower weight loss but it is sustainable. I look at the amount of carbs in everything to insure I’m not high in carbs.

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To Whom It May Concern: After developing ketoacidosis secondary to diabetes, I cannot help but discourage anyone from using a "keto" diet. It just is not logical to me.

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@hayley3

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. 🙂

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Hi, @hayley3 and @dare— thinking of you today and wondering how things are going with the reactive hypoglycemia?

@stfnwtl89 — how have your daughter's symptoms been lately?

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Sorry everyone, I haven't logged on since posting.
I still struggle daily with sinus pressure, post nasal drip and fatigue and currently have thrush again.
My findings are symptoms are alot worse with bad diet. I have had a CT scan wereby the ENT said he can only see inflammation with no known cause, he suggested allergies but i don't think so. I purchased a blood glucose reader but my blood glucose always remained in normal range, even after large sugary meals so I knocked it on the head and ditched the reader.
I'm still left baffled as to what is causing my struggle, I use steroid treatment everyday with pretty much no effect. I'm confident that after sugary snacks my sinus pressure is worse, I wen't to see an immunologist whom done a few allergy tests which all come back negative.

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@nursemaven Hi, I would pay thousands to do that if it meant this would end, I don't know who to contact about getting several specialists to evaluate me

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