Patient Comments: Hypoglycemia - Symptoms

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Comment from: Mcurls, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have always had an issue with hypoglycemia if I didn't eat. I would eat a sandwich and be good. Up until last year the symptoms got worse. I had a meal plan figured out and it worked up until the past week. I'll start feeling low when my readings are in the 80 to 90s. And even after I eat, I still feel like it is low but my readings are no more than 120ish. I don’t know if I'm eating the wrong things to get back up and then crashing again or what. I feel like I'm eating every hour just to stay up. I am not diabetic.

Comment from: Shae, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I was diagnosed non-diabetic hypoglycemic in 2009. My glucose levels are never above 4, usually in the 3s. Last glucose test at 2 hours was 26. I've worked with a dietician, but no improvement. I eat low or no sugar meals, high protein, and lower carb as I react to anything more than 3 to 4 g of carbs. Symptoms are getting worse. I am passing out 3 to 8 times a week. I am usually unconscious 2 to 5 hours each time for my body to recover. Endocrinologist says I'm out of options; nothing helps.

Comment from: Slamcrash , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

Hypoglycemia caused sudden onset of extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, trouble concentrating and focusing, dizziness, sweating and heart palpitations (heart rate 112), and normal blood pressure 112/82. After 15 minutes HR is still elevated at 105 but there is a noticeable reduction of dizziness, also improvement in concentration and focus (feeling less faint). I'm going to eat a cup of yogurt and drink water as I believe I'm dehydrated as well.

Comment from: Gretch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I've had the herpes simplex ii virus for almost 40 years now. I got it when I was seventeen from another teenager who didn't know that he had it. At that age I thought that it was the end of the world for me! Back in 1978 there wasn't that much known about herpes; my relief came not from medications (there was no treatment back then, albeit I had heard about 'heat lamps' for males), but from a support group out of Palo Alto, California, who mailed me information, very discreetly, after I was finally medically diagnosed. From their mailings I learned hopeful things, like my body would eventually build up immunity to the nerve virus, causing less breakouts over time, and that I wasn't ruined for life. From the school of hard knocks I learned to tell my partners up front about my disease, and I have led a relatively normal life, since. I ended up giving it to my boyfriend, because I had some bad advice from my mother to not tell him. We ended up marrying and that's when I found out that passing it back and forth without treatment nor protection was harmful to our health, but we were young and ignorant. I simply didn't know that I should be telling people that I have it, until I was older and divorced. The only other person I ended up giving it to is my current husband of 13.5 years, in a 15.5 total years of our relationship, but he was made aware of it early on, and although we tried to prevent it, he got it anyhow, a year before we were married. I'm writing all this so that readers may have hope that there is a (healthy) life after contracting herpes. The only thing that I'm confused about today is that finally, after 39 years of carrying the virus and suffering through the early breakouts, I ended up having apparently enough stress (and the worst leg cramp I've ever had which may have led up to this outbreak) to end up having what can only be described as a first and worst breakout in a totally different spot (on the outside of my right-side labia instead of deep inside my vaginal wall on my right side (where it had originally implanted itself in the nerve). So I could finally actually see it after four decades of not seeing it, which is surprising, because it goes against the grain of what I've learned all my life about herpes; it's supposed to get better, not worse. Let's hope this was just a one-time incident; I'll keep you all posted.

Comment from: My plantar wart, 55-64 Male Published: July 18

The following treatments didn't work for my plantar warts; freezing didn't work, wart off acid didn't work, turmeric powder and vinegar didn't work, and fresh garlic didn't work. Finally eucalyptus oil seems to reduce the pain and is drying off the wart, hopefully this will work.

Comment from: Nettie Rhys, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

One day, out of the blue, little knowing, I was actually having a low blood sugar attack. My sugar levels range from 5.4 to 6.5 average all the time before meals and 2-3 hours after meals, yet I have to keep watch 24/7 for hypoglycemia. It comes suddenly if I delay eating on time. I eat healthily so I don’t understand why this happens.

Comment from: NEVERAGAIN, 35-44 Male Published: June 01

You don’t know if you are allergic to it until the barium swallow is over. The barium burned my stomach lining and now I have issues months later. This is uncalled for, it wasn’t a necessary procedure and still no results.

Comment from: Yayaboo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I have chronic anemia. However, after heavy menstrual bleeding for 25 days, I fell under the extreme anemic category. I was .9 away from a transfusion. My symptoms at their worst were inability to get out of bed, dizziness even while sitting and while walking, legs felt like I was walking through water, struggled with cognitive thinking, could not focus my eyes, and always felt like I had run a marathon or two every day. I have been taking 90 mg of iron for about two weeks now and some symptoms have lessened but none is gone. Some days are still really rough I can barely get through the day. Good luck to all.

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Comment from: Fred, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

The cause of my hypoglycemia is probably the radical gastric surgery I underwent eight years ago (gastro-esophageal resection after removal of a malignant tumor caused by Barrett’s syndrome). I can suffer attacks weekly, but sometimes they are much more frequent, often multiple times in a day. In about 50% of attacks I am able to pinpoint the trigger food or situation (stress). My symptoms are the following, varying in intensity dependent on the severity of the attack: anxiety, dizziness (unsteadiness), heavy perspiration, dulled vision, confusion, and inability to talk coherently, great tiredness, yawning, and craving for sugar.

Comment from: Emily H., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I am 30 years old and today was the worst low blood sugar attack I've ever had. All my life I've known to carry snacks with me because I would get irritable and shaky if I didn't eat. Last night, I had an early dinner at 6 pm then went to sleep at 11 pm. When I woke up at 7 am, I was hunched over with serious stomach cramping which increased my heart rate because I didn't know what was going on. Then I fell to the ground and lost all vision - everything went black for several minutes until I had a sip of water. I need to get a glucose test done to see if I'm really hypoglycemic, as most nurses have said I probably am, but nothing has ever been officially diagnosed.

Comment from: Eugene, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

My hypoglycemia symptoms were nervousness, shaking in right hand and arm, palpitations, and irritability. I’m not quite confused until glucose is very low, then stupid, and tired, have chest pressure as pulse speeds up.

Comment from: rosey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I have had tingling and bad circulation in my hands and feet, but now I’m getting confusion because of hypoglycemia, and always hungry. I also am being treated for high blood pressure, plus I always crave sweet drinks.

Comment from: dolllbaby29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I was also told that I am hypoglycemic at the emergency room after having a seizure in the street. After describing the symptoms I had before the seizure, the doctor said it sounded like a hypoglycemic seizure. After tests it was confirmed. My symptoms started with me feeling lightheaded, then I started to sweat but my hands felt cold and clammy, I then started to shake. I felt like I needed sugar (although, I didn't know I was hypoglycemic, nor did I know anything about it at that time) I went to the store and bought a soda thinking it would make me feel better. That did not work! As I was walking trying to get home, I started to feel worse and worse. I was seeing things that were not even there; like hallucinations. My heart started to race and it was like my body started to panic, but my brain was very calm. I knew that I was going to have a seizure by then and I just wanted to get home so I wouldn't have it in the street. I started slightly convulsing while I was still lucid and that was the last thing I remember. Next thing I knew I was awake on the ground with strangers around me calling an ambulance. The doctor told me that soda was the wrong thing to get and that next time I start to feel the lightheaded feeling, to drink orange juice, apple juice, or eat chocolate or pure sugar. Soda actually doesn't have as much sugar as you think. Apple juice and orange juice have more sugar. Now to help prevent any more seizures, I make sure I eat 3 to 4 big meals or 5 to 6 small meals a day and I always carry chocolate and sugar on me at all times. If your hypoglycemia causes you to have seizures and you wait too long to put sugar into your body when feeling seizure-ish, it won't matter you will still have a seizure. You must put sugar into your body as soon as you start having symptoms!

Comment from: carla, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

Well, I was told in December I had type 2 diabetes and was given medicine for it. I already have coronary artery disease (CAD) and the day before my birthday January 17 2014, I had a stroke with a seizure. I never had a seizure before, my heart doctor told me I had hypoglycemia. I told him I was light headed and became delusional; I could here people talking but vaguely and could see nothing, it happened so fast. I didn"t even have any sign of nothing, one minute I was fine the next bam! Anyway my sister said I was out for at least 20 minutes when I came to. I threw up for at least 20 minutes and was starving and my vision was really blurry; I still have that. He said I was lucky to be alive, I stay with headaches, ears ringing and really tired but when I’m feeling tired it a sign for me I guess still I’m learning. This is where I’m at with my hypoglycemia, good luck to all.

Comment from: Dyanax013, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I recently was diagnosed with hypoglycemia after having a random attack at work for the second time. Last month we had a holiday lunch and I ate a big plate of food plus dessert and ended up shaking and feeling anxious. I thought I was having an anxiety attack. I got rushed to the hospital where they told me it may have just been a reaction to the food I ate. A couple of days ago I ended up going to the hospital because I was shaking uncontrollably at work. I noticed that it happened after I ate or drank something, but the doctors at the hospital said I had "anxiety" and tried giving me a Xanax to shut me up. The next morning I woke up and felt like someone was holding my body down or like I was going to fall right over. I immediately drank orange juice and felt better. I'm not sure what to do next, I don't know what the proper diet is. I have to continue to research ways to handle this because it has affected my daily life tremendously.

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Comment from: mi, Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I’m a teacher, 24 years old, and just “knew” that I had hypoglycemia. As far as I can remember, I started having hypoglycemic symptoms since I was in middle school, but thought it was just fatigue. About two weeks ago, I started to feel really weak, anxious, got a headache, and had severe heart palpatations. At first, I thought I just had low blood pressure. When I checked, my blood pressure was 90/63. Usually, I just go to sleep and my blood pressure will go up by itself, but no – I had to suffer for three days until my mother decided to take me to clinic. After several blood tests, the doctor said that I was hypoglycemic. He prescribed supplements and vitamins. They still don’t help when I have a headache. The doctor recommended I avoid sugar because it makes the pancreas work harder and that’s not good. But when I feel that I can’t take it anymore, I will have some sugar. So when I have heart palpations and feel weak, I avoid sugar, and choose juice or just eat something. But when I have a headache, I try some sugar. I still drink my supplements and vitamin. I’m wondering if there is a way to cure this permanently.

Comment from: ks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I found out I had hypoglycemia after losing consciousness 4 times. My family doctor later told me I had low blood sugar but never told me really what to eat. But I remember my attacks always start with a severe migraine, and then I get cold, start shaking then I can feel my limbs weakening. If I don't eat by that time then about 15 minute later I pass out. Orange juice works very well for me. The last time I had an attack I was brought to the emergency room and I was unconsciousness for 3 hours before the sugar kicked in. when I woke up I was confused and too tired to even talk, felt like I ran a marathon.

Comment from: ifsogirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I was just diagnosed, and I use the term lightly as my doctor wouldn't do a blood test, a month or so ago. When I realize I'm hungry I get lightheaded and dizzy, then it moves on to shaky, nervous, my breathing and pulse rate go up, I get sweaty and confused and irritable as well. Pretty much I run the whole gamut of symptoms within a 30 min span of time. By then I'm no longer hungry but nauseous and can't even look at food. I find drinking some pop helps a lot. I feel better and can usually eat a little.

Comment from: Avril, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I have had diabetes for about 15 years and even though my sugar is pretty well balanced, my doctor decided to put me on Insulin. I started with 10 units, he upped the injections to 12 and for the past two mornings have had low readings of 77 - 68 - 59 (the normal supposed to be (90 - 120). Today, the doctor upped my insulin dose to 14. Why, if my sugar is low first thing in the morning, would be up the dose. I would think that he would lower it. I don't really understand now, how insulin works. Can someone please help. My doctor was in a hurry and did not really take the time to explain to me.

Comment from: Julinda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I had frequent hypoglycemia episodes in my late 20s and 30s. I dealt with it by eating a lot of sweets (I know, not the best way) and just eating a lot in general. I ended up developing type 2 diabetes in my early 40s. I'm now 49 and on a couple of diabetes meds. I came to this article because I was having a hypoglycemia episode and wanted to see what was best to deal with it. I think many medical professionals, like the author of this article, thinks hypoglycemia outside of those on diabetes meds is rare, but it really isn't!

Comment from: Jackie1890, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

One symptom of hypoglycemia that I haven't seen mentioned very often that affects me the most is light-headedness and dizziness. Although, before I developed hypoglycemia I suffered a traumatic brain injury when I was 15 so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. But the light-headedness bothers me the most. I haven't had a period where I haven't been light-headed or dizzy in almost two years. There are also these streaks of light everywhere which for the most part I don't notice anymore unless my blood sugar rises or drops too fast after I eat. It can be very hard to concentrate in class and keep track of conversation sometimes. I also have periods where I have blurry vision for hours on end and sometimes (rarely) it lasts for a whole day. My arms, legs and buttocks go numb if I don't change positions frequently.

Comment from: juan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I am a 52 year old black woman. I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago, I don't know anything about shingles.

Comment from: Rebelle, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I found out today that I have multiple sclerosis (MS) when a neurologist’s office called to set an appointment. My own doctor's office had not yet given me the results of tests. I am in a state of shock, I guess. I know nothing of MS.

Comment from: stumpy skunk, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

Nothing worked for my gangrene so off went my legs.

Comment from: catwoman, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

Some of my symptoms include dizziness light headedness and major anxiety. I have always been treated for anxiety but my doctor recently checked my levels with blood test and my glucose came out to be really low so yup that made a lot of sense for why I was feeling lots of anxiety and depression as well.

Comment from: Richard, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

My symptoms are weak arms and wrists, weak legs, back and groin cramps, dizziness, anxiety, tight chest, and trouble breathing, among a few others. It usually happens just before meals, when I haven’t eaten in a while. Just recently, I was diagnosed with low blood sugar. I find it helps when I lay off coffee, cigarettes, and eat more, especially protein.

Comment from: Mj, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

My symptoms included having major dizzy spells, getting really disoriented and extreme fatigue. I'd get irritable sometimes, and I would get the shakes and I would be trembling and pass out. They seemed random until I started to put two and two together as they usually occurred after missing a meal, or sometime in between meals if I didn't have a really satisfying one to begin with; usually when home alone and I was making my own meals. One day I had all the above symptoms and I passed out (hit my head on the way down) and I was kind of scared. So I typed my symptoms in the good ole search engine to try and figure it out. I found an article about hypoglycemia and took the advice in the article and made a meal/snack and was better.

Published: December 14

I made the mistake on going on a bike ride on a warm morning without eating breakfast. I'm not diabetic or anything. So as I was riding I started to feel faint, so I stop and get off my bike. Everything went black after that. I woke up with tunnel vision (I was only passed out for a minute), and one of the people who gathered around me gave me some chocolate. When the ambulance came they tested my blood sugar and said it was at normal levels. I will never do exercise on a empty stomache.

Comment from: claire, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

Following a bad accident and head injury last year I got the shock of my life when I was discharged from hospital and found myself with tremendous shakes while I was out. I went home to try and sleep it off until I woke at 3am with palpitations, blurry vision, further shaking, weakness, dizziness and feeling sick. I went to the doctors and my blood sugars were found to be at 1.0. My doctors carried out tests and said all my glands were fine and I was actually suffering from syncope.

Comment from: David, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: June 15

For some unknown reason I will start sweating It starts in my lower back. This normally continues for twenty to thirty minutes.

Comment from: Tonisha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

When I get hypoglycemia, I experience nervousness, weakness, sweaty hands, difficultly focusing, and I get extremely sleepy.

Comment from: hypo-teen, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I was diagnosed at 14 years old after passing out at school. I have had several of these "episodes" especially during menstruation when my body's sugar levels are like a roller coaster. Now after having had it for almost 3 years, I'm noticing the signs of lows more easily and not getting to that full blown passing out as often; shakes, nausea, mood swings, difficulty concentrating.

Published: May 25

I am 28 years old and found out a year ago that I have hypoglycemia. How I found out was that I started getting weak, nauseated, and irritable and have had some seizure activity. I went to the doctor and they did the 4 hour testing on me and decided mine was really low. I was informed not to eat any sweets, drink pop or anything like that. I was advised by my doctor to snack throughout the day. Peanut butter is one of the best things that help me. I used to not be a breakfast person but now I try to eat 3 times a day with health food and snack in between.

Comment from: sweetseveteen, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I am only 17 years old and have experienced hypoglycemia on and off since I was about 11 years old. Unfortunately it has been much worse and out of control this year. We are thinking there me be an underlying cause to my problems with my sugar and are going to see a different doctor but my symptoms of low blood glucose are: -dizziness -blurry vision -shakiness -hot/flushed face -not being able to focus -feeling anxious/nervous -irritable -being emotionally unstable

Comment from: steve, 35-44 Male Published: February 24

I don't know if I have that for sure but every day I have a hunger problem and if I get hungry and don't eat something I am very irritable, and can't think straight, get light headed, as soon as I eat a sandwich or something, within 5 min. I feel normal again.

Comment from: RFAITH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I am a 47 year old female, I have low blood sugar but have yet to be diagnosed. I have headaches all the time, and then I get tired. When I eat I get so tired and weak, almost like a drunk feeling then I pass out. This is very scary for me because I live alone. I too also suffer from a head injury. I have not been treated because I have no health insurance.

Comment from: my girl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

My symptoms are lightheaded, dizziness, sweating, shaking, and feeling like I have to eat something or I am going to die! When I was in high school I actually passed out in the hallway and hit my head on the lockers. It can be very serious so be careful and tell someone right away so they can act fast. A lot of times I can't think clearly or speak.

Comment from: Blondie, 55-64 Female Published: January 06

I have been experiencing the symptoms of hypoglycemia with the weak feeling, shaky, anxious, until I eat, but my question is that when I start feeling this way I take my blood sample and it’s only 104 or 100. That isn't supposed to be dangerous but that is when I start feeling bad.

Comment from: Gem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

It has happened more often as I've gotten older, last couple years perhaps, and just the other night. I was shoveling lighter snow and began to feel a little nauseous and drained. Walked slowly home, had a little pear juice and sat down. Felt better after about 15 20 minutes. But there have been other times where all of a sudden I start feeling weak and develop a severe sweat and get a feeling I should eat something. So one of the first times I ate first rather than taking some sugar in the form of juice. Have to balance my diet better, but because of inflammatory bowel disease, I'm not always hungry or motivated to eat what I should. I have just made an appt with a doctor to find out more..

Comment from: MournDove, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Lately, I have had several low blood sugar episodes. I learned it was on my mother's side of the family. Anyways, when it starts I feel super tired, get dizzy, and a ring of sweat pours from around my head at the hairline. I have three times passed out for over two hours. When I start to have a spell I grab my glucagon tablets. I make sure I have nuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables. I was at work and my sugar dropped to 42. It has dropped to 42 several times in years past. I started checking my blood sugars regularly. I am not diabetic. My doctors checked me for diabetes 5 to 6 times, and it shows I am not diabetic.

Comment from: GMM, 45-54 Female Published: February 22

I have not been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, but experience the symptoms. I had my blood sugar tested a few times (including a fasting test) and it has always been normal. Strange thing, if I have the symptoms and I take in any form of sugar or starch, especially fizzy drinks or bread, it gets worse. Something savory, e.g. Pro Vitas with Bovril and cheese sometimes seem to help. My blood pressure tends to be a bit low at times, but is usually normal. Since I am not only dizzy at times, but also show other symptoms of hypoglycemia, I ruled out low blood pressure. But maybe I should try a good iron supplement. I wonder if others have had the same experience?

Comment from: Cassandra1029, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

Hyperventilation after exercise or in heated areas, fingers tingling, lightheadedness. Hope this helps.

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