Hello. I am a seventeen-year-old female who has never been tested for hypoglycemia. However, I have a very low tolerance to lack of food, even if it's only a few hours. I have fainted because of not eating breakfast until later in the morning and have also thrown up because of the same issue. I often have fatigue throughout the day and sugar cravings. My parents used to believe I had an eating disorder because of my complaints of dizziness and hunger, though I did eat and often.
I suffered an attack after a visit to the dermatologist for a biopsy on a mole, he used an anasthetic with epinephrine for the local anasthetic. It was around 9:30 am and I had not eaten breakfast because we rushed to get there. I was not nervous about the biopsy and was fine until a few moments after the shot. I became dizzy, nearly fell out of my chair, felt numbing in my feet and fingers, heard a loud ringing in my ears, became exceedingly nasueated, and threw up water they gave me. I was told my lips were purple and face white. After several minutes, I was able to recover from the dizziness, but still felt weak.
The episode frightened me greatly and reminded me of above mentioned cases where fainting due to not eating breakfast or hunger. I investigated hypoglycemia as I have been told by my grandmother who has it I may as well. I learned that epinephrine as a role in glucose levels and I wondered if the anasthetic with epinephrine could have triggered this attack combined with already low blood sugar levels. Any advice would be so much appreciated.
yes, it does.
Epinephrine triggers both insulin and adrenaline. Both play important rolls in the whole sugar cycle.
You need to see an endocrinologist, he will explain it all to you and order several tests.
Meanwhile make sure dentists and the like know to give epinephrine free Novocaine, etc.