My Grandfather and I have terrible problems with needing sugar to control how we feel - I did some research online and hypoglycemia seemed to explain everything. There is a family history on his side of type-2 and his brother and sister both have the same symptoms as us. All four of us have been doing the same thing for years thinking it was acceptable - controlling our daily 'episodes' by scoffing raw sugar and a needing a very sugary diet to feel well between the crashes. After reading several books on hypoglycemia I realised my diet needed to change immediately and began the full hypoglycemic diet.
Two days in and today I feel really really awful. My thoughts are drifting, I can't speak without either forgetting words or saying the wrong one, my vision is swirling with colours and I generally feel like my heads spinning. Feel fine physically although my cheeks are burning hot but temperature normal on testing.
Eating normally, had seeded brown toast, Special K cereal, chicken soup and chopped apples so far today. Only difference is i'm not eating huge amounts of sugar and biscuits to contol my wobble symptoms - through the night and this morning I would have easily eaten a packet of chocolate digestives by now! Only other noticable difference is ravenous all the time.
Is this normal for the first few days of the diet? I've read several places you feel worse for a while but didn't expect all this to be honest.
EDIT: Tonight I had the worst 'attack' i've ever had. I began feeling like I had the flu around 2 hours after eating my vegetable and fish dinner. I began violently shaking, went yellow and my pupils were huge. Immediately recognised I was having serious problems and ate a teaspoon of sugar. By this time I couldn't string a sentance together and started crying my eyes out for no reason whatsoever - violent crying, it was the strangest thing. Several minutes later I went completely back to normal - better than normal actually as my head didnt feel foggy like it had all day. Had a cookie and sipped at hot tea until I felt able to eat and had chopped banana and mixed nuts with yoghurt. 80 minutes later I started feeling fluey and confused again. I really am having a hard time with this, i've eaten more food today and through the night last night than I do usually as im ravenous all the time but still having what seems to be huge sugar crashes every few hours. For now i'm easing up on the diet until I get some medical advice. Any insight though about whats happening would be greatly appreciated. Can I assume this violent physical reaction to 48 hours of the diet confirms my dependancy on sugar or is it something else?
I assume by now you have probably visited the doctor. Hopefully an endocrinologist. If you haven't already I would make an appointment today to make sure it isn't some other disease as many have the same symptoms of hypoglycemia including some psychological ones as well as the physiological. I used to have it as bad as you and was actually passing out unconscious. I used to eat candy to feel better but then I cut out soda, sweets, sugar almost entirely over the last 2 years. I still eat crappy things that other members have said are fast acting carbs like pizza, white bread, potatoes, pasta, etc and I think that is causing me to still feel bad daily. I would say just gradually start eliminating the sugar so you don't have quite so much of a withdraw effect. I am going to the endo again next month but hadn't gone for 2 years after being initially diagnosed and at least stopped passing out by cutting out the sugars. Now I am going to start cutting out the rest of the fast acting carbs and see what he says also and hopefully I'll stop feeling shaky every couple of hours. It's a very odd condition as you would think you would need more sugar all the time since you are low on sugar. However, when you start eliminating the sugar, you won't have as much of a high and therefore not so much of a crash when it is gone. It evens you out so you don't go so low. When I used to pass out, I would then eat a snickers bar or some jolly ranchers and I would just keep going way up and way down all day which was a very bad combination. Now that the sugar is way cut back, even though symptoms still suck every day at least I am not passing out and am not afraid of driving my motorcycle or car. Hopefully it'll be almost normal if I cut out the fast acting carbs and gradually do this diet that people are mentioning. Good luck and let us know what happened since your first post. (Do note though, if you do get to the point of being very close to passing out, make sure you do drink some orange juice or something with sugar so you don't pass out. If that happens and no one is around, that is very dangerous. The gradually eliminating the sugar instead of quiting cold turkey will hopefully make it so won't need any at all)
Acting on what you've read in books doesn't cut it when your condition is this serious. Go to your doctor!
Has your blood sugar been taken when having one of these reactions? If your blood sugar isn't around 40 or under, then this is not hypoglycemia and you need serious medical attention.
Assuming this is reactive hypoglycemia and not one of the buffet of other possibilities - blood sugar swings don't stop over night. It'll take a good few weeks for your body to adjust. If you continue to eat sugar (you probably shouldn't be eating apples btw) then you won't improve. The bottom line is to control you blood sugar and keep it in normal range.
What exactly is this hypo diet you're following? Different sources suggest different approaches, it may be that this one isn't for you. If you've cut your carbohydrate quite low then increase this with complex carbohydrates - your body may think it's starving. And make sure you have plenty of fibre as this slows the absorption of glucose into the cells.
Without knowing what your blood sugar readings are, nobody can say either way. You need to see a doctor.
Regardless if what people suggest, the bottom line is you must avoid refined foods and added sugars. If you follow this you should be totally fine in awhile. Stress on awhile. Expect to feel bad for quite some time. It may be a few months before you notice the change you're seeking. You absolutely CANNOT keep eating cookies and similar things to feel better. Doing that will set any work you've done to get better back about a week. I've totally eliminated the problem for myself, but it takes a lot of hard work. It's good to go to your doctor, but from experience I'll tell you that those symptoms, though serious, are quite common. It's good to check, but most likely they'll just kick you out finding 'nothing' wrong with you. Most of us go through this crap.