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Hello, I'm 41 years old and exercise 4-5 times a week. I weigh 165 lbs, and realize I'm about 20 lbs over what I should be (i'm 5ft 6.5 inchs tall). I have been feeling horrible off/on for about a year, but it seems to be getting worse. I start to feel sick to my stomach, shaky, confused, and cold/sweaty usually in the morning. In the past, after eating I felt better. However, I have been feeling this way after eating, and it's happening more frequently. I get really tired after it happens and have to take a nap. Now, naps aren't even helping. I went to the doctor and had a glucose test. I fasted before I went and when I got home (2.5 hrs after drinking the sugar drink) my monitor showed my level at 122mg/dl. However, after eating and lying down for 1.5 hrs b/c I felt so badly my level was 53 mg/dl. I've been checking regulary and my numbers seem to stay around 69-75 about 30 minutes after eating. I feel like I'm going to pass out, but the doctor says I'm fine. Any suggestions as to what I can do to stop this? I'm afraid to drive my kids around b/c I feel like I'm going to faint/be sick.
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replied March 31st, 2009
something isnt right!
I'm just a med student, but ur glucose levels are not supposed to drop so low 30 mins after eating. Your symptoms of shakiness confusion etc are those of hypoglycemia ie low blood glucose. for some reason it seems like if ur body is not absorbing the glucose from ur food in a pattern in which it should. In my opinion if my patient is feelin faint all the time i can't tell them there're fine we wud have to investigate until u actually are. So i think you should look into finding out if u have a malabsorptive disease, hypopituitarism or adrenal hyposecretion.
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replied March 31st, 2009
Low blood sugar? Feeling sick
I don't know what type of diet you are on. Your blood sugar is NOT normal. Try following a Balanced diet (avoiding high carbs and sugars), eat 3 meals a day and 3 snacks spaced evenly between meals. Eat lots of green leafy veggies. If you are still having blood sugar problems while eating correctly... see your doctor for more tests!
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replied March 31st, 2009
Thank you both for responding. While I have to admit I do eat unhealthy snacks every once in a while, I do actually eat pretty healthy overall. I had been obese for most of my life (225lbs at my worst), but have been between 155-165 lbs for the past 2 years. I cook Weight Watcher meals and try to keep snacks pretty healthy. I did call the doctor's office yesterday for information about my blood work, and was told everything was fine. However, my glucose test was "borderline"??? I go back for a follow up next Tues., so I guess I'll learn more then. I just hate how patronizing my doctor is, and feeling like my symptoms aren't real. Thanks again, Katie
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replied December 14th, 2009
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First time I ever seen someone close to how i feel. This is pretty much exactly how I feel everyday. My levels are usually between 65 and 90mg/dl. After eating It rises to 130 to 140mg/dl then drops down to around 60mg/dl and slowly rises Within 20-30 mins. I usually feel poorly within 5 mins of eating and may last for 45mins to an hr. I am 27 years old, 170lbs., 5ft 8in tall. I exercise at least six days a weeks. I've been having trouble for a little over a year now and seems every month I feel worse and having a harder time controlling it. The doctor said to eat 1to1 or 1to2 ratio of carbs and protein. Meaning for every 20mg of carbs. eat 10 to 20grams of protein. I found milk helps, I pretty much drink it with every meal or snack. With the high protein content it helps a lot. Also high protein energy drinks from gnc. I also have to watch the amount of milk to drink since too much can bother my stomach. I had blood test done by my family doctor and a Nutrition Specialist, both doctors said the blood work was fine. I felt like the nutrition specialist almost didn't believe me, she said I may just have a lot of stress in my life. Which did make any sense to me.

Right after eating I also feel weak, disoriented, my eyesight becomes blurry, and have headaches from time to time. My family doctor recently tested me for food alergies. Those results came back fine. It's frustrating , especially I work in a power plant around high voltage. I feel being a little sick one day I might make a wrong move without thinking and get seriously injured.
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replied December 14th, 2009
Derek57523- I'm sorry you feel so bad. I know how horrible it is to feel that way, and not have a way to fix it. Fortunately, for me, it turned out my problem was caffeine related. I avoided caffeine, except for one small cup of coffee each morning. I guess the drop I had after the first glucose test was a fluke b/c the second one was perfect. I kind of figured it out for myself b/c I happened to drink my coffee very late morning once, and I noticed I felt great that morning. However, as soon as I had my coffee I was feeling horrible within 15 minutes. So, now I don't drink my coffee any more, and I've not had a problem since Oct. I even have to watch how much chocolate I eat b/c it contains caffeine. I wish I had a better answer for you b/c I know how scary it is to feel helpless. All I can say is to try eliminating one food item a day, and see if you notice a change. I'm really sorry, and I hope you get an answer soon.
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replied December 15th, 2009
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I feel very similar and have noticed as I am getting older it is getting worse (41 now). I have known for years the tricks to eating and I knew I couldn't have coffee other than 1/2 cup in the morning (if I had coffee in the afternoon and feel worse than words can express and I also would get very aggressive feeling. No good). I never planned out my menu - I just ate all of the time and that worked fine for me. I am at my ideal weight - so that's not an issue and exercise 5x a week. I just can't seem to find the new trick for controlling this with my current age. It's very strange how things have changed.

What would be a good diet to use as a base? I am wanting to change anything and everything to make myself feel better.
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replied December 15th, 2009
Jen60- I had gotten up to 170 lbs by Nov. 2nd, so I went back on Weight Watchers. I'm am down to 158 now, and I feel much better. I follow the old Core plan, which is called Simply Filling now. I can eat as much as I want until I'm satisfied, but from a list of approved foods. I think eating higher fiber foods, along with eliminating the caffeine, has also helped. I eat a lot of fruits, veggies, beans, and lean meats. I don't know if that helps at all, but so far I've been doing much better. If I wait too long between meals I still get the "low" feeling. I've always worked out, but I've limited my workouts to 30 mins a day. I think I was doing too much, and I believe it messed with my glucose levels too.
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replied July 25th, 2010
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i know how you feel. For the past ten years I have been feeling sick on and off for no reason. I have been to many doctors and haven't been diagnosed. I started to wonder about myself if maybe I was crazy. I to feel sick before I eat and then eat a lot of food then feel horrible after. I just feel ill, sick to my stomach and like I'm coming down with a cold or something, just feel bad. I am 27 years old 5ft 3in. and weigh 110 ibs. My dad has diabetis and my mom tested me just to see. My blood sugar was 62 which I was told really low. So I ate lunch and after it spiked to 168. This was just a few days ago and haven't been able to see an endocronologist yet to have my blood sugar tested. But I have noticed that I feel horrible before I eat and bad after I eat. Then an hour or so later I feel better. I eat pretty well usually I'm a vegetarian so I probably do consume more carbs then recommended. I also love my red wine and that probably doesn't help with the high blood sugar. I also have had a past of panic attacks, they actually have got so bad that I ended up in the psychiatric hospital. I have been dealing with anxiety for years now everyday! I am even on medication daily for anxiety. I am wondering if my anxiety could possibly be connected to my blood sugar. I am away from home for the next 2 weeks but then I will be definatley going to a doctor to test my blood sugar. I hope I have found the answer to my feeling sick and anxiety problems. Not happy about the possibility of being diabetic but atleast I could have found the answer and can try to feel better after all this time. I will keep you posted on how everything turns out.
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replied April 10th, 2011
I am a Doctor from Pakistan ( still not a Doctor licensed to practice in the US , so dont rely on me), according to my knowledge you are suffering from Dumping syndrome. You might have gone through a gastric bypass surgery for weight reduction, or any other surgery of Stomach or intestine.In this problem your intestine quickly absorbs all the glucose and suddenly insulin comes into action and takes all the glucose from the blood to the cells. Kindly search DUMPING SYNDROME.
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replied August 9th, 2011
I had a lot of these same symptoms, please research candida albicans, and see if you think that may be your problem. i had a couple of holistic chiropractors tell me that it is my problem.
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replied September 1st, 2011
Okay. So far this is the closest ive seen to my problem.
I am a 20 year old male 160 pounds and excersize for mma everyday. For the last couple years i have been dealing with something similar. Every morning and most nights i get very sick to my stomach, i have a very high stomach acid even with an empty stomach. I get very hot feeling sweaty then really cold. Eating use to make me feel better now any strong food in the morning makes me feal very queezy and when i force myself to eat and hold it down (which i cant always do) due to acid problem, i begin to sweat horribly, get cold then dizzy. Im starting to think its my sugar and certainly has to do with acid. my parents try to tell me its anxiety but that dont explain stomach acid or sweat/cold any advice on what to do medically because i have yet to go to the docters but the post on here seem like it isnt being takin serious
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replied November 4th, 2011
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Ask your doctor about hyperinsulinemia. It sounds as if your insulin is going into over drive when you eat anything carb related. which in the long run can cause your insulin to become less effective and the insulin receptors to be resistant.
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replied November 4th, 2011
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Ask your doctor about hyperinsulinemia. It sounds as if your insulin is going into over drive when you eat anything carb related. which in the long run can cause your insulin to become less effective and the insulin receptors to be resistant.
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replied September 2nd, 2011
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I think you should get a physical to see what is causing this. It could be a lot of things.

Try keeping a food diary to see what, if any foods make your problem worse. If it is something specific, like dairy or wheat intolerance, you might be able to tell. Write down everything you eat and drink along with your symptoms and severity, and how long after eating they happen.

Also, you say you are training for MMA? Are you taking any supplements or drugs for training purposes? If so, it could be one of those that is causing your problem. Tell the doctor EVERYTHING you are taking, even if it is illegal or embarrassing. He has to know if he is going to help you.

You should also be tested for diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart issues, and thyroid problems. If you feel that you aren't being taken seriously by a regular doctor, despite an irregular glucose test, go see an endocrinologist. I wouldn't put off going to see a doctor any longer.
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replied November 3rd, 2011
I am a diabetic. I don't exercise and I don't eat healthy. My sugar in the evenings are between 250-350 and in the mornings around 150. If my sugar goes under 140, I feel really bad but feel fine when it's high. I would think if your sugar is under 100 then you wouldn't be a diabetic anymore. My dad was able to quit taking his meds after his sugar got at the range it was suppose to be. Maybe put more sugar in your system
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replied November 3rd, 2011
I am a diabetic. I don't exercise and I don't eat healthy. My sugar in the evenings are between 250-350 and in the mornings around 150. If my sugar goes under 140, I feel really bad but feel fine when it's high. I would think if your sugar is under 100 then you wouldn't be a diabetic anymore. My dad was able to quit taking his meds after his sugar got at the range it was suppose to be. Maybe put more sugar in your system
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replied November 4th, 2011
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You feel bad when your sugar goes that low because your body isn't used to it. You are feeling the symptoms of hypoglycemia even at what are more normal blood sugar levels.

The same thing happened to my fiance when he was first diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. His blood sugar was well above 200 and apparently had been regularly for weeks before he went to the doctor. They put him in the hospital for a few hours, gave him insulin, and when they brought his blood sugar below 100, he felt like he was going to pass out, even though that's normal blood sugar. Now, he's used to it and he feels fine at normal levels because he's controlling his diabetes with diet and insulin. If his blood sugar goes below 70, he feels hypoglycemic, but that's good because that's getting into the danger zone.

I urge you to get your diabetes under control. Once you stop surging your blood sugar so high, you won't feel bad at normal levels anymore. You'll feel good being healthy. Having your blood sugar so high is doing serious damage to your body. You're damaging you kidneys, heart, eyes, nerves, everything. If you don't get this under control you could end up blind or on dialysis or having severe pain and/or numbness in your feet all the time, or even have to have one amputated. This is real stuff and it's so scary. But it doesn't have to be that way.

You need to see a endocrinologist and a nutritionist. They can help you get on the right medication and figure out a reasonable balanced diet that you can live with, along with an exercise program that is reasonable for you. I promise you, if you give it a chance, getting your blood sugar under control is going to feel much better, especially long-term.

I wish you all the best. Smile
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replied November 5th, 2011
Thank you myrahu. I had heard of some of these things happening but no one has ever told me in full detail what was wrong and what should be done. I will check into going to see the nutritionist and other that you suggested. Thnx again
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replied January 18th, 2012
I'm 21 and I was having dizzy spells and even passing out so at work they checked my blood sugar and it was at 62 so then I ate and 45 minutes later it only raised yo 64 then about 5 hours later I went to a quick care because I still felt shacking n dizzy and my blood sugar was only at 68 and that was after eatting 3 pieces of pizza and drinking a mountain dew I'm still waiting on my blood work results but I wuld lik to see if anyone was experiencing the sane as me and even through the week my sugar stayed low in the 60s and I passed out a few more times
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replied January 18th, 2012
I'm 21 and I was having dizzy spells and even passing out so at work they checked my blood sugar and it was at 62 so then I ate and 45 minutes later it only raised yo 64 then about 5 hours later I went to a quick care because I still felt shacking n dizzy and my blood sugar was only at 68 and that was after eatting 3 pieces of pizza and drinking a mountain dew I'm still waiting on my blood work results but I wuld lik to see if anyone was experiencing the sane as me and even through the week my sugar stayed low in the 60s and I passed out a few more times
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replied January 25th, 2012
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Do you have diabetes or hypoglycemia?

Have you been taught the proper way to treat a low blood sugar episode? Have they told you to have pure sugar and then after your blood sugar returns to normal, have a complex snack?

I think you need to talk to your doctor about getting properly educated about treating hypoglycemia episodes and probably also about seeing a nutritionist or dietitian about proper nutrition for your condition. Pizza and mountain dew is no way to treat a low spell and probably not a good way to eat in general.
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