I just registered here unsure if I actually have this or not but I was hoping to get some advice from some long term sufferers.
A little background:
I was diagnosed with epilepsy as of just a couple years ago. When I was a kid I would sleep VERY late and wake up tired and confused my pillow would literally be soaked in slob and my sheets in sweat and pee (gross I know but it was uncontrollable). Being a kid I didnt really pay much attention to it but it happened FREQUENTLY like just about every night/morning. One night I woke up early, it was still very dark, my head was spinning, I had peed on myself, I had chills, I was dizzy and SO cold and sweaty, and just physically and mentally DRAINED. I never felt like that before in my life! The next morning, someone witnessed me actually having a seizure and took me into the emergency room. After seeing a few doctors and specialist I was diagnosed with epilepsy.
I know that low blood sugar could be a definite cause for seizures and I was wondering if the symptoms associated with the seizure I mentioned sounds like it could've been caused by low blood sugar or hypoglycemia?
I was always under the impression that your eating habits have more to do with it then anything. I was told to eat several small meals or treats a day. My doctor told me that peanut butter was a great treat to stablize you blood suger during the day and a good snack at night. Not sure what else.
Hypoglycemia can cause seizures, or even coma. But this severity is only likely to be seen in someone who is type 1 diabetic. In a non diabetic, blood sugar would only fall this low if diabetic medication is taken.
I know the symptoms are similar, as they are similar to any number of conditions unfortunately, but this is very unlikely to be hypoglycemia. Especially as you've been diagnosed with epilepsy since a child.
If you do have concerns, it's important that you see your doctor.
my daughter has polycystic ovaries and was put on glucophage for hormone controal not diabetes. She has a hx of seizures but had been seizure free for over 10 years. Approx 2 weeks after she started the glucohage she had a grand mal seizure. I have done a lot of research to see if there is a connection but can not find it in the literature. Has anyone else ever had this experience? What do you think? Coincidence?
If you read about an insulinoma, you will see that it can cause high insulin levels that CAN cause blood sugar to drop so far as to make someone have a seizure.
Divy, your deep sleep and hard to wake up, extreme grogginess do actually sound like people who have blood sugar drops in the night/morning. It would be good for you to actually test your b/s levels first thing on waking, and if it's low, go see a good endocrinologist.
I was born with low blood sugar and placed in ICU for 3 days. Parents nor doctors ever gave it a second thought because from then on I appeared to be a normal child. At age 12, I started experiencing mild to violent jerking movements in my arms upon waking up. When I was almost 14, my twin who had the exact symptoms suffered a grand mal seizure around 2am when we woke up early to leave on a out of state trip. We were immediately diagnosed with JME a form of elpilepsy. I'm pretty sure they didn't even test our blood sugar levels, and my parents trusted everything the Doctor told us as did I. After 12+ years of thinking I have JME, I started losing weight and experiencing unexplainable symptoms. Doctor tested me for hypoglycemia. Test didn't show a LOW ENOUGH number to diagnose me, but he did say it was quite low and that basically my body did nothing with sugar. HMMMMMM sounds like I could've been misdiagnosed 12 years ago. I've done enough research to know that hypoglycemia is a very hard thing to diagnose and that one test isn't enough to prove anything. Anyone else have a similar story?