First off im pissed I just typed a freakin novel to post and this site messed up!!!!!!!!!! Lol ok im over that. Anyways this is gonna be short hopefully. I have been trying to figure out whats wrong with me for the past 3 years. Doctor first diagnosed me as depression. Did the whole prozac, zoloft, wellbutrin. Supposably you have to see which one works for you. Well none of them benefitted me and made my symptoms go away. All my trips to the doctors lead to a thryoid test. They found of I have hypothyroidism and I have been on synthroid for quite some time and symptoms still persist. I really thought that was it since most of my symptoms are signs of thyroid.
Here are the symptoms that made me see a doctor: tired all the time, constant yawning, blurred vision, constant leg aches, anxious, irritable, hungry all the time, tired after I eat, depression for no reason, cannot concentrate, brain fog, noticed different size pupils, feeling that im suffering( wanna cry ), pressure in the head, heavy breathing, anxiety, sensitive to light always squinting, lost interest in what I like, cant stay focused, constant worry, poor memory etc.
Those are most of my symptoms that I can think of. Two months agao my endocrinologist could not figure out what was causing my symptoms. Thats when he decided to make me do a bunch of test gtt, b12, testosterone etc. Well I got my results back from the gtt which I dont have in front of me but this is what I remember. Fasting was 80 I drank the orange drink and went up to 120 by the 3rd hour I was at 59. Doctor told me I definitely have hypoglycemia. I really hope this is it since ive been kinda misdiagnosed and nothing helped my symptoms. I already know a little bit about hypoglycemia due to me researching my symtoms and that was a cause that came up. But anyway my doctor told me to go on a 0 sugar low carb diet. I have recently started that which I have not done perfectly due to me getting frustrated and lack of knowledge on foods. Things I have noticed since I have eliminated sugar is that my fatigue has gone almost completely away, leg ached also, I get a normal feeling sometimes but it ends up going away, and my blurred vision goes away sometimes and depression has definitely improved. What im trying to find out is does my results look like hypoglycemia? Are some of hypoglycemia symptoms constant? I cannot concentrate or think cleary at all( it freakin sucks!) how long would it take to get back to normal?
Yeah, wow, that's some severe hypoglycemia right there. When you go on the right diet, be prepared to see all those symptoms slowly go away. It's hard to say how long it can take to see marked change, but on my diet most people notice it in no longer than 2 weeks. A good number see immediate results, and some in only a few days. Took almost two weeks for me. Read down about my diet, it's version 8 now or something, it will tell you everything you need to know. The symptoms can be constant, but i'm sure you've noticed that they don't happen all the time, that's another key. If you are fatigued most of the time, but not all of the time, it's a good indicator. If you're fatigued all of the time, it means your hypoglycemia has progressed pretty badly. You may feel worse at first when you start the diet but whatever you do, do not screw up. Stick with it eating only what I say and avoiding what I say to avoid. You'll feel much better. Once you get moderately stable, i'll tell you it can take sometimes over a year to feel 100% better, but the symptoms will be beyond tolerable. I haven't had a bad day now in three straight weeks. Used to happen at least three time a week.
Thanks for the reply stan. I would like to say that I appreciate as well as others how much you give to the forum. Theres not many people like you and just like to say thanks on my part. Anyways, yeah I am 24 years old and when I think back to being in high school is probably when it started. I had symptoms of anxiety but I thought I had anxiety disorder and was causing other symptoms. Plus I didnt know what hypoglycemia was. I used to be very energetic, played every sport in school and if I didnt eat I would get real weak a dizzy. I can remember going through my cabinets feenin for chocolate brownies cause I was feeling like I was going to faint. Thought it was because I didnt eat. I know I skipped breakfast all the time and lived on mcdonalds, pizza, and always was drinking beer on the weekends. My diet was a typical teenager that was in high school. Well I hope I can get back to my old self. I will do anything to fix this problem. Ive had many symptoms for the past 5 years. And its not fun at all. One last question that confuses the crap out of me on this diet. I look at the ingredients on all packages. What I dont understand is I see things on the list of what you can eat. But they have like 1g or 3 g of sugar on the package. Ex. Almonds, I hear its okay to eat but everywhere I go they have like 1g or 3g of sugar on the package. Is that okay? Or am I suppose to make sure everything I eat has absolutely 0g of sugar?
Yeah, most of us notice that if you look back in your life you'll find you had symptoms early on and didn't even know it. I, for example, was really hyper and had to take a ton of naps when I was younger. That went away and then came on again when I was in college (where I started to eat worse than I had been). You can probably think back to times when weird things happened with no explanation. Perhaps odd fainting spells, flu-like symptoms with no temperature, shaking, or maybe even extreme digestive disturbances here and there that didn't seem to make any sense. It takes time, but with hard work you'll get much better. The only problem with it is that progress tends to be slow when you reach a certain point. You may not have any more bad days, but you will have days in a row where you're just okay and it gets annoying and frustrating sometimes. Just keep going. You shouldn't be worrying about sugar content for what you're eating, as long as you're eating what I say is okay. Of course, you shouldn't be eating cake, white sugar, white flour and so forth, that goes without saying. But don't worry about the sugar content of almonds, they're fine. It's the total carbohydrate content for the day that matters if you're following the diet properly. Almonds and any nuts you eat should preferably be raw and unsalted. Canned nuts tend to add starch and such that's no good for us.
You're blowing it right out of the water. First, to respond to your diet.
1. Bacon is usually cured in some way, using some sort of sugar. You can simply not find any bacon anywhere that is not cured with honey, sugar, molasses or something else. Bad.
2. Grits are from corn, must be avoided.
3. Sugar free bread doesn't matter, it's the carbohydrate content. See below. Avoid it at first.
4. Ham is usally cured in some way, make sure to check. Dextrose is usually used, which won't be listed in sugar content but will affect you.
5. Ruffles? Do I even need to comment on this? First off, it comes from potatoes, second off just why would you eat that and think it was okay?
6. Noodles must be avoided, no chicken noodle soup.
7. Triscuits are terrible. You must be avoiding all processed foods.
Now to respond to your questions in order.
1. No more than 100g at first unless it feels like you need more but never less than 60g.
2. Certain sugars are okay, but really anything in a package cannot be eaten at first. Sugar in fruit is there and in vegetables, but anything in a package likely has the wrong kind of everything.
3. Milk is a disaccharide and raises your blood sugar quickly. Avoid it unless you can tolerate it and if you can you should only be drinking raw milk.
4. Some people have used the orange juice trick, but I always say avoid all juice. If you really want to try it, go ahead, but you should be diluting like 1/8 a cup of juice with around 2 cups of water.
5. Most cheese should be okay, but only if organic and raw. Good luck finding that.
6. Apples are fine in small amounts, like all fruit at first.
7. Potatoes must be avoided at first.
8. No cold cuts.
9. Yogurt is the same problem with milk, raw is the only way to go but you pretty much have to make it yourself. Also, it has a lot of carbohydrates. Plain is all you're allowed, nothing else if you want to try it.
I know the ruffles thing was dumb stan. Just lack of knowledge. Ruffles had 0g sugar 0 trans fat and nothing with the letters ose at the end. Seemed like nothing was in them. But thanks again for the info you provided me.
Scot lad.... The pupils do bounce back and forth from eye to eye. I dont know if that happens if it gets severe or what. If you have the same symptoms as me I know it sucks. Have you already went to the doctors to see whats wrong? Or have they just not did a gtt on you yet? I would recommend doing one, it can save alot of time instead of thinking its something else and not feeling better from another treatment. I went years trying to figure out was it was and it really gets frustrating. Mine probably has been going on for 8 years. I can think back of the smaller symptoms starting but I could tolerate them at the time and I just brushed them off. Good luck and feel free to ask questions.
stan what is your diet. I was diagnosed about 4 months ago. Been following the low carb no sugar high protien diet. I do feel better but not great. I still feel unsteady and have the brain fog for a large part of the day. Seem to feel better in the evening. Any suggestions.