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10/26/08 8:29 P

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When I have low sugars I usually don't know what I am doing. I go into a spell and than I start shaking and feel like throwing up. My highs are so much different, when I get them I drink a lot and go to the bathroom more. I sometimes don't want to eat anything but sleep. Sleeping is for my lows and highs, but I try to get my sugar up with apple juice - better taste, orange juice - hard on my stomach, and I eat sugar candy or if in the early morning I just try to eat breakfast and than see in 1hour or 2 what my sugar is. My sugars are so much up and down, it's hard to keep them in a good range. I am in a better control since I got put on the pump, I been 9 years that I have it and it's more controlled than it was before. I am glad that I took it. emoticon

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10/19/08 6:56 P

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I get numb lips and mouth when my sugars are really high. It is crazy hard to control your eating when you are having a low.

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10/12/08 10:57 P

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I have all of the signs of low blood sugar that you all have mentioned. It is really hard for me to stop eating because of the panic. I get so sick to my stomach afterwards. Ugh. I know about the 15 then 15 rule, but it goes right out of my head when I am in survival mode. My doctor thought I was crazy when I first mentioned the numb, tingling lips and mouth, too. Why don't they trust that we know what we're talking about. THEY don't have diabetes, we do!

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10/8/08 5:29 P

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when i was younger, i told my doctor that sometimes when i went low my lips and tongue would to numb and tingle and it was worse if i was chewing gum at the time. he kinda looked at me like i was an alien - so i am SO glad to see other people get that too!

i've been known to go low and eat and eat and eat until i feel better too. my pump educator said it was actually very common and advised a rule of 15 and 15. take 15 grams of carbs. wait 15 minutes and check again. if still low, repeat with 15 more carbs and another 15 minutes. it's great advice but really hard to follow in the moment. i honestly think we do it because it's a natural survival instinct. before diagnosis i had several bouts of hypoglycemia only i didn't know then what it was or why or anything. all i knew was if i ate something or drank something it went away. survival instinct.

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10/4/08 6:15 P

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My basic low symptoms are no energy, shaky, sweaty, hot. If it's going down fast, the shaky is the most noticable. If it's going down slowly, but down none-the-less, I feel less energetic, and just kind of weird in general. I recently had a new low symptom appear of the tingly lips and tongue. That usually doesn't appear until I've treated my low, which is jusr frustrating. I've treated, stop feeling low!

When I've gone under 65 and am coming back up, I totally feel ravenous! What I do, is I treat with Jelly Belly jelly bean, I keep a stash everywhere so I don't have to get up to treat. Then after that, I either try to be patient, or munch on things that are low/no carb, like nuts, string cheese, veggies. That way I satiate that ravenous feeling without skyrocketing my sugars. It helps when the husband is around to get those things for me. Some times what also helps is having my Diet Coke with Splenda to alleviate that ravenous feeling.

Hope this helps.

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8/13/08 7:13 P

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Amarieh - the quicker acting insulins, like Novolog and Humalog, lead to quicker drops in blood sugar and faster lows.

I have had all of the symptoms you describe, but the one thing that saves me is I carry glucose with me at all times for lows. I have trained myself that when I am feeling funny, I need to drink a little glucose. Can you start using the same thing for all lows, like the gluctabs or something? I find that when I use one thing, then I don't even have to think about it, I just do it (used to be small cans of grape juice).

I also use a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. It is not perfect, but it does let me know when my BS is low. I was out walking the dogs the other day, and got stuck talking to some neighbors when it went off. I set it to go off at 90, since it isn't that accurate, and when I tested, I was really 78. I felt great, and wasn't really low yet, but by looking at the screen of the Dexcom and seeing the graph showing my BS going down for the last hour, I knew I needed to do something to continue my walk without getting low.

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8/8/08 4:45 P

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My symptoms depend on how fast I am dropping.
If I am crashing down quickly, my lips/tongue/chin go numb sort of like when they give you Novocaine at the dentist, and I am to the point now where I recognize that as a Big Red Flag and usually fix it quick, but gosh darn if it isn't really hard to eat with a numb mouth! Thats the most noteworthy symptom I get, the others are the standard shaky, cranky, hard-to-think symptoms that are pretty common.
If I drop slowly, I don't notice nearly as well. I get tired, and I can't concentrate, but I don't get shaky or sweaty. If I go low enough slow enough, I can't focus my eyes to read and I end up seeing close things in double or triple. The slow ones are a lot harder for me to pick up on, and so I just test a lot when I think I want a nap to make sure I'm not going to go try and sleep myself into a bigger problem.
I only sweat when I get low and I'm sleeping, and I usually wake up because I am hot and sticky and uncomfortable. I check WHENEVER I wake up in the middle of the night now regardless of why I wake up, so if I'm low I catch it as soon as I'm awake.

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8/8/08 4:28 P

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AMarie, I have also had times when I felt low, but was normal or a little high - or felt high when I was low. It's really annoying. You're right - checking first makes a BIG difference!

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8/8/08 12:06 A

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I don't have "bad" lows very often. Maybe once a month. I have the lows wher I start feeling a little shaky and I can bring them up right away with a glass of juice maybe twice a week. My sugars are under fairly good control. My average on my meter right now is 107. I am usually between 80 and 140.

I have always been very sensitive to insulins. I think I have tried almost every one out there. I did great with Humalog and Lantus, but then insurance stopped covering Humalog. I am now on Novalog. The "bad" lows seemed to have gotten more scary once I started Novalog. When I was first diagnosed, I used to have a scary low every morning at 9:15am. I would get off the bus at school and go straight to the nurse. My doctor switched my long acting insulin and it stopped.

I sometimes feel like my bs is really high when I am low. I wasn't thinking clearly once when this happened and I took some extra humalog to fix the high before checking my sugar. A night of not sleeping and drinking juice and maple syrup all night taught me really quick to always always check my sugar before taking insulin.

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8/7/08 6:54 P

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A couple of years back, I was not able to physically "feel" when I was getting low, as my blood sugars had been consistenly below 90-100. I was being treated at that time by Joslin in CT. My practioner actually had me re-educate my body by having me keep my blood sugars in the 150-170's for about two weeks. By doing that, my body learned again to detect when I was having a low. Sounds crazy, but it did work!

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8/7/08 6:44 P

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I have had the same and even worse! I too want to eat everything, but not b/c of hunger, but fear/panic! I feel like I have to eat and eat and eat to be sure I come out of it! My husband will help me when he is here, but I've had those times alone where I knew I was low, but couldn't think of what to do! After a bad low, I get very, very cold and I now use that as a gage to let me know that I need to stop eating! I usually keep a regular Coke around and just drink some of it or all of it and that's not too bad.... I just add those calories in to my plan for the day! It sort of makes me mad b/c I have to count those calories and have to give up some elsewhere then! It is a scary, helpless feeling! I try to check my BS at the first sign of a low to avoid going overboard! Sometimes I can feel it coming on, sometimes I can't!

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8/7/08 6:00 P

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My first question is how often do you have lows? How often do you check your blood sugars?

I tend to have lows every day - around exercise usually. I have gotten into the habit of checking my BG before, during, and after exercise.

My symptoms of a low vary. If I am working out, I find that I haven't got the energy I need to workout, check my sugar, eat an apple (or some such thing), and get back to my workout.

If I'm not working out or exercising, I sometimes get shaky, but usually not until my sugar level is REALLY low (around 35). Sometimes I get shaky without a reaction, too, so I ALWAYS check before I treat for a low. My lips used to tingle when I got really low, but they haven't done that for a while.

I used to get shaky and sweaty like you describe, but that was when I wasn't in very good control of my diabetes and my blood sugar ran high a lot. I know there are a lot of people with good control who still have those symptoms, but I don't have them any more.

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8/7/08 1:21 A

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When my BS drops very quickly, I get the same symptoms. I have been in that same stupor where I know my BS is low , but can't figure out what to do. For me, my husband is very observant and most of the time, tells me to go "have some sugar." But when he's not around or is asleep (my lows often occur in the middle of the night) I think I must have myself programmed - I usually figure out I need to have something, which is usually a half a glass of milk. I know that in 15-20 minutes, my BS will go up. I think this is a behavior modification that has to be "learned" because I used to do the same thing - eat until I wound up being totally high.

If you are having a lot of lows, maybe you need to adjust your insulin intake and get a better handle on how many units to take for the number of carbs you are eating - just a thought. I know it's scary when you get very low, but one of the reasons that you wind up being high afterwards is that the liver puts out glycogen when it gets the signal that the blood sugar is too low. When you eat on top of that, your blood sugar goes very high.

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8/7/08 12:53 A

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I have wondered for a while now, what symptoms do other people get when their blood sugar drops low?

I tend to get very confused and disorientated. I usually get very hot and will start sweating to the point where my hair and clothes are wet. I will know that my bs is low, but I will be so out of it, that I am not sure what to do about it. There have been quite a few times that I have just sat on my couch crying because I don't know what to do for my low. (I have been T1D for 18 years, so I really do know what to do.)

Does anyone else have symptoms as severe as this? It gets really scary sometimes when my bs is low. This doesn't happen very often, but I do get scared. I live alone, and my blood sugar has dropped dangerously low a couple times when I have been by myself before I finally realized that I needed to get some kind of sugar.

Once my bs starts to go back up, I get insanely hungry. I will eat everything I can until I am almost sick. My bs will often rise to the 400's or 500's when this happens. I feel like I can't help myself from eating. I know that this is where my extra weight comes from. Does this happen to anyone else?

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