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how do you guys experience a hypo

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Freema, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. first14808

    first14808 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had much the same experience & signals as others. I was feeling a little odd, so went to make some food. I noticed my hands were shaking when I was trying to chop an onion. I started feeling a bit wobbly and out of it, and luckily went for my meter to test.. And was under 4, so made a cup of coffee with about 4 teaspoons of sugar. After that, and finishing my meal, I felt fine.

    Since then, I've also noticed kitedoc's experience of being washed out but alert.. Which is an odd sensation, and curious if that's the body's way of warning us to find sugar, stat! For me though, it was certainly a learning experience and I think valuable so I can recognise the warning signs.
     
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  2. Pol_Ie

    Pol_Ie Type 1 · Member

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    My head would usually start to feel a little cloudy and a little weakness in my legs. If I don't treat it and it gets a hold of me, i'd start eating and not stop until it was gone. If the kitchen was locked i'd eat the door !. But then an hour later my BG would be 23.7 or something ridiculous like that. That was in the early days though...I handle them pretty well now
     
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  3. Bridie9408

    Bridie9408 · Well-Known Member

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    Sweaty, sleepy, feeling sorry for myself just stand there staring into space. Sometimes feel giddy don't want to accept that I going low.
     
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  4. Cumberland

    Cumberland Type 1 · Master

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    I get the shakes and a surge of heat in my body but mainly the shakes
     
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  5. JAT1

    JAT1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The first symptom as I am going low, is lack of energy and everything seems so hard. At this point I have some (not alot) of fruit. In the early days, before I would know what was happening after the initial drag, I would get the shakes, headache etc, then take my reading and realize "need sugar now!"
     
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  6. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had a ‘hypo’ not long after being diagnosed when I made a bad food choice that saw my glucose soar to 13+mmol/L and then swing down to 4.4 in just a few hours. 4.4 is a perfectly normal number, of course, but years of elevations, and that wild swing was a hypo to my body.

    It’s no embellishment to say that I have never felt worse in my life. Absolutely wretched. My whole body felt empty. I was freezing cold, violently shivering, confused, and I could barely talk. It was as though my lips had been anaesthetised. In a state of panic I ate an energy bar of sorts and my glucose swung back up to 13+ again. My god I felt horrid. I remember thinking I was dying.

    That was a long time ago but I will never forget the feeling. I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy :(
     
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  7. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    thank you all , so much diversity in how peoples bodies react towards low blood glucose/hypos.-- but also many of the same symptoms ... I think it is important to share all your experiences
     
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