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Morning headache

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by lynbrown, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. lynbrown

    lynbrown · Well-Known Member

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    Last night, I went to sleep about 1am feeling fine after a lovely day. Woke at 6.30 with nausea, headache and feeling poorly. This happens a lot to me. My blood reading was 6.1. Could I have had a hypo during the night? What happens in those night time hours to change how I feel?
     
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    Glen Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I wake with terrible headaches which I suspect is related to a night time hypo. I find the only thing that helps is a coffee and ibuprofen, otherwise I'm stuck with the headache all day. Cheers. Glen.
     
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    Glucohero · Member

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    Hi Lynbrown. It could well be night time hypos, obviously after ruling out any other things. I used to get trouble with this and after quite a long while, finally have it under control. For me the hypo would occur always at the same time, without waking me and would self correct, i believe through some process involving the liver. This then leads to an unpleasant feeling the next morning, a bit like having a hangover.

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    Interesting hangover comparison. I've had a low the night before (read 'Lo') and woken up with a massive over-correction (19) and a blinding headache.

    I'm not sure if the headache was more to do with being generally high but I'm sure it has been indicative of night time hypos for other people.,,


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    I'm with you on the liver being the "culprit". Depending on how much it has in store your bg could go 6 in the morning to up to 20ish. Naturally you need some Levemir to keep levels steady during the night, but i'd try reducing your night dosage by maybe 1/3rd and see how you fare.
    If this happens often it can be potentially dangerous. If you get hypo/seizure during the night without the liver having a decent reserve to counter you're basicly out of luck - its the last line of defence to up the bg before its too late.
     
  6. lynbrown

    lynbrown · Well-Known Member

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    Very interested in the comparisons to a hangover. I often feel like I have severe PMT (impossible at my age, 69). Any tips for that?
     
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    Hi All .

    Only time and reason I may wake up with a proper morning headache is
    relevant to my 'low' blood pressure .

    These type of headaches don't half linger and I need strong painrelief and
    sunglasses on to cope with the light/sunshine .

    Both me and my mother get these ...
    They can be so destructive to even relax and enjoy a day with :thumbdown:

    Anna.
     
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    Hi I am new to this forum. Newly diagnosed with diabetes type 2 I think , just started Metformin. Waking up feeling bad with a banging headache. I have started a low carb way of eating. But have not been prescribed a blood glucose monitor. I have been informed by the chemist that I would be entitled to test strips on prescription. They did seem to think it would matter which type of to monitor buy. Any advise as to the headaches.
     
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    Hi artijayne, I have been on metformin for 7 weeks now and at first had morning headaches, then after a couple of weeks they had almost gone. After saying this I do occasionally get one every so often, do not know whether it is the Metformin or a diabetic side effect.:confused:
     
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    Allie00 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I got diagnosed this week and have been told to cut my carb intake. The one thing I have noticed is the headaches in a morning, somedays it feels as bad as a borderline migraine or a very bad hangover. I cant think straight and I feel awful. I have got a blood monitor for my sugars and before I go to bed I test them most nights I'm in low to mid double figures(got an appointment to see a nurse on Monday) so I'm only using diet to control my diabetes. Is the headache something I need to worry about? oh and I test my sugars first thing as well and still high, somedays higher than when I go to bed.
     
  12. chris lowe

    chris lowe · Guest

    If you are type 2 on Metformin I doubt you will get a monitor or strips despite NHS guidelines. Have a look around the site, you may find someone is offering free meters but check out cost of strips. As I get my meds free I don't object to paying out for strips. Normally get mine off eBay .
     
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