So I’ve been wondering about something. When you’re trying to get your FBG down from 400 with insulin and your levels drop a couple hundred points very fast, why don’t doctors seem to acknowledge that even though your blood sugar isn’t technically low it’s possible to feel like garbage. The ER doc I talked to last week and now my Endo just said “well you’re not going low”. NSS, but tell my body that. I know what is going on so please don’t try to educate me on that. I just want to know if doctors think that you can just drop like that and feel okay. I can handle dropping from 500 to 250 over a few hours. It’s times when I’m at work and I suddenly feel like my BG has bottomed out that I can’t handle. I’m not allowed to just stop working and go take an extra break. If a doctor put in the paperwork I could, but they don’t seem to understand the issue.
Charmaine Palmer It is so true. My body was high for over a year and now any thing under 12 (aussie readings, not sure of conversion) is low for me. Just treat ur body to what u think and it will slowly get use to drops.
Julie Freedman I wish there were more doctors who are type 1 or even type 2 themselves ( not that I am wishing this disease on anyone, but you know what I mean)so they could really know how it feels to have high blood sugar and low blood sugar. My Endo said I felt low even when My level was around 200 because my body got used to a higher number (400 or more after taking cortisone shot) but that in time I would adjust.
Melissa Noderer T2 here: My endocrinologist warned me about pseudo-hypoglycemia and told me it feels every bit as real as a true low (under 70).
He prefers patients to lower blood sugars gradually over a period of time rather than ‘“crash coursing it”
Debbie Morrissey Mason Anthony Morris I agree with you- if I’m 400 I start with 1-2 units and increase my Basel for an hour is two. It’s a smoother transition than taking 3 all at once. If you drop that fast you may want to start eating fast acting carbs and go back up! Then your rebounding and possibly stacking insulin. Definitely I do what works for me! Slow and steady feels much better!
Wendy Stewart It’s absolutely a thing. Pseudo hypos. Dropping quickly even from high to midrange can leave you feeling legitimately low even though you’re not.
Sonya Muriel Villalobos Wood I think they know. They just don’t understand how hard it is to have to deal with it. I think it is a lack of empathy rather than a lack of understanding what is happening.
When diagnosed my doctors were pleased to see my numbers slowly come down versus coming down quickly. Explained a false hypo to me. Even so the first few times it happened scared the living daylights out if me!
Dawne Adams I know! Don’t you just want to slap the living crap out of them when they say that! I learned to do the same, bolus less and slowly come down.
Lia Hollander Is there something else measurable (blood pressure, heart rate, etc.) that is unsafe or changes that you could tie to this so the doctor could write you a note? It’s really hard to quantify feelings.
Anthony Morris My symptoms are right in line with a real hypo, aside from the shakes. I don’t get shaky unless I drop to <80. Which I know is still above what is considered low but it’s my body, I’ll tell you how I feel.
Patrice Tipton Richards 3 months ago my sugar was over 300 plus and my numbers since have been under 150. I haven’t felt normal since? I don’t know what’s going on but I get light headed, dizzy, sleepy and just feel weird. Scares me because I feel like maybe it’s a brain tumor?
Anthony Morris Can’t say for sure but maybe ask your doctor to run a panel to check your electrolytes.
Things like potassium, sodium, magnesium. There’s a few more than that but they help your nerves function and if your levels are off you can have symptoms like you described. When I was initially diagnosed my potassium was way low which caused me to have severe palpations. Luckily I was already in the ICU so they were able to get it under control. I’d like to point out that my potassium was very very low and a small drop in your levels won’t likely cause that to happen.
Victoria Houlden Everyone’s body is different. And if a Dr isn’t a diabetic they can’t really judge. Try not to take too much insulin at one time to get it to come down. Do a certain amount of units per hour. You know your body better than anyone.
Steven Ito I have just begun using an InPen to inject my Humalog. It keeps track of how much active insulin is in my body from the last shot. It suggests how many grams I should eat if I’m going low and how much insulin to inject. It indicates if the pen was too hot/cold, reminds one to check BS and reminds you if you have forgotten to take a shot.
Michelle Bondanza Cantu Fast drops often feel the same as lows. And when I’m lowering my average I often have constant mild low symptoms. I wonder if there’s any scientific research showing how lows, fast drops, and lower than average bg affect our brains.
If it happens frequently when correcting a high bg I would consider correcting in smaller increments. Like if your bg is 300 correct to 200 then down to 100 (or whatever your target bg is). Maybe that would help your bg to drop a little slower and avoid the fast drops.
I’m sorry your drs aren’t supporting you. I hope you get it worked out soon!
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