My name is Angela. I am 35 years old (today’s my Birthday actually).
I have been blessed with a Handsome 18 month old Son and a Beautiful 16 year old Daughter.
With my Son, I developed Gestational Diabetes. Which I was able to control with a very strict diet. So strict I gained only 13 pounds through my entire Pregnancy. My Son was born healthy thankfully, but at a relatively small 6 lbs.11oz for 40 weeks. I ate very little, mostly because I would feel absolutely terrible with sugars in the 140-170+ range (heart pounding, thirst, dizziness/lightheaded, tiredness etc.)
The last 18 months health wise has been quite the roller coaster. I’ve always had frequent headaches I attributed to working in front of a PC, living with aged glasses, not enough water intake etc. However, 10 months ago I experienced my first Migraine with Aura, then had another 6 weeks later. I sought treatment, started on Topamax with an abortive medication Imitrex PRN. Also started B12 injections (I am also a post weight loss surgery patient- 8 years post Sleeve)
After giving the medication its ample time and still experiencing frequent headaches and full blown Migraines (without blinding Aura) I started evaluating my food choices even closer than I was already. Reduced artificial sugars, stopped all alcohol intake for 2 months and still experienced daily pain and fatigue.
Then about 4-5 months ago I started noticing a familiar feeling after I ate. Extreme tiredness, frequent urination, difficulties breathing (at times) thirst and my heart racing. Additionally, I have been getting numbness/tingling in my hands, feet and lips which I first attributed to Migraine symptoms. I have lost quite a bit of weight recently, a total of 30 pounds as of now.The light bulb turned on about a 2 months ago. I started watching what I ate even more. And as I feared with sugars and carbs I felt even worse.
I decided to go to a Endocrinologist first. She did a full CMP with A1c and gave me a Blood sugar monitor. Told me to monitor myself when I felt these “feelings” and try to do my fasting BS when able. Come back in a few weeks and we can go over results and my readings. I am concerned because my blood work “seems” okay to normal, or at least within reason (?) especially my A1c. (see below)
Hgb A1c: 5.5%
Fasting Glucose: 83
CO2: 21 (I know this is LOW unsure why)
Other health related info: Post weight loss surgery, Family history of Thalassemia with associated Anemia.
My fasting blood sugars have been anywhere from 85-116. The higher they are in the mornings are usually when I actually ate the night before, nothing crazy (1 chicken taco with a flour (eeek I know) tortilla and 4 bites of refried beans- no sodas etc. EVER. My 2-2.5 hours post meal sugars have been 90-161. With the high one being when I ate approximately 1.5 cups of rice, black beans and steak with sour cream and some guacamole (taco bowl without the taco) again, I eat small to small medium portions due to my weight loss surgery and now also with the fear of high blood sugars crashing me out for the day or giving me a headache.
My fear is, with a normal A1c, and somewhat normal BS I will be viewed as “normal”. I do not want a Diabetes diagnosis- as many of you didn’t. However I do not “feel” normal at all! My quality of life is dwindling and the inability to eat is taking it’s toll. I am happy to have lost weight but I am very weak. I feel as though things are getting more and more sensitive even with “acceptable” food items at accelerated pace.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated or any suggestions on further testing (if any) so I could try to ask for when I go back to see the Endo if she deems me normal would be greatly appreciated. I am sorry if I sound desperate, but I kind of am.
Thank you in advance,