Hey everyone… I am new here. I would like your opinions and advice if yah don’t mind
I am a 26 year old female - I have had low blood sugar for years, since my late teens at the least, though I have never been officially diagnosed with hypoglycemia.
The low blood sugar started getting worse after my first pregnancy, and then even more so after my second in 2002. My OGTT during my 1st pregnancy was 135 and my OGTT during my 2nd pregnancy was 137.
Anyhow…during these “low blood sugar” bouts I get real weak, shaky, faint feeling, knees feel like there gonna give, and occasionally tingly numbness and my arms feel real fatigued to lift them. I was always told by my family that low blood sugar ran in the family and just to drink some orange juice or eat some since or something similar and so I did, it usually helped pretty well. I get tons of headaches with my highs and lows.
I used to be way more active - working out 4 to 5 hours a day, doing martial arts (MMA) 2 hours in the evening, running 5 miles a day and upon waking up would do 1 hour intense taebo workout - I got really sick with pneumonia twice in a short amount of time and I had a hard time getting back at it, and then broke my hand last year and every finger in that hand as well, so I was down from my normal workout for awhile - But I am still pretty active, I have 2 kids, lots of acreage, walking all over it, gardening, going on walks with my kids, 3 story house, up and down stairs. Working our horses, etc.
Since the past 1 year I have gained an embarrassing 25 lbs! And not much has changed, I am still VERY active. I cannot lose the weight for the life of me. I am 5’5 - always been around 115 to 125 but bulked up to 130 when I am working out a lot -
Last year I was at a family members house and I felt really off, and I assumed it was “low blood” sugar again and as I was getting ready to down a huge soda my grandma who is diabetic wanted to test my blood sugar, she did and it was almost 300!!!
So from that point on I have been keeping track of my blood sugar and my post prandials have been high but are starting to get higher and stay there longer.
The problem is that I still have lots of bouts with low blood sugar (in the 30’s and 40’s and 50’s) daily!
Last fall I went to a health clinic and they did a finger prick 3 hours after I had last eaten and I was almost 180 and they drew blood for an A1c - My a1c was 4.6 or 4.7 - They ended up saying yah know your A1c is normal - so your fine. I left it at that, though I still did not feel right.
My high post-prandial spikes have gotten more and more and I feel incredibly icky from them. Like when I spike to 280 after eating a 6 inch subway oven roasted chicken breast sandwich and then by 3 hours I am down at 60 or 70 - This is an every day occurrence of highs and lows.
I just got insurance so I figured I would go get tested some more - I told the dr that my last A1c was normal and that my FBG is always under 100 every morning. That my problem for now is my post prandial spikes (which I am told is my second phase insulin?) and the lows and how sick it makes me feel. Just real tired, lethargic, no energy, kinda foggy. I have 2 kids, I just cannot continue to feel like this yah know, It takes a lot from them when I nap after I eat cause I am so tired, or I am lightheaded cause I am 280 or because I just dropped 200 points in 1 hour and have an incredible headache.
I even took in 2 weeks worth of charted numbers to the dr -, Before eating, 1 hour post, 2 hour post, FBG, and Bedtime. I even showed where I go real low - I had this nicely laid out for him to see the trend with my high and low BS #'s - He agreed and said un-officially I would say you are diabetic but lets run some tests to see whats going on -
Well the nurse who is covering for the dr and his nurse while they are on vacation called and left a voice mail for me and said your FBG was 91 and your A1c is 4.6 (same as last time) so I would say you are not diabetic and the dr wants you to bring your meter is to make sure it is working. HELLO… I just compared my meter with my daughters drs office meter and it was 1 point off. Pretty much right on the money - I also have 4 meters, when I get a real high or low I always double check with another meter and they are accurate.
I am still waiting on a few other tests that were ran including the c-peptide test.
I am getting so frustrated that I continue to feel like garbage, and getting no answers.
I’ve done a lot of research and how found that lots of highs and lows can kinda balance out the A1c so to speak and they should not be used as diagnosis.
Oh and I should mention that tons of people in my family are diabetic, some T2 and some T1 - 1 was even diagnosed as a child. All my grandparents are diabetic and on insulin, even a few great grandparents who have since passed away. My dad has psoraisis which I am told is an autoimmune disease and he has blood sugar issues as does my mom but neither of them will go to the drs - you know, if you ignore it then it will be ok - huh.
Can anyone give me some opinions and advice on this? It’s frustrating me to no end, how can I have all these highs and lows and my A1c stay pretty much the same as in NORMAL! I just don’t understand this and I know, ABSOLUTELY that I’m not trippin, I mean my meters are working, I have control solution etc and brand new strips for my meters. What’s going on?