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Firstly a few things about me:
- I'm 22 years old
- Genetically fast metabolism
- Have chronic fatigue syndrome
- Not diabetic as far as I know
For my whole life I've needed to eat hi-carb meals roughly every 2 hours or I get headaches, feel cold, very tired, nauseous and lightheaded. I consistently feel terrible when I wake up in the morning (which has always been the case, it's not just the CFS though that's made it worse) and if I fast for too long I get so nauseous I need to take medication before I feel well enough to eat.
I always thought these symptoms were due to hypoglycaemia so I recently got a blood glucose test kit. I did my first reading this morning. Here's a timeline:
10am: woke up with the beginnings of a headache, hunger and fatigue
10:15am: ate 2 wholegrain muesli bars (not a lot of calories in these)
10:30am: went back to sleep
1:20pm: woke up with really bad headache, brain fog and fatigue
1:30pm: did the glucose test
My result was 4.5mmol/L, which according to everything I've read on the internet so far, seems to be a normal, non-hypoglycaemic reading. This is confusing given how sick I was feeling, and especially the fact that I'm starting to feel better now that I'm eating a whole tin of butter beans fried with brussel sprouts and spinach on buttered toast. If it wasn't for the improvement with eating I'd assume it was all just caused by CFS.
Is there an alternative explanation for these symptoms? Is my blood glucose meter wrong? Or is my baseline normal glucose level just different to most people's?
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