hypoglycemia worsening

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Hello,

I was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia 25 years ago and seem to be having a harder time with it in the past couple of years while going through perimenopause. Just wondering if anyone else that has actually been diagnosed with hypoglycemia found they have had the same problem. I'm considering going to the doctor but not sure what they could even do. I was already diagnosed so now what? Run me through the same tests?

I'll be 53 in a few months - still get fairly regular periods and have been in the peri transition for the past almost 8 years (will it ever end 😦

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    Yes, I know what you mean. It is usually Low levels of progesterone that make hypoglycemia worse. Progesterone also helps adrenaline surges, anxiety and stress. Use bio-identical only, synthetic progesterone will only make it worse. If you can not use hormones then try to use foods and herbs to raise your progesterone levels.

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    I have been too started with my second child had horrible low sugar drops! Then my last child my sugar would drop while eating, Ambulance been called due to this, well with perimeno and meno I had a horrible time GAINED tons of weight with the fear of my sugar going to low, my husband when he was alive would come in and find me on the floor , my jaws shaking I couldn't even hold the glass he would pour OJ down me. It's been a FAT nightmare! I would gorge myself with pork n beans rolling out my mouth with great fear and trying to get my sugar up I would gorge to the point of wanting to throw up. I fell behind the fridge one day out of desperation I screamed into heaven crying saying Lord if you DON'T help me I'm going to die! God took my hand that day and helped me I've had to work and the road WASN'T easy but I finally got things under some what control through Christ. For 3 months I crawled down the hallway if I stood up I got so dizzy I would fall that I have no ideal what all it was, but I was a huge mess . My sugar still drops but I grab something and give it time , however about 4 months ago I almost got back to the same sorry shape I was in when I fell behind the fridge , I started the gorging , having stuff at my desk and food everywhere FEAR it would drop and I wouldnt be able to get it then my sugar went to 200 because I was stuffing. I finally with prayer and trying to fight I got back to been able to handle it again. Hormones drops our blood sugar especially worse with us that have low sugar. I'm post meno now and still have issues with it.

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      Sounds like you went through hell! In the past (25 years ago) before I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia, i would do the same thing,....always stuffing my face with food because I was afraid of my sugar dropping. Once I was diagnosed, the doctor recommended 3 meals and 3 snack (all withing a calorie limit per day) and it helped a lot. I make sure to eat a balance of protein, fats and carbs.

      Thing is, with peri, it has become increasingly more difficult to maintain a balance. Very little change has the capability of throwing me into a spiral. I decided to cut back about 150-200 calories a day and after 3 days, I had a bad "low" at work....heart racing, dizzy, anxious, hungry, confused. I was still eating 1700 to 1800 calories a day at that time..nothing drastic like a 1000 calorie a day diet.....

      If I exercise (which has been way more difficult) then I also end up having drops in my sugar, usually while I'm sleeping.

      This is awful.

      I made an appointment with an endocrinologist - my appointment is in October. Hopefully she can shed some light and I can get a better control over this.

      It's making my life hell.

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      Please share with me what you find out , I have two special needs children and getting their medical supplies and on a fix income once a month makes it hard to try and see doctors. I have TRi-CARE standard insurance only for us and I pay 25% of everything. My daughter bought me the book "Hypoglycemia for dummies" I haven't gotten into reading it yet as everything scares me silly (panic and anxiety for me is through the roof) Now dealing with this HORRIBLE diverticulitis disease myself on top of everything else I just stay a nervous wreck.

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    I was diagnosed with this just recently- I am 45. I have so many peri symptoms. Got all these tests done- even saw a specialist about the hypoglycemia and all came back fine. I seems to be better now that I make sure I eat lots of small means and protein at each mean if possible.

    Peri blows.

    Cheryl

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    hi jane, i was diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia after the 6 hr test when i hit peri in 2012. Since that time iv had to eat little and often, something i find very difficult as i have no appetite and most days im nauseas. i try to eat a low GI diet but i dont always stick to it as just eat what i can manage. i try to eat something every 3 or 4 hrs even if its just a biscuit as i never want to go through a hypo again in my life and im terrified of them because as you'll know it takes hrs to feel better.

    it makes me feel very weak at times. i know when i need to eat as my eyes go strange and i get clumsy and cant think straight, is it the same for you jane.

    how does it effect you ?

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      it looks like I answered how it affects me in my other reply above:

      heart racing, dizzy, anxious, hungry, confused and sometimes nauseous while eating when my sugar is really low. And yes, my eyes went "strange" while at work the other day during my "low" feel like I can't see or hear properly.

      Going to the endo in Oct.

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      Your thyroid can cause low blood sugar if it is off even a little bit. You need all your hormones balance and working together properly. Which is very hard to do in peri-menopause because your hormones are jumping around all over the place from one day to the nest. It is hard to even get your thyroid stable when your ovaries are demanding hormones to develop an egg and your ovaries do not have enough so then your thyroid and other glands try to make up the missing hormones and end up producing too much or too little of the hormones they need for their own gland to work properly. The point is your body is going to be a mess until everything decides to settle down and work with what it has left to work with. Not a fun ride to be on, the ups and downs can be terrifying to say the least.

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