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10/02/2011 20:32:33 »
Hi. I have been trying to figure out what is going on with my body regarding glucose regulation. I have a 20 year history of hypoglycemia. It was pretty controlled by eating every 3 hours. A couple of years ago I was having more hypo episodes, so started eating every 2 waking hours.
My normal reaction when I go hypo is: I get shaky hands, then anxious, then a big hot flash. My numbers are usually in the 60s or 50s at that point. For years, I would wake up with heat surges, but no other symptoms, so I ignored it.
In the last few months, I have these "hot flash" episodes where I get heat in the chest through head, then down the arms into the hands. The hands turn beet red and are so hot, and will stay this way for 10-15 minutes. It is all very uncomfortable. I check my glucose at the time, but is not low. I can feel the vasodilation happening peripherally, and it makes me lightheaded.
My thinking is my glucose is yo-yoing. I can't be sure, as I can't test it every 10 minutes throughout the day. One day I purposely didn't eat at my two-hour mark, and tested to find it was 64. I didn't eat, because I was at the doctor's office and I wanted her to see how low my glucose goes. Well, as I waited, I started feeling warm, but not shaky. Within 15 minutes, my glucose had gone up to 103 without eating!
By the way, I was in the hospital for a 3-day fast to investigate the low blood sugar, and I was very hot the whole time and needed a fan to blow on me(and you know hospitals are always cold!).
So, I would like to know this: I seem to get hot when I don't eat, and cool down when I eat. For the sake of me surviving the heat this summer, I am trying to narrow down my heat intolerance causes. I think it is a hormone that is involved in glucose control. Any ideas?
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