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Hypoglycemia In Adults

Hypoglycemia in Adults Authors: Cara O'Shaughnessey, DO, Diabetes Fellow, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, O'Bleness Health System, Athens, OH Jay H. Shubrook, Jr., DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Diabetes Fellowship, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH Peer Reviewer: Ademola Adewale, MD, FAAEM, Director of Research and Medical Simulation, Assistant Program Director, Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency, Orlando, FL This article is adapted from an article that originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Primary Care Reports. Almost every emergency physician I know has missed a case of hypoglycemia in their career. I have. I have also been practicing long enough to have used "Dextrostix." Remember using them? Remember some of the values you obtained? Sometimes the results made no sense. But while they were imperfect, at least they enabled us to sometimes detect severe hypoglycemia at the patient's bedside in the emergency department (ED) without waiting for the central laboratory. Now, we have point-of-care (POC) glucose testing, so we have increased ability to detect hypogl Continue reading >>

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  1. twofish

    chills at the same time as hot flashes

    Hi guys,
    I am not diagnosed diabetic (I am uninsured and have been reluctant) but I am finally going because I feel miserable tonight. I have reason to believe I might be diabetic, namely because of this excessive thirst. I've had it for about a year and a half maybe. It's unquenchable. I will drink and drink water and as soon as my mouth isn't moist anymore I feel thirsty.
    But the last couple of nights I have had symptoms I wasn't relating to possibly having this condition until a friend brought up when I went to the clinic in the morning to mention the thirst, then I thought "oh." I have been getting very terrible headaches and my head also gets very, very hot like I'm getting a fever but at the same time my arms are getting chills, so I am really miserable because I need a blanket around my arms but my head just seems to be getting hotter.
    I might just be making associations now but one thing is I am not getting sick at work. I will have a persistent mild headache but this weird hot flash / chills is happening only at home then goes away until the next night. Well, what happened yesterday was I went to Subway and I was totally fine. Instead of chips, I got cookies. I only ate one cookie because after eating it is when I started getting the chills / hot flashes. Tonight what happened is I was very, very thirsty so I drank two gatorades back to back and then I got sick again. And man, it was so bad today I almost went to the er. I am worried now that I am making myself sick and maybe I get high blood sugar and that's what makes me sick.
    Has anyone reacted like that where you get hot and cold at the same time. And really bad headache?
    It might be something else altogether... I just thought I'd see any feedback

  2. skb

    It does sound like you have diabetes. Most of here would not look at cookies or a subway sandwich or a Gatorade. You will eventually learn to keep away from the grains & sugars, in whatever form they come. I'd suggest a thorough reading of Blood Sugar 101 to get a hang of the situation.

  3. ColaJim

    Really twofish, diabetes has little to do with it. That toxic crap is going to kill whether your blood sugar goes high or not. If you have a strong pancreas then you will either drop dead of a blood clot or liver/kidney failure. A morning blood sugar of 140 mg/dl just means that your metabolic system has failed and you are in a state of dying. People can carefully nurse their broken metabolism along for 60 years or more in seeming fairly good health but they are aging/dying at an accelerated rate. If you want to know what is going to go first on your poisonous diet just buy a glucose meter at any drug store. And get a blood pressure meter to check if heart/kidneys are going to give out first.
    You know you are killing yourself so I have little sympathy for you.
    And yeah, I smoke and drink coffee but I am 70 years old and will be dead soon of something any way so I enjoy what few sinful pleasures I have. And you know, some people are more afraid of growing old than of dying young. How about you.
    Have a nice day
    "The hard part is not dying for a cause, the hard part is living for a cause."

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