How Do You Feel When Your Blood Sugar Is Too High?

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What A High Blood Sugar Feels Like? Signs & Symptoms Of Hyperglycemia

I get my first cup of coffee and sit on the sun deck with the birds singing. I feel as if I have not slept a wink, and my head aches. I could go back to bed and sleep all day, but work awaits. It’s a beautiful, sunny day, but my body feels heavy, and stuck to the chair. It hurts to lift my arms. My blood sugar was 381 this morning. Again. I think about having to face the day at the office. Driving down the interstate, the lines are blurry. I know that if the DMV got wind of it, I might not be driving as high as my A1C had been. When I get to the office, I walk in with a dark fog feeling surrounding me, and take some deep breaths at my desk. As I begin to review the end of the month reports, the numbers get fuzzy, and I can’t concentrate on them. My 36 ounce water bottle with only a few sips left beads sweat on the desk, and it’s across the building to get to the bathroom. Sometimes it’s a race to get there in time. My body is taught and swollen, like the Blueberry Girl from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. My blood sugar is a blue river of sticky blueberry filling as I roll down the hall toward the bathroom. I feel that if I had a needle, I could pop myself. That would su Continue reading >>

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  1. Kezia

    What does high blood sugar feel like to you?

    Hi everyone,
    I was just reading another thread (about highs and lows) and realised that I don't actually feel anything when my blood sugar levels are high, whereas other people say that they can.
    I was diagnosed type 1 nearly a year ago now, so I'm wondering...
    What does a high feel like?
    How high does your blood sugar have to be in order for you to feel it?
    I think the last may be why I don't feel it - my blood sugar very rarely goes above 10 [180] - so maybe it needs to be higher?
    The only way I know if it's high is if I know that I have eaten something that isn't covered by my insulin... or by testing, of course.
    And yes, I know everyone's different, but I'm wondering if there's a general concensus!

  2. CJ 1978

    Mine has to get pretty high before I feel "different." IF I get up to 250 I feel sick to my stomach and get a dry mouth. Thank goodness it rarely happens.

  3. icedale

    Well, for the first couple of weeks after I got out of hospital, I had readings while I stablisied that I would consider beginning to get high (edit: mostly because it didn't stay up there for very long), up around 12 (216ish) but in the past two months I haven't had a reading over 7 (126).
    But during those two weeks, I did begin to notice very subtle changes just in the way I'd focus when it was up a little higher. It seemed it took ever so slightly longer to focus and get my head around something when it was higher. That's just me though. =)

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