are these hypoglycemic symptoms?
I had major foot surgery eight weeks ago. My foot is doing well. I wasn't able to bear any weight for 6 weeks and am now in PT trying to learn to regain strength and be able to weightbear. I was on crutches for 8 weeks and can now ambulate with one or no crutch. I'm feeling good about gaining strength back and seem to be healing well.
I lost maybe 10 pounds in the last 3-4 months. I was thin to begin with but am now underweight (5'5" 120 pounds). I can't seem to eat enough - don't really feel hungry. In the last two weeks, I have had 4 episodes of what may be hypoglycemia. Very quickly, I start to feel a bit of confusion, clumsiness, headache, clammy, fatigue. So much that I don't feel able to even walk from one place to another alone. The first time, I tried to go across the room using my crutches and fell. The next two times, I realized what was happening and drank some juice or ate some food and felt better. After this, I am extremely tired and just want to sleep. I end up taking a nap but am exhausted. These episodes are combined with trying to go to work 3-4 hours a day, having 2-1/2 hours of PT three times a week, and probably doing too much around the house. I am utterly exhausted. Am I being unrealistic in thinking I can accomplish so much so soon?
As for the hypoglycemia, I did see a doctor two days ago and ordered some blood tests and suggested a brain MRI. The MRI, I think, is overkill. The symptoms improve with food. I had the glucose tolerance test yesterday a.m. I drank the sugary liquid, felt good, but by the end of the third hour, I was crashing. I had my blood drawn and barely made it back to the office (one building away) and devoured my steak sandwich. That seemed to help with the episode but I had a bad headache and fatigue and went home. I rested and ate a snack before going to PT. I got home from PT and took a nap. It took all I had to get up when my husband got home so we could eat (I was starving). I went to bed at 8 p.m. I felt hungry at 3 a.m. so I got up and had some peanut butter and an english muffin with some juice. I took today off because I am just so dang tired. Does anyone know anything about these symptoms? Are they related to sugar? I am awaiting the results today or tomorrow.
I don't know if I am expecting too much of myself right now. Any ideas and comments would be appreciated.