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Old 05-30-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Question Hypoglycemia related to hypothyroidism?

Can hypoglycemia be caused by untreated/undiagnosed hypothyroidism?

I've been feeling weak and dizzy on and off all day today. I eat a candy bar and I feel better for a while. I've been feeling very tired lately and have been sleeping more than usual. I've been getting some mental confusion but not a lot. And once in a while, I have to slow down my speach because the words either escape me or they just don't want to come out right. My symptoms seem to be that of hypoglycemia.

I have hypothyroidism but am currently not taking any meds because I can't afford to go back to the doctor and get more tests. It's a vicious cycle that's going to get me one way or the other.


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Old 05-30-2007, 11:30 AM   #2
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Re: Hypoglycemia related to hypothyroidism?

My personal experience - my hypothyroid condition was undiagnosed/untreated and I was feeling weird, sometimes dizzy, sometimes slurring/slow speech, feeling very tired, wanting to sleep more than usual, sometimes hard to explain how I just felt "off". My doctor ordered labs, then discussed them with me, explaining that she felt that since my thyroid was not functioning properly that my other labs were being affected....cholesterol and trigylcerides (amount of fat and sugar in blood).

I had a friend that was hypoglycemic. She absolutely could not eat a candy bar without her blood sugar bottoming out and she would go pale, weak, clammy, and eventually pass out. It wasn't just that it made her sleepy.

If you have untreated hypothyroid, one thing to seriously avoid is added sugars - that candy bar is just adding to the vicious cycle of feeling bad. I know, I lived off carbs and caffeine for months while I was spiraling downward in despair before I found out about my thyroid problem. Sounds like you seriously need treatment for your hypothyroid. Unless you absolutely know that you are also hypoglycemic, then I would hesitate to say that is what is happening to you right now. The malfunctioning thyroid can make you feel those things that seem like hypoglycemia.

Hopefully you can rearrange your finances and come up with the funds to see your doctor soon. Maybe your doctor will work out a payment arrangement with you. It doesn't hurt to ask. The worst thing that could come of it is that they say no.

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Re: Hypoglycemia related to hypothyroidism?

Thanks for responding. I have an appt with a doctor June 12th.

What really got me worried was the dizziness I was feeling. I never felt like that before even when my hypothyroidism was at it's worst.

I'll find out what's going on when I see the doctor. No payment plan can be made. I'm going to our county health dept clinic. It's a sliding scale pay but it must be paid that day or I'll be charged the full amount. BUT I already owe money to the lab so I'll have to pay that up front too.

The doctor visit has to be the priority now so there will be a bill or two that will have to wait.

Thanks again for responding Clarissa!

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Old 06-05-2007, 07:43 AM   #4
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Re: Hypoglycemia related to hypothyroidism?

Hey Barb -

Glad to hear you got an appointment scheduled.

Have you considered turning off cable tv for a few months? Books from the library are free entertainment and it's almost summer - time to be spending more time outdoors anyway.

Or, maybe you can qualify for food stamps, even if only very temporarily.

Or, maybe you can contact your power company and tell them you are having a particularly hard time with medical situation right now and ask if they will let you skip a month and make it up over time (instead of just not paying the power bill and not telling them why).

Or, maybe you can go to a local church and ask for a one time handout.

Or, maybe there's a social services center in your town that has some ability to help out people who can't afford their medical needs, but don't qualify for other financial help.

Just some suggestions to help you make it through this tough time. It doesn't hurt to ask. Like I said, the worst thing is that they say no and you look somewhere else for help.

Old 06-05-2007, 08:50 AM   #5
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Re: Hypoglycemia related to hypothyroidism?

Yeah I had a gtt done that showed im hypoglycemia. A little later I had it done again and showed im normal. The thyroid messes with the way your body turns food into energy, at least that is what Ive read before. I used to get really achey after I eat foods with high carbs and sugar. I just started armour thyroid about 3 weeks ago and it went away. I still have brain fog, fatigue and hair loss. But my cold intolerance and food reactions are gone. Im sure my dose needs to be adjusted, hopefully I can get rid of all my symptoms soon.

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Re: Hypoglycemia related to hypothyroidism?

I have something very similar. I was hoping I could get some info from you good people.

I have symptoms of Hypoglycemia but my sugar levels are not below 70 when it happens. From around 105 to 90, I start to feel bad, shaky, dizzy and almost faint. I need to drink orange juice, eat fruits or candy to get better. However, it will most often than not get my blood sugar to over 200 and make me feel drowsy and sleepy. All the tests for diabetes come up normal as well as glucose intolerance.

I also feel often weak, confused and have problems focusing on my work. I also have a very high cold intolerance and keep my house overheating which drives my wife crazy.

I recently saw a Thyroid specialist who believes I have Hypothyroidism. He prescribed me Levothyroxine and I have been taking it for a week now. Up to now, it has not helped any with my hypoglycemia symptoms. I was wondering if I should stop taking the metaformine in case it is working against the Levothyroxine.

Could the hypoglycemia really be linked to the Thyroid or should I see an endocrinologist? This problems is driving me nuts and keeping me from working normal days.

I need to understand what is happening to me.

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