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    Old 11-10-2002, 01:45 PM   #1
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    I am in desperate need of some answers. I've been sick since about February of this year. I ended up having to be home schooled for the rest of the school year. I was exhausted, shakey, and very weak. First it was believed that I had Mono, but after blood tests and a month or so, the doctors decided that I did not have this. Then they thought depression or some type of anxiety disorder. I knew this was not the cause because I've been leading a normal happy life. My doctor's then thought I could be suffereing from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. She referred me to a specialist who knew about Fibromyalgia. The doctor there ordered a sleep study. My sleep patterns were very abnormal and I spent little time in REM sleep. I could fall asleep and stay asleep, but I got little or no rest. He concluded that I must have Fibromyalgia. I didn't believe this one bit. With Fibromyalgia, you have extreme arthritic pain. I didn't have this bad of pain. If I had any pain, it would be a dull achiness in my hips and knees. The doctor put me on pain killers and sleeping pills anyway. For awhile I took the medicines and did what he told me until one night when I forgot to pick up the refill for my pain medicine. The pharmacy was closed, and so I just skipped it. Turns out I felt about 50% better without the pain pill, so I stopped taking it. The doctor was out of town so I went to see the nurse practioner. She began to suspect that I didn't have Fibromyalgia either. Another doctor told me that my thyroid gland was enlarged. I went to the nurse practioner again and she said it was only slightly enlarged, but it would be a good idea to do a sonogram and do blood tests on it. The sonogram and every blood test came back fine. I've always been told I had an enlarged thyroid, so the nurse and the doctors at the hospital concluded that I for some reason just have a larger thyroid than most people. During all of this I started to notice other symptoms I really hadn't noticed before - rapid heart beat, feeling as if I were going to pass out, shakey hands, and double vision when I was very tired or up way too late. I can always feel my heart beating, and at times it just pounds in my chest. Out of luck I had one of these little "attacks" at the doctor's office. When I arrived at the doctor's office I was feeling weak and kind of shakey. As I waited in the waiting room I could tell my heart rate was going up. I told the nurse practioner this right away and she informed me that my heart rate was 130. She informed me that I have a murmer too. She was concerned about this and scheduled an EKG and ECG. Eventually after about 15 minutes my heart rate went down a ways, but I was still shakey and now exhausted. I felt a little light headed too. She told me that she could see my heart beating all the way across the room. The nurse asked me what I ate or if I ate before I came. About a half hour to forty five minutes ago I went to Wendy's and had a burger, fries, and a Pepsi. She thought this may have something to do with all of this. In a couple of days I had the EKG and ECG. Both came back fine. I went to another doctor in my home town because of a sinus infection. I mentioned to her about the heart murmer and she listened to my heart for awhile. Eventually she took off the stethescope and said, "What heart murmer? I've never heard one on you before and I sure don't hear one now!" Now I was really confused lol.. I had another appointment with the nurse practioner and she told me that it was very clear and you could easily hear it. She told me to chance my diet. She wanted me to try and cut out my sugar and caffeine intake and eat a lot more protein. I've been doing this for a few weeks now and it's been helping a bit. She also put me on Atenolol to regulate my heart rate. She told me that all of this could be caused because of this supposed murmer and because my heart rate was so high. This could cause all of the exhaustion and poor sleep supposedly. In school a while ago, I became sure that there was something else wrong. I usually do not eat lunch, because my lunch hour is too early, but that day I ate a small bite-size Kit-Kat bar that I found in my backpack. Within an hour I started to feel really light-headed. I could feel the shakiness coming on to. I tried to ignore this, and after the bell rang I went on to my next class. It just got worse though. I was getting really tired, light-headed, shakey, and my heart rate was very high. I had a hard time concentrating too. My teacher was copying stuff onto the board and we were supposed to write it in our notes. I could do this for awhile, but then I was having trouble holding my pencil because of the weakness. Sometimes I would look down at my notes to read them over and be like, "What? No, this isn't right.. Why did I right this?" I didn't know what I was copying down. Some things didn't match what she had at all. I started to feel better about 45 minutes later. I was still very weak and exhausted, but atleast I didn't feel like I was going to pass out. As soon as I got home I ate and I felt a huge difference. Could all of this have something to do with my blood sugar? I really don't know what else it could be.. I didn't know if this would be the cause for all of my sleep problems too. The medication I am on right now is Ambien (sleep), Trazadone (taken with Ambien is supposed to keep me in a deeper sleep longer), Atenolol (heart rate), Clarinex (allergies), and Provigel (energy in mornings) . Any suggestions on what to do next? I'm really all out of ideas... Thank you so much for reading this.

     
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    Old 11-10-2002, 04:00 PM   #2
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    It is possible you could have diabetes. Have a fasting blood test for "glucose" and "HA1C". The glucose will give amount of glucose at that moment but the HA1C will average glucose over the past 3 months.

    Eating a breakfast consisting of carbohydrate and protein will help keep sugar level more even. Cold cereals will spike the sugar level and then drop suddenly leaving you weak and nothing to travel on. Cooked cereal such as oatmeal in small quanity plus protein will last longer.

    Eating on a 4 hr. basis is essential in maintaining a blood sugar on level playing field.

    Do not skip meals. Eat lunch every day. Several small meals of good food choices is better than three large meals. Munching candy, snacks, etc. is not considered good choices, however, when you have a "low" it will bail you out for a little while but you need to eat a real meal as soon as possible to maintain the sugar level not too high and not too low.

    Please note: Carbohydrates are not just starch foods but also are in green veggies, yellow veggies, white veggies, , condiments, etc. Starch & sugar carbohydrates convert to glucose faster than green, yellow or other carbohydrates. A meal of meat, green veggies, yellow veggies is much better for you than a hamburger, fries & coke.

    First of all, get tested for diabetes and if you do have diabetes then see a Certified Diabetes Educator to get a meal plan worked out for you and your needs. Remember, the meal plan is a start but you will have to make adjustments so you consume only amount of food your body can handle at any one time.

    Sounds like you did not have enough or the wrong kind of foods for breakfast and going without lunch allowed you to have a "low", not enough glucose fuel to run on.

    Candy would spike the sugar level and then drop suddenly causing a weakness.

    Get the tests first then take it from there.

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    Old 11-10-2002, 04:06 PM   #3
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    Many of the symptoms you describe are associated with hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Have you been checked for this?
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    Old 11-10-2002, 08:13 PM   #4
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    No, but many have told me I should. How do they test for hypoglycemia?

    I believe once the doctors did do a test for diabetes, but ruled that out.. I don't understand how they could rule that out because I ate before having the test. I didn't know I was even going to have blood work that day. I explained to the doctor that I ate breakfast that morning and didn't know I was going to even be tested, but they said that wouldn't matter.

     
    Old 11-11-2002, 05:23 PM   #5
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    I believe you need to find a doctor who will give you a glucose tolerance test. Now, I'm not a doctor, but from what I understand about it, they will first test your resting glucose level. Then they will administer a glucose solution, and within a half hour or so they will determine how high your blood sugar spiked. Then, two or three hours later they will again measure your glucose level. If it plummets much lower than what your original resting glucose level was, then it's quite likely that you are hypoglycemic. When blood sugar drops too low, you can get shakey, lightheaded, and so on. I would definitely have this test done if I were you. Left untreated and undiagnosed, the condition just may develope into diabetes later on. In fact, many diabetics were at one time hypoglycemic. Have it checked out. I wish you all the best!
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    Old 11-13-2002, 10:35 AM   #6
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    Thank you all for the help! I have a test for hypoglycemia scheduled this Saturday. I'll post what I find out.

     
    Old 11-16-2002, 05:21 PM   #7
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    I did the Glucose Tolerance Test today and I never want to do that again lol..

    I don't know the results, but here's what they did tell me.

    They could only draw blood once because my veins kept rolling or they said I have nothing to work with.. So the other times they pricked my finger. I'm glad they did this! I got tired of being jabbed in my arms for 15 minutes.

    I'm not sure what my blood sugar level was when we started. After drinking that glucose solution, they waited a bit and it was 113 and then 10 minutes later it was 121 (may be wrong on those but those are close to what it was..) . After an hour it was 83. The last time they pricked me it was 97.

    Do these sound normal? I don't know a whole lot about this yet, so I thought I'd ask you guys. Thanks again.

     
    Old 11-16-2002, 10:15 PM   #8
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    I forgot to mention this earlier.. when I drank the glucose solution I felt even more tired than I was before and shortly after I started to feel jittery. My jaw even trembled for about 30 seconds. I didn't know if this had anything to do with hypoglycemia or if this would be something common with drinking that solution.

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    Old 11-17-2002, 11:30 PM   #9
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    I broke a attnedants ribs once when i pased out during a blood draw in the 3 hour glcucose tolerance test. I kicked him while thrashing on the table. I have had that thing done 7 times so far. I hate it. But be advised..there are times that taking the glucola or the stuff they make you drink will give a false positive for hypoglycemia. You are lucky they resorted to the finger ***** to take the reading. the capilaries give a more acurate result during this test. Yet some guy somewhere must get his jollies stick that damn needle into our arms.

     
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