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Low blood sugars and feelings of fear/anxiety


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Old 09-22-2011, 12:12   #1
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Hi there,
I'm a new user here and still getting my head around this site but i'll give it a go. My name is Luke, i'm 24 and have had type 1 diabetes since i was 7. I manage my diabetes very well and have never been in hospital are had any adverse effects.
Last night though I had a strange experience. I went low and treated it as i would any other low. Then i got in the shower and began to feel strange, this awful fear came over me. It sounds stupid but it was actually sparked by ghost stories i'd been reading online. However the more i thought about it the more scared i became. Then i started to convince myself that i was going mad or something, i got very anxious and my thoughts started racing and i was getting more confused and anxious.
When i got out of the shower i did a test and i was very low, i think i was 1.8, i treated it by eating more food and as my blood sugars began to go up the fear subsided and i realised i wasn't actually losing my mind at all.
The experience has left me quite shaken though.
I was just wondering if anyone out there in the blogosphere had experienced anything similar?
any feed back would be much appreciated.
Thanks a million,

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Old 09-22-2011, 12:39   #2
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Cannot say that I have, but the panic I feel when I go low -- even into the 50's at this point -- is assuredly enough. I can see it spilling into a generalized terror, easily!

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I`ve never experienced fear when I`m low, but my lowest reading is 2,1 so far. When I`m that low I have a hard time keeping me on the feet, my heart is beating in my ears, and I`m shaking all over.
To be low at 2,1 is much harder for me than it was some months ago when low meant 3,3 and it was much easier to make the BG starts raising again at that level.

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Welcome Luke I am T2 and lowest I have gotten is 3.1 that I know of so can't comment on that but I have had panic attacks and those can leave you shaken and struggling for days.
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OT perhaps but when I was a teenager I read a Sherlock Holms mystery about a man being murdered in a locked room by a poisonous snake that came down a service cable and bit him while he was asleep. For months or years afterward I was terrified by any unknown sound (possibly a snake crawling into my bed) even though in Michigan the only assumed poisonous snake in Michigan was a "timber rattle snake". But I lived within 300 feet of the Muskegon River that had hundreds of 3 foot "Michigan water moccasins" which challenged/opposed me on trails near the river.
Note: What most may think is a water moccasin is according to the Michigan DNR a Northern Water Snake. While these snakes can be large and opposing they are in fact not venomous. Michigan's only venomous snake again from DNR is the Northern Rattler.
But any large snake that strikes at me, recoils and strikes again and again scared this teenage boy and might even be scarier to this 69 year old man, and has left a fear of snakes in my subconscious.

I get feelings of fear/anxiety from low levels of magnesium but shrinks like to ignore nutrition and dope me up with high levels of psycho-toxins until I don't/can't complain anymore. I don't go to shrinks or use their psycho-toxins much anymore.

When my blood sugar is low I just panic and can't think straight. This is a real problem for me because if I am in a strange place and/or situation my brain activates (goes from using recall to thinking to solve the situation) which can easily cause a drop 40 mg/dl of blood sugar which in turn causes me to panic. This causes me to avoid new challenges which is not good.

My only half baked solution is to take 2 Dex-4 glucotabs to drive my Blood sugar up to 140 mg/dl if i am going to be challenged by any new or different situation so if my blood sugar drops 40 mg/dl I am at 100 mg/dl and not hypo.

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Thanks ColaJim for mentioning new challenges ... I recently changed jobs with all new challenges. So many times do I find myself in a new situation in which the heart beats faster and anxiety with its symptoms sets in ... I automatically panic with fear of a low only to determine that my BG is fine - Im just anxious from the learning curve of my new job's challenges. However, I believe my dreams provide me with a subliminal indication that I may be going low during my sleep. The more strange or unrealistic the dream, the better chance Im in a low. Especially if the dream includes any situation that may cause rapid heartbeat (running, fear, etc). If possible, I try to wake from my dream and will test the BG - several times near a low. Gosh, now that I put it in writing, it sounds so silly!

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Welcome LukeyC to the DF!

Okay, now with your panic/anxiety. Yes, an extreme low can make you very confused, and when you become very confused your mind can go all over the place. The fact that you had been watching Ghost Stories online and it was fresh in your mind probably scared you a bit more than you realized. I've been in the shower before, not having a low bg and become panicked that someone is going to kill me in the shower (like Anthony Perkins in Psycho). My stupid husband will also sneak into the bathroom and freak me out, so I always think someone is going to do that now, and the anticipation of it gets you all psyched up.
Please take care of yourself and don't allow yourself to go that low again. That is like scary low. I cannot even believe you were functioning at a low like that. Type 1 is rather different from Type 2, but wow...1.8 is really really low. Again, I'm surprised you weren't passed out on the floor with that number.

Don't be too worried about freaking out in the shower. It happens to alot of people, and you were not really thinking straight now were you? if your numbers were that low.

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Actually you were loosing your mind. Not in a figurative manner but in a literal manner. When you have severe lows you loose the ability to think clearly because of the lack of fuel for your brain to function properly. It would seem that your brain was not able to tell what reality was and what was suggested by what you were reading. I do not think it is at all uncommon. Glad you made the recovery ok.

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thanks for getting back to me everyone. you're feedback's really helped a lot. think i'll be spending a lot more time on this forum. looking forward to getting to know you all and hopefully i can help you with something in the future.
Thanks again,

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Luke, glad to hear we have a newbie! I love reading what other diabetics, type 1 or 2 or 3 or whatever, have to say. It helps me so much knowing I'm not in this alone, and if I can offer some information that helps another, and vice-verse, then I'm in it for the long run! I have learned SOOOOOO much here, so much more than any doctor's office, dietician, nutitionist, endo, etc. I do struggle with my diabetes and gaining control. I've gone back to using insulin, but now on a basal/bolus combo that seems to be working better for me. I still take metformin, but I sometimes wonder what good it is doing for me. I've been on it for so long, I don't really know that it is still effective. But, I continue with it nonetheless. I look forward to your future posts and learning/helping in any way I can. Welcome again to the DF family!

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