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Hello everyone!

I've come here to share my symptoms and see if anyone else has suffered the same and if they could offer some advice?

I'm 21 year old woman living in London and for the past few years I've been struggling with fatigue, nausea, dizziness, cold and tingling in hands and feet, underweight and feeling weak. I've been falling asleep a lot, crashing after meals and generally feeling unwell. More recently (past year or so) I've become incredibly thirsty, had shortness of breath and blurred vision and sore eyes. I need to drink water constantly.

I've been to so many doctors but only just got sent for a blood test this week. I've been told I'm depressed, stressed, accuses of being anorexic, even pregnant. I am none of these things. I love being busy and have just started an amazing job, but I am home in bed exhausted or getting sent home from work because I just crash out halfway through the day.

I've tried cutting out gluten and diary thinking its allergies, I've tried all sorts of vitamins and health food stuff, more exercise (although I am an active person normally) and nothing works.

My blood test results came back fine today. Although I wasn't told what I was tested for and in fact had to push for a blood test in the first place. I was in the doctors room for 60 seconds. I just feel like my symptoms are being ignored.

Does anyone have any advice? I've just asked to collect my blood test results so I can have a look at them.

The shakiness, fatigue, thirst and nausea is wiping me out. I just want to be healthy and get on with my life, my job and my degree!

Please share you experiences and any advice that you may have is hugely appreciated. Thank you!
 

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I also forgot to mention that I constantly sweat in my sleep and get really hot, while I'm normally freezing during the day.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

What are you actually eating? Write down everything that passes your lips in the next 24 hrs. And go to the doctors surgery to pick up your labwork.

It is difficult to comment when we don't know what the doc tested you for, or more about your eating/drinking habits. Also are you taking any form of medication.
 

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I normally eat gluten free cereal, yoghurt or fruit at breakfast and a sandwich or salad for lunch and some sort of larger meal at dinner. I am not a vegetarian so I don't feel that I'm lacking in anything because of that, I definitely get 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, but I am usually crave sugar and then salt. I'm often hungry throughout the day but I have never put weight on, I'm actually just underweight.

I will collect my blood results tomorrow and make a better note of what I eat. Can you let me know why you've recommended I make note of my food intake and what I should be looking for?

Thank you so much for your help!
 

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Welcome to the forum.
I would suggest to call doctors office and ask to have following tests done. You can say the reason is that you are unable to work due to extreme fatigue.

1) H1A1c and Fasting glucose : For any signs of diabetes
2) Vitamin D levels.
3) Vitamin B levels.
4) Iron levels.

Did these symptoms appear suddenly ?
Do they appear after meals?

Also get a glucose meter and test your blood sugar levels before meals and 30, 60, 90, 120 min after meals.
 

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Hi Rahul, thanks very much for this advice!

I will get a glucose meter and begin testing. Can you recommend what numbers I should be looking for as healthy? Or a source to find out this info, as I have absolutely no idea what is a good or bad number.

I have missed 3 days of work this week and have only done two half days, which is really horrible. I will go to a new doctors with a better list of symptoms and my glucose findings.
 

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I will collect my blood results tomorrow and make a better note of what I eat. Can you let me know why you've recommended I make note of my food intake and what I should be looking for?

Thank you so much for your help!
There are several vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can cause some of the symptoms, iron being one. Also salt craving with your other symptoms can be indicative of adrenal fatigue aka chronic fatigue syndrome.

Try to avoid coffee and alcohol for a few days...yes that includes all energy drinks. See if the symptoms improve.
 

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Hi Rahul, thanks very much for this advice!

I will get a glucose meter and begin testing. Can you recommend what numbers I should be looking for as healthy? Or a source to find out this info, as I have absolutely no idea what is a good or bad number.

I have missed 3 days of work this week and have only done two half days, which is really horrible. I will go to a new doctors with a better list of symptoms and my glucose findings.
The normal ranges are on the websites ( just google)
but at a high level

Fasting between 70 -100 mg/dl
and 2 hours after meals should be under 140. The normal bgs however return to under 100 after 2 hrs mark.

H1A1c gives an avg of 3 months.
 

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Kitty,

Your meter will be calibrated in different units than those used by Rahul. For you the limits are
Fasting between 4 -5.5 mmol/L
and 2 hours after meals should be under 7.6. The normal bgs however return to under 5.5 after 2 hrs mark.
 

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I'd suggest testing what you normally eat for a few days, noting how you feel.

Then for a few days after that reduce the carbohydrates (breads, cereal, pasta, potatoes, fruit,etc.), increase your protein with fatty sources of protein (fatty meats, bacon, eggs, full-fat yoghurt (no fruit), full-fat cheese), and increase fats (melt butter on your veggies, pour olive oil on your salads, eat more fatty bacon). Note how you feel on these days of fewer carbs.

Some of your symptoms remind me of reactive hypoglycemia, where the pancreas puts out too much insulin and "eats up" all the carbs too quickly. To minimize this one reduces carb consumption and increases fats. So this experiment might point to RH, which is easily controlled through diet.

But, testing your blood sugars before and after meals will show you if your body has a problem metabolizing carbs (you DO eat a lot of carbs).
 

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Fasting means when you first get up in the morning. Really first. Hit the bathroom (assuming that is #1 priority on rising) then check your BG before you drink or eat anything.
 

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Or a source to find out this info, as I have absolutely no idea what is a good or bad number.
Go to BloodSugar101 and spend a few hours reading - you'll know more about diabetes than you ever imagined was possible, including what are good or bad numbers. ;)

And do follow the advice you've been given on this thread - these are all things we need to know in order to help you with your issues.
 

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Hi everyone! I just tested myself tonight.

Before dinner (about 2 1/2 hours after eating something) I had 3.6mmol/L

2 hours after dinner I had 4.2mmol/L, I did this test at 11pm as I had a late meal (but ate frequently throughout the day).

Before and shortly after dinner I felt tired, flushed, warm, confused and found it difficult to concentrate, I was also shaky. I had slept for 9 hours last night and even fell asleep for an hour today (I seem to spend my life sleeping lately!) but still I am tired.

Please let me know your thoughts about these results, as I have no idea. Thank you all so much for your advice!
 

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One isolated incident, and of an unusual schedule, isn't going to help a lot. That said, your symptoms seem be what I experienced when I had hypoglycemia. Once BG drops low (and 3.6 is rather low - not dangerously so but enough to make you "feel" it) then it takes awhile to recover - certainly not immediately after eating something but perhaps an hour or so after the meal. Sometimes a hypo can make one fatigued for most of the rest of the day.

The solution is to not let your BG go low. Eat a protein/fat snack every two hours between meals and, if what you are experiencing is hypoglycemia, that should even things out for you. And don't ever eat a high-carb food because it will set you up for another roller coaster ride.

Anytime you feel sleepy, check your blood sugar. It's not always the low BG that causes one to feel this way, but the rapidly lowering BG.
 

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Your 2 hr numbers look okay. You should also measure 60 and 90 min
Its possible that there is a big spike and then its okay by 2 hr mark.
It can also be due to reactive hypoglycemia as Veejay pointed.

Also avoid lot of carbs and try to be active after meals like going for a walk. See if the symptoms get better.
 

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Important question: Have you had a loss of hair and/or brittle nails along with your other symptoms? Did you have a thyroid test--the full one, not the quicky? My tests came back "low normal" for years and finally showed as having a problem. Some people say "low normal" on thyroid is the same as being "a little bit pregnant." This would effect your blood sugar also.
 
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2 hours after dinner I had 4.2mmol/L, I did this test at 11pm as I had a late meal (but ate frequently throughout the day).

Before and shortly after dinner I felt tired, flushed, warm, confused and found it difficult to concentrate, I was also shaky. I had slept for 9 hours last night and even fell asleep for an hour today (I seem to spend my life sleeping lately!) but still I am tired.

Please let me know your thoughts about these results, as I have no idea. Thank you all so much for your advice!
You need to tell us what you ate, otherwise it is impossible to give an opinion as to what is truly going on. That includes drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and any medication that you are taking.
 

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I was wondering about the potential thyroid issue too.
 

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Hi everyone, thanks for your input!

I ate cereal and a banana at breakfast, I was really craving sugar so I ate some chocolate a bit later. I had a bagel and then a potato salad later for lunch and ate some fruit afterwards. I drank grape juice, peppermint tea and regular tea before my first test of 3.6mmol/L, which I took a few hours after eating potato salad.

For dinner I ate a small piece of quiche with roast chicken with a large blue cheese and pecan salad. I had a very small glass of white wine.

I then tested two hours later and got a reading of 4.2 mmol/L.

I tested first thing this morning and got 4.0 mmol/L. I felt ok but much worse after breakfast.

At breakfast I ate gluten free cereal and a banana with a cup of tea. Shortly after eating I felt hot, tired, nauseas, thirsty, shaky and found it difficult to concentrate, my vision was blurred and my eyes burned. I felt like this consistently until I took my blood sugar test 2 hours later. I got a reading of 3.8 mmol/L.

I ate immediately after this test, I had a bizarre lunch as I was eating at a restaurant that only served small mixed dishes...

I had a portion of rice, a small portion of pork belly, and a small chicken and prawn salad. I also ate a side of sweet potato and drank water and lemonade.

I later had a cup of tea with lemon and without milk or sugar. I tested two hours after and got a reading of 3.7 mmol/L.

I should note that I felt very good a bit after eating, but began feeling horrible again around the 2 hour mark, and still feel horrible. (It's now an hour and a half later).

I got a nice amount of fresh air and exercise after breakfast and again after lunch today.

Thanks very much for your support everyone, I really appreciate all of your advice and kindness!
 
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