25 Signs To Tell If You’re Hypoglycemic

By Jim F

sugar-shockToday, I’d like to educate you a little about reactive hypoglycemia, a condition that not enough doctors recognize or accept — and one that’s been tied to weight gain and carb cravings.

You may be astonished to learn that if you have hypoglycemia (also called low blood sugar), you could have as many as 125 ailments! (To understand more about this condition and how it’s often misdiagnosed, read the excerpt from my book).

In fact, hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator” because its strange, startling symptoms can mimic an astonishing array of diseases and conditions.

For instance, people with reactive hypoglycemia have been misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, neurosis, migraines, Parkinson’s syndrome, paroxysmal tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), rheumatoid arthritis, mental retardation, alcoholism, hyperactive disorder, and even senility.

It’s absolutely horrifying to think about all these people, who’ve been wrongly told that they have another illness or disease. (By the way, in SUGAR SHOCK!, I share some scary stories about people getting misdiagnosed.)

24 Hypoglycemia Symptoms

If you or a loved one is suffering from some mysterious ailments, you may want to learn if hypoglycemia and/or a sugar problem are to blame. ..So, here are 24 symptoms, which could signify that you have hypoglycemia:

  • Cravings for sweets
  • Mental confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Unexplained fatigue and exhaustion
  • Weak spells
  • Cold sweats
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Forgetfulness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Internal trembling
  • Crying spells
  • Lack of sex drive (females)
  • Impotence (males)
  • Allergies
  • Blurred vision
  • Night terrors and nightmares
  • Muscle pains
  • Allergies
  • Itching and crawling sensations on the skin

My Personal Experience

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Author Connie Bennett

I’m not a doctor, but if you have some of the symptoms I just cited, I’d recommend that you see a physician to learn if you have reactive hypoglycemia or another blood sugar condition. (The five-hour Glucose Tolerance Test, while unpleasant, may be able to give you some answers.)

Bear in mind, though, that in most cases, if you kick sugar (or at least drastically cut back on your consumption of sweets and refined carbs), you may be able to cut out (or curtail) these ailments. (I’m not promising anything, but isn’t it worth a try to find out?)

Incidentally, that’s what happened to me: I quit eating sugar and quickie carbs on doctor’s orders in 1998, and all 44 of my symptoms completely vanished! So, I invite you to do some detective work on yourself:

  • Do you have any of the symptoms that I mentioned above? Which ones?
  • Do you have any other baffling ailments? Think about any and all health problems that you have such as headaches, mood swings, fatigue, difficulty focusing, depression, anxiety, etc.
  • Have you had any doctors misdiagnose you?

I hope to hear back from you. Perhaps I can help steer you in the right direction. Don’t be bashful. Tell us about your strange symptoms. In the meantime, you may wish (I hope) to order my book SUGAR SHOCK!, too.

This post was written by Connie Bennett.

108 Comments

  1. Pat

    Hi, I’m so confuse cos my docs said im fine I started feeling dizzy a week after birth which resulted to anxiety now is going to two years and I still feel dizzy each time I go to sew doc he tells me I’m okay. I’m scared to go out cos of dizziness ,life is no more fun since I gave birth through cs pls I need help anyone feel the same thing?

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    • Cynthia davies 2 days ago

      I became very dizzy and prone to falling. Could hardly walk through the house. I am fine now: I was sent for physical therapy. The therapist said that my leg muscles were so weak that they had shrunk badly (atrophied). He said that large inner and outer thigh muscles provide most of the metabolism (energy) for the entire body. When they are weak, the energy does not make it to the brain and the muscles. Dizziness is one of the prime results of weak leg muscles. Ask your doctor or get a book on “core” exercises, or just go on the internet and find a video that strengthens all your thigh muscles and a video for Balance. The therapist gave me easy exercises–not just for the thigh muscles, but also for balance. Balance is very importance. You will want to exercise inner and outer thighs, step sideways, and walk forward and backward (with support!) One balance exercise is to stand in front of a dresser and hold on to that and just stand on one foot, hold, then the other foot. Make sure you can hold onto something in front of you while doing this. You should get a set of leg and balance exercises that is right for You.

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      • Cynthia davies 2 days ago

        From Cynthia: The muscle strengthening also helped me to think much better. Still some problems with that, and I think I am also hypoglycemic, so am checking with my doctor. Hope all this helps you.

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  2. Lillian abrantes

    Hi I am a person with hypoglycemia it’s very rare because I’m not diabetic my sugar drops down 20 and thirties can 40 times being in the hospital I have a 16 and an 11 while they had IV sugar fluid in my Ivy and I was also eating at the time so is very complicated I’ve been living this for like 3 years and I’ve been to so many hospitals out of state and I get the same answer we’ve never seen no one that could survive those numbers I thank God that I have but I live in fear everyday because I’m afraid one day I may not be able to survive it and slip into a coma and not be able to get help on time I can usually make it to the door barely to unlock it I have a Lifeline necklace it helps they come faster they already know me in the beginning they could not believe my numbers but they checked me and they didn’t believe it could believe it until they seen it with their own two eyes that happened everywhere I went and every hospitals every nurse that never seen me before it was unbelievable tell everyone but they had to see the numbers to believe it at the time I thank God that I was able to communicate because I have a lot of allergies to medications and I didn’t want to get medicated without them knowing about my allergies so I thank God that I can be alert even though I’m on a 20 or lower or 30 I used to have great symptoms that would allow me to know that my sugar was dropping but now it has fade away so now I have to guess follow my instincts my body while I sleep I kind of tremor I wake up check my blood and it’s low so that’s another thing that has me scared because how about it one day I don’t get my sugar just keeps dropping then what am I going to do nothing I can’t I will never wake up and that is my fear my last trip is to John Hopkins and I’m hoping that they can help me because I can’t take this anymore the only thing that has me strong and forever faith is God and I think I believe he’s the only one that has me alive because I can’t even believe what I see and what happens to me if someone knows anything about this could you please send me a message another thing my issue is rare because I’m not diabetic sometimes I don’t even like to eat because when I eat in the hour my sugar would drop very very low sometimes I sit there and just watch the hour but that’s not a life waiting every hour that you eat sometimes I can’t even eat because it makes me nauseated just the thought of having to go through all this so This is the real part about it when you eat you’re not supposed to have low sugar when I eat I have the low sugars of 20o30s then they have to bring it up and actually I hate it because it makes me sick once they bring it up to past 200 and then they feel comfortable but then when I come home it’s going to drop again because when it spikes up then that’s when it comes down again so I’m in the same boat 24 hours a day I’m tired I need help I don’t know how I have dealt with all this this is crazy so and not be able to get help on time I can make it it to the door barely to unlock it I have a lifeline necklace that helps they come faster they’re ready no me in the beginning they could not believe my numbers but they check me and they seem that and then they will be in shop that happen everywhere I went and every hospitals every nurse that never seen me before of it was unbelievable to everyone but they had to see the numbers to believe it at the time I think I thought I was able to communicate because I have a lot of allergies to medications and I didn’t want to get medicated without them knowing about my allergies so I think of that I can be alert even though I’m on a 20 or lower or 30 I use to have great symptoms that would allow me to know that my sugar was dropping but now it has fade away so now I have to guess follow my instinct my body while I sleep I kind get Chalmers I wake up check my blood and its a low so that’s another thing that has me scared because how about one day I don’t get the Chalmers and my sugar just keeps dropping then what am I going to do nothing I can’t I will never wake up and that is my fear my last trip is to John Hopkins and I’m hoping that they can help me because I can’t take this anymore the only thing that has me strong and fit in the faith in God is God and I think I believe he’s the only one that has me alive because I can’t even believe what I see and what happens to me if someone knows anything about this could you please send me a message another thing my issue is rare because I’m not diabetic sometimes I don’t even like to eat because when I eat and the hour my sugar would drop very very low sometimes I sit there and just watch the hour but that’s not a life waiting every hour that you eat sometimes I can’t even eat because it makes me not shaded just a thought of having to go through all this so this is the real part about it when you eat you’re not supposed to have low sugar when I eat I have the lower sugars of 2013 and they have to bring it up and actually I hate it because it makes me sick ones they bring it up to pass 200 and then they feel comfortable but then when I come home is going to drop again because when a spice up then that’s when it comes down again so I’m in the same boat 24 hours a day I’m tired I need help I don’t know how I have dealt with all this this is crazy so again not I just don’t know what’s going on and the doctors actually told me we’ve never seen anything like this I’m losing my memory because it’s so much more blood sugars I feel like the Living Dead day and night I just hope someone can figure it out for me meantime I will try to keep myself focused and strong make sure I don’t think and I can be here for my grandkids and my children I want to see them grow graduate get married have children PS God bless

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    • Lillian abrantes

      Hi I am a person with hypoglycemia it’s very rare because I’m not diabetic my sugar drops down 20 and thirties can 40 times being in the hospital I have a 16 and an 11 while they had IV sugar fluid in my Ivy and I was also eating at the time so is very complicated I’ve been living this for like 3 years and I’ve been to so many hospitals out of state and I get the same answer we’ve never seen no one that could survive those numbers I thank God that I have but I live in fear everyday because I’m afraid one day I may not be able to survive it and slip into a coma and not be able to get help on time I can usually make it to the door barely to unlock it I have a Lifeline necklace it helps they come faster they already know me in the beginning they could not believe my numbers but they checked me and they didn’t believe it could believe it until they seen it with their own two eyes that happened everywhere I went and every hospitals every nurse that never seen me before it was unbelievable tell everyone but they had to see the numbers to believe it at the time I thank God that I was able to communicate because I have a lot of allergies to medications and I didn’t want to get medicated without them knowing about my allergies so I thank God that I can be alert even though I’m on a 20 or lower or 30 I used to have great symptoms that would allow me to know that my sugar was dropping but now it has fade away so now I have to guess follow my instincts my body while I sleep I kind of tremor I wake up check my blood and it’s low so that’s another thing that has me scared because how about it one day I don’t get my sugar just keeps dropping then what am I going to do nothing I can’t I will never wake up and that is my fear my last trip is to John Hopkins and I’m hoping that they can help me because I can’t take this anymore the only thing that has me strong and forever faith is God and I think I believe he’s the only one that has me alive because I can’t even believe what I see and what happens to me if someone knows anything about this could you please send me a message another thing my issue is rare because I’m not diabetic sometimes I don’t even like to eat because when I eat in the hour my sugar would drop very very low sometimes I sit there and just watch the hour but that’s not a life waiting every hour that you eat sometimes I can’t even eat because it makes me nauseated just the thought of having to go through all this so This is the real part about it when you eat you’re not supposed to have low sugar when I eat I have the low sugars of 20o30s then they have to bring it up and actually I hate it because it makes me sick once they bring it up to past 200 and then they feel comfortable but then when I come home it’s going to drop again because when it spikes up then that’s when it comes down again so I’m in the same boat 24 hours a day I’m tired I need help I don’t know how I have dealt with all this this is crazy so and not be able to get help on time I can make it it to the door barely to unlock it I have a lifeline necklace that helps they come faster they’re ready no me in the beginning they could not believe my numbers but they check me and they seem that and then they will be in shop that happen everywhere I went and every hospitals every nurse that never seen me before of it was unbelievable to everyone but they had to see the numbers to believe it at the time I think I thought I was able to communicate because I have a lot of allergies to medications and I didn’t want to get medicated without them knowing about my allergies so I think of that I can be alert even though I’m on a 20 or lower or 30 I use to have great symptoms that would allow me to know that my sugar was dropping but now it has fade away so now I have to guess follow my instinct my body while I sleep I kind get Chalmers I wake up check my blood and its a low so that’s another thing that has me scared because how about one day I don’t get the Chalmers and my sugar just keeps dropping then what am I going to do nothing I can’t I will never wake up and that is my fear my last trip is to John Hopkins and I’m hoping that they can help me because I can’t take this anymore the only thing that has me strong and fit in the faith in God is God and I think I believe he’s the only one that has me alive because I can’t even believe what I see and what happens to me if someone knows anything about this could you please send me a message another thing my issue is rare because I’m not diabetic sometimes I don’t even like to eat because when I eat and the hour my sugar would drop very very low sometimes I sit there and just watch the hour but that’s not a life waiting every hour that you eat sometimes I can’t even eat because it makes me not shaded just a thought of having to go through all this so this is the real part about it when you eat you’re not supposed to have low sugar when I eat I have the lower sugars of 2013 and they have to bring it up and actually I hate it because it makes me sick ones they bring it up to pass 200 and then they feel comfortable but then when I come home is going to drop again because when a spice up then that’s when it comes down again so I’m in the same boat 24 hours a day I’m tired I need help I don’t know how I have dealt with all this this is crazy so again not I just don’t know what’s going on and the doctors actually told me we’ve never seen anything like this I’m losing my memory because it’s so much more blood sugars I feel like the Living Dead day and night I just hope someone can figure it out for me meantime I will try to keep myself focused and strong make sure I don’t think and I can be here for my grandkids and my children I want to see them grow graduate get married have children PS God bless

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  3. Destany Allgood

    Hi! I’m 17 and I recently fainted. That morning I didn’t eat anything for breakfast and I usually get shaky when I skip a meal. Is this normal or should I get it checked out? Could I have a low blood sugar disorder?

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  4. Jackie

    At the age of 15, I passed out at church and went to the dr to have my sugar tested. I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia at that time. They told me just to watch what I ate and eat everything in moderation. Since then I have been diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and almost everyday have the below symptoms:
    Cravings for sweets
    Mood swings
    Unexplained fatigue and exhaustion
    Depression
    Headaches
    Digestive disturbances
    Anxiety
    Over Weight and can’t lose the weight
    Crying spells
    Lack of sex drive

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  5. Cherryl

    Hi ,I’m 20years old and I think unlike most people who have high blood sugar instead I have low .I’m not sure but I feel like the suger I take isn’t converted to glucose ,like it must normally because each cup of tea or any related suger product I consume makes me feel dizzy and I usually lose my sight but I don’t understand it cause its like at the side of my eye I’m seeing moving water. The feeling makes me so uncomfortable and I get chills and sweat a lot ,then when it goes away a massive headache follows and last for days . I went for a check up last week ,my blood was taken to the lab but the doctor says everything is normal ,the results proves it but I know I’m not okay I can feel it . I even quit eating anything with auger now . PLEASE HELP😔!

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    • Lillian abrantes

      I suggest that you give the check see I’m on a carb complex diet and now also on a low fat so it’s a challenge every day but no matter what I do no matter what I eat it still takes it down so that’s what frustrates me why my sugar drops if I’m doing the right thing well I think it’s just not my time but everybody that do have this please get checked this is something serious sometimes I don’t even eat just the thought of waiting for the hour but I know I do have to so I just pick on crackers not cookies crackers and ham cheese peanut butter and jelly and I’m good with all that the peanut butter and jellies run my sugar drop again if anyone that has the rear hypoglycemic like me out of nowhere that don’t pass out his alert please let me know

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  6. Joanna Mead

    Hi,
    I have been diagnosed with CFS, but don’t think my symptoms fit. They begun 8 or so years ago, feeling weak, too hot or hot and cold sweats, insomnia, irritable, muscle pain, almost flue like. I feel much much older than I am, I get headaches a lot and generally feel very low and almost unable to work. I was then told I had very low Vit D levels so now take lots of Vit D and this has helped about 50%, but still have some of the symptoms mentioned above. They are much worse around my monthly period. Additionally, if I eat biscuits or too much sweet stuff, I will crash about 3 hours later. When I say crash I mean its like I think I need an ambulance , its that bad the only cure is sugar. I shake, drip in sweat, and can barely put one foot in front of the other. I have a very sweet tooth, but think that I will need to cut sugar out as I am definitely have hypo spells in the afternoons. I also wonder whether the CFS symptoms are a less severe episode of a hypo.

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  7. Katerina Prokopova

    Hello,
    my troubles started about a year ago, anxiety, night sweats, sugar cravings, I didnt like sweets prior to this! ibs, peeing a lot during night. Bad insomnia, I go to bed around 10pm , I wake up between midnight – 1am with sweat on my neck and chest area, I eat, fall asleep for 2-3hrs eat again..it repeats everyday. I am extremely tired from lack of sleep and bad dreams. I am 30yrs old but feel like an old lady. Blood work didnt show anything, slightly higher sugar actually…

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    • Joanna Mead

      your symptoms sound like mine, I also pee alot and wake up soaked in sweat, and suffer from insomnia. I don’t feel like I need to eat in the night though. your blood work may have shown high sugar because you had eaten something before hand maybe?

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  8. Rachel Saleh

    I am at a loss for words! This article just changed my life. I have been diagnosed no polar, depressed, and having anxiety disorder. I go through bouts of fatigue and weakness. Low patience and irritability for no reason. I’m known to be very forgetful. I wake up in the night with terrible admoninal pain from time to time. And I tend to always feel very itchy and tingly in certain parts of my body. Obviously not everyday but I go through spells time to time of feeling all of these symptoms. I had a horrible time today feeling anxious paranoid nauseated extremely tired and annoyed. I read up on hypoglycemia so I ate a banana containing potassium and all of my symptoms vanished! It was the WEIRDEST thing I have ever experienced. So glad you took the time out of your life to write this article. Please email me so we can further chat before I go to a doctor and get told I’m crazy!

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  9. Sidrah Masood

    I started suffering some symptoms for the past month or so. Fatigue, shaking, craving something sweet, headaches, tiredness etc. But it always happens at the same time every other day? At 3pm? Is this hypoglycemia? Can sum1 plz txtbak thanks

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    • Alexandria

      I’m not a doctor… But yes!! This has been happening to me. My blood sugar has been very low because my adrenal glands aren’t working right. What helps me when I wake up is to have a little bit of lunch meat/cheese or a handful or almonds or cashews. 🙂

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  10. Majid

    Feeling most of these symptoms since 6 years but why to decrease sugar consumption when it is low(hypoglycemia)??

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  11. Robbie

    I only seem to have these symptoms after some sort of exertion. Like exercising hiking etc. Is this common or a medical condition such as reactive hypoglycemia?

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  12. Molly

    HELP me I’m in school and duringJim I get really really horrible hypoglycemia attacks my stomach hurts I get weak my vision spins I need food how do I fell better fast I’m 9

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    • Angela

      Molly please tell your mom, teacher or school nurse what’s happening so they can have you seen by a doctor.

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    • Joanna Mead

      you need to see a doctor, but til then try a banana or some other fruit and nuts as a snack before Gym class.

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  13. Jerry

    I suspect this problem, first, i am underweight despite eating much, also if i take drinks with high glucose it causes a mild confusion and my head begins to feel a rush somehow(difficult to explain.

    I really want to know if ita low or blood sugar or high blood sugar that cause this symptoms. Thanks.

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  14. Martha Ray

    My Integrated medicine doctor told me that the Glucose Tolerant Tests are counterproductive,even harmful, to the condition. I did a ton of them back in the 70’s and really did not notice any harm or help from them but back then eating avocado helped my condition right away so I thought I was cured. Only I went only to keep craving sugar for many years. Now years later finally making an effort to keep stable blood sugar levels… I think it is key is to eat small amounts of protein, fiber and fats every 2-3 hours. My doctor also told me stabilizing ones blood sugar will heal the hormones and the hormones will heal the body. I personally will not take those GTT’s again but will certainly mind my blood sugar !

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  15. Colton

    I have most if not all of these most of the time.

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  16. Andrew

    I have had depression for most of my life, after a prolonged stressful situation mid age, I have had chronic fatigue for the past several years, as well as being more emotional, more aches and pains, less motivated, and facial pain in my sinuses off and on that corrolated with my vision degrading a bit. I have sugar cravings and have gained some weight. In my search for an answer, despite assistance from doctors because most tests come back normal I am at a loss for what has. Been causing these symptoms. In this time I also began having acid reflux. The only tests that proved abnormal were my thyroid tests. I have been on armor thyroid for 6 months and that has helped the depression and knee aches but has not helped my fatigue. Could I possibly have hypoglycemia as well?

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  17. Jenna

    I was diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia this year. For the past 4 years I was misdiagnosed. They told me I had a MOOD disorder, Migraines, Bipolar DISORDER, IBS, and many more… You are right about cutting out sugar… it helps alot.

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    • Jenna

      Also Restless Leg Syndrome

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  18. Kerry

    One night, a few months ago, my husbands dad was taking his blood sugar, so I thought it would be funny to see where our blood sugars were at.
    I was the lowest out of everyone after eating the same meal.
    I borrowed an extra glucose meter that my father in law had, and recorded my diet and sugars every few hours for the next week.
    My lowest blood sugar readings range from 1.7 to 3. The highest I my blood sugar ever got was 4 to 5.7.
    Upon doing my google self diagnosis research… Lol
    It’s actually amazing to see how many symptoms are related to sugar.
    I was having problems with nerve flare ups surrounding my herniated disks in my back, and the worst days were related to how much sugar I had consumed.
    Also being hypothyroid, there is a relation to blood sugars and hashimotos thyroiditis. This totally has explained all the heart palpitations, joint pain and various other symptoms.
    Knowing all this, I fell off the wagon yesterday and decided it was a good idea to consume several huge spoonfuls of delicious vanilla icing. It’s my go to food on a bad day.
    Anyway, I had the last spoonful of icing around 4 pm. By 6 pm the cold sweat started, then the shakes. By 7 pm my eyes were going blurry and my joints and muscles began to ache like I had been hit by a bus. I started to feel like I was drunk but hung over at the same time.
    By 9 pm it felt like I had shards of glass in my joints and it was so unbelievably painful to move.
    All night long I was sweating, and at one point I woke up with the worst heart palpitations I’ve ever had. I literally laid there and wondered if I was going to have a heart attack.
    Today, my nerve pain has flared up and I feel so slow in my movements like my muscles aren’t working properly.
    Amazing what sugar can do to your body, and I definitely dont want to feel that way again. But that’s what every person with an addiction tells themselves after a binge.
    So, I start over, day one, on my quest to control the beast craving that sweet poison within.

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  19. Brianna Wilson

    I have quite of a few of these symptoms. I’m 16 and I’ve never had any dizzy spells though. I have a friend who is hypoglycemic and she gets really dizzy, which is why I never considered this an option. I have dealt with depression for a few years now, rarely eating (preferring to drink things such as milk, pop, water, etc), constant headaches, always tired (even after sleeping for up to 8 hours), and I’ve also been recently having nightmares at least once a night. I don’t think this is exactly what I have but I was wondering if you could think of something else. Thank you.

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  20. ramjp

    I got a nutritionist and tried any ways to reduce sugar intake and restrain myself from additives and chemicals. I got better a couple of months or so, then I slid back or got much worse than before. Now, I even have a trouble eating and digesting any food other than veritables and some fruits. My fatigue is terrible. After meal headache, dizziness, and dullness are crucial. My activities and daily performance are limited, spending on my bed all the time. Just surviving everyday and nothing else I can hope for.

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    • Christina

      I can totally relate to this, just existing in life, but not really having a life. They have not diagnosed my problem yet, but I am pretty sure it’s low blood sugars, as it hits worse at certain times of the day, when I eat I feel fine for a couple of hours and the same thing all over again, lightheaded, feeling axioms slightly dazed,tired, sometimes palpitations, internal tremors just in the morning, I could go on,

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    • jonathan

      Did you ever fix your problem ive had same symptoms after eating

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  21. Vanessa

    OMG I just found out their the The five-hour Glucose Tolerance Test, that i have this ,Anyways i have 20 of the 25 symptoms ,i cut out almost all my sugar intake (about 85%) and have been eating alot more fruits and changed my eating ,I all ready feel better not back to a 100% healthy but my headaches are only once twice a week compared to all day , daily from the time i get up to the time i go to bed , I was tired all the time ,I was told about 4 years ago i had mirgraines from a different dr ,I finely have a answer after being sick on & off for over 5 years now with the past 6 months being so very bad ,But i’am getting so much better since i found out !!I could eat a box of donuts and right after have 2 bags of gumie bears ,I craved sweets so bad i would throw fits if someone ate my sweets ,I’M ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL HEALTH praise the lord !!

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    • Vanessa

      P.S i was told to eat more carbs ,protein ,fruits ,& cut out the sugar & high does of caffeine ,But i see everyone is cutting out carbs ??any advice would be greatly appricated thanks

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      • Kate

        Vanessa – watch the fruit, some can be very high in sugar and cause insulin spikes. Best to stick with berries (if tolerated). I read women can be more reactive to fruit than men.

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  22. elizabeth

    ok well the people in my life think its all in my head. I shake internally sometimes, I fell tired around noon every day, but the worst problem I have is I feel high. I cant remember things very good. And here recently I feel woozy every time I get up out of bed in the morning.I went to the dentist and I feel dizzy if I put my head on the chair while its being lowered. I juice in the morning, {beats, spinach, carrots, ginger root,apples, and cucumbers}. and for lunch I have a fruit smoothie{ frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, frozen banana,almond milk, and 1 scoop of a protein shake. For dinner I usually eat 6 ounces of meat and 4 ounces fresh veggies, but sometimes i cheat and eat what everyone else is eating. I am so upset that I have decided to juice at night to and see if cleansing my body for 15 days will help. I have only been experiencing the dizziness for about 3 months and the disoriented feeling happens after I sleep and usually only last a couple of hours but today it has lasted since last night. I hate this feeling and just want to feel better ps I dont have health ins, please any advice would help or am I just crazy. I have also been having really bad mood swings.

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    • Alisha

      Sometimes you can do TO much cleansing and it can throw your body off. I ended up with severe vertigo one day after juicing to much. (I know it was from that because my body emptied -everything- super cleanse in a bad way style).
      Also tired and dizzy was the beginning of a stomach infection that took a year for drs to diagnose. Look up H Pylori symptoms and see if you have the majority of those. It’s worth looking into.

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    • Angela

      I’ve come to believe everyone’s diet requirements are different based off their blood type. There a book out about it. Sorry dont remember the name. I went vegetarian for a few years and almost killed myself. Literally. I have to have protein. Sounds to me like you may be the same.

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      • Angela

        Oh btw, I fully recovered when I went back on meats.

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  23. Tanya

    Hi, every now & then this is what happens: All of a sudden I feel starving, sick, weak, it feels like my blood is draining, my palms itch & I have to eat immediately, I always choose a banana, could this be hypoglycemia?

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  24. Hannah

    I have been trying to eat low carb the last couple of weeks but i’ve been getting awfully sick withing the hour after eating. I get itching/prickling feeling…horrible heart palpitations, anxiety, pains in my arms and numbness. After a trio to my doc, urgent care and the ER they tell me they can’t find anything wrong. I’m also drinking a ton and and not peeing as much as usual. At night sometimes I feel like i’m not going to wake up my heart is beating so odd. I just finally broke down and ate a few slices of apple and some peanut butter and a juice box to see if that would make me feel better but it really hasn’t. I have done low carb many times with no issues. I’m 30 and have two small kids and am so tired of being sick and having this anxiety like I could die at any moment. They keep suggesting I have stress related anxiety but my life is wonderful and I am very laid back…not worried about anything. Has anyone else had the feeling they were retaining fluids or numbness in arms? Because this usually hits after eating I have to believe it is reactive hypoglycemia. I’ve been eating so great these last few weeks…very clean lots of veggies and grass fed meats… figured after a couple weeks I wouldn’t feel like this anymore and my body would adjust but it hasn’t.

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    • Alisha

      Could be a stomach infection. Look up symptoms of H. Pylori.
      I had severe anxiety for over a year while they tried to find out what was wrong with me and it turned out(after seeing a naturopath of course) that it was a stomach infection.
      It’s a lot more common than it used to be. :/

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    • Christina McCarty

      Sounds like high blood sugar. Check with your doctor for an ac-1 test.

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    • jonathan

      Ive been going threw it for 7 months did you ever figure out what it was its really scary ive been on strict chicken veganase and garlic chicken salad diet for 3 months and i feel tons better but if i slip up and have coconut water with natural sugar it feels like i cant breath and my heart starts beating fast and i get spleen pain let me know if you find any answers.

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  25. Carol

    Recently, I stopped eating carbs to get rid of loads of symptoms.
    Last night I though “what the heck” and ate white bread.
    I had an awful nightmare.
    So I Googled carbs and nightmares this a.m. and found this forum.
    Good luck to everyone switching to a more Paleo diet.
    It is not easy for some of us; it is worth it.

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    • Hannah

      Carol-

      I have been doing low carb on and off many years. Whenever i’d eat something off the diet I would have the most dreams and sleep like I was in a coma. Every time!

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  26. Gigi

    All these signs are me. I was recently put in zoloft ange hate the way I feel.

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  27. john ridgway

    I have had this for at least 15-20 years. Most doctors feel its diabetes, problem is I never have failing blood sugar counts on any blood test. Most of the time you must be in his office during an attack to note the sugar count. I’ll get headaches, uneasy feeling, tremors, heart feeling funny, hunger, weak spells, muscle aches, pretty much everything on the list. Finally I know what it is and can treat it, my problem is if I eat that way it solves one problem and creates others. How do I deal with the hunger and hunger headaches from the bland light weight diet?

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  28. Angela Renee Paschall

    I have all the symptoms above.I’m eating sweets constantly I crave it my body does.crying often I just assumed I was just upset about everyday thngs.I get weak sweeping the floor.I have to push through that when I’m at work.its to the point I have to lay down because I’ll shake so bad n get cold sweats I have to stop.blurred vision bad I assumed I needed glasses.its so bad at times I cant focus or see nothing but shapes
    I have a history of dibetics in my family.no sex drive I just rather not.I was wondering what was going on with my body.I understand and will have to make an appointment for the doctor asap.I don’t sleep I’m up for at lea st two days strait without any sleep.unless I take a sleepaid.its nerve wracking now.I need some help fast.this reall helped me

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    • Oleg

      Hi, I have same simptoms so was wandering if you you ever figure out what was wrong. Thanks

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  29. Laura

    I have heart palpitations, a fast heart rate especially when drinking alcohol or coke, feeling tired and week, insomnia and when I do sleep bad nightmares, I crave sugar more than ever and putting on weight. Im also having thrush most of the time. I I’ve been to the doctors about a diabetes test which they took and they have said I don’t have it. Is there a possibility it’s down to being hypoglycaemic? Thanks, Laura h

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  30. Tina A.

    I have had blurred vision and dizzy spells for the past two weeks. Do I have high blood sugar?

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    • Ted

      It’s possible. Could you get it checked by a doctor? Anything that persists for two weeks should be examined by a physician.

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  31. Kathleen

    Allergies and internal trembling listed twice

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  32. Joey

    I have panic attacks, feelings of dizziness, head aches, I feel really bad after eating sometimes. I can hardly work because I feel week and dizzy and tired. I have felt bad for years people say im craxy but I feel horrible. Im scared people wont care and ill end up dying or something. Sugars make me feel bad, but the next day not right when I comsumes them. I have asked and dont everything. Please help

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    • Jeff

      I feel exactly the same way. You are not alone. I can totally relate.

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    • Daniel

      I can also relate. Have been dealing with these symptoms all my life on and off. They got worse after high school and escalated in my late 20s.

      Doctors tried to mitigate symptoms with anti-depressant drugs. Then, I suffered a stroke (about a week before my 30th birthday) about two years ago and the symptoms have intensified. I’ve been in the emergency room several times in the past year as well as visiting urgent care –and visiting regularly with my primary care physician. I recently lost my job because I was unable to perform as I have previously (being unable to think clearly, or rather, feel normal long enough to make deadlines, makes it awful hard to focus when you are a programmer– especially since I was also dealing with anxiety fueled panic attacks).

      I sometimes think I’m going crazy. Doctors have not been able to pinpoint my issue. Just yesterday, I was once again describing how I was feeling to my in-laws and they suggested I use their blood glucose tester. I had just eaten a heavy meal an hour or two prior, but I was at an 82 reading. I drank a sugary soda and started feeling better so I went to bed (levels went up to 110). I woke up in the middle of the night with the usual symptoms and ate some caramel candies and was able to sleep again. (At least I found something that will help me sleep, I guess.)

      Today I’ve tested myself several times when I’ve started to feel glittery, achy, tingling, and even experiencing trouble breathing. Each time I do, my sugars are crashing.

      I’m just trying to figure out what I should be eating to help the symptoms, because as it stands I’m feeling quite desperate to never feel this way again. My health has been my nemesis for too long. So frustrating!

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      • Daniel

        Wanted to note that at least for me, whenever my sugars crash, the last thing I want to do is eat. Especially something sugary.

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      • Angela

        I’ve read cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar. Maybe read up on it.

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    • Christina

      You are definitely not alone, I have been feeling horrible for months and months now, but doc can’t seem to diagnose me, my fasting bloods are fine, and I always seem to feel fine when I’m getting them done, I really need to be there when I’m having an attack which is about two three times a day. I really know how you feel

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  33. justine2222

    Hi Connie,

    Please help!!!!! I have a long story that has led me to discovering i have hypoglycemia.

    i am 22 years old, when i was 18 i became a gym junkie, working out 5/6 days a week, was at university – had probs with anxiety, was eating OK – not nutritious enough. Anyway, when i was 20 i got glandular fever (mononucleosis), not knowing – i thought i had a flu and continue working out, clubbing, going crazy (what us youngens do)….then it developed into post-viral fatigue. ANYWAY, im 5ft 10 and when a gym junkie i weighed around 81kgs… after having glandular feverand chronic fatigue i put on 10ish kgs.

    So when i was working out when i was 18 i was ignoring my dizzy spells, anxiety, depressing times, lack of concentration or focus, foggy brain, etc etc – because i was so obsessed with wanting to lose weight.
    now since having chronic fatigue in 2009 i have been trying to recover – first it was naturpathy and since has been trying to eat healthy, although i have the biggest sugar crashes and need to eat and end up binging and get into a pattern like this.

    ANYWAY sorry im babbling. point is, every time ive tried to incorperate exercise (gym workouts, running, aerobic classes etc) i lose a few kgs…and as SOON as i dont go to the gym i put on that weight plus more! i got up to 98 kgs 2 months ago. i went to italy and in 2 weeks of being there i lost 7.5 kgs? thats without doing exercise and eating white bread, sugars etc. THIS MAKES NO SENSE TO ME. what the hell am i doing? I dont know how I can lose weight, not die from trying to do low-carb diets, (ive tried carb-protein small portions, no refined sugar diets – and i DONT LOSE WEIGHT!)

    i also have so much retained fluid. im just fed up and the doctors give me NO help with losing weight. i exercise – crash and burn – i diet – i crash and burn.
    I am currently about 93kgs and im scared to start exercising again as i seemingly pUT ON weight when i do exercise unless im doing a low-carb diet & exercise.

    Any help would be amazing!

    thank you thank you.

    Justine

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    • Anne

      Your stressing out way too much about it. Make healthy eating a life style change gradually don’t just stop everything all at once. Continuously make changes until your lifestyle ends up the way it needs to be. Stress will make woman gain and retain weight.

      All of these systems are the same exact symptoms for many other things… 1,000’s of other things. People should not get worked up so much the medical care industry wants to pump you full of drugs so that you can be a repeat customer. Medical care at the end of the day is a trillion dollar business. Fruits, nuts, and veggies should be primary portion of diet including lots of water. Dehydration can cause tons of side effects. You should be drinking lots of water daily. Then meats should be second primary food group if any at all. Steer clear from pork. Steer clear from most dairy or eat very small amounts but work your way up to it if your a dairy and pork addict. Pork is THE MOST UNHEALTHIEST MEAT you can eat, salty fatty and horrible. Stick with fish and chicken turkey etc. most seafood are bottom feeders, shrimp lobster, catfish… Their purpose on Earth is to clean garbage so was pigs. You are what you eat. Red meat is second most unhealthiest meat on the planet. Water, nuts, fruits, grains, poultry and fish and that is all you need to survive.

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  34. Jason

    I think I could have hypoglycemia but my main concern is the seizures I have. I also have mood swings & other small symptoms but again my only concern is to stop having seizures. I only have them at night & I’ve been given EEG’s & MRI & they were negative. So what should I do?

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  35. Brian

    Thought I would point out that you only have 24 symptoms listed (Allergies is listed twice…)

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    • Tom

      I noticed the same thing, plus internal trembling is listed twice as well so it’s a list of 23 symptoms.

      This article does have helpful information, but really should be edited.

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