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September 2, 2003

Diagnosis and Symptoms, Hypoglycemia

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I am a teenager. A while back my doctor told me I had low blood sugar, and I had an ‘episode’ at work yesterday. I was supposed to work 11 am to 3 pm in a grocery stores pharmacy. Around 12 noon my mother, who also works at the store, came over to me just after I served a customer. She asked me what I would like for lunch, and I told her nothing because I wasn’t feeling well (dizzy, light headed), I My mom felt my head and said I was a bit warm. I turned to walk away but turned back and my mom asked if I was feeling sick to my stomach. I said yes and then told her I felt I was going to be sick. As I left the pharmacy to go upstairs, but my mom grabbed a bucket and took me to the back of the pharmacy where there is a chair. As she was taking me back there I kept saying that my vision was blurry and I couldn’t see. So she sat me down, and I had sweat beads all over my face. She and she felt my head again, and I had very sweaty and clammy skin. The pharmacist had been in an aisle helping a customer so he did not see it happen. After I calmed down, people we’re trying to give me sugar. I went home at 12 noon and slept for a bit. After sleeping, I felt perfectly fine, a bit weak, but a lot better.

I then researched all about hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia on the Internet, and I found that there are 19 symptoms in total for those two things, and I have 12 of the symptoms. I found that there are seven symptoms of hyperglycemia and I have four, which are blurred vision (when standing up quickly), dry itchy skin, headaches, and I usually drink a lot. Also, my mom claims I urinate more than the average person(seven to eight times day; two just in the last hour!) In researching hypoglycemia, I found that there were 12 symptoms, and I had at the time of my incident at work when my blood level dropped too low (sweatiness, nausea, blurred vision, irritability, passing out, clammy skin, rapid heart beat, enlarged pupils), and also I felt a bit weak after waking up after a few hours.

After drinking 500 ml of Powerade (kind of like a thirst quencher drink) and 500 ml of pop, and cinnamon buns, I went over to my friend’s house. He has diabetes and he tested my blood, which was 6.0 mmol/L [108 mg/dl] (completely normal). So now everyone including my aunt whom is a nurse says I have hypoglycemia. If I have that, do I have to test my blood?

My friend who has diabetes said that carrying a ‘pen’ with pure sugar in it would be a good idea because I’ve had more than just that one time of that ‘incident’, but it wasn’t as severe. He says that if that had happened, and I fainted and could not help myself that someone could give me the pen shot therefore keeping me from slipping into a coma. I am visiting my doctor today, and I hope I am just fine! Please give me your thoughts on this.


From: DTeam Staff

You are correct to visit your doctor, and I hope that you are reassured.