- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hi guys –
I’ve been struggling with this for many years, and very sporadically pre-pregnancy. Now that I’m pregnant and just had my first “episode” while pregnant, i’m sitting here at work crying feeling like a failure and not PHYSICALLY fit to carry a child for the next 8 months.
I haven’t been formally diagnosed, but I can only assume that it’s hypoglycemia because within 2-4 hours of last eating (reactive hypoglycemia, not fasting) I get the below symptoms and within 5-10 mins, maybe 15 if it’s severe or what I replenish with, I’m back to normal.
I eat well, or so I think. I’m not dieting, i’m pregnant. I’m health concious to an extent with my food choices.
I’ll start with what I had to eat today:
Cinnamon & Spice Oatmeal mixed with water, a glass of OJ mixed with POM juice
An hour after getting to work I ate cinnamon frosted mini wheats without milk (didn’t bring any this time).
I then had KIND Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with flax seeds, a handful…mixed with a piece of a banana (it ended up being too mushy)
at 10am I had an organic pumpkin seed and flax granola bar
then I had a small piece of chocolate (those mini chocolates)
I’ve had over a bottle and a half of water by this point
at around 11:45 I had about 5 whole wheat crackers with one laughing cow white cheddar wedge
then I drove to lunch…….11:55
By 12:08 I started to feel funny, like before my episodes usually happen…I didn’t feel tired, I just felt off…then I noticed I had palpitations and fluttering and heart skipping beats (I normally get these, but they are usually more constant when an episode hits)…my heart began to race and I felt tight all throughout my body trying to calm myself.
I then feel like I can’t gasp or get a good breath, or that my breathing isn’t enough, and my heart is pounding.
I try my normal calming techniques because I do have anxiety/panic and i’m overlooked often beause of it, but nothing worked..and it ALWAYS does, I’ve had anxiety and panic since I was 13, and I’m 28…I know the difference.
I then begin to dread having to walk into the pizzaria in fear of fainting or looking a fool. I felt confused and all over the place, I get inside and she tells me I need to get cash because they have a min $25 for orders…wow great, another obstical.
I go nextdoor and barely am able to work the ATM…i get the cash, and walk over again, I feel a sense of hurry like I need to get sugar/food in me ASAP. I also feel a huge urge to sit and/or lie down.
I get my sierra mist (i would normally just have water, but I needed a “quick fix”) and slurpped it down, I grabbed my pizza and walked to my car with jelloish feeling legs and heart still racing. I check my pulse int he car and it’s about 130.
I sit there, and calmly try to eat and ignore all of my symptoms, within 5 minutes I notice that my heart isn’t racing, it was down to 90…the tightness in my body was fading…and I wasn’t confused as much or had a feeling of death… (i know at this point it sounds anxiety related, because I do get that…but this felt different…it always does) I was able to drive the 15 mins back to work without an issue, and even hold a phone conversation with my friend.
so within 5-10 minutes of eating and drinking…I was back to almost normal.
It’s been about an hour and I still feel the lingering effects…I’m trying to cope. I feel like I’m doing something wrong…that I just wish I had an answer.
I’ve heard glucose testing is more for diabetes or fasting hypo…it’s not as valid for reactive which is what I feel I have.
I can deal with panic attacks, and I’ll tell you, i’ve had pretty horrible ones…but this is something I wish I never had to deal with.
I’ve told my GPlast Spring of this episode and she suggested to just bring snacks, and I do…all I do is bring snacks..and “EMERGENCY” snacks… if i don’t have a protein bar then it’s starbursts, if I don’t have those then it’s some other granola bar or peanutbutter.
Please help 🙁