Symptoms for high and low blood sugars are a funny thing, aren’t they?
Some of us have them only when we’re low, some of us have them when we’re low and high and some of us don’t have them at all.
Some of us feel shaky and weak. Some of us feel thirsty and nauseated. Some of us have numb tongues. Some of us get silly like we’re drunk.
It’s weird, isn’t it?
I have been thinking about symptoms a lot lately, mostly because I seem to be spending quite a bit of time outside my target range. My symptoms of high blood sugar seem pretty textbook. I get really thirsty, like yesterday, when I had finished my third can of coke in an hour when I realized, “Hm, perhaps I should test…” and found myself floating away into the 300s. I also get nauseated, especially in the early morning when I have to go from no energy to high energy in order to get showered and dressed and packed within all too short of time because I have an inability to get up in the single digits.
This morning, when I woke up, I had an extraordinarily hard time getting myself out of bed. I ignored both my alarms and waited until literally the last second before finally convincing myself that I really really need to get up. My blood sugar was 341 mg/dl. I haven’t tested this theory yet, but I’m wondering if this is another symptom. If it’s true that when my blood sugar is high that I have a hard time waking up, this might actually help wake me up because I’ll know that my blood sugar is high and that I need to test and give a correction bolus.
My lows are bit strange, I feel. The only appropriate word I have found is: Painful. They hurt. A very strong ache in my hands and in my lower legs and feet. When I clench my fist, it hurts even worse.
In the middle of the night, the pain so intense I often find myself writhing in bed. I believe it’s worse at night because it takes more effort on my body’s part to rouse me out of my dead-to-the-world slumber, so I’m usually lower in the middle of the night than when I feel my lows when I’m awake.
I don’t remember lows always hurting. When I was younger, I certainly got very weak. I think I have always felt my lows, but I was also eight years old when I was diagnosed so I was much more aware of my own body and could communicate what was going on. I always assumed the older I got, the less sensitive I would be, but I find that isn’t the case for me. It seems that the older I get, the more sensitive I am, or at least, the symptoms themselves change in some way to make them more noticeable. Maybe someone should track this (though I certainly wouldn’t want it nominated for Scott’s Dumb Diabetes Research Award!). Also, if you could track something like symptoms and what happens physiologically, I wonder if there is some way you could trick the body into producing whatever it is again and make someone who is hypo-unaware aware again.
I’ll have to make more observations about my own symptoms, including my dawn hyperglycemia symptoms, before I’ll know for sure, but if you feel so inclined, leave a comment and tell me about your own blood sugar symptoms. I’m interested to hear about them.