Finally diagnosed yesterday...hypoglycemic?

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After 10 years of pain and strange symptoms they finally ruled out everything else, and after having 16 of the 18 trigger points hurt it was confirmed. I have had a messed up back for a long time DDD on 2 levels in my lower back with spinal stenosis and nerve impingement.....so I was already on most of the meds they give for Fibro.....suvh as Nueontin, flexeral, Vicodin, and Cymbalta last night she upped a couple meds and added amitriptyline to the mix for sleep. The most troubling thing lately has been my low blood sugar it landed me in the ER a few time dropped down to 31, and I almost passed out. Dr doesn't want me driving anymore because of these episodes she said 40% of Fibro patients have hypoglycemia anyone on here dealing with that?
 

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I'm a Type II diabetic. When I started the Neurotin, my blood sugars started going through the flor - though I can't say for sure if it's directly from the gabapentin (it is a potential side effect, google neurontin and hypoglycemia) or if it's because now that I'm feeling SLIGHTLY better, I'm somewhat less sedentary, and thus burning through glucose stores. If this neurontin was one of the meds that the doctor upped, that could be the culprit.

That said, there's no reason to stop driving. If it were that cut and dried, the vast majority of diabetics wouldn't drive (granted, it can be harder to get a commercial license). If you don't have one already, get a blood glucose meter. Use it, especially before driving. Use it after doing anything that's physically demanding. Keep glucose tablets on hand to treat a low if you go below 70. Personally, when I was able to drive, I wouldn't drive with a blood glucose below 90. If it was below 90 I'd take a glucose tablet and wait a few minutes (they are very rapid acting) before getting in the car.

Blood glucose only very rarely drops with exceeding rapidness, and is usually prefaced by physical exercise, having gone too long without eating, or after eating quick-digesting carbs (A phenomenon known as "reactive hypoglycemia").
 
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Thank you for your reply, I do have a family history with diabetes also I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant . Low blood sugar has been a issue for a few years, I do regularly test my glucose. I am very sensitive to carbs, when I eat them sometimes but not always I drop. I have taken to testing before I drive issue is when I drop I bottom out quickly, within a few minutes by the time is notice the signs it's sometimes too late to do anything but use glucose tabs or shots. I have been on Nuerontin for a few years now, but they did increase it lately however the episodes were happening before then,miso idk it may have a correlation. I have a feeling I am pre diabetic as most of my dads family has diabetes.
 

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I almost went in a coma so many times because of hypoglycemia; that is so frightening. I have been struggling with it for more than a year. Note that I am not a diabetic and is not at risk of becoming one. Non-diabetic hypoglycemia is difficult to treat especially in my country where there is no specialist for that. The symptoms are very irritating and frustrating. However I found out recently that because I am not diabetic I should not take in refine sugar because it makes it worse. You get a quick fix/high and then drops very low again. Natural sugar in fruits, oganic honey, complex carbs (not refined) will help. And also eat often. Carbs with gluten liike bread, cake, pasta, biscuits etc. should not be taken. Seek to purchase these products in the gluten-free section in the supper market. I wish there were gluten-free products in my country like in USA and CAN. FM patients should research the bad effects gluten have on their body and seek to strick it out from their diet. I am benefiting from a gluten-free diet for many years now.
 

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Hearing you and other people talk about about their pain makes me forget about mine because yours sound very very painful. I can only imagine what you going through, my fibro pains sometimes are so bad such that even going for long call because a problem. I do hope that with the medicine, at least you can find some relive.

Where I come from we "pole sana" which means am so sorry about you condition.
 
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