- CASE FILE
I have symptoms of low blood sugar every 2 hours. Blood sugar isn’t low. Started 25 years ago. It is relentless. I’m not diabetic. Help.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In about 1991 I started having vague symptoms that mimicked low blood sugar. I went to my doctor who said you don’t have low blood sugar but didn’t know what was wrong with me. My physician said there were some things that we just can’t explain. So over the next years I learned that if I ate food, it made the symptoms go away for a while, but always come back. I changed doctors a couple of times due to insurance changes and moving geographically and the new one said you don’t have low blood sugar and don’t know what is wrong with you. In the early 2000’s I went to an endocrinologist which was unable to diagnose the symptoms and also said it was not low blood sugar. He did try to help by sending me to various physician specialties (Cardiology, sleep medicine doctor, psychiatrist and neurologist). None can explain the symptoms. The 1st endocrinologist did send me to some specialty Clinic to another endocrinologist in Birmingham AL that offered no diagnosis or treatment. After that I continued eating every 2-3 hours to make the symptoms go away for a while. I have tried to live with it through the years. As you can imagine, I gained a lot of weight and after a cardiac scare in the Emergency dept. I went to a dietician for help. So, now I’m eating smaller meals and therefore have these crazy symptoms about every 1.5 hours during waking time. The dietician said didn’t think my symptoms was my glucose levels. I did get my employee health doctor to refer me to a new endocrinologist in town and he ruled out low blood sugar but said I did have an elevated calcium. He did mention hyperparathyroidism. I eventually had a parathyroidectomy with no relief of symptoms. This “illness” is relentless. Thank you for any help.