I consume very little sugar--I stick to my protein forward way of life pretty well. The couple of times I've had a little something, it makes me feel sick--usually GI sick, so I stay away from it.
Sunday, I went to a performance and I decided to have a Mocha. Then I had a handful of skittles. About 30-45 mins later I had the overwhelming feeling of being drunk. I honestly felt buzzed, dizzy, and couldn't focus. Then I broke out in a cold sweat.
I am not diabetic. This is the only time I remember having candy since before my surgery. Or was it the sugar+caffeine combo? Should I be freaked out? What happened?
If nothing else, another reminder to stay on the straight/narrow!
I've never dealt with RH so I have no personal experience, but I believe some folks here who have RH keep a glucose meter on hand. Looking at your blood sugar during an episode, versus fasting sugars, may be able to help figure out if it's really RH.
If in doubt, check with your doctor next time you're in the office! :)
Sounds like dumping to me. It has only happened to me a few times. The first was when I ate some organic baby yogurt (before I learned to read labels) which turned out to be loaded with sugar. I jumped in the car right after and almost wrecked my car.
I think you are on the right track, just stay away from it. Further out you will not receive the benefits of dumping as your body adjusts.
Definitely sounds like RH - Reactive hypoglycemia. I hate that worse than dumping. ugh. Please be careful. Very low blood sugar due to RH can lead to many bad situation, including passing out or brain seizures.
Imagine driving a car when things like that happens? casing an accident? ugh.. Knowing that I could prevent that by not eating sugary snacks. Scary stuff.
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Thank you. I'm very glad I wasn't driving at the time. It came on very fast, without warning--and I don't think I could have driven.
Now that I can understand, I agree--def not something to mess with. I have tried to be so good, and I just didn't think this time. Honestly, didn't think I was susceptible to this? I'm a little amazed how strongly my body reacted. Scary, but a good reminder to stay vigilant.
Could very well be RH. If you consume very little sugar then that Mocha and handful of skittles could be a MAJOR shock to your system. Not sure where you got your mocha, or how big it was, but to give you an idea, a 16 oz Mocha from Starbucks has 35 grams of sugar! That handful of Skittles could easily have had another 10+ grams of sugar (there are 42g of sugar in one packet of Skittles).
My point is that if you normally keep your sugar low, I would think you rarely consume more than 5g-10g at a time, and that Mocha and Skittles could easily have been 45g++. That could be quite a shock to the system and is certainly enough to make you feel really, really bad.