Aside from Conn's, hypoglycemia is a condition I was diagnosed with back in Baltimore several years ago when I was dealing with Conn's. The doctor who told me I had it didn't fill me in on all of the symptoms, he just kind of lumped them all in with Conn's and told me to always eat regularly if I felt weak or like I was going to pass out. He never went over all the other triggers, which could have saved me from some dangerous situations.
Once again, this is where you have to do your own research. I wish I had, but was so consumed with the problems I was suffering with Conn's, that I couldn't tell what symptom was causing what. Most doctors I saw thought Conn's was the culprit that was robbing me of stamina and doing strange things to my head. Things got so tricky with feeling horrible that I never looked into the fact that hypoglycemia could have compounded the symptoms of Conn's. Conned again, it seems.
The definition of Hypoglycemia is insulin shock or Low blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone that reduces blood sugar. It is produced by the pancreas in response to increased glucose levels in the blood.
Blood sugar below 70 mg/dL is considered low. Blood sugar at or below this level can harm you. And I am lucky to be alive after having some really scary episodes of this.
The most common causes of low blood sugar in people without diabetes are:
Insulinoma - a tumor in the pancreas, produces too much insulin Skipping meals Waiting to eat your meals, or eating at off times Exercising more or at a different time than usual Drinking alcohol
Symptoms you may have when your blood sugar gets too low include:
Double vision or blurry vision Fast or pounding heartbeat Feeling cranky or acting aggressive Feeling nervous Headache Hunger Shaking or trembling Sleeping trouble Sweating Tingling or numbness of the skin Tiredness or weakness Unclear thinking
Sometimes your blood sugar may be too low, even if you do not have symptoms. If your blood sugar gets too low, you may Faint Have a seizure Go into a coma
After finding a great doctor in Santa Fe, who has educated me, I am learning so much. I have had weird problems like: feeling like I'm going to pass out while driving, almost falling asleep sometimes when I've had plenty of sleep the night before, crashing big time after eating sugary foods, and feeling out of it sometimes after just a few sips of wine (this doesn't happen every time, but am noticing stress and lack of food can make it worse).
A genetic counselor believes my mother's side has a genetic mutation of the endocrine system as we all have auto-immune diseases including: diabetes, thyroid cancer, hyperaldosteronism (Conn's), Alopecia, Graves disease and Shingles.
I realize I have escaped some deadly situations. My diet is changing radically and I'm starting to learn so much more about my body, even after dealing with Conn's for so long.
If you suffer from hypoglycemia, I would be interested to know. I know since surgery, it has appeared more frequently, am unsure of the correlation with having only one adrenal gland.