1. Jessica Elmore Jessica Elmore United States says:

    I'm so happy to have found others like me! I had gastric bypass in 6/06 went from 400lbs to 240lbs & got pregnant. I was feeling lightheaded, dizzy, lips tingling, tongue going numb, etc. 6/07 I got up in the middle of the night sweltering, disorinated & wanting a drink. I remember waking up on the ground which we all chalked up to being pregnant & the hot summer but it never happened again. When my daughter wasn't even a year old in 7/08 45mins after eating a wholesome meal my blood sugar plummeted while shopping with my daughter. It was caught on survailence I had a grandmal seizure; I am not epileptic. Paramedics tested my blood sugar it was 22! I was stripped on my license, had to battle with the department of motor vehicles, have countless test & see a neurologist. Life has continued to be one battle after another. My sugar drops almost on a daily occasion. About six months back I woke up to get a drink & use the restroom, I felt like I was spinning & falling. I yelled out to my fiance who got to me just as I fell delirious. Two weeks ago while on vacation in NYC less than an hour after eating a wholesome meal I felt "the symptoms" & told my fiance to hold on I needed to take some glucose tabs. I apparently got two in my mouth before having a seizure with my eyes in the back of my head, my limbs constricted & gurgling. Paramedics said the glucose tabs saved my life & I escaped with only a broken rib & mass bruising from falling. I'm trying to make it thru the days until I can see the endocrinologist now still dealing with low sugar (was just 41 after having soup & sandwich for lunch) while being a Mom to two autistic toddler children ages 3 & 5 & having panic attacks every time I feel the slightest sign. I cry all the time as secretly as I can not to alarm anyone but I'm terrified. I don't want my children to see their mother collapse, seize or die. I feel so alone, I'm getting afraid to go anywhere alone or even otherwise. It just sucks!

    • deby simpson deby simpson United States says:

      Lost 125 lbs and met my goal weight.  Had very few complications after surgery except belching.  Was told I needed a hysterectomy because enlarged uterus and large fibroids.  I guess it was enlarged cause I was told it is normal to have a 2 lb uterus and mine was 6 lbs.  Weird thing though,  never had any problems with low blood sugar until 3 days after the surgery.  They absolutely refuse to believe the surgery had anything to do with it.  I believe now there is lots of room for everything else so it has room to travel faster.  With uterus in, everything was bunched up and tight.  So now I have hypo with the perfect diet of high grains and complex carbs.  I can be great for weeks and then all of the sudden, I feel different but can't explain it.  No symptoms before it hits and then sweats come and its almost too late.  Comes in just minutes and blood level is around 40.  What works food wise for diabetics throws me into hypo within 15 minutes.  It scares the crude out of you because it hits without warning and hard and fast.  I carry nut bars and glucose tabs wherever I go.  I feel for you all.  It can be intimidating and make you paranoid.  Don't give up though, just become more self aware and slow down to recognize the symptoms and always, always carry extra food, juice and glocuse tablets wherever you go. Exercise is important for control.  Just make sure that you check before, 10 minutes after and keep rechecking.

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