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I collapsed yesterday about 20 mins after eating. Legs started to shake and then went weak, my vision got tunnelled and blurry and next thing I knew I was holding myself off the floor by holding the counter- barely but with all my might. My legs were shaking like a character out of a cartoon.
I was going down.
Luckily, Rich saw me and got me in time to help me get to the other room before I passed out. But before I did, I was dreaming while still awake! Never done that before. I woke up 12 hrs later. Very frightened and found Rich especially so. I was still in a fog, very groggy and weak. My usual CFS state on waking.
This wasn't the first time. This has been going on for a while these last few years. As a matter of fact I remember the embarrassment of school assemblies and pageants where I woke up in the school office. They always blamed me for not eating breakfast- but I did and the kids in my class would wait greedily for the next show. At summer camp one year, I was the girl "in heat" because I fainted on a hot day in the sun in front of everyone- after breakfast.
My dad was a doctor. My step father was a doctor. They tested me for Hypoglycemia but nothing.
But never for Reactive Hypoglycemia. This is what I have!
I'm not pre-diabetic as most doctors want to tell me. My sugars are in range. I have a rare situation that often goes undiagnosed.
After eating food, usually high in sugar or carbs the insulin rushes in to lower the blood sugar but does it too quickly and too much. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hrs for this reaction to occur. Like a diabetic overdosing with an insulin shot it leaves the blood sugar levels too low and needing more sugar, to the point where you can't even think, the brain is literally starving for sugar. It can slur your speech, blur your vision, mess up your thinking and slip you into a coma. It also can be fatal. It mimics all the other symptoms of CFS. And fatigue and adrenal weakness are the precursor to FM, which many people with RH also have.
Could it be? I'm trying not to get my hopes up. This is much easier to manage and resolve.
This makes so much sense in retrospect. Before I became ill, I worked long hours and went without food until I felt too sick not to eat. Then I ate almost in a frenzy as if I would die if I didn't ( and I could have) and went more long hours until the next time. When I first became really ill, I slept almost full days at a time and could not eat because I was so sick and weak. When I'm nauseous or tired, I can't eat. I go to sleep for long periods of time and wake up nauseous and exhausted again. Cortisol spikes, heart palpitations, adrenals kick in. If I eat, I just feel sick but the body is screaming for carbs, which starts the cycle again.
This explains why I have never felt well after juicing. I never understood before. Now it makes sense. Also explains the disaster that was the Master Cleanse. I did the same thing: felt ill, couldn't drink the juice and went long sleeping periods between "meals," until I collapsed and quit with processed carbs.
So this I can mananage. I need to transition slowly to food every 3 or 4 hours and keep the fiber and some minimal fats in play until I get better adjusted. I'm going to need to set an alarm! No juicing yet. But I'm excited!!
This is the perfect time to get going on detoxing and rebuilding!