Anxiety, Panic Attacks..Hypoglycemia

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by HeartsinOhio, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. HeartsinOhio

    HeartsinOhio New Member

    I posted my question about Panic Attacks and Depression being a part of Fibro? Well someone mentioned Hypoglycemia, and that is also something I had and still have, started in my teen years, around the time the Panic Attacks started. I still have Hypoglycemia and it is a major issue for me. Is Hypoglycemia something that goes hand in hand with Fibro?

    Prickles...thanks for explaining ME to me. You are a wealth of information.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/20/2007]
  2. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Hypoglycemia is more common in those of us with Fibro. As I read this, I was thinking about Devin Starlanyl's book. It is a great resource for all the symptoms that accompany Fibro.

  3. MsE

    MsE New Member

    Pattie, when I first came down with CFIDS I landed in the hospital. No one knew what was the matter with me until one day I almost passed out while standing at the nurse's station desk.

    Another nurse came running and, on a hunch, checked my blood sugar. No one had done that. I still remember her yelling "Get this woman some orange juice!"

    I was back in bed in minutes and hooked up to a glucose drip. That made me feel better than I had for months and months. Eventually I was sent home with a hypoglycemic diet and instructions to see a specialist in Seattle. Which I did.

    He said the hospital staff here in town were wrong, that I didn't have hypoglycemia, and that I was "just depressed." Oh, come on now! What an idiot!

    All I know is that I always always always carry some kind of food with me, something with protein. It has saved the day more than once.
  4. monicaz49

    monicaz49 New Member

    i have cfs/fibro and also hypoglycemia and general anxiety disorder. Are they all related ??? Who knows. My hypo started in late teens, anxiety in mid 20s...cfs severe around 29.
  5. roge

    roge Member

    definitely something going with our blood sugar and or insulin as I get hypoglycemia a lot, I have to continually eat or i should say "graze" like a cow

    of course 24 hr glucose tests always show squat but i heard glocose tolerace test will test for "reactive HG", never had this but why bother, will just tell me what i already know.

    I am curious though to know what my blood sugar actually is when I have not eaten for say 2 hours, maybe i will buy one of those blood sugar monitors....maybe it is actually ok, and there is some other reason for the HG symptoms, I suspect not though as I normally always feel better almost immediately after I eat.

    of course, you tell the endocrinologists this (even though you "technically" are ok on the 24 hour fast blood test for diabtetes and hypoglycemia) and they look at you like you are from mars, at which time I just want to slap them silly.

  6. pw7575

    pw7575 New Member

    You may have adrenal insufficiency and/or hypoglycemia.

    I have been suspecting a hormonal problem for about 5 months. Possibly adrenal fatigue but wasn't sure. Then I see this post and have seen others talk about hypoglycemia here on this board.

    I have wondered sometimes if I am hypoglycemic but never really investigated it. WELL I just took this hypoglycemia quiz on a website (

    My results showed a high probability of having hypoglycemia (although I am sure somewhat scewed because my CFS causes some of the same symptoms on the quiz).

    In my results it also said this could mean adrenal insufficency. That struck such a cord with me as I have been wondering about my adrenals AND did match the symptoms for hypoglycemia and was wondering why that would be.

    But it makes sense now since so many of us have adrenal insufficiency because of our illnesses. That would also then make sense why many here are hypoglycemic. So it is all coming together.

    Here is some info I saw on another site.


    Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) commonly occurs in Adrenal Fatigue due to the combination of low cortisol and high insulin levels during stress of any kind. Low cortisol levels lead to a slowing of glucose (blood sugar) production and high insulin levels lead to increased demand for glucose.

    This increased demand and decreased availability of glucose creates a state of hypoglycemia. As a result the body cells do not get the glucose and other nutrients they require. There is a very close relationship between adrenal function and blood sugar levels.

    THANKS!! Something click for me with this post.
  7. roge

    roge Member

    hypoglycemia more common for FM

    a theory as to why HG is common in FM , maybe as our muscles are continually working and contracting and requiring energy (ie. glucose) and thus less for our brains and why we need to continually eat and eat more than the average person.

    or possibly the whole endocrine system is out of whack due to the hypothalmus injury

  8. roge

    roge Member

    ya - read that too about adrenals causing HG

    not too impressed with my infectious disease dr., but at least he suspects as well and i am scheduled for a ACTH stiumlation test

    Believe this tests for addisons disease which is pathological adrenal insufficency which while good to know and rule out i just dont see it for me and likely most here. rather likely adrenal fatigue and why will likely get a 24 hr cortisol test from my other more alternative MD as i often feel better at night and have less HG, so could be my cortisol is peaking after 6pm, which also affects my sleep, as I know My HG and most other symptoms are definitely worse mid morning to late afternoon and could be due to low cortisol maybe

    other possibility is we are insulin resistant (likely applies to many other hormones too) and as a result our insulin spikes too high right after we eat, which caused blood sugar to fall to rapidly and causing HG and then eat again and the cyle repeats itself. of course key is to eat often and good balance of proteins and complex carbs and good fats....

  9. roge

    roge Member

    i think i got the insulin resisatnce wrong as blood sugar would rise not fall if that were the case, i believe i was having HG when i wrote that last post (he he), just ate some yogurt and now my brain is refuelled.

    i meant we could and likely have a problem with metabolizing carbs....and thus we just don't get the required glucose into our cells

    but who knows???, cmon researchers....hurry the h**l up!!

  10. pw7575

    pw7575 New Member

    Haha that is ok that you had a HG moment...glad the yogurt helped :)

    I agree that these researchers need to hurry the heck up. How is it that we are more up to date on many things than most doctors? It is crazy!

    It hasn't taken many of us much time to put two and two together and figure a lot of these things out.

    I agree though that you may not get results from the addisons disease test. When I was saying adrenal insufficiency I wasn't meaning addisons I was actually meaning adrenal fatigue. I guess I wasn't paying attention to that oops.

    I think for many of us that is the problem and is causing us the hypoglycemia problems. The only trouble with that is finding a doctor who will believe it and do the proper testing.

    I have the same problems that you described. My sleeping is affected and the times of day that I feel the best are at night etc.

    My doctor on Monday wouldn't even take my suggestion for me to see an Endocrinologist. Although I have a PPO so I don't need her referal. I can go see one anyways. Not that the Endo will believe that adrenal fatigue is my problem either. Hopefully I can find one who is open to the idea.

    I wish all the doctors would get on the ball!

    Take Care,
  11. Jordane

    Jordane New Member

    Hi Pattie,

    I have the opposite,Hyperglycemia,too much insulin in my body.

    Have had it for 20 some yrs.

    The anxiety,jitters,etc.Too much surgar makes me sick & v.tired.

    But; with CFS,Fibro,Enviro sensitivities. I am now sick & tired again.But ALL the time.

    You take Care!!
  12. monicaz49

    monicaz49 New Member

    My cortisol is very high. Not high enough to be diagnosed with cushings but very high. I too think the adrenals has something to do with it. But are burnt out adrenals an effect of cfs or the other way around

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