Just a little update on my recent health issues, since I know a few people from “real life” want to know, and a few of you from the blog world have been offering your thoughts, advice, and prayers. (Thanks to all of you for that!)
To recap: for the past few months I’ve felt dizzy almost all the time. Turn my head, dizzy. Stand up, dizzy. Not bad, just annoying. Then, after I ate I would get this weak, shaky, sort of foggy headed feeling that lasted for hours. All coupled with often times having barely enough energy to get through the day. My regular doctor did some blood work. (I’ll recite some numbers here that mean almost nothing to me, but I trust they are abnormal.) My insulin levels were 42, well over the “normal” of 17. Fasting blood tests came back within normal ranges, and I rarely felt bad before I ate anyway.
So off I went to an endocrinologist and a nutrionist. It was speculated, and not altogether ruled out, that I have “reactive hypoglycemia”, a condition in which my pancreas over produces insulin after eating. This can largely be controlled with diet. So, for the past three or four weeks, I’ve been eating almost no carbs, no sweets, and lots of proteins and vegetables. I feel a lot better, but my blood glucose levels are still often rather low. (in the 40s and 50s.)
More tests were done. Something about cortisol (a hormone that has something to do with energy and blood sugar levels) came back “off” just slightly. So I spent all of this morning at the Cancer Center (how’s that for a scary phone call–“Report to the Cancer Center tomorrow at 9, sir.”) being poked and prodded and injected with cortisol to test how my body reacts to it. That test will either point to a cause or rule it out. If it rules it out, I have to travel to Charleston, SC to see yet another specialist and have yet another battery of tests done.
So, basically, I know nothing. I feel slightly better overall..but today, after a lunch that should have made the dietician happy, and after being pumped full of cortisol (which, I understand, should have RAISED my blood sugar levels) I feel like shit and my blood sugar is at 60 an hour and a half after I ate. (Should be closer to 140 after meals, and around 70 after fasting).