Hypo's- How does it really feel?

@cryw0lf (1302)
United Kingdom
August 7, 2008 5:07pm CST
My mother has diabetes and i've always worried it could pass to me... I mean i practically get everything, asthma, depression, insomnia etc. But i was wondering what its really like to have a hypo. I've had a close experience of something that my mum described but the doctors told me it could have just been because i was ill. What is it really like? My mother says her eyesight can go and her head feels like it's swirling all over the place, she also describes a high amount on panic that rushes through her. She describes her experience exactly like mine was... how do people cope with this? It absolutely terrified me knowing i was alone locked in the bathroom... at 4am in the morning... Noone heard the bang (well my boyfriends step-dad did but ignored it assuming someone was just in the bathroom *a.k.a ME*) when i fell into the door... I'm not even sure thats what the bang was but it was the only explanation for when i came round. I've never shook in fear in my life, but when it happened i shook so badly i could hardly stand up, i had to hold onto everything to stop myself from falling over. How is your experiences? Is there anything you particularly feel? Or even before hand? My mother heard voices in her head once when she was sleeping... that woke her up... thankfully because she then had to call to me for help...
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@philjas (1134)
• United States
8 Aug 08
First, anyone can get a hypoglycemic attack, not just diabetics. I get them if I go too long without eating, though usually I only have minor symptoms, like a feeling of general shakiness and weakness, then I can eat something in time before it gets worse. Really you just feel weak all over, you might feel hot and sweat. Sometimes panic attacks that have nothing to do with your blood sugar feel like this too. My mom is diabetic and she gets hypos and she just has to eat something. She carries those little tablets that are made for diabetics and they usually work in 10 minutes or so.