Just diagnosed with Diabetes also severe dizziness

HI. I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am not happy about this at all. But worse, I have been having severe dizziness and weakness. Is this a part of the diabetes?? I just want to feel better. I want to exercise but I cant because of the dizziness. When I drink coffee it gets 10 times worse. I started my medication for diabetes and starting checking my blood sugar. I am over weight. Which is why this probably happened. But I also have Gastroparesis and ibs-d so who knows why I got it. My cholesteral is high and I am at risk for a coronary. I am basically just scared.

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The severe dizziness & weakness could come from low blood sugar, the hypoglycemic end of diabetes. I don't have diabetes but I am hypoglycemic (been so for nearly 30 years) & caffeine makes me worse too. It's become a little more difficult to deal with since I got the GP since the diet to keep my blood sugar level was high protein-high complex carbs & I can't do the complex carbs any more without severe pain & bloating. But I've learned to deal with it in the past year (since the GP diagnosis).

If you're shaky & weak right now, you need to eat an easily digestible sugar, without caffeine in it (caffeine just makes the whole episode come back in two hours) . Juice is good. or suck hard candy. Also, drugstores sell tubes of glucose that are good for emergencies. You also need protein to keep it from happening. Try to have a protein every time you eat something (eggs, yogurt, poultry or fish, peanut butter, low-fat cheese. If you can't eat, then put whey powder or soy protein in whatever you're drinking.) Eventually, keeping a constant level of protein in your system will get rid of the shakiness & weakness.

But watch it, when I'm shaky, I want to eat everything in sight & that's not good for the GP or my weight & I can't imagine that it's good for diabetes either.

You ought to ask your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist/dietician to help you learn how to eat for all of this in the most healthy & safe way possible.

Hang in there. Once you get it sorted out how to eat so as to control the shakes, you'll be able to exercise. Just start with walking. Even 30 minutes a day makes a big difference over time.

You'll be in my prayers.

Jo

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OOps, Sorry LA girl, I didn't see that it was you. I thought it was someone new. The info still applies but I know you can't eat, concentrate on protein in liquids & on decaffienating yourself, okay? And get some of those tubes of glucose from the drugstore for when the shakes are real bad, the gel form can be squeezed inbetween the gums & the teeth & absorbed into the cheeks & raises your blood sugar which will get rid of the shakes. But long term, protein is better, safer.

You're still in my prayers. I know you'll figure it out. You're one of the most resilient people I've ever "met". I respect you greatly.

Jo

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Hey LAgirl, I just read your post and I am sorry to hear you are so ill. The dizziness can be two things, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or reaction to metformin. The first thing you need to know about diabetes is - It is a new lifestyle, If we can't change our eating habits by not eating sugary food it just goes on bad to worse. I too was overweight, in a few months I've lost 30 because of the GP. My doc explained it this way, the vagas nerve is irritated by sugar or spicy foods, it then triggers the stomach to act dead or paralyzed. The food just sits there making you throw up or just horrible nausea. Some people get something called bozoars, that's food that sits until it becomes a solid mass and the docs have to remove it. Yuko! Please take care of yourself because diabetes causes so many other problems. Stay away from sugar, cereals, pastries, cake,pies, limit your carb and eat lean protien in at least 1 meal a day. I couldn't believe what happened to me, at least now I can eat in the GP diet. Drink lots of water or tea, no carbonated pop diet or not. Also do whatever makes you happy both diseases cause depression. You will lose weight now without even trying you will notice more and more food bothers you. Fate dealt us a lemon so it's time to make the best darn lemonade. I've had to buy all new clothes nothing fits, and I get compliments all the time now. They call this the invisible disease and that is so true. Because I don't want to or dwell on eating like I used to, I now have time to sew,garden, go dancing but only for a short time, I walk very slow and have discovered wildlife all around me. I hope this will encourage you in every way to prosper even with diabetes and GP. Remember we have Diabetes and GP - It doesn' t have us. Best wishes for good health to you.

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Hi Jo Allison,
My blood sugar has not been that low. In the 100's is as low as it gets. The highest has been 151. So I guess its really not that bad. I think I figured out where the dizziness is coming from. Medications. Not the diabetes one, but from my heartburn med. Hopefully the dizziness will go away in a couple days. I have stopped taking it. I don't have the shakes at all. Just headache, dizziness, and fatique. Which is what that medicine can cause. Boy meds can sure mess you up can't they. I don't plan on letting this diabetes control me. It killed my dad. Well, I should say that he killed him. He didn't listen or do what he was told by doctors. Ive stopped eating sugar foods. I have went to sugar free foods with low carbs. Luckily I can still eat pasta, in small amounts. But I have noticed that my stomach is feeling empty more now and I get hungry more now. I sure hope some weight will drop cause of this!!! Ive been walking, and doing exercises at home, although it is really hard to right now with the dizziness!
Thanks for responding!
Trish

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Hi Gina,
Thanks for your post. My dad passed away in 2005 from complications of diabetes. It was his own fault. He didn't do what he was suppose to. Stopped taking his insulin, eating sweets, all that. I was always so angry with him for not doing it. I had to take him to his dialysis treatments 3 times a week. I saw him collapse many times. I am NOT going to let that happen to me. Like I told jo allison, My readings are in the 100's for low and as high as 150 for the highest. I don't have any shaking with this so I am convinced it is the heartburn med I am on that is causing this. And it was confirmed to me when I saw the side effects of the medicine. I want to lose weight so badly. This weight gain has caused a protruding disc in my back. Also I have ibs so I know it is good to exercise. I walked yesterday for a while and then went for a bike ride. My son and I walked our bikes over accross the street to where a convienece store was and aired the tires up, and then rode them back. My feet hurt, my legs really hurt when I got back, but I know it was good for me.
Hopefully I will be able to do it more.
Thanks for your post. It was helpful.
Trish

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The dizziness can definitely come from the diabetes if your blood sugar is fluctuating a lot or staying low from the medication. But also, you may be having some autonomic dysfunction which is common in diabetics. I don't have diabetes but I have autonomic neuropathy and dizziness is a daily part of my life. Good luck and make sure you get up slowly! ;)

Mimi

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Trish:

I also saw that you said that your blood sugar does not go that low. However, if it drops by a lot or quickly, even if it does not go "low," it could still cause dizziness. For example, if your body was hanging in there with a blood sugar of 175 and then you take the medication and you quickly drop to 100, then that will surely make you dizzy!

Mimi

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Hi Novagrad,
Thanks for the information. I don't know what is causing this but the dizziness is still very bad. So are the headaches. Especially today. I am seeing my doctor in the morning. It just makes me think that it is the heartburn med. It was generic zantac and it said it has side effects of what I am having. a few weeks ago I was on prilosec otc and I was feeling great! I was walking alot and starting to feel so good. Then I tried to fill another refill and my insurance wouldn't cover it. They said I had to try these other two first. And that is when the dizziness started. And the headaches and weakness to. I hope my doctor can figure out what is causing this.
Thanks
Trish

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Hi Trish,
Sorry to hear that you are feeling so bad. I have diabetes but I don't have the dizziness but I do have very bad headaches but I think it is mainly from meds.
You can get your doctor to write out an authorization for the medication that made you feel good and hopefully your insurance will cover it.
Take care,
Frances

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Did you know that you can get Prolosec over the counter? It's called Omeprazol. I take it every day. The cheapest place to get it is Walmart. I think I pay about $16 for a pack of 48. Hope this helps.

Gajudy

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Hi Frances,
I saw my doctor yesterday and it is something with the inner ear. I started doing laying down exercises to cure it. They say it usually clears up on its own. But I dont want to wait that long! I started doing them yesterday, but I don't feel any better yet. I hope I do soon. How are you doing?
Thanks
Take care,
Trish

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Hi Gajudy,
Thanks for the info but I can't afford to do that. I hope my income will improve someday, but for now I have to rely on insurance.
Thanks
Trish

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Don't forget with prolesec or the over the counter version to take vitamin D and calcium suplements. I talked to my doctor about taking it for a long period of time and it has proven to cause osteoperosis. I know its a pain to keep adding pills to the so many all of us already have to take. But just to help you be a little bit healthier as you get older it is a good idea!

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Hi LAgirl, sorry to post so late. I am so glad to hear you are being proactive in your health. Stopping one pill at a time to see if that is the culprit, is exactly what I would do. Good luck with that, try elevating your legs at night, it might be water in your legs that's causing the pain. I will keep you in my prayers. I'm at the right weight now - stopped losing on the GP diet.
I always wanted to lose weight and when I did it was so fast it scared me. As you read posts from all our friends you will see each person is different and your diet will change as you react to food. It seems we all adapt to our own personal diet, I'm doing good with digestive enzymes and I take betaine Hcl only when I eat meat. GeorgiaCath turned me to that and it works for me. No more Reglan, they took me off it. Happy Days and keep us posted on how you are doing.

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I'm glad that you found out about your inner being the culprit. My husband had something similar not long ago. He actually had blurred bision & dizzy spells. His doctor sent him to physical therapy where they taught him those laying down, sitting up exercises. His ears had bothered him for a long time & he'd seem several specialists trying to get to the bottom of it until the inner ear diagnoses. It was like magic! Finally the symptoms are gone! I hope it's going to work that way for you too.

Jajera.. Thanks for the info about calcium & vitamin D. I had forgotten about that. I'll get back on the extra calcium.

Love & prayers all. Gajudy

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Hi Gina,
Thanks for your post. Unfortunately I am still not feeling well. Still very dizzy. I start physical therapy for it next week. I pray I don't have to live like this much longer. I have lost 5 pounds! This happened through changing my diet. I am sure I am losing more to cause I am exercising. Well, when I am not to dizzy. Glad you are doing good with those aids.
Trish

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Gajudy,
I have to ask. Those treatments your husband took for the ear, were successful?? I am still incredibly dizzy and having headaches to. Did he also have headaches? It is impossible to do anything like this. I am starting the exercises in therepy on tuesday for this. I am already there anyway for my back, so the same therapist is going to do these. I sure hope they work. Ive been doing some on my own that my doctor gave me, but no luck. Not working at all. About how long did it take for your husband to feel undizzy?? I am just courious .. ive been living with this for so long now I am starting to get used to it, but I dont want to, I want it gone!
Thanks,
Trish

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Trish, my husband just did those excercises at PT & the doctor massaged his temples in the office. He started to notice less blurred vision within a couple of weeks. The doctor had mentioned "crystals" in his inner ear. I was puzzled by that one. I'm sorry that you're still having problems with being dizzy. That's a horrible feeling. hopefully they'll be able to help the problem when you see your physical therapist.

How are your blood sugars doing? I discovered my diabetes just after my 35 year marriage ended... from the stress I believe. The Candida is raising cain with my sugars. Any infection can do that. Otherwise, my blood sugars run low...80 to 90 for fasting.....110 to 120 after a meal.

I'm hoping your dizziness starts to get better this week. I'll be thinking of you. Don't give up on the therapy. It took at least 2 years & at least 3 specialists to try to figure it out for my husband. I checked his blood sugars so many times thinking he may be diabetic, but we finally got the right diagnoses. I'm glad you found out early on & didn't have to go thru all that he did.

Love & prayers, Gajudy

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Hey LAgirl, just a shout out to see how you are doing? Are you still dizzy? Let us know how things are progressing in your world. God Bless You and Hang in there. Gina

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Hi Gajudy,
Thanks for the reply. I can't believe your husband suffered for that long. It is miserable. I was so dizzy this morning when I got up I had to lay back down after I took my son to school. But that was a mistake. I got a horrible headache, which I still have. I am glad I start the therapy for it tomorrow. I hope it works.
My blood sugars are actually doing well. Fasting is around 110 or under and after eating around 120. So that is good. I have blurred vision to, and I am trying to figure out where it is coming from. Ive had it for the longest time. I was taking reglan for gastroparesis and I quit it cause my vision was so messed up. I thought that was the cause. But it wasn't. Ive been off of that now for months. So it's either the diabetes or this ear thing.
Thanks for writing. Hope you are well.
Trish

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