[IP] Glucagon / Hypo question
Here is a question that has perplexed me for some time now....
Maybe someone will know the answer....
Over my 22 years of dealing with Type I diabetes, I have had a handful of
what I would classify as "significant hypoglycemic episodes". Although I
have never lost consciousness, there have been a few occasions when my
blood glucose has been low for extended periods of time. Each one of these
episodes has lead to severe nausea and vomiting. My question is.... Was
this nausea/vomiting the result of the brain acting from low amounts of
glucose in the bloodstream, or was it a side effect of the bodies
increased glucagon production? (Prescription glucagon lists nausea and
vomiting as a common side effect). I have rarely seen nausea or vomiting
listed as a common symptom of hypoglycemia.
A couple of the individual episodes that I can remember:
1) In the early 90's I changed from beef source Ultralente insulin to
human source, but the doctor never told me that human was more potent.
Ended up waking up at noon one day with the taste of Christmas cookies in
my mouth. Poured myself three separate bowls of Lucky Charms when I
realized that something was wrong. I became so sick that I couldn't stand
up for 10 hours and vomited every hour. (Note: I never sleep past 8am, I
hate Christmas cookies, and I would never touch Lucky Charms).
2) In the late 80's I worked midnights on the sort isle at UPS while I went to
feeling a bit hypo, I tried to finish my shift because I had no change
for the vending machine. By the end of the shift, I could no longer
coordinate my legs via my brain. I was doing some weird dance in the sort
isle. 30 minutes later (after the end of my shift) I was in the parking
lot vomiting and vomited several times on the way home.
Was this a symptom of LBS or a side effect of naturally released
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