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Usually, when I go low, I have no trouble eating (I'm the queen of the low-induced kitchen raid!). But twice in the last few days, I have had a "nauseous low," that is, a low blood sugar accompanied by extreme nausea. I had one yesterday and it nearly scared me to death. I was home alone and was so nauseous that I couldn't even fathom putting anything in my mouth. I was in the low 50s and dropping, and I knew I needed to eat something, but my stomach was so upset that I actually contemplated breaking out a glucagon kit and using it! I finally managed to choke down some juice, but I was so scared I was going to throw it back up (thankfully, it stayed down).

Does anyone else have this happen sometimes? Has anyone found something that works when they're in this scary low+nauseous state?

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That has happened to me twice. Once years ago I was in 5th grade class I was low and all I could do was cry. And just recently about 2 months ago I had been low the whole night and when I woke up I felt fine but as soon as I checked my sugar everything went grey and I started sobbing.. I think its weird too lol!!

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who cries sometimes during a low. I hate when I do that, but sometimes I'll just burst into tears for no apparent reason (other than having a BG that's like lower that 60). I hate that. It's always really embarrassing.

I mainly use regular Coke when I'm dropping fast or are really both cases, I don't feel like eating anything. The Coke works the fastest for me. I buy the little bottles and just keep them in various places.

Me too Putertech! And then I guard my stash from my family!

I don't get nauseate from lows but once when I was a kid (within the first year of diagnosis) I actually threw up during a low. It was horrible, but it's the only time it's ever happened. I think at the time my mom made me drink juice and may have used that nasty Insta-Glucose gel stuff. (I've used that since when I've had nothing else and I swear THAT in itself makes me feel sick!)

My best guess is that because it was during the first year and it was a fairly low-low, my body freaked out and pumped out a ton of glucagon which it can't as effectively since I've had thousands of lows and T1 for 20+ years.

I also get the migraine-like headaches after a really bad low. They are also horrible, but thankfully don't happen much now because I don't have super low-lows very often.

Honestlynot that I can remember having, I usually have those lows to where my world is.......ugh....... not right in any terms of the "right" word. Irritated That's what I get and I get irratated REALLY fast both when I run high and low. My husband, kids and g-kids run for high ground b/c I get mad sooooo fast at them.

Don't sweat it - pardon the pun. When I get cranky ,my bride will often ask me to check my BG. More often than not I'm crashing and didn't notice. Many times during a low I'll get to perspiring so bad that the cash in my wallet even gets dripping wet. I'll lose 5-7 pounds, end up with a migraine & chills so bad that once in the ER they treated me for hypothermia and that is in North Carolina in August.

I asked my PCP about this, after I threw up all over my husband one night! (Sorry, honey!) He said that nausea is a symptom of low BG. I usually have it as my BG starts to rise, but have had it once in a while before I treated. Coke is also my go to food when my tummy is upset, but I usually keep regular 7-Up in the house. If I am really sick, it works to keep my BGs on course.

i'm gonna try coke next time, how much do you guys drink, just a couple sips then wait then test? also, i was told to do glucose tabs or some fasting 'sugar' to get sugars up and THEN eat some carbs (p. butter crackers, etc..)to maintain it so I don't keep dropping. do you guys eat after a low? I'm always concerned i'm going to over correct and then spike too high.

I can only take a couple of swallows. If I'm dropping fast or I'm already really low, I tend to drink too much because it's just not working fast enough for me (at that time). Then I end up going high. If I can keep it to a couple swallows no matter what, I'm usually good.

That definitely happens to me about every 3rd low I have. Actually, it's often how I know I'm low. I'll feel nauseated before I actually feel the common low symptoms (shaky, etc.) I usually drink juice. I can usually stomach drinking, and once I start to feel better, I'll start to eat something.

I've had nausea, usually when the BG is dropping quickly (like if I've bolused for a meal that I've yet to eat, or I dramatically overestimated my carbs). Oddly, I get the same feeling with a rapidly rising BG. The slower changes generally don't cause that feeling for me.




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