Heart racing and not getting enough air... those to me are very reminiscent of hypertachycardia and rapid shallow breathing and/or Kussmaul breathing, elements in common with DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis). In particular when I was in DKA. And DKA could very well be ER time. Do you have ketone test strips?
Your question is relevant, and important. Like all of us there is always that scary period that MAY mean it is diabetes related, although it may not, so let's work backwards. What are your sugars when this occurs? This is literally the fork in the road, and may offer you the oppurtunity to say yes, I get ill for other reasons like everyone else.
The fact of the matter is, everyone will suffer these symptoms sometime in thier life and for you, it is probably not diabetes related. How can you be sure? Check you sugars when this happens and then you will know. Diabetics where MANY hats and I think detective is at the top of the list.
I commented in an earlier post that most of my responses are long, because we cannnot be accurate without a great deal of data. I don't care (actually I do) how often you check your sugars, but when things are not where you want them to be, check your sugars more often than you do, and see if it is diabetes related or not. MAKE YOUR DIABETES COME CLEAN!!! FORCE YOUR DIABETES TO TELL THE TRUTH!!! As you know diabetes (like any thief/liar) likes to operate as anonymously as possible. EXPOSE IT WITH YOUR GLUCOMETER!!!
You deserve peace of mind and there is no better way to have that than via your glucometer. Always remember, the tighter your control, the more important it is to be in CONSTANT CONTACT with those who have a working pancreas.
I am pretty sure I have felt each of these... My heart races sometimes when my blood sugar is low or high, not sure why. People say that our bodies react differently. Those symptoms do seem like anxiety. Are you nervous or having racing thoughts? Sometimes I would feel anxiety and have trouble breathing and a racing heart not even knowing what it could be. I would try to take deep breaths, but that didn't help.
My meter could not read my sugar it was to high. BUT I had taken 10 units of novolog about an hour before hand. So I had no clue why. They said my potassium was to low & I have bronchitis. They said I was hyperventilating & did not have DKA. Thank God!
Thanks everyone for responding. :)
If you have bronchitis, that explains the high reading. Insulin fails very hard during illnesses; your rates will change, almost by double (for the basal/background/long acting insulin; it will affect short acting as well). This is because the bloodstream becomes full of activity related to shrugging off the illness, and as insulin is a hormone, it will encounter interference as it tries to reach the cells that need it.
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