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Hi there

I need some answers if anyone can assist please - not necessarily for Diabetes but I could not find anywhere else to ask this specific question...

My husband has started getting these weird lapses of confusion, lameness, tingling, sweating etc....

These symptoms will come on suddenly and when they do he is a mess - feels like he is dying literally.....confused, cant walk, blurred vision, tingling toes, hands get clammy....he then eats dextrose tablets or sugary water/sugar sweets and within 30 minutes he is 'back in the room', I am convinced its low blood sugar but why???

He eats well, stopped smoking about 5 months ago, quite a big drinker mind you BUT could this be a contributing factor.....he has a Dr appointment but wonder if anyone agrees with me?

The first time this happened he got such a shock he called the Ambulance, they gave him glucose syrup and after an hour he was fine again...he went to A&E to get bloods and a Head MRI and all came back fine (except for the Liver function tests as he is a drinker).....

Very worried about this....

Thanks 😃

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Blood sugar (Fasting blood sugar or postprandial blood sugar) should be checked daily basis. Blood sugar level below 72 mg/dL (4 mmol/L) may cause hypoglycemia. "Hypoglycemic symptoms and manifestations can be divided into those produced by the counter-regulatory hormones (epinephrine/adrenaline and glucagon) triggered by the falling glucose, and the neuroglycopenic effects produced by the reduced brain sugar.

* Shakiness, anxiety, nervousness

* Palpitations, tachycardia

* Sweating, feeling of warmth (sympathetic muscarinic rather than adrenergic)

* Pallor, coldness, clamminess

* Dilated pupils (mydriasis)

* Hunger, borborygmus

* Nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort

* Headache

Central nervous system

* Abnormal thinking, impaired judgment

* Nonspecific dysphoria, moodiness, depression, crying, exaggerated concerns

* Feeling of numbness, pins and needles (paresthesia)

* Negativism, irritability, belligerence, combativeness, rage

* Personality change, emotional lability

* Fatigue, weakness, apathy, lethargy, daydreaming, sleep

* Confusion, memory loss, lightheadedness or dizziness, delirium

* Staring, glassy look, blurred vision, double vision

* Flashes of light in the field of vision

* Automatic behavior, also known as automatism

* Difficulty speaking, slurred speech

* Ataxia, incoordination, sometimes mistaken for drunkenness

* Focal or general motor deficit, paralysis, hemiparesis

* Headache

* Stupor, coma, abnormal breathing

* Generalized or focal seizures"(1)

Since your husband is a chronic drinker, liver function tests should be conducted once in six months.

The following information is furnished for your personal information only.

Hepatic encephalopathy (Hepatocerebral degeneration) is an altered level of consciousness as a result of liver failure. Its onset may be gradual or sudden. Other symptoms may include movement problems, changes in mood, or changes in personality. In the advanced stages it can result in a coma.

Hepatorenal syndrome (often abbreviated HRS) is a life-threatening medical condition that consists of rapid deterioration in kidney function in individuals with cirrhosis or fulminant liver failure. HRS is usually fatal unless a liver transplant is performed, although various treatments, such as dialysis, can prevent advancement of the condition.


(1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypog...

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(4) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepat...

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