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From Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA:

I am just asking you this because I am not comfortable in asking my doctor. I got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes January 15, 2005. Since then, I have learned how to manage the disease properly and have had no severe or odd problems...until two months ago. I just started my new job and I was coming home from work one day. All of a sudden, I blacked out for about one hour and when I "woke up," I was at a McDonald's about 15 miles away from where I last remember being. I don't remember anything, how I got there or what exactly happened. I do remember seeing double right before blacking out however.

I threw the situation aside and considered it a "one time" thing. Then, about a week ago, and a month after the first even occurred, the same thing happened to me. I was working at a cash register at work when, all of a sudden, I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know what buttons do press or any of the basic functions of the cash register. Again, I immediately blacked out again for about an hour. Somehow, I managed to slowly ring people up until my manager told me to go on a lunch break. I couldn't even enter my social security number into the computer to clock out! After I stepped outside, shook my head a little and got into my car, I became normal again.

Now, I am very worried about myself. If this happens at a wrong time, or if it happens again and I am not as lucky as before, then I am putting myself and everyone else at risk (considering I am driving). I have even checked my sugar levels after these events and they were all right. Granted, they weren't perfect; 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] and 178 mg/dl [9.9 mmol/L], but I have had them higher and this didn't happen.

Do you think this is a psychological problem or is it a problem with my diabetes?


In reading your question, I am not clear as to what is causing the problem. You have had type 2 diabetes for one year. However, it does not sound like you are on any medications. If you are, some of the medications can cause serious low blood sugar reactions and need to be adjusted. That sounds too easy and I doubt that is the problem, as you did not mention being on any medications. You need to speak with your physician about this. There is a wide differential diagnosis that needs to be addressed. You need to have some additional tests. Some would be blood tests to monitor your insulin and glucose in your blood. Others may include an EEG to look for seizure activity or a CT scan of your head. The higher blood sugars after the episodes suggest that the blood sugar was not the reason for the problem. However, these readings were after the episodes were over. It does not say what the glucose was at the time of the onset of the events. I would recommend you speak with your physician about these symptoms.


Original posting 2 Jan 2006
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