Random severe blood glucose crash...possible reasons?
I am a 36 yr female, skinny normal weight, no kids or pregnancy, exercise regularly. 2 yrs ago during regular physical...bloodwork showed fasting BG 101mg/Dl...also thyroid checked due to fatigue issues and 10 pound sudden weight gain with no change in lifestyle/diet...came back normal.
About a year now, I've been feeling like something is just not right. Occassionally get dizzy spells (mild) and slightly nauseous...in which eating immediately relieves. Recently my co-worker (who is diabetic) asked if it could be my blood sugar. So I got a meter to check and monitor it.
In the last 2 months I've suddenly lost 10 pounds...again, no change in diet/lifestyle. (kinda like the gain 2 yrs ago). 3 weeks ago, I started testing blood sugars. Results: 1st in the morning (before eating or drinking..so an 8-12hr fasting time) are consistantly have readings 114-119mg/dl. Then I test before eating dominate meal later that day, and then 2 hour post eating that meal. Before meal readings vary anywhere from 108-130gm/dl. Post meals vary anywhere from 115-181mg/dl. Usually after eating are rises (as should be expected), but on 2 occassion were drops. Didn't seem to make a difference if meal was high or low carbs.
I do not drink alcohol and only drugs are the occassional ibuprofen for lower back pain. My only real bad habit is I'm an avid Mt. Dew drinker.
Anyway, today started out normal...morning fasting was 112. I went to work 3 hours later like normal. At work I was feeling very tired and just dragging. I didn't think much of it since this isn't that uncommon and just chalked it up to lack of motivation (i mean hey, its work and I'd rather be doing something else of course). Today was a holiday and work was pretty easy going. After about 2 hours at work I started getting a dizzy spell. But this one was different...it suddenly got alot worse FAST and not letting up like normal. I also started getting nauseous. At this point I had about 2 Mt. Dews since waking (which is normal) drank casually over that time period (not all at once). My coworker suggested checking my blood sugar...which turned out to be 131mg/dl. The dizziness and nausea continued to intensify..I thought I was going to pass out and puke. I also started sweating, shaking and my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest. 10 minutes passed and I checked blood glucose again...then it was 98mg/dl !!! My blood glucose was crashing!!! I immediately went to the vending machine...which was limited in selection...mostly chips, not much candy. There was a NutterButter (chocolate and peanut butter), so I got that. I ate both sticks. About a 1/2 later I felt MUCH better. I check the blood glucose and hour after eating them...it was 179mg/dl. Although that is high, I wasn't too concerned as I had just eaten the candy an hour prior and had to fix the crash fast.
Now...I hadn't done anything different than any other day....no withholding sugar intake different than other days, no major exercise, no stress, no illness, no medications. So I have no idea why I suddenly crashed. Note, it's possible it was higher than the 131 I saw before the crash was found...as I didn't test till I was feeling sick (so it may have already been on the crash down).
I'm pretty confinedent in the accuracy to the readings as the meter I got is rated 98% accurate +/- 3mg/dl below 250mg/dl. Also, obviously I was getting sick feelingwise...so something was happening.
So...any opinions??? I do plan to go to the doctor of course. If anyone is thinking this is diabetes...any suggestions on how to approach my doctor with it...as docs generally dislike believing patients telling them the likely diagnosis.
Also, as a side note: My mother (who passed away 10 years ago) was Type 1 Diabetic since she was 5 yrs old, my cousin is Type 1 diabetic since she was 4yr, and my grandma was Type 2 Diabetic (and NOT overweight) 2 years before she passed. So obviously family history is there for diabetes.
Thank you for your opinions and taking the time to read this!!!