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Old 29-04-10, 08:31
mom1982 mom1982 is offline
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Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

Hi i have episodes of shaky hands, overall weakness, funny feeling all over like i'm gonna faint, and a sudden need to eat something, perhaps something with sugar in it. blood tests never showed i had diabetes or hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. I usually feel better 10 mins after i stuff myself with lots of food, the urge is to eat lots. I get it 2x a week for a few months now.

Had anyone else had this feeling? Could the blood tests have missed a blood sugar problem or can this be an anxiety problem? I don't understand how it can though. Is it a mental thing? I wasn't anxious at the time i get this and i ate breaky and lunch, this happened 2 hrs after lunch.

Pls help.
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Old 29-04-10, 10:08
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

i get it all the time,like your blood sugar plummets,i think its just adrenaline.i got normal test results(many)...nothing to worry about.
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Old 29-04-10, 10:12
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

thanks for your reply. can you pls explain to me how adrenaline can cause this and what is the best to way to alleviate it quickly?
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Old 29-04-10, 11:03
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

Heya, I get this too.

It could be adrenaline related, or your body using so much energy with the adrenaline that it feels like it needs extra energy.

It might also be like mine, which is just my body reacting to the feeling of hunger as if it is a threat. What happens is I get hungry, but I don't realise until my body goes all shaky and I feel really horrible and have a massive urge to eat. It's because my body is always so anxious that it interprets the hunger as a threat rather than a normal body reaction. I always crave sugar, but I've found that this makes me want sugar more often when it happens, and it's going to become a sugar addiction if I let it go on long enough. I just eat a piece of fruit or a lot of carbohydrates and it's really helpful. The fruit actually gets rid of the feeling much quicker than small sugary foods.
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Old 29-04-10, 13:28
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

I get this a lot and anxiety makes it worse for some reason, it seems to affect my blood sugar but if I have my blood sugar read it is always good so I think it is just that perhaps your metabolism speeds up when you are anxious or stressed and burns of energy very quickly, giving you a sudden dip. I have always suffered from this problem and find it much much worse around the time of my period so there could also be a hormal element. You need to try to eat slow buring carbs, things like oats, banana, brown bread and pasta etc. Sugary foods will temporarily stop the problem but then you burn them off very fast so the same thing will happen again in a couple of hours time. I find that carrying cereal bars around helps me, if I start to feel woozy I eat one and also make sure you drink plenty, that should help. Don't worry though, this is really quite common. Are you under weight at all? I think skinny people tend to suffer this too as their metabolism is fast (I am a little underweight and the thinner I am the more I have this problem).
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Old 04-05-10, 15:22
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

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Hi i have episodes of shaky hands, overall weakness, funny feeling all over like i'm gonna faint, and a sudden need to eat something, perhaps something with sugar in it. blood tests never showed i had diabetes or hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. I usually feel better 10 mins after i stuff myself with lots of food, the urge is to eat lots. I get it 2x a week for a few months now.

Had anyone else had this feeling? Could the blood tests have missed a blood sugar problem or can this be an anxiety problem? I don't understand how it can though. Is it a mental thing? I wasn't anxious at the time i get this and i ate breaky and lunch, this happened 2 hrs after lunch.

Pls help.
Hey, I was wondering how this was going for you? I am having problems with exactly the same symptoms. I used to have this rarely when I was younger and I've always had these 'attacks' a couple of times a month. Now however, possibly due to exam stress I'm struggling daily with them.

I just don't understand how to stop them, It will often start with feeling lightheaded and my breathing will seem out of sync like I need to take in a lot of air. I can control them now with concentration but if I let them get out of control it gets worse, I feel more shaky, sweaty, weak, dizzy, like I'm going to faint (I never do) before it ends with hunger.

I just don't know what to do and whether this is anxiety or something scary! I hate going to the doctor but I'm close to.

Recently I even started trying to 'reproduce' the symptoms to make sure it was anxiety. Basically I tried to hyperventilate but couldn't bring an attack on, which then made me terrified it wasn't anxiety and something bad!
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Old 28-11-11, 16:36
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

Hi "thundersnow"

I am curious to know what you were diagnosed after you got yourself checked to a doctor (You wrote that u r close to perhaps seeing a doctor).
Thanks & good luck.
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Old 28-11-11, 18:14
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

I get this to and blood tests have been clear I have had it for about 10 years, it doesn't happen often but when it does it's scary. I was at work once and it happened the only thing edible was some cocoa powder so I began eating spoons of that just to make me feel normal. It's weird I thought it was down to being hungry but then when I am bad with my ha I go days without really eating and don't get it. It's nice to know I am not the only one x
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Old 28-11-11, 23:26
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

It happens when blood sugar drops.
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Old 29-11-11, 04:07
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Re: Shaky hands, weakness, lightheaded & sudden urge to eat

You need to try to eat slow buring carbs, things like oats, banana, brown bread and pasta etc. Sugary foods will temporarily stop the problem but then you burn them off very fast so the same thing will happen again in a couple of hours time. I find that carrying cereal bars around helps me, if I start to feel woozy I eat one and also make sure you drink plenty, that should help.
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