Hypoglycemia: Symptoms (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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    00:01 So let's go over those symptoms.

    00:02 What am I going to start feeling in the beginning? Start feel real edgy, kind of anxious, and there any way to have a headache remember their brain is being starved, now seizures is a later sign.

    00:13 This is when it's gotten very very severe.

    00:16 Early on they might be kind of confused, they might not be able to make released solid decisions.

    00:21 They might recognize something is wrong, but they just don't have good problem-solving skills, and we have some neuro changes, coma is obviously on the other end of that spectrum.

    00:33 So when we're looking at symptoms of hypoglycemia, the milder it is it's going to look like anxiety or headache kind of confused.

    00:42 As it progresses, you're going to start to see the neuro changes, changes in level of consciousness, seizures, or coma.

    00:50 So keep in mind, it is on a continuum and it's not the same.

    00:54 We could line up three clients and some are very very sensitive to low blood sugar others are not.

    01:00 So it's important that the patient know their normals.

    01:03 Now palpitations, I would do that really fast on my chest, but I know what that would do to the sound on your end but palpitations is a heart racing.

    01:13 They're going to feel that because the body is sensing, Hey, hey, hey, hey, we're in trouble.

    01:17 We need more energy.

    01:19 So it's trying to stimulate that sympathetic nervous system to signal dump out stored energy.

    01:26 That's why their heart is racing.

    01:28 Now they can feel kind of nauseating because that just goes a long with low blood sugar.

    01:33 Nothing feels right.

    01:34 They've got the sweating and the Tremors because they're all jacked up their body is energy starved and that's how it responds.

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    The lecture Hypoglycemia: Symptoms (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN is from the course Diabetes Type 1 and 2: Complications and Symptoms (Nursing).

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    1. Headache
    2. Anxiety
    3. Mild confusion
    4. Seizures
    5. Coma

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     Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

    Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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