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Hypoglycemia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hypoglycemia. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Symptoms of hypoglycemia?

    Why: e.g. early symptoms include sweating, tremor, palpitations, hunger, pins and needles around the mouth. Later may have a loss of consciousness and coma.

  2. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. liver failure, terminal kidney failure, hypopituitarism and Addison's disease may cause hypoglycemia.

  3. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. low blood sugar occurring after meals can sometimes occur after gastric surgery, due to rapid gastric emptying and mismatching of food and insulin.

  4. Medications?

    Why: Oral hypoglycemic medications, notably sulphonylureas and insulin may cause low blood sugar and the dosage may have to be reduced. Propanolol, quinine and pentamidine may also cause hypoglycaemia.

  5. Alcohol history?

    Why: alcohol may cause reduced blood sugar. The person who substitutes alcoholic beverage for lunch is particularly at risk, as is the poorly nourished chronic alcoholic.

  6. Family history?

    Why: e.g. multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (simultaneous recurrence of tumors involving parathyroid glands, pituitary, pancreas (insulinomas), adrenals and thyroid glands).

  7. Travel history?

    Why: may suggest possibility of malaria.

  8. Weight gain and /or episode of loss of consciousness?

    Why: would strongly suggest an insulinoma as the cause.

  9. Symptoms of malaria?

    Why: e.g. chills, paroxysms of fevers, sweating, fatigue, exhaustion, headaches. Severe falciparum malaria may be complicated by hypoglycemia, especially in children.

  10. Symptoms of Addison's disease?

    Why: symptoms are often vague but may include e.g. weight loss, loss of appetite, tiredness, weakness, fever, depression, lack of menstrual periods, impotence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, fainting, abdominal pain, constipation, muscle aches.

  11. Symptoms of insulinoma?

    Why: Symptoms are associated with fasting or exercise e.g. double vision, sweating, palpitations, weakness, confusion, abnormal behavior, loss of consciousness or seizures.

  12. Symptoms of Simmond's disease?

    Why: e.g. usually develops after childbirth due to lack of blood supply to the pituitary during an episode of low blood pressure during delivery. Characterised by weakness, loss of weight, loss of body hair, low blood pressure and symptoms of low thyroid, adrenal and gonadal function.

  13. Symptoms of hypothyroidism

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hypoglycemia:

The following list of conditions have 'Hypoglycemia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hypoglycemia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Hypoglycemia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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