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Old 10-11-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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My son came home at 2AM from going out with friends downtown; he had one beer and a shot. We had a small conversation about what he'd done and who he'd seen and then we went to bed. About three hours later he comes to my room and wakes me up, he's sitting on the bed violently shaking like he's freezing to death.

He said he was not cold and didn't feel cold to the touch, but was pale. I called Hubby at work and he suggested the the boy may have low blood sugar or be dehydrated so I gave him a coke. He then started complaining about his chest feeling tight so he took a dose of his inhaler for asthema. A few moments later the shaking stopped.

Anyone have any idea what would cause such uncontrolled shaking, (the whole bed was shaking), that would just suddenly stop?

PS. Oh, and the last time he'd eaten was earlier at about 6PM.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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does diabetes run in your family ? If so....it may have been his blood sugar, but more often that not, altered level of consciousness comes with it as well...not just the shaking. Was he 100% coherent when he was "shaking". If not diabetes, there is the distinct possibility that he may have experimented with some type of controlled substance, aka drugs.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Yes diabetes does run in the family, but he's checked fairly regularly, (he has his EMT Basic and brought his own kit). He and Hubby are in law enforcement so it's highly unlikely that he would take drugs. Either his father would know right off or the drug testing would bust him. He was very coherent and despite the EMT Basic had no clue what would cause such shaking. The thought that someone may have slipped something in his beer, occured to me, but Hubby ruled that out when he got home at 7AM.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago 'burbs'
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I would have him get a check-up with his doctor. You don't want to just dismiss it, and this sounds serious enough to get checked out!
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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He might have had a case of the chills or a panic attack, which is not unusual for his age.
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Thanks for the replies ya'll! I'm trying to get him to commit to a doctor's visit this week, but I just keep getting a, "mmm," noise out of him. He works full time and is a full time student who has to maintain his GPA for the full scholarship so he is under a lot of pressure and doesn't have much time.

You know Woof, I didn't think of a panic attack. I did bring up a touchy Katrina related subject just the day before. I will have to tread lightly, but will ask him about it.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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It never ceases to amazes me that people think drinking sugar-laced soft drinks is good for low blood sugar. Please don't do that to your child again. Read on the internet what is permitted if, in fact, he has that problem. Cola is forbidden for low blood sugar as are alcoholic beverages. The best thing for dehydration is water.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Canine according to this site and my son it is acceptable to offer a soft drink, About Low Blood Glucose - What I need to know about Diabetes Medicines, check the quick fix list.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Canine according to this site and my son it is acceptable to offer a soft drink, About Low Blood Glucose - What I need to know about Diabetes Medicines, check the quick fix list.
The site I referred to said colas were definitely a no-no. I guess if the professionals don't know, I don't either. Sorry for my intrusion with information that could possibly be deemed incorrect.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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My son came home at 2AM from going out with friends downtown; he had one beer and a shot. We had a small conversation about what he'd done and who he'd seen and then we went to bed. About three hours later he comes to my room and wakes me up, he's sitting on the bed violently shaking like he's freezing to death.

He said he was not cold and didn't feel cold to the touch, but was pale. I called Hubby at work and he suggested the the boy may have low blood sugar or be dehydrated so I gave him a coke. He then started complaining about his chest feeling tight so he took a dose of his inhaler for asthema. A few moments later the shaking stopped.

Anyone have any idea what would cause such uncontrolled shaking, (the whole bed was shaking), that would just suddenly stop?

PS. Oh, and the last time he'd eaten was earlier at about 6PM.
One more thing...did his fingers feel tingly and numb ?
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