By prettyinpink0615 Latest Reply 2011-11-16 16:29:36 -0600
Started 2011-10-28 03:42:59 -0500

I just got put on metformin. Wow this stuff is making me feel like hell… But I have been having a really hard time with this whole diet (lifestyle change) It sucks the stuff I can eat I don't want to the stuff I can't I crave sooooo bad. Ugh I didn't want to suddenly have to change my whole life. I did good for like a week and had a 3 pound loss. Would be a good thing if I were not 7 months pregnant. When I met with the diatitian she was all how are you feeling?. I'm like HUNGRY I feel like I'm starving!!! I never realised food is like some kind of drug for me. So looking at my sugars for the week she decided it would be a good idea to start metformin. Thanks to my dumb insurance it took a week and a half to even get and I had ran out of test strips oh what do you know my insurance didn't want to cover those either! So I'm waiting for over a week and growing more annoyed by the day. I have insurance to be able to be healthy right? Finally it came through I started it this morning and By the evening I'm moving into my bathroom for an extended stay. My belly hurts so bad and I feel like I could throw up at any moment I've been told this should only last a week and will be worth it. Thats great but right now all I can see is it getting worse before it gets better and I really was already feeling like I couldn't take anymore. I kinda lost control the other day and went to the buffet I know it was bad but I just reached a breaking point. I tried to be cautious about my choices that made for the worst trip there ever lol It was like a big tease but it felt good to slip a little and get it out of my system I feel like I can get back to buisness now. I have to have three appointments a week at the hospital now to monitor baby. I have my first growth ultrasound on monday to make sure she is not to big because of the diabetes. We scheduled my induction date. My lil Alyssa will be here Dec 16! It will be such a relief to not be pregnant anymore. And be able to hold my lil girl. I'm so tired of feeling like I'm going to hurt my daughter because I have diabetes. I really hope this medication helps and that I start feeling better quick.

19 replies

MrsCDogg 2011-11-12 01:02:03 -0600 Report

I can't take metformin. It makes me deathly sick.

kimcavett 2011-11-13 14:00:02 -0600 Report

I took met for yrs, because of money I took myself off. Went back on it a yr later and started having sied effects. Diareha, sleepiness, jitters. The they put me on Glipazide. Now they have added the Met. The diareha is back with nausia. Dr insist it will ease up. It has been a month but still having issues. Dr also says it is my diet. I am tring to deal with 4 diffrent diets because of 4 diffrent illnesses. This is why I am frustrated.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-29 14:30:14 -0500 Report

prettyinpink0615: CONGRADULATONS ON YOUR UPCOMING BABY AND YOUR CHOICE TO USE METFORMIN. I wasn't pregnant when I started metformin and had no problems with it. I always ate before I took it though and I was on 500mg., 2x's a day. Sounds to me your problem may not be the medication but rather the other symtoms you have. Atleast I hope so for your well being. Good luck with the pregnacy, I feel quite sure all will be okay…Hugs, Valentine Lady

prettyinpink0615 2011-10-29 13:50:30 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much for your responses. It makes me feel so much better to know I am not alone. I actually ended up in the hospital with severe belly pain yesterday. But baby is ok so that's good. They don't know if it was the metformin or something else. They said my right kidney is swollen and they don't know why also I am severly anemic. So they started me on iorn pills twice a day till further notice. I am just glad Alyssa is doing good. They did a ultrasound and are guessing she is about 4 lbs 2 oz that is good one of the things I have to worry about having diabetes while being pregnant is my baby getting to big. I am terrified of having a c-section. But she is right on schedule! So theres the silver lining in my suffering. The glass is half full… the glass is half full… the glass is half full I just got to stay positive. :)

Bee positive
Bee positive 2011-10-31 09:49:36 -0500 Report

You may want to ask your Dr. about something for constipation with the extra iron, as iron can constipate. My daughter is 8 months pregnant also and she takes the fiber gummies…but you have to watch what is in them…so check with your Dr. Good luck with your pregnancy and try not to let all of this get in the way of the beautiful miracle happening to you!
-Bee positive

jayabee52 2011-10-29 14:52:02 -0500 Report

I had been on met for a number of years — from 1995 to 2006. In Nov 2006 my kidneys stopped working due to an infection. They took me off Met in the hospital and put me on insulin. I have heard that Met had been implicated in kidney problems. Nothing was said to me in the hospital about the change of meds. You may want have Drs to watch the kidneys closely, and do the kidney panels to see if there is a weakening of the kidneys. I myself would never use Met again. I would prefer insulin if I had to use anything, but I currently manage my BG levels simply by what I eat and don't eat.

Praying for you and Alyssa for a fantastic outcome.


jigsaw 2011-10-29 16:55:37 -0500 Report

Hello jayabee52

I have heard numerous stories of various meds being implicated with kidney and heart problems. In some cases, I wonder if its the medication, diabetes or both. I currently take met+actos. I know that actos is linked to bladder cancer as well as other complications. My doctors say that the odds of getting bladder cancer from actos are very low. One has to way all circumstances and hopefully make the best choice.I did stop the actos and my bg readings started getting progressively higher each day. I also felt exausted. I went back on as a result. I also take lantus in the evening. I was able to control my bg for many years with diet alone, but not any more. If i want to eat anything other then lettuce, then I need to take meds.Also, I understand that insulin is inflammatory and increases the chances of heart attack as well as other complications. All I know for certain is keeping my blood sugar in check is the best alternative even if it requires the meds that I take. I do question when my doctors say that since heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure are all associated with diabetes, it's difficult to determine the real culprit.

lacat87 2011-11-13 13:22:35 -0600 Report

Hi Al my pal! Wanted to reply to this discussion. I was told I am taking Crestor to help my heart and not necessarily for cholestol control. I'm told diabetics should take high choles. medicine to protect the heart against inflammation. Just my 2 cents worth!

jigsaw 2011-11-16 16:29:36 -0600 Report

Hello lacat87,
I agree, my doctors put me on a mild dose of lipitor for the same reason. Apparently there is some scientific info that validates the ability of these drugs to offer added protection for the heart.
By the way, after all is said and done and after some research and conversations recently with my endo and primary care doc, I have permanently come off Actos.

jayabee52 2011-10-31 09:59:47 -0500 Report

sadly 'tis true. What I have read recently is that radiologic contrast dyes and Met combined will do a number on Kidneys. I had 2 or 3 MRIs with contrast in 2006, but (the year of my kidney shutdown) but no "smoking gun".

jigsaw 2011-10-31 11:14:53 -0500 Report

Do you recollect the source that said contrast dyes and met will hurt your kydneys? I am very curious. I have also had a few ct scans and an MRI with contrast. At the time that these were done, I was temporarily taken off the met. I was also pre-tested to make sure my kydneys were functioning well before taking the contrast. These scans were done over the last two years. So far ( knock on wood ) my kydneys are still doing well ! Contrast alone, can be hard on the kydneys. Also, if you have kydney problems, and if my memory serves me accurately, I don't think met would be a good medication to be on. I'm pretty sure there are known warnings to that effect.

jayabee52 2011-10-31 11:44:36 -0500 Report

unfortunately I do not. I see so very many discussions and research so many questions it is amazing I remember anything at all.. Things tend to become a blur for me when I get info overload

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-28 19:59:32 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry to hear your having such a tough time right now. It does not make it easier to be pregnant on top of it. But this to shall come to pass and it will be ok. Hopefully sooner rather than later! Hang tight, 12/16 will be here before you know it! You will have a christmas angel! How cool is that! And as for the buffet, you got that out of your system and your moving on. You can not beat yourself up for the little slips along the way. At least you didn't go nuclear on the buffet and get nuts with it! I tell ya, sometimes it just sucks to be human!! LOL Your not perfect and no one expects you to be. Just keep on trucking and be true to yourself and it will all work out. I will say a special prayer for you and your christmas angel that you both stay healthy. God Bless you and your family

Heather44118 2011-10-28 18:18:53 -0500 Report

Congrats:) it does get better. I find i feel better if I eat many small meals throughout the day. Now 5-6 when pregnant about 8 I made sure I had protien every meal, good luck. I know how hard it is. :)

MEGriff1950 2011-10-28 12:15:45 -0500 Report

Pretty In Pink, I remember all too well the hard time I had adjusting to metformin. I found that if I took it about half an hour to an hour after my meal that helped. Recently I dropped one of my metformin and it made me feel a bit ill for a couple of days too. Go figure. Do not beat yourself up for making a less healthy choice by going to a buffet. We are not perfect and as long as we get back on track that is what matters. I recently returned from a month long trip to my sisters. We attended 3 birthday parties, 1 family reunion and a benefit dinner for my brother in law. I overindulged at all 5 events but watched my eating the rest of the time. During that month I lost 10 pounds, dropped 3 glyburide and one metformin. I called those events as sinning, sounds better then overindulging or losing control. I hope this helps you. Congratulation on the upcomming birth of you new baby.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-28 05:46:28 -0500 Report

Some days dealing with the insurance companies is the worse then the curse of diabetes itself with the unneeded extra stress. One note of brightness is in your post is that your little angle is due December 16, this would have been my dads 100th birthday!!


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