Metformin and headaches

By Denisency213 Latest Reply 2012-01-09 14:31:24 -0600
Started 2012-01-06 19:06:15 -0600

Hi all I dont know if this is a common side effect but I have had this annoying headache for the last 3 days . I take Advil it goes away but come right back.

9 replies

pixsidust 2012-01-09 09:46:53 -0600 Report

I had headaches when my blood glucose was too high before diagnoses. They went away after the levels came down. How are you in that department?

Metformin usually brings on the trots so constipation should not be a worry. How are you with eating roughage and raw veggies?

Denisency213 2012-01-09 10:22:16 -0600 Report

Glucose has been all over the place so I guess it takes time my goal is below 100 fasting which seems impossible at this point.

jayabee52 2012-01-09 11:53:17 -0600 Report

It is possible, just believe in yourself, and modify your meal plans to lower your carbs. I used to think that managing my BGs without Diabetes meds was impossible for me too. But I modified my meal plans and now recently I have been having fasting BG levels of 88 to 98 quite regularly, as long as I stay on my plan. I have fallen off and have gotten fastings of 120 to 130 too. So it is definitely possible!

Denisency213 2012-01-09 12:42:46 -0600 Report

really if don't mind me asking what do u do to manage . Everyone keeps sayin diet exercise and I believe in that but is there anything else how long did it take u to get there

jayabee52 2012-01-09 14:31:24 -0600 Report

To prevent this site getting clogged with multiple posts of what I do, and to make it easier for you to find it if you want to refer to it again (believe me, posts DO get "buried" especially ones as active as this one and it becomes hard to find or even remember in which it was) I will send it to you via DC email. Just don't delete it. If you happen to do so, it will be very little trouble to send a new one.

You ask me how long it took for me to get there. There are two ways to answer that question. #1 As to how long my BGs took to get under control after I decided to try my experement, I was able to control my BGs very soon after I started. Within a few days as I recall. Of course my BGs were pretty well managed already when I was on insulin. I wanted to see if my own insulin produced by my pancreas would cover me if I ate very carefully. So I was not extremely high when I started. I had been running in the 100 to 140 range when injecting insulin, and about the same after I started the experement. But now the usual highs were about 120 to 130.

And since I was using my own insulin and had very low carb intake I no longer packed on the pounds. I lost weight. As I lost weight I increased my insulin sensitivity which was even better for me. I recently after, 11 months have a high of maybe 110 or even 100. It is not unusual for me to see 88 to 98 either. And I don't have to worry about lows either (at least so far). I guess the pancreas shuts off the insulin flow when I get too low.

My #2 answer to your question is more along the lines of how long did it take for my mind to be ready for this experement. It took about 15 out of 16 years of diabetes for me to get the idea that I really MIGHT be able to do it. I call it my "experement" for a reason. I can go back to using diabetes meds at any time if I so choose. I choose to continue my experement because I feel it is good for me. But if at any time my pancreas decides to dial back its output, I can fall back to the diabetes meds. For almost as long as I have been on DC I had been in awe of those folks who managed to control their condition through meal planning and exercise. It took me about 2 years to realize that I could perhaps do it too.

I realize it may be considered rather radical but it works for me so far. Let me know what you think about it

I will send you my plan as I started it in Feb 2011 to your inbox momentarily.

Denisency213 2012-01-06 20:04:41 -0600 Report

Pcyoung thanks for your reply but I hope I don't get constipated I had this problem all my life so it can't get worse lol

Young1s 2012-01-06 19:44:47 -0600 Report

I've never experienced headaches with Met, just constipation, so I can't say for sure. You might also want to consider that the headaches stem from where your levels are/were at the time. If you're too high or low headaches can occur. Another thing to consider is, whether or not you had eaten before they occurred. I get hunger headaches when I allow too much time to pass between meals. Which is a big no no for us diabetics but, hey, stuff happens. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful than this.

Next Discussion: Anxiety »