Metformin

Sunnydays4me
By Sunnydays4me Latest Reply 2018-05-20 11:45:26 -0500
Started 2018-05-17 08:44:08 -0500

I’ve been diagnosed with T2D for 2years now. I’ve been placed on metformin the entire time and that only to have high numbers still and I’m on 1,000 ER twice daily. My morning fasting numbers are constantly near 200’s. I’m scheduled for appointment with endroconolgist finally in 2 weeks. The metformin has ALWAYS given me bowel issues. Very frustrated as I try to watch what I eat and I admit hit and miss with exercise but do when I’m not so tired. Not sure what to expect as next possible step as I’m a person that doesn’t like medication and afraid I’ll be put on something that could do more harm than good down the road. I also started a new job that is very stressful and has my stomach even more upset. Anyone feel like I am experiencing?


5 replies

AlexanderC
AlexanderC 2018-05-20 11:45:26 -0500 Report

I had similar problems when I was first diagnosed. Taking 1000mg metformin twice a day. I changed to the extended release which eliminated my bowel issues.

I still had high numbers and my doctor gave me a drug called "jardiance" - which basically locks onto glucose molecules and excretes them through urine. Since then I've had perfect HbA1C results - always 5.0 or 4.9 and my daily readings are always great.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2018-05-18 16:23:36 -0500 Report

Living well with diabetes entails some life-style changes…and changing long-held habits is never easy. For me, the single most important factor in gaining better BG control was reducing the amount of carbohydrates in my diet. Reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" opened up my eyes to the role played by carbs in causing higher BG's. I've had to give up many of the items I used to love to eat, but, the payoff in not (so far) developing any serious diabetes complications has been worth it. I was dx'd at age 27 which was nearly 42 years ago. I limit myself to no more than 115 total carb grams per day. It works for me. Everybody's carb limit is different. Find out how many carbs you're currently consuming and cut back bit by bit until you achieve the results you want. It can be done!

msann
msann 2018-05-18 10:14:51 -0500 Report

hello sorry you having hard time my hubby was on metformin doctor took him off raised his creatin levels in kidneys now he on insulin and you are going threw the number 1 thing for diabetics STRESS it will kill you i am cargiver for my aunt 91 and my mom 86 and the stress is killing me but to me i get better control with insulin keep me updated good luck

Sharree25
Sharree25 2018-05-18 09:19:42 -0500 Report

I am going through the same issue. Have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for two years now. And the numbers were running into the high 250 sometimes 311. I also use Metformin but on 500mg. My doctor just recently within a few weeks have me on Glimepiride 2 mg. Which has helped lower it but the lowest it has ever been since the new meds with the metformin is 156mg fasting. I do deal with the stomach pains and newer symptoms. It sucks because i miss a lot of work. Is seeing a endocrinologist a good move? I am so worried about mine

Gabby
GabbyPA 2018-05-17 17:08:02 -0500 Report

I am sorry you are struggling with so much all at once. Maybe once the job settles down and you meet with your Endo, things will start to clear up. I always struggle with morning highs, and the only thing that really helps at all is going low carb (I mean really low carb) and I try to fast for at least 12 hours before eating breakfast. Those things have helped me more than anything else.