A Type 2 oral medication that doesn't attack your muscles?

By joiseygirl Latest Reply 2011-06-21 17:06:10 -0500
Started 2010-05-14 11:49:04 -0500

Does anyone out there know of a type 2 oral medication that does not effect your muscles? I can't walk, run, squat, hell I can't even lift myself out of the bathtub! There is no strength in my legs.
I've tried three different meds so far and if one is good controlling the sugar, it saps the muscle strength. If it doesn't zap the muscles then it does a poor job of controlling the sugar.
I love to walk but I cannot go three blocks without having to stop because it feels like someone is wringing out my muscles! And I'm putting on weight which as we all know is a detriment to anyone's health!
Any suggestions????

21 replies

spranger 2010-11-07 02:29:18 -0600 Report

Do you take CoQ10? When taking statins I found out that you need to take this supplement. Statins deplete CoQ10 in your system. When I first took Lipitor my doctor didn't have me take the supplement and I couldn't take it because my legs ached, but then went on Niacin and found out that some forms of Niacin actually increase your blood sugars. Then got put on Simvastin (Zocor) and was told to take CoQ10 for 1 month and then start my statin and I have not had any problems with muscle aches or strength. Never felt weak from type 2 meds.
Been on Avandia, Avandamed, and now on Metformin and Glipizide.

srweezy 2010-11-06 19:28:34 -0500 Report

I know that I have had the same problem. I take Actos, glimipride, and Fortemet. The Fortemet replaced the Metformin as that gave me diarrhea. I have also noticed weakness in my legs, but never related it to the medication. I will be doing some research and let you know what I find out.

Linda2 2010-11-06 16:15:43 -0500 Report

If you take Avandia DON'T keep taking it, the side effects are not fully disclosed
if you have a family history of heart problems don't take this medicine, it will cause congestive heart failure. I didn't have a heart problem until I took this medication, since taking medication have had to have valve replaced in my heart from damage. Don't learn the hard way like did.

she69 2010-11-06 13:24:32 -0500 Report

Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Diabetes in May of this year and I take metformin twice a day. I feel gassy and I am worried that I may have an accident while I am out and about in public. It feels like I have diarrhea and it sneaks up on me, the feeling and sometimes there's no warning. Also my back is sore worse than my arthritis. Any ideas on getting some relief for my stomach and achiness I am experiencing? Will more fiber help? Thank you for any suggestions.

DIVAgal 2010-11-06 18:59:55 -0500 Report

I found metformin zapped my strength down to ZERO. It does cause acidosis…I also had a major problem with diarrhea——I couldn't leave the house==even if I could get up—I was tooo weak. I stopped the metformin—the next day, my diarrhea stopped and my strength improved…I have had numerous people tell me the same story..Getting off the metformin helped them, too…try another diabetic drug…there are many of them out there…talk with your doctor…metformin doesn't work for everyone!!!!

FLDawn 2010-11-06 13:13:02 -0500 Report

I have been on Metformin for over a year and a half now and not experienced that situation. Now you do make me wonder if my falls are tied to this situation though. I don't fall often but do fall for no reason. Overall though I have to say that my strength has improved. I had been in an accident and had been where I could not walk from my car in the parking lot to the store without being in agony and had to use the cart as a walker. I swim and do simple exercises in the pool such as leg lifts etc. and have built my core and found amazing results in strength. Still not close to 100% but a year ago I could not get off the bed without issues. If you have access to a YMCA or other therapeutic type of pool with aerobic water exercises I would suggest you try it. I am lucky and my city offers one if you have a doctor's signature…as a resident it is $5 a year.

I wish you luck, I still have struggles and have had to crack back down on myself because no exercise means sugar goes up on me so I can imagine you having a hard time controlling your BS. Diet alone with meds just does not cut it…you have to do something in the exercise field no matter how much we hate it.

Good luck joiseygirl…you are NOT alone out here…stay with this site and you will have so much support I cannot tell you. The people here are warm, friendly and knowledgeable. PS try the recipes too…life can be good even as a diabetic :)


oldbiddy531 2010-11-06 11:51:12 -0500 Report

daibetics often develope rhumatism have you been checked out yet? several of my friends and myself have been diagnosed with it - but my gp never links it with my diabetes I have learnt more with researching on the internet and talking to people

Zimoss 2010-05-21 20:30:06 -0500 Report

sounds like you might be a good candidate for insulin…I had similar problems and once I went on insulin they went away.

Honey12338 2010-05-16 17:56:42 -0500 Report

I was taking Simvastatin for years until a message came in an Email. I talked to my PCP and told her what it said she took ke off right away. I had severe pains in the muscles of my right leg. She then put me on Niacin. Major side affects. Took over a month to get it out of my system. It has taken me almost 6 months to get the pain out so I could go to Church and be able to sit through it. Thank you people for all the information. Especially the recipes. Yum.

oldbiddy531 2010-11-06 11:40:55 -0500 Report

Simvastatin isnt actually a diabetic medicine its a statin which helps is good and i understand it is regularly given to diabetics : side effects abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, and a general feeling of weakness. Rare side effects include joint pain, memory loss, and muscle cramps.[7] Cholestatic hepatitis, hepatic cirrhosis, rhabdomyolysis and myositis have been reported in patients receiving the drug chronically - i sometimes feel more at threat from the so called cures!!

GabbyPA 2010-05-17 08:43:56 -0500 Report

My mom had similar reactions to her statin drugs. It is crummy because both of us have good cholesterol levels. I know they want them lower for us now that we are diabetic, but man, the way those drugs mess us up, it is just not worth it.

I do take niacin now. An OTC 250 extended release and I don't have the problems of pain or flushing. It might be keeping my levels a little higher, but they don't shoot out of the park so I will make that trade off.

GabbyPA 2010-05-14 13:05:36 -0500 Report

Are you taking a statin drug? Often we are put on meds to help combat cholesterol and triglycerides. I was using a mild statin and noticed that I was always achy. I ran out for a few weeks, and when I was off it, I felt so much better. So look into that. Otherwise, like KD mentioned, I have not heard of the diabetic meds causing muscle issues.

kdroberts 2010-05-14 13:39:44 -0500 Report

I wondered about the statin as well but the comment "if one is good controlling the sugar, it saps the muscle strength. If it doesn't zap the muscles then it does a poor job of controlling the sugar." suggested that it wasn't a constant and changed with changing diabetic medications.

Possibly they were not told much about the medications prescribed and could be assuming that all the meds they take are diabetic when some may be statins, ARBS, ACE inhibitors, etc.

GabbyPA 2010-05-14 13:57:18 -0500 Report

True, because I was given a blood pressure med and a cholesterol med in the beginning and just told that diabetics need to take these. It was not until I researched them that I found out what they were for.

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 07:15:06 -0500 Report

When my Dr put me on Metformin she told me it would most likely make me feel real achey. I told her I probably wouldn't notice it as my arthritis is so bad. boy was I wrong. I also take Symvastatin.

oldbiddy531 2010-11-06 11:43:35 -0500 Report

what are you using for the arthritis I have just been taken off methotrexate due to the liver check results - all i read re the metformin was can afffect the bowels!!

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-11-09 07:02:03 -0600 Report

I have Osteoarthritis so I have use Naproxsin or Aleve gel caps. There's nothing else out there for OA. Try to aleviate the inflammation best I can. It's very painful to say the least. I have had right knee replaced almost 4 yrs ago and will have to have the left one done in 2011 for sure. Just had another cortisone shot 2 weeks ago and am not having the results I got from the 1st one a year 1/2 ago. I also am facing back surgery for spinal stenosis which happened out of the blue a month ago. That was real weird but came about from some injuries to my lumbar spine years ago! I will feel so much better when that's over. I go to the neurosurgeon tomorrow to find out surgery date. I am using percocet for this problem but only take 1/2 a pill as needed vs. the dose of 1-2 tabs every 4 hours as needed. I got 60 pills a month ago and still have 1/2 them left. Alternating ice and heating pad which always helps. I have no problems now with the Metformin, I take 1ooo mg 2x daily, one in morning and one at night.

GabbyPA 2010-05-16 09:37:20 -0500 Report

I would check into your symvastatin. For me it was my pravastatin that was doing me in. I don't take it anymore. It is not worth the pain it causes for me.

Donnas38 2010-11-06 11:08:51 -0500 Report

I take previstatin also along with Metformin Glybride, and two meds for High blood pressure…I'm always in pain, and couldnt figure out what was causing it thank you for bringing this to my attention

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