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Nicole's Metformin Adventure

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  • #48761

    Nicole
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    Hmmmm….Metformin!!! So after years of feeling ‘above’ the drug and like my own level of PCOS didn’t need it, here I am…about to go down that road!

    When I was TTC, because I still had a regular period and my weight gain wasn’t astronomical, I didn’t think I needed it. After all, I wasn’t diabetic, so why would I need a diabetic drug? And then the girls came, and I felt I absolutely didn’t need it.

    Well, after years of struggling with what I now recognise to be insulin resistance (weight gain that just won’t stop, hair continuing to fall off), Dr. Faye and I have agreed that I should try Metformin. Actually, one of my close friends was in town from the States last week (for her dad’s 80th), and she was the one who asked why I wasn’t on it. She also has PCOS, and with similar symptoms to mine. Though she also had a long wait, she did conceive her boys naturally. But she is back on the drug to control her insulin resistance, and she said she feels so much better generally. So, I ran it by Dr. Faye, and he agreed that I should start on 1000mg a day, and see how it goes.

    So…I start next week because I’m on a juice diet this week  :wacko: . For more deets on that, you can check out my Weight Loss Journal. There will be references between this journal and that one, so get ready  :haha:

    But I’ll be honest, I’m extremely nervous about starting it. The nausea, diarrhoea, mehn…it scares me senseless. But ah well, I won’t know until I try huh?

    I’ll be back next week. Wish me luck  :awww:

    #48770

    Ameera M.
    Participant

    I HATE drugs from the depth of my heart i prefer to take 10 needles daily than swallow a single tablet that’s how bad my phobia for tablet and syrup is. Then i found out i had PCOS and had to be placed on Metformin, the side effects are extremely discomforting. i found out that the best way to take the medication is last thing at night so you can sleep through the side effects. i am also a bit relieved that the tablet doesn’t smell like most drugs.

    Does this mean that PCOS patients are going to be on Metformin for life?

    #48775

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    Thanks so much, Ameera @beautifulameera hun. And thanks for your tip about when to take it. My only challenge is that as I have to take it twice a day, at some point, I’ll have to face the music with those side effects.

    Please define discomforting. Is the diarrhoea that bad? That’s what I’m scared of the most  :wacko:

    Alas, as most PCOS ladies have Insulin Resistance, Metformin might have to feature in our lives way past our TTC days  :dohh:

    #48802

    Ameera M.
    Participant

    The diarrhea wasn’t that bad but for me the bloating was on another level and extremely discomforting. i resolved to taking the tab at night and that worked. I understand you have to take it twice daily, i pray you don’t experience any side effect.

    #48807

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    Thanks Ameera @beautifulameera hun  :heart:

    But bloating :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:  ??? Isn’t that what I’m running away from, this PCOS bloating? Don’t tell me the Metformin will make it worse  😥 . Did you lose weight on it?

    #48885

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    June 12, 2018

    DAY 2

    So, today is my Day 2 on Metformin…and I’m still waiting for the diarrhoea and nausea and bloating. I feel so normal. Is this normal?  :scratch:   :unsure:

    I tried to convince the Pharmacist to sell me the sustained release pills, but she refused! Said I should stick with the normal for now. That’s even because I thought the SR would give me less side effects. But here I am with absolutely none!

    Na wa o! I’m actuallly getting scared  :wacko:

    #48919

    Ifeoluwafunmi
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Well… I just joined this group this evening and the first post staring at me is the metformin adventure… And I feel guilty in a way. Why? Because I’m supposed to be taking metformin too Buh I stopped because I couldn’t just cope with the side effects. Initially when I discovered I had pcos, I was placed on microgynon… Buh after a while, my weight gain was on the increase so I was told to add metformin to it. Really… I hate drugs and having to use microgynon everyday was a huge challenge but thank God it was small sha. And including metformin scared me because I was to use 1500mg in a day… That’s three times daily.</p>
    Believe me, it wasn’t easy… I had several side effects… Bloating, body weakness and pains etc. I get tired at the slightest task. The hunger I battled with was not from this world…lol… I couldn’t perform my daily activities with ease…

    So I decided to drop metformin and just continue with microgynon… But I’m getting bigger day by day… Acne level has increased a lot too.

    The metformin adventure post has set quest on my mind on whether dropping metformin was the right thing to do.

    #48926

    Pearl
    Participant

    This is sure going to be an interesting thread as it will take me back to my teen years and ttc-ing.

    I have never been on metformin because I wasn’t diabetic nor pre-diabetic however just like @ifeoluwafunmi I was on Microgynon, Primolut N, Provera, Orgametril and some others I can not remember their names which I interchangeably used for years depending on the challenges.

    Currently on Lynestrenol (Orgametril) for reoccuring bleeding.

    **The weight gain is coming from either the hormones you are taking or water retention or succumbing to craving like sleep and food.**

    I will use myself as a case study.

    Firstly, I am a picky eater and hardly eat but I love to sleep. Infact I was once considering going for a sleep competition :haha: with the idea of wining that’s how I love sleep.

    Sleeping and the pills (hormones) are top reasons why my weight is skyrocketing.

    Talking about side effect, I get bloated as well but I try getting it under control with ginger tea which is slices of ginger infused in hot or warm water and drink. When cravings sets in I drink water and more water and more water.

    I am not religious to fitfam but I can tell you that my lifestyle mirrors theirs yet the weight keeps skyrocketing which leaves me wondering there is more to PCOS and we are in this for life.

    @nicole, @beautifulameera.

    #48927

    Ifeoluwafunmi
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing @pearl…  Pls I would like you to shed more light on water retention. Also will metformin make me lose weight?

    #48929

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    Thanks @pearl for this. Very great information, especially for newbies like me. I too have never really been diabetic or pre-diabetic, but with all the markers of weight gain, hair loss, et al, I reckon that’s why my doctor gave me the go-ahead.

    But did it halt your period? I’ve been expecting  :witch: since the beginning of the week, and it has been a no-show.  :unsure:   :unsure:

    Oh…another update. The nausea I said I wasn’t feeling descended on me fast and hard. I just hope it eases up after a while.  :sick:

    #48930

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    @ifeoluwafunmi hun, so sorry you struggled with Metformin. Frankly, so am I! The nausea has been REAL, and the way I’ve been eating has been mental. I actually read that it would reduce my appetite, so I don’t even understand. So I feel you hun. Especially with 1,500mg a day! I’m on 1,000mg and I’m struggling.

    That said, I think it might be best to speak with your doctor about it. Sometimes, it does make the difference for some PCOS patients. Also, what is your diet typically like?

    #48931

    Ifeoluwafunmi
    Participant

    Thanks @nicole… I’m actually a bit far from my doctor but I should see him around August tho. I just have loads of complains…. Lol

    As regards the periods, metformin didn’t halt it but I was also using microgynon too, so with microgynon…. I get to see my periods.

    About my diet… My diet is just like any body out there. My doctor didn’t suggest any change in diet since I’m not TTC I guess.

    #48938

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    @ifeoluwafunmi hun, I would strongly suggest you try a low carb diet. Everyone I know, myself included, that has tried it all noted significant improvement in PCOS symptoms. Have you heard of the KETO diet? It’s truly amazing  :yes:   :good:

    As for the missing period…hmmm. Let’s just say I’ve found out what’s causing it  🙂  🙂

    #48939

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    So…the most unexpected thing happened…

    Still speechless  :wacko: . So I’ve suspended the Metformin for now. But I’m utterly speechless!

    #48955

    Jaykay
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>@nicole come and tell us oo. Y did u suspend metformin?</p>

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