Metformin Sucks

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SECS

Weight: 150.8

Well, I feel like I wasted my spring break.  I had plans to get all of my stuff organized and put away and to get my seedlings transplanted into their ultimate homes.  Did any of this actually occur?  Of course not!  I did go with my fiance and a good friend to a baseball game- it was my friend’s son’s first game (he’s 3)!  It was so fun getting to do something through the eyes of a child.  He clapped and cheered for everything, especially the fireworks.  We also went to a cute coffee shop that allows you to “make” your own ice cream- the joy on his face gobbling up his chocolate brownie concoction was incredible.  We skipped Easter because I never got plans straightened out- holidays are so stressful for me, my family is just, ugh.  We enjoyed the day anyway by taking the pup for a nice walk downtown and through the park to see the waterfall.  I have spent the better part of the last 48 hours or so writing TWO economics papers that are due by 11:30pm tonight.  Yes, I had ALL semester to write them- but April is so far away in January!

Photo via Greenville Zoo
I’m lucky enough to have this incredible beauty to enjoy right off of Main Street!

I’ve actually finished with time to spare so I thought I would bring something up- today on Facebook via Power Up for PCOS!, a lady posted about being tired all the time and having stomach pain with PCOS.  A lot of ladies offered suggestions ranging from sleep to vitamins to thyroid.  My personal approach was wondering if she takes metformin.  In my experience, metformin left me with NO energy and unmanageable stomach problems…to the point my doctor told me to stop taking it.  I was miserable.  My body felt like it was made of lead and I was throwing up nearly every single night (not to mention the embarrassingly frequent upset tummy trips!).  My experience is not unique; however, this served as a catalyst to take a more natural approach to PCOS.  This means I decided to take charge of what and how I eat and how often I get outside and take a walk.  I haven’t made drastic changes.  Anyone can do what I have done, and that’s why I encourage you to try it!

The more research I put into metformin versus lifestyle changes for PCOS, the angrier I get that many doctors place women on this drug without trying something less invasive.  Metformin is not the only way to manage insulin resistance!  What is worse, many doctors will place women on this drug and NOT strongly suggest lifestyle changes to help control the condition.  I won’t even start of the lack of education regarding alternatives and side effects.  Metformin may be wonderful for some, but ALL of us can benefit from a low carb diet, or rather, being mindful about how foods affect our blood sugar.  ALL of us can benefit from moving around more and building lean muscle mass.  In fact, metformin has been shown to increase efficacy of these changes- but like anything else, it’s NOT a magic bullet.  If you tolerate metformin well, that’s wonderful!  Make sure you take full advantage of its benefits by changing your habits.  If you don’t tolerate it, like me, change your lifestyle anyway- you will be amazed at what YOU can do without drugs!

What has been your personal experience with metformin?  Was it exactly what you needed to get healthier and feel better?  Was it a horrible mistake?  What do you do to manage your insulin resistance?

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  1. Laurke Denise

    Metformin tore my stomach up! Not just feeling sick and lots of bathroom trips, but I felt like my insides were going to squeeze right out of my body. It was horrible and I didn't stay on it but a few weeks. I shouldn't have stayed on that long but…oh well. Like you said, it was the only option other than b.c. pills I was given.

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  2. SECS

    I'm sorry to hear you had a similar experience! I am so glad to not be taking that horrible stuff anymore! Not only was I constantly sick, but I kept having "low blood sugar" feelings while I was on it- like having trouble standing I would get so woozy. Scary to drive or do much of anything! Not sure where you are in your PCOS journey, but you CAN do SO MUCH for yourself with diet and exercise, and carefully selected supplements. A lot of doctors aren't nearly as educated about this condition as you can be! Best of luck and I hope you continue to visit!

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  3. Gina

    I was taking Metformin and I was having a lot of stomach problems with it and I told my Dr. and he told me to just let the side affects run its course for a few months so I did thinking that it would subside and it never got better so I just stopped taking it on my own. Now I am trying to figure out how to manage PCOS naturally and I am very happy I found your blog. It is very inspiring and it gives me hope to know that there are other alternatives out there to try to manage it. I tried to do some research but your blog is the most helpful. I am definitely going to try the vitamins I am concerned about how much to take and when to take them. I don't want to take too much and have side affects. I know I have to change my eating habits and exercise more but I am willing to do whatever it takes to get this weight off and start to feel better!

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  4. SECS

    Gina-

    I am SO happy that my blog has helped you! That seriously makes my day 🙂 You have so much power to help yourself. Proper diet and exercise will make you feel like a new person, seriously. The supplements amplify the effect. As you may have seen, I dropped about 40 pounds from January 2012 to August 2012, and honestly it wasn't too terribly hard when I focused on HEALTHY choices. Now I'm 27 weeks pregnant with our first miracle, despite being told I would need to be on metformin and have fertility drugs/treatments (obviously, I didn't!). Best wishes in your journey towards better health. Please update me with your progress, I am so excited you have made the decision to take care of and heal your body!

    Much love,

    SECS

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