Hi Rhonda, The Diabetic Rollercoaster!!!!
I share some of your issues. I was diagnosed with type ll three years ago and initially was on 1 x 500mg Metformin daily....... a bit of weight went on (unwelcome!) but BSL's were fine and I basically ignored the problem until last year when my numbers crept up a bit.. Doc doubled Metformin to 1000mg and since then chaos ensued!! weight went up again.... (very unwelcome!!) BSL numbers went up too... bugger!! So the Doc changed me to Diamicron... weight went on again and my stomach didn't like the Diamicron either!, but I hung on in there!! then because of my weight increase my BSL levels increased again and the Doc doubled the Diamicron........ more weight and I started suffering from severe reflux, didn't initially recognise the link with Diamicron, and changed meds for reflux (ongoing problem for 10 plus years, I suffer from Barretts Oesophagus (pre cancer cells in gullet caused by recurrent reflux) without any success!! Plus my BP started to go up (on Norvasc 10mg and Avapro 300mg already) so Doc doubled the Avapro dosage without much success.....
after eventually realising the link with Diamicron, Doc swapped me back to Metformin......... weight increased again! still having reflux and also crap BSL readings..... So Doc tried Januvia........... couldn't tolerate the even worse reflux, although weight dropped a little.......... Back to Metformin but as the extended version (Diabex XR)@2000 mg a day taken at night......... even worse BSL readings though no reflux (thank goodness!!) A Gastroscopy confirmed more pre cancer cells in the gullet so I was sent off to an Endo......... He was horrified at the BSL numbers and hauled me off into Hospital for a week and started me on 5mcg Byetta, a twice daily injection (not insulin)... He hoped that as this med was not an oral med we could avoid the reflux issue! WOW!!! what a difference that made, My numbers halved within 24 hours............. no reflux............... BP started to settle down I felt better after 2 days!! Now, I am taking 1500mg of Diabex XR at my evening meal after the Byetta shot and my BSL numbers are pretty near normal most of the time!! Byetta also appears to be responsible for my weight coming down, 2.5 kilos in a week, its expensive because its not covered by our public medical cover here in Australia which means paying privately....... but what the heck ITS WORKING!!!!!
Don't know much about
insulin, but maybe you should research Byetta on the net before going the insulin route!! The Endo will up me to 10mcg after a month on 5mcg and then I can expect to reduce the Diabex!! I have heard that some ppl suffer side effects from Byetta but I've been lucky in that a slight evening headache is the extent of it for me, and that beats the horrible headaches that I got before the BSL's started to come down!!
So in summary, Metformin dosage increase....> weight gain.......> stomach problems....> increased BSL readings.....> change meds .......> back to the start!!! Diabetic Rollercoaster!!!
I really hope my experience may be of some help to your decision making Rhonda..... best of Luck!!
Diabetes........... 5mcg Byetta am and pm, 1500 Metformin ER at evening meal.
BP..................... Norvasc 10 mg, Avapro 300mg am and pm.
Baretts oesophagus (acid reflux) Zoton 30 mg am and pm.
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH....... THE TOUGH GET GOING!!
Post Edited (Rob G) : 5/18/2009 6:40:03 AM (GMT-6)