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worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/9/2016 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I'm taking 2000 mg of metformin extended release a d ever since I started taking them I have been getting headaches. I still get the gastro problems. Off and on I have a dull pain in my left flank. I'm giving it til the 11st of April then I'm asking for different meds. The lower flank pain started in December after increase to 1000. It last about a couple days then went away. Then in January when upped to 1500 more back pain. Now on er and 2000 I get the same thing. I've read things that a lot of people have issues with metformin and even heard it causing kidney failure. I get the headache and then I feel like I can't lift my head. Feel weird on it. I know it's been a week But I'm tired of feeling sick

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/10/2016 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if your dosage is too high. If you're really on a low-carb eating plan, maybe your metformin can be lower. It's one of the safest drugs compared to others for diabetes.

Tell you doctor about what's going on with these symptoms.
Lanie

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worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/10/2016 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I am. I'm at the point where I think I need a switch. If I lower it my fasting will go higher. When my fasting is 123 and lower my numbers are good. When they are higher my other numbers run higher. I'm getting very irritated with this medicine. I'm doing everything right and still feeling crappy
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

couchtater
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   Posted 3/10/2016 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I've got that left flank pain too. On the lower ribs area. Hurts about a 2 on a scale of 1-10. If I touch it it goes up to a 4. I'm getting an ultrasound on Monday for it next week.
I get the headache too. If I look upward with my eyes it hurts more.
I'm on 1000 mg a day right now.

Ps. It did attack my mother's kidneys and she had to change to insulin.
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worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/10/2016 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm worried that I won't be able to take the pills and have to go to insulin. The metformin causes gi issues the extended release headaches. Both the flank pain. If I lower the dose my numbers climb
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/10/2016 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
There are other medications besides metformin if you can't tolerate it. Insulin would not be the next choice unless your pancreas quits producing it or produces so little.
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/10/2016 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
The Dr says to split my morning dose to one in morning and one in afternoon and if that dont work then come in and he will change my medicine
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/10/2016 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that's reasonable, splitting the dosage up like that. I know that everyone is different but I haven't have problems with metformin on my eating plan.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/10/2016 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't either at 500 mg I just think maybe not right for me
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/10/2016 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
As far as I know, dosage increases (especially with metformin) should be done slowly and in increments. I think your former doctor had you increase it too fast, too many changes, too fast.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/10/2016 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I think it was better when it was high. I felt better when I was not on medication and looking out for myself. Now I'm eating right. Very little carbs.
For breakfast two Sunnyside up eggs and a dannon light and fit yogurt, if fasting is good then after is generally105 to 126.
For lunch either salad and small amount of fruit and a dannon light and fit yogurt after eating generally 100 to 120.
Dinner is generally chicken made differently every day or dish zucchini and green beans.
So you can see I am low carb but without the meds sugars go up.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/10/2016 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The food you've written is fine. To avoid boredom, you can switch out vegetables and eat fish (if you like fish), or pork and still be consistent. Consistency helps keep the blood sugar more level, then you can have some leeway for a 'special' treat that won't upset the balance as long as it's not a regular habit, like everyday. Also, making sure you're eating enough and not starving yourself is important, although it's ok to have a morning or afternoon when you're busy and don't have time to eat as you normally do but then get back on your usual plan when you can.

If you like cheese, you can make little quiches with veggies, cheese and eggs. You can use those little ramekins and bake them and keep extras for breakfast or even a snack. Or, you can use a pie dish and just eat slices.

I think it's time to post the recipe for "Revolution Rolls", too! :-)
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 3/11/2016 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I was so sick last night I just Went to sleep. This morning fasting by 130. Last couple days was 123. Very frustrating to say the least. I'm trying to be patient. Tonight I'm going out but I'm afraid of being sick because of the meds. I'm debating on taking them. I could take the double dose at lunch and then just the one tonight and be sick at work instead. I think on Monday I'm making an appointment and having him switch the medicine. I am doing everything right and I'm failing. I'm very frustrated and am feeling like I want to give up. My poor husband is being patient but feeling this way I certainly am not meeting his needs. I just want to feel better.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner
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