(Closed) Metformin/PCOS/Riomet

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I was just diagnosted with Insulin Resistance (they had thought it was PCOS first), and have a perscription of Metformin too! I have had it for about a week, but have been a bit hestitant to start b/c of all the “bathroom” issues I heard it can cause…..ugh, just have to do it! Good luck and keep me posted – might need some encouragement!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i’ve been on metformin for insulin resistance for about 4 years now. it DOES have the “bathroom” issues – but you REALLY need to watch your diet. i’ve been low-carbing now for almost two years and that (obviously) helps with keeping weight down/off!

Yes, for me the metformin has helped keep the weight off and the IR at bay – but, again, as per my doctor’s instructions, i’ve also turned to a low-carb diet.

and YES, low-carb is VERY healthy and there’s also TONS of foods out there you can still eat / enjoy, including baked goods and breads (but you have to make them at home or order them off the ‘net).

if you’re interested, i can give you some links! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MadameLady: hallelujah! i am not the only one! YES i have PCOS and i am on metformin! i just started about not quite 4 months ago and so far my sugars have lowered! i am on a no-carb diet and exercising and have lost 20lbs! when i first found out i was so worried and upset but my sugars have dropped thanks to the meds and diet. I honestly don’t think that it would be working as affectively with out the working out and eating right! she is hoping to take me off of it in the next couple of months once my sugar gets a little bit lower so i don’t have much more to get it under! Also i am getting on BC which my doctor says it will help too! good luck! and you can over come it! ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Future.Mrs.Lipka: You certainly aren’t the only one.  I was diagnosed about 8 years ago.  I was on Met for about a year & a half but gave up on it.  It caused way too many digestive issues with me.  Most people adjust to it.  I was one of the unlucky ones that the problems never went away.  I started on an ayuvedic medicine a few months ago and I’ve lost 15 lbs, but still no period for 10 months and counting Undecided.

It is a very frustring syndrome. 

Have you checked out http://www.soulcysters.com?  It’s a great support board.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i don’t have PCOS but i’ve lurked on soulcycsters – it’s a really good site!

i just wanted to give a few more links – especially for those of you on low carb diets ๐Ÿ™‚

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com

http://blog.yourlighterside.com/ (her “oopsies” take a while to perfect, but are awesome! i love the “oopsie waffles”)

healthyindulgences.blogspot.com/

this one is more gluten free than low-carb, but it’s low-er carb

http://www.elanaspantry.com/

http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com/

 

but the great thing about eating low-carb (yes, i know this post isn’t ABOUT low-carb, but honestly, metformin and pcos = you need to eat low-carb) is that there’s SO many ways to eat what you “love” and still eat healthy! those sites above have great ways to make pancakes (i LOVE almond flour pancakes!), pizza and yes, even douhnuts! now, granted, you have to make these things at home – but it IS possible!

good luck!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have heard that a low-carb diet is the way to go AND exercise…it’s good to know a few more people in similar situations!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have PCOS, and was also prescribed Metformin.

I unfortunately had to stop taking it after about 2 months. : (

I had the bathroom issue, but I was totally able to overlook that.  However, one of the many PCOS symptoms I suffer is hairloss on my head and the metformin was making it even worse! So I decided going bald was not something I could deal with!

I now just make sure I take my “birth control” pill religiously, changed my diet and have sucessfully been losing weight.  

Will have to go back again after a few months to re-check my hormone levels, hopefully the pills and weightloss will help!

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have PCOS and have been on metformin for…going on 10 years now.  I’m also taking Spironolactone (sp?) and Levoxyl and things are just peachy.  I’ve never had a problem with the Metformin. The only med-related problems I have is getting dizzy from the spironolactone. 

Have you tried mixing the liquid form with some foods?  That might help it not taste so nasty.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I work with quite a few PCOS clients. Diet and lifestyle changes can go a LONG way to alleviating symptoms. 

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