Thirteen days shy of a year ago, I began taking Metformin. My periods were completely out of whack. They ranged anywhere from 40+ days to, at one point, nine months in between them. For nearly THREE years since I had gotten off birth control my life was a ball of insane hormones. Thank goodness I’ve got an incredible man by my side because I’m not sure how many would have dealt with the constant insanity.
But back to my point.
About two weeks ago, I began realizing that every time I took my morning dose of Metformin (I was advised by my new doctor at my first ultrasound appointment to continue taking it), an hour or so later, I would feel like death. Well, maybe not so bad, but I was nauseous and rushing to the bathroom because I felt like I needed to throw up. BUT, I also felt like I was going to have diarrhea. I know, not the most glamorous visual. One day I even had to call D home from work because I felt like I wasn’t able to keep a close eye on our foster daughter. What misery.
So.. I began skipping some of the morning dosages to see if my sickness was related to the Metformin. Sure enough, I’d feel like a million bucks on those days. Earlier this week, I used the messaging system (I suppose it’s like email) to contact my doctor to see if I could stop taking the Metformin or swap to something else. Quite frankly, I really wasn’t sure why I was still ingesting the stuff every day. I was never, ever diagnosed with PCOS (it’s typical to take Metformin if you have been). My blood sugar levels were a-okay and I’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes. I was told I was only taking it to regulate my cycles.
After a bit of back and forth communication with the nurses, we were finally able to talk on the phone today. After confirming all of the above, she spoke briefly with my doctor and came back on to say, “M, you definitely don’t have to continue the Metformin. Feel free to stop taking it.”
Oh my goodness. I am so excited that I don’t have to worry about this anymore. Every time I was skipping a dosage, I was wondering if I was doing something I shouldn’t have been, but I just couldn’t justify making myself sick when it didn’t seem I needed to be taking it. So hopefully, hopefully there will be less of the running to the bathroom and wanting to lie on the couch and sleep 90% of the day because I feel sick.