could my insulin be making me sick?
Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:18 PM
I also started getting very severe diarhhea, sometimes having to stay up for 3-4 hours a night running to the bathroom, happenng 2 out of 3 nights or so.(sorry it sounds disgusting and it was)
Knowing that Metformin can sometimes have this side effect, I stopped the 1000 and went back to 500, but there was no change. The endo sent me for a colonoscopy, and no pun intended, I was clean as a whistle, so no problem there. Finally a week ago I stopped the Insulin, and the diarrhea stopped, and now the stomach/intestional pains are subsiding. I am feeling better, a little more normal, I am don't feel like vomitiing when I think of food like I did then. By the way, my BG is holding good without the Insulin, thank goodness.
I have my next appointment in 2 weeks.
Anyone else ever have issues like this?
Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:57 PM
Just wondering, while you saw no immediate correlation with coming off the metformin, could that have been a delayed effect, that appeared to correspond with cutting the insulin?
If that were ruled out, I guess, you have the option of trying Novolog/novorapid or Apidra. Very similar bolus insulins, but may not have the ingredient that is disagreeing with you. I get mild side effects with them, but not with Novorapid. These side effects seem random amoung the insulins, for those that might get a side effect.
That doesn't comment on how good the general idea of taking insulin for those purposes is in this instance... or whether you might be trying another tact. I'm leaving that to the side, because I don't know.
Some essentials for my blood sugar control: dosing via i:c ratio and cf • basal testing when needed • daily 40 minutes moderate exercise (or close) • carbs somewhere below 120g currently • only eating carbs and carb/fat combos that do not cause a problem spike, with or without insulin.
Posted 09 August 2009 - 03:02 PM
i was initially on 1000mg of met for 6 weeks before i was properly diagnosed T1 and had severe side effects, similar to what you are describing. it lasted for a week or two after i stopped the met...
how long has it been since you decreased your dosage?
good luck, i hope you are able to find a solution. it's awful when you are feeling like that.
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 03:19 PM
Managing diabetes is an ongoing science experiment. Let us know what happens.
In my humble opinion :wink:
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 10:24 PM
So, switching to Novolog or Apidra is another possibility, that has helped a few people. Not very common.
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 10:27 PM
1st - stomach problems probably are from a major increase in metformin. Ask your doctor to prescribe the "EX" extended release type.
2nd - feeling sick to your stomach is a very common symptom of hypoglycemia. Only way to fix that is to force yourself to drink a sugar loaded soda or eat something good, like a piece of apple pie. (I reward myself when I'm hypo at 2am.)
3rd. You might want to test and record your glucose very frequently when you make changes to your meds.
4th. Remember that the amount of Humalog you take is dependent on the food you're going to eat. A little goes a long way, it's real easy to take too much.
Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:06 AM
Now another funny thing is, my BG have been good. My average the past 30 days is 93, I am eating some real food, (some carbs yay!) I haven't gone over 151, 2 hours after any meal, and usually its closer to 120-130. After 3 hours is back to 80-95. Some times after eating a meal its lower!
I don't think stomach is not from Hypo, I test all the time, 8-10times a day, and I have gone low a couple times back on the insulin, and its not the same feeling for me anyway
I am feeling better, looking forward to lunch!
Thanks all, David
Posted 10 August 2009 - 09:22 PM
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