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I am an elementary special ed. teacher and an adult reading teacher. I love scrapbooking, card making, jewelry making, fiber arts, cooking, baking, and gardening.

Four years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was 260 pounds. The nurse practitioner who diagnosed me put me on Metformin. I started working on losing weight, kept a food journal, tried to figure out carbs and blood sugar, etc. I started losing weight and dropped 48 pounds in four months. I was shocked because ...
I am an elementary special ed. teacher and an adult reading teacher. I love scrapbooking, card making, jewelry making, fiber arts, cooking, baking, and gardening.

Four years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was 260 pounds. The nurse practitioner who diagnosed me put me on Metformin. I started working on losing weight, kept a food journal, tried to figure out carbs and blood sugar, etc. I started losing weight and dropped 48 pounds in four months. I was shocked because I'd never had much luck losing weight. Once I had lost that weight the doctor took me off of the Metformin because my blood sugar levels were completely normal. Unfortunately, I slowly started gaining weight back. I was very frustrated because I was still trying to be careful, but it didn't seem to matter. Then last year, I had a herniated disc in my neck that blew out against the nerves going to my right arm. I couldn't feel most of it, couldn't use it because I had no strength in it, and was in excruciating pain. I was out of work for five months. I had to have a foot surgery done during this time too. While all of that was going on, I started coughing. The coughing kept getting worse over the course of the fall, until January when it got to the point that I never stopped. I hadn't gone to the doctor because I really didn't feel sick and I had so little sick time left after the previous spring, but it had gotten to the point that everyone at school was asking me if I was okay and the kids were saying I was hurting their ears, so I went to the doctor. He thought it was bronchial spasms and put me on several medications. It didn't clear up, in fact it got worse. He put me back on the meds and made an appointment with a pulmonologist. I ended up in the emergency room twice and they finally admitted me and kept me for 8 days trying to figure out what medicine would allow me to breathe. They diagnosed me with reactive airway disease. During this time they also diagnosed me with fatty liver disease and sleep apnea. Then while watching a tv show, I heard about poly cystic ovary syndrome and a light bulb went on. After doing some research I found out that it causes just about everything that is wrong with me and that the main treatment for it is metformin. When you have PCOS metformin does help with weight loss, which explains why I lost so much weight when I was on it before. Now they think I have dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle cramping.
Ugh, I am so frustrated. I have been working really hard to take off this weight because it negatively affects all of my conditions. I have managed to take off 31 pounds of the 36 pounds I had regained and am still working on it. It has been a frustrating year and a half. Perhaps it took all of this for me to get serious about trying to get healthy. I just hope it's not too late.
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What a wonderful reply to my blog! Thank you so much for putting it into prospective :) It's so helpful and encouraging!



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