I would talk to your doctor about it. It could be the Metformin or something else. Gallbladder attacks can come on suddenly and bring along the same kind of symptoms. Those times it does it...did you have a meal that was particularly high in fat or spicy before those attacks? If so, that might be the culprit. I had a similar situation happen and it ended up being my gallbladder. But of course only your doctor will know for sure. Good luck!
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I had a horrible experience with Metformin, so much that I had to stop taking it. Anything I ate would pass right through me so I'd have (sorry for the details) diarrhea everyday. It also gave me severe abdominal pain/cramping and made me nauseous as well. I lost 12 lbs in one week because I couldn't eat and if I did it would pass through me so quickly I probably had no time to absorb any nutrients. Not that losing 12 lbs isn't good but it wasn't in a healthy way.
My grandmother was diabetic and used to take Metformin for years but her stomach pain finally became so bothersome they told her to stop taking it and she felt better within days.
So first of all I would say maybe have them lower your dosage, Metformin is a very powerful drug and lots of people seem to have the same stomach issues with it. Look up apple cider vinegar and see what you think of it. Drinking raw apple cider vinegar every day (diluted in warm water) is supposed to cure many, many, many ailments and is said to be just as effective as Metformin for controlling glucose because it helps restore your blood to an alkaline state. I started taking it a week ago and noticed that my sugar/carb cravings have gone down dramatically. Give it a whirl. You get used to the smell after a few days.
Also, you may want to also consider experimenting with giving up ALL grains, legumes and dairy from your diet for a 21-30 days and see if that helps. Grains/legumes, even whole grains and gluten free, cause insulin resistance and contribute to gut and digestion issues. That means no breads, cereals, pastas, rice, potatoes, beans, peas, processed foods etc. Sounds extreme but after a couple weeks you feel an astounding difference. Try looking up a primal/paleo diet for more information about the lifestyle.
Good luck! I know how awful it is to have that discomfort, hope you can figure it out.
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Yeah I'd get the gas and upset stomach never too painful but definitely embarassing. After 3 months that got under control and I rarely have those issues anymore. This is just gas pains in my abdomin every now and then that hurt badly. It may just be a me thing but was hoping others may be familiar with it too.
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So sometimes when I'm either going to bed or already asleep I'll wake up with sever pain in my abdomen and it even shoots through my back in between my shoulder blades. Sometimes pepto helps (for a short while like 15 mins) and sometimes gas pills will help releave it so I don't want to cry but I still can't sleep. A few times when I actually get sick I feel better quicker but that route sucks too.
I've been trying to figure out what causes it because I never experienced this until I was diagnosed and on metformin. No pop, watching what I eat and nothing seems to stand out for the cause. It always feels like gas pain and I'll either get it two or three days in a row at night and then be fine or get it once randomly and be ok for a month or two. I've eaten the exact same things two days in a row before and one day I was fine the next day with the same food I experenced this. Didn't know if it's just me or if anyone else has had this since being on meds for PCOS.
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