Thanks for all the advice. I think I have got the Metformin under control. I am on a slow release pill now (only 500 mg 2X daily) so that seems to be helping all the side effects. I am a little frustrated that my Dr. didn't think to start me out slow until I built up a tolerance. I basically had to refuse to take it any more before he would change it. I am now looking for a new doc. My gyn recommended me to the one I am seeing now, so I don't even know where to start, but I will keep looking. I am hoping that if I can find someone who is more supportive, it will help me get everything under control. Thanks for all your help. It is nice to know I am not alone in this big mess.
I agree with the other ladies - tell your Dr. you want to work up to a larger dose, not start with it. Metformin does/can have some rather 'interesting' side effects (forever) and until you learn what those are and how you handle them it's scary and uncomfortable. As for finding a Dr. - call around. My OB has a wonder PCOS RN. She specializes in PCOS - she's the one who diagnosed me. I would say talk to people in your area and then call the practices to see if they fit. You are usually welcome to tour the practice and talk to the PCOS guru...Good luck, a bad Dr. can make a bad situation worse.
I totally agree with ERINMLC. It is so important to start Metformin slowly. Even slowly can be hard but my body seemed to adjust after a couple of months. There are some good books on the subject. When I was diagnosed my Dr. gave me a list. Check with your library to see if they have any. The more information you have, the better.
I wish I could help you with a referral, but I live in Florida! I just wanted to encourage you to take the time to find a GOOD doctor. Not just a specialist, but one who cares about helping you. Take it from someone who spent too long with a doctor who didn't!
I have also had trouble with Metformin...my doctor eventually explained that you can take it in a lower dose and then gradually work your way up to the full strength. This really helped me tolerate it better. Taking it in the evening (in case you have some stomach upset side effects, at least you're home) with a meal also helped. Overall, I still find PCOS to be very confusing so don't be afraid to ask questions. The biggest thing that has helped me has been cardiovascular exercise and starting to lose weight. I also take high quality fish oil suppliments and tried acupuncture. I ask my doctor, talk to a good pharmacist, read reliable online medical information (WebMD.com), and talk to people here when I need to find out what others have tried.
Nobody is going to be a better advocate for your health care than YOU! Best wishes and we're all here when you need help!
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt
Hi, I was diagnosed with PCOS about 6 months ago. I started seeing an endocrinologist referred to me by my gyn, and have been very unsatisfied so far. He did not provided me with any information and immediately prescribed me with a high dose of Metformin. I did not tolerate the Metformin well, it made me sooo sick. I also found out that I have high cholesterol (PCOS side effect). The Dr. never gave me any advice about healthy eating, losing weight, etc. I had no idea that I needed to lose weight until I started researching PCOS on my own. I have went back several times and have not made much improvement. I am starting to feel like I should go see someone who specializes in treating PCOS. I live in Utah, can anyone recommend a good Dr. or give me suggestions on how I go about finding a good Dr.?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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