Good Morning Sweety:
I feel ridiculous calling a grown Woman Sweety
but you give me no choice. I prefer using names.
I am not saying that you do not have Neuropathy in your feet and I am not saying that you do not have GastroParesis(damage in the stomach)from Diabetes. If you went undiagnosed for 5 years you may have some of one or both problems.
Since you are on Metformin, that could also be causing your stomach problems. The common side-effects of Metformin and symptoms of GastroParesis are stupidly similar. The symptoms of Metformin can last up to 4 months or be Very mild and not be a problem.
It is highly recommended that Diabetics tell your Dr. all the medications that you are taking including over-the-counter(OTC) stuff.
Check the symptoms and side-effects and see what you think.
HealthyOntario.com - Consumer health information and health services for Ontario, Canada
Is there any reason why I shouldn?t
take this drug?
You should not use this drug if you are allergic to it.
This drug should not be used and will not work if
you have type-1 diabetes. Tell your doctor if you
have or have ever had:
? Ketoacidosis or Lactic acidosis
? Problems with your kidney or liver
? Heart Failure
? Severe Lung Disease (i.e. emphysema)
? Polycystic ovary disease
? Problems with stomach cramps, diarrhea or pain
Acute problems such as severe burns,
dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, severe
infection, severe heart failure symptoms or severe
breathing problems can make your body more
sensitive to metformin and increase your risk for
As well, certain medical tests that involve the use of
contrast agents (a dye-like substance used to
"highlight" an organ), or x-rays, may decrease the
amount of urine that you produce which, in turn,
could lead to too-much metformin in your body.
Your doctor may want you to stop taking metformin
for at least 48 hours or until he or she knows for
certain that you have normal kidney function.
What about possible side effects?
The most common side effects to metformin are
mainly related to the stomach and typically occur in
about 30% of patients. They usually occur at the
start of therapy, with higher doses and should go
away with time. Side effects may include:
? Diarrhea, stomach cramps
? Passing of gas and feeling bloated
? Not feeling hungry
? Feeling nauseous and vomiting
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best
way to take this medicine to lower your risk of side
Other side effects which occur less often (in fewer
than 10% of patients) are:
? Weight loss (not all side-effects need to be bad!)
? A metallic taste in your mouth (about 3% of
? Low Vitamin B12 levels in the blood (about 6-8%
of people): This may happen when taking
metformin for a long time but it does not
necessarily lead to anemia. Your doctor will likely
check your vitamin levels every 2-3 years if you
need to continue taking this medication.
? Lactic acidosis (where your body has a difficult
time balancing the amount of acid in your
blood): this is an extremely rare side effect
(about 1 in 10,000 people -0.0001%) and is only
a concern when other risk factors are present.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any
concerns or questions
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you are
concerned about these or other unusual symptoms
while taking this medication, ask your doctor and/or
pharmacist for more information and advice.
What if I am taking other drugs?
Always provide your doctor with a list of all other
drugs you are taking (including over-the-counter
medications and herbal/natural products) as they
may interact and may change the safety or
effectiveness of either drug.
Tell your doctor
specifically if you are taking any of these drugs as
he/she may need to make changes or check you
? Prednisone, dexamethasone, cortisone, high
dose hydrochlorothiazide (>25mg), albuterol,
pseudoephedrine, olanzapine, risperidone, niacin.
(These drugs may increase your blood sugar and
decrease the effectiveness of metformin.
? Other diabetes medications (glyburide or other
sulfonylureas, insulin, rosiglitazone, pioglitazone,
repaglinide, nateglinide, acarbose)
? Fenugreek, licorice, bitter melon, eucalyptus,
ginseng and some other herbal/natural products
? Atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol and other betablockers.
(May decrease your ability to feel the
symptoms of low blood sugar).
This is not a complete list of drug interactions. Ask
your doctor or pharmacist to review your list of
What are the symptoms of gastroparesis?
Signs and symptoms of gastroparesis are:
pain in the upper abdomen
vomiting of undigested food?sometimes several hours after a meal
early feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food
weight loss due to poor absorption of nutrients or low calorie intake
high and low blood glucose levels
lack of appetite
spasms in the stomach area
Eating solid foods, high-fiber foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, fatty foods, or drinks high in fat or carbonation may contribute to these symptoms.
The symptoms of gastroparesis may be mild or severe, depending on the person. Symptoms can happen frequently in some people and less often in others. Many people with gastroparesis experience a wide range of symptoms, and sometimes the disorder is difficult for the physician to diagnose.
Sorry this is so long. It only came in pdf from this site. You probably have seen all this already.