Diabetic/Insulin Resistant Problems: Getting a blood sugar spike in the middle of doing work.
Officially moving up to 1,000mg of metformin.
I was supposed to move up months ago, but I actually forgot until I read the label on my prescription bottle the other day. Oops.
So I just took 1,000mg now with some food in between the two pills. (500mg each) All I ate was a Morning Star Chik Patty, which I didn’t even finish, but I feel tired. Hopefully these little time release capsules will help me process the food better so I don’t feel so sleepy. I will probably get sick today, though. I’m expecting that. Trying to take it easy. All I have to do today is get some groceries and go to physical therapy anyway, so it shouldn’t be too bad.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & Insulin
Long story short, I have OCD and insulin resistance. Here’s the thing: I noticed that when I get a really bad blood sugar issues, my OCD is enhanced 10 fold. Everything has to be just so, I have to repeat things, and I show compulsions that otherwise lie dormant. Today while talking to Sam (HI SAM!), I decided to research it and see if there was any connection. Sure enough, I found this.
Too much insulin secretion after meals or even in a fasting state, causes the blood sugar level to drop or prevents it from rising at all. In a desperate attempt to feed the brain, the body goes into stress mode and churns out adrenaline to try to bring glucose back into the bloodstream. The brain, starved for glucose, is altered in its functioning and excess adrenaline is causing feelings of panic and anxiety, making OCD symptoms worse.
I found several other sources that all state that unstable blood sugar can increase OCD and anxiety symptoms. THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR ME! I’m looking to start psychiatric treatment soon for my anxiety, and I feel like this information will really help me. It may even make sense to start testing my sugar at times when I get an OCD or anxiety attack so I can log if there is a correlation. Okay, this is just me being a geek now about the possibility of scientific and psychiatric research.
But yeah, thought I’d share this information in case there’s anyone else out there like me.
Back from the Endocrinologist
She won’t put me on Victoza. Said my blood sugar isn’t high enough and that it’s more for Type 2 Diabetes than PCOS. I almost cried in her office.
She’s putting me back on the metformin. I just have to get some preliminary blood work to see if I’ve repaired my B-12 and iron deficiencies yet. But I told her I was on metformin for 5 years pre-surgery, and it made me sick every day. She was stunned that I was allowed to be on that medication for that long with those symptoms. It really fucked up my life. But I guess I just gotta see how it goes again this time. She said if I don’t tolerate it after a few weeks, we’ll stop treatment. So much for the hope of using Victoza to finally end my sugar cravings.
MyJourneyToSkinny is my latest skin removal surgery donor, and I couldn’t be happier to promote her blog. Her starting weight was close to my pre-surgery weight, and she’s already lost 20lbs! She is just a sweetheart, and I’ve really enjoyed following her. I know you will, too!
So today I was scrollin’ through my dash when I came across a post from myjourneytoskinny that really caught my attention… and ended up consuming the last 90 minutes of my morning. As I’ve mentioned before, I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. One of the symptoms from this, though it doesn’t affect all PCOS ladies, is sugar addiction. It has been an intense battle for me to combat it, and it’s getting better. But it’s still a rough journey. For years prior to my bariatric surgery, I was taking metformin, an insulin-regulating medication that helps the vast majority of PCOS patients control their symptoms and even lose weight. Like myjourneytoskinny, I was in a small percentage of patients who only received minimum benefit from the drug. For us, the medication would make us terribly ill on a regular basis, and we didn’t lose any weight. Well, I went off of the metformin for my gastric bypass surgery and haven’t been on since.
Because I haven’t been on any insulin-regulating medications for 3 years, I didn’t know that there was a new development until I saw her post this morning: Victoza. Apparently this rDNA insulin ligand has been found to fix the sugar cravings problem for its users, allowing them to final shed some weight. I am INCREDIBLY excited about this and have spent the last 90 minutes back and forth with both my parents on the phone and the hospital that my endocrinologist is at. I’m trying to get an appointment asap to see if my endo thinks it’s okay for me to try this because, well, when you’ve been trying to kick an addiction for so long, eventually you’ll just try anything. But all of the research I’ve read on it so far has been promising, and I am looking forward to hearing what my doctor has to say about it. I do know, though, that she wants my B-12 and iron levels to come back up before putting me on any new medications, so I am continuing to be religious about taking those supplements in effort to get back my health. (And it has given me so much more energy lately, so I am pretty sure it’s working!) But yeah. I determined to make this happen.
So here’s to new hope and a frantic effort to grab life by the balls and make it your bitch.
I have a question for my PCOS sisters out there.
Are there any of you who have been trying to lose weight and have been able to get down to an “average” size? Like around 140 -150 pounds range? My doctor always tells me to not get my hopes up because it’s nearly impossible to become that “skinny” with PCOS.
I want to know if I can beat the impossibility that’s ahead of me. =]
GET A NEW FUCKING DOCTOR. I’m sorry, I don’t mean that at you. But your doctor is an ass to talk to you like that. It’s called “bad bedside manners.” Yes, it is harder for ladies with the weight retention symptom of PCOS to lose weight. But it’s not impossible. As for me, I got big enough (326.5lbs) that bariatric surgery was my answer. I’m down to 203 right now, and the rest is up to me. But the key for PCOS ladies who want to lose weight is to seriously reduce carbohydrates (which can be a bitch because PCOS ladies are more likely to develop a carb/sugar addiction). I recommend doing what I just started doing recently which is Weight Watchers + a tight carbohydrate budget. Give that a go. :)
Nothing is impossible. It just may be really really hard. But you can do it. I’m sure of it.