Why not to scoff at Metformin!
Two weeks on Metformin to try and control the killing cravings for bread, pasta and all things chocolate - or faux chocolate, as in Kit Kat, Snickers, Twirl, Flake and the ridiculously priced hard chocolate caramels I can go through in a oner, and I can honestly say it is a life-changer.
The cravings have, quite simply, gone. I eat like a normal person as opposed to resembling a conveyor belt, can wait between meals without shaking or becoming Mrs Hyde, and eat normal portions - I can control the need to stuff and am beginning to break the habits that went along with my previous ravening eating, such as being unable to have a cup of tea without "something nice" - meaning a cake or three, a biscuit or ten or a loaf of bread and butter and marmalade, Nutella or even dog food! (No - kidding about the last one.) And to anyone who says things like, "you can control the cravings by adjusting your diet/cutting out carbs/ eating Paleo/ high protein low carbs/cut out sugar/just say no ... blah blah" - phooey. NOW I can - but before this Metfomin intervention, I simply could not control the cravings - they were unbelievable.
Had a bummer of a time with the first prescription - after 4 days ended up feeling really ill with nausea and food-poisoning like symptoms (which might have been, actually, but blamed the Metformin anyway) but since I switched to the slow release, it's like I can breathe again.
The rationale by the endo was that, if we can get the symptoms to subside - the cravings alongside the low, low mood and despair from it all, we can begin to tackle the thyroid issues head-on - and i reckon that, so far, so good. Along with the subsidence of the cravings the St John's Wort has finally kicked-in and I feel so much calmer. I can now recognise that I am really weak and tired outside of the hyper-hypoglycemic swings and that my pulse rate is more accurate since I'm not "shooting-up" on sugars. And my mind is calm enough to start tackling the knotty problem of where the heck to get my prescription for Nature-Throid.
My GP is excellent - she's onto the blood tests like a fly onto honey and insists on checking my liver function one month after starting - she watches my bloods like a hawk.
By the way, am I alone or do others find it really difficult to navigate this site? I had some fantastic replies embedded somewhere in my posts about the best-priced pharmacies to get my endo's prescription for Nature-Throid made up, but can I find it? Can I bumps! But at least I know it's not because I'm so foggy - that's clearing up a,long with the despair and anxiety and driven to eat-ness!