Metformin and pancreatitis

Common Questions and Answers about Metformin and pancreatitis

glucophage

To the point I only have 1 to 2 drinks a month. I do have diabettes and I am Metformin to control it. What else could be the cause?
The symptoms of autoimmune pancreatitis for me were weight loss, pale stools, gallbladder-like attacks (but longer-lasting) and elevated liver function tests - which initially were thought to be a bile duct obstruction complicated by blockage of gallbladder sludge. Stenting the common bile duct and later removal of gallbladder (which was in bad shape) still didn't solve the problems. See my response (above) to DT10 for further info.
My thinking now after talking to Dr Nicolson on this site is could I have had pancreatitis most of my life and never been diagnosed with it and maybe that is where the diabetes is coming from, which might make it harder to manage. I have an appointment with my doctor this Thursday to see if I can get him to look into it more, maybe see an endocrinologist or other specialist.
All I can say to that is if you are not IR or have type 2 diabetes you don't want to be on metformin. My husband is diabetic and needs it but why would you want to take it if you don't need it? Too much IR resistance information going around these days. Either your IR or your not. Tx life doesn't revolve around IR resistance, diabetes, obesity etc, etc. I think it's good to be aware, but all the information lately has been a bit much. Prior to tx fasting glucose was normal.
The key for me was the Metformin with a very low carb diet. I shed a lot of weight... stayed on Metformin and got pregnant twice. I can honestly say, it was the combination of the two. Now that I'm perimenipausal.... HELP... oddly I have monthly periods now (unlike my 20's and 30's when they were non existant) but my mood swings are terrible and I now have diabetes. I've had pancreatitis 4 times due to extremely high triglicerides.
When I got out I was put on a low fat diet. Tricor to lower my Triglycerides and Metformin to Control my Diabetes. I went through extreme frustration and felt overwhelmed and at times I still do. I never really worried about what I ate before that so now not only watching my fat but also my sugar and carbs is very difficult. Since I've been on the low fat diet my weight has gone from 186 to 146.
Gallbladder disease/stones, cardiac issues, digestive problems, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, cushing's, liver disease, pancreatitis, and all of my tests and blood work come back with in normal ranges. In essence, I medically appear that nothing is wrong, other than the beginning of ulcers. Other than my PCOS, teratoma, and hypothyroidism, I was the picture of perfect health before my surgery.
I am on daily medication to control my stomach acid levels, and need to take digestive enzymes with every meal. I never had pancreatitis and my pancreas is totally normal otherwise. the reason why it stopped working is unknown, but it all started with my type-1 diabetes. Once this happens, its a mission to control your sugar levels, I used to go from hypo to hyper like 5 times a day. Now its under much better control, but still not in the way that it was when I was just a diabetic.
The possibilities are - 1, Chronic pancreatitis with intermittent flare up ( acute pancraetitis on the background of chronic pancreatitis). 2. Pancreatic malignancy should be ruled out if there is no family history of diabetes and you are an elderly individual.
Medications like Metformin, Avandia and Actos (Sometimes exercise and weight loss are not enough to get rid of the insulin resistance because the Hepatitis C virus keeps causing it) Medications like Metformin and Actos decrease insulin resistance. In other words, they help make the cells in your body more sensitive to insulin. BUT they DO NOT make the pancreas produce more insulin, so they won't make your blood sugar come down 20 points of whatever. They don't do that.
I developed diarrehea a month later that has become persistent. I went to my GI and he seems to think it is the Metformin and wants me to try going off it for a while to see if he's right. I checked all my meds on my list and the Cinn-Max was the only other thing I started at the same time as the Metformin. I have gone off the Cinn-Max for the last week and the diarrehea has almost gone. Has anyone ever heard of this side effect from using cinnamon supplements?
I think everything is over and I clean up. I walk out of the toilet and in about 2 minutes time the stomach cramp and the fainting sensation comes back (I've fainted only once to date from this and was out for about 15-20 minutes). 6. When I get back to the toilet I have a really violent Diarrhoea episode in pure liquid state.
A few years ago I had acute chronic pancreatitis and multiple organ shut down. The Doctors called a family meeting to tell them I was almost certain to pass away in the next 48 hrs. Obviously I somehow made it but since then I have had Terrible pain in my left abdominal region and for some reason I can't find any medicine that works at all I have tried every opiate from oxycotin to morphine to the patch and many more and they do nothing at all at any dose.
I think that if you've had low B 12 in the past you meed to be extra vigilant about it in the present and future. The symptoms can be neurological and can be mild or very severe. It can be confused with Alzheimer's, MS, stroke and some other serous stuff. In a healthy normal person they get B12 from their diet and then this special area of your intestines make something called "intrinsic factor" that makes the B12 work.
I did some reserch on line and found there are all kinds of side effects, damage to the kidneys, liver and G.I. issues. For the last year I have had IBS and now my blood sugar is climbing, (only my fasting). Needless to say I have quit taking the injections because I'm afraid it has caused these changes. Has anyone else had these sort of problems? I'm going to see my Dr. in a few weeks and I want to be better informed.
metformin, lisinopril, zocor, and baby aspirin. Ironically, since being put on the meds I have been experiencing severe reoccurring upper abdominal pain coupled with vomitting. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say the pain is above 10. The pain is similiar to labor pain. The abdominal pain would start in my upper abdomin area right below the rib cage. The pain is reduced as time passes and completely gone by the 3rd or 4th day. The pain initially occurred every 3 months.
Not happy with that diagnosis, i researched scientific papers and other websites and trialed the sublingual B12 option. Optimal B12 serum is over 800pg/mL or 600pmol/L. If your gallbladder is removed, you may have trouble absorbing fats, which can also cause a deficiency of some fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. However, gallbladder removal does not directly affect vitamin B12 absorption.
Went back to endocrinologist she diagnosed me with insulin resistance and prescribed Metformin. The metformin has helped with the sudden rapid heart rate, fatigue and muscle pain. I believe that diet, exercise and Metformin will help get my body back to normal. I was always a very active and ate healthy. My doctors could never find anything wrong with my blood work. It always looked great. If you have ovarian cysts or PCOS you should be watched to prevent future problems, like diabetes.
I was originally put on glyburide and metformin but within six months was taken off metformin and my birth control pill (which I had been on since 2006) due to a small adenoma on my liver found in April 2012. Subsequently I was put on Lantus and Novolog insulin. Autoimmune Pancreatitis diagnosed in April 2012. Originally hospitalized for four days in March, it was thought to be an acute case. In April I ended up back in the ER.
I have been experiencing some pain in my upper stomach immediately after eating for about six weeks now. I am male, white and 65 years old. I am diabetic and have been taking metformin, crestor and altace for several years with no ill effects. The pain occurs about 15 to 30 seconds after ingesting food or drink. Fresh fruit and salads seem to cause more intense pain. Antacids do not in any way alleviate the problem. This pain is not at all like acid indigestion or heartburn.
We could have added more Metformin, and Actos, and then perhaps resorted finally to insulin, or, we could try this. Time will tell if we made the right decision, but my sugar levels are saying, for now at least, that we made the right one. What I would like to learn here is if there have been any serious side affects (besides pancreatitis which I already know about) in people since the studies were documented in the med insert.
It's been a long time since he had too low of numbers and that only happened a few times. He takes metformin and tricor for the diabetes, as well as several other medications such as methadone (for pain), vicodin (only occationally) and ativan for anxiety. He gets blood tests about every 4 months, but the doctor doesn't seem to care very much to resolve this. He only goes to our family doctor because the specialist is an hour away and we just can't afford the gas.
I was taking 40 units of Lantus nightly, and 1000mg metformin. I am no longer taking Lantus but, I am still on metformin. Five months on Victoza I lost 32 pounds. Today I have lost a total of 48 pounds. A1C went from 8.2 to 6.7. Victoza does decrease your appetite tremendously; I have to force myself to eat at times. But, I also realized after not eating so much (stomach shrinkage) it becomes hard to overeat….which is a good thing for me. Victoza has been a Blessing for me.
However, my cysts have been bothering me the past few days, and they were pretty bad last night. I took a Tyleonl 3 and went to bed. I woke up about 3 hours later with the same horrific pain I had with the gallbladder problems. I took everything imaginable for heartburn/gas, nothing helped. I was getting ready to have someone take me to the ER when the pain subsided to a bearable point. It had been going on and off for 2 hours at that point.
Things don't seem to be getting any worse so I think I will give the new enzymes and the metformin a whirl for a few months. I appreciate all of you help. If you think of any other information let me know.
The adverse effects of Lyrica are - dizziness, drowsiness ,visual disturbance (including blurred vision, diplopia), ataxia, dysarthria, tremor, lethargy, memory impairment, euphoria, constipation, dry mouth, peripheral edema, loss or decrease of libido, erectile dysfunction, weight gain , depression, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, myoclonus, hypoaesthesia, hyperaesthesia, hypomnesia, tachycardia, paramnesia, excessive salivation, sweating, flushing, rash, muscle cramp, myalgia, arthralgi
• high amounts of glucose in the urine, which leads to dehydration and causes increased thirst and water consumption; • weight loss despite an increase in appetite; • fatigue; • nausea; • vomiting; • bladder, skin, and vaginal infections; • blurred vision; and • lethargy What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels, that result from defects in insulin secretion, or action, or both.
I have been cutting and keeping my meds to an absolute minimum to survive mode for some time, but the metformin discussion and a question of bandman's just got me rethinking about all this stuff. I understand that pregnacy is OUT of the question for treaters, and for some while afterwards due to all the RNA damage, but does this hold equally true for the rest of us as it relates to how much of, and whether to consider a medication.
And it's such a shame that so many here have started treatment over the years without their treating doctors even mentioning the BMI factor as those studies have been out there. And now the Metformin and similar studies are giving even more hope where diet and exercise for whatever reason will not work. I was mean and lean when I started tx but it wasn't because anyone told me to in terms of HCV treatment, I just lucked out because I was somewhat of a health freak.
Dropped to 195 once I started Metformin and has held steady there for years. And that's without even getting into my cholesterol, blood pressure, insomnia, etc. etc. And that's just one patient's post-tx symptoms. Can you imagine trying to catalog and analyze the problems of a representative sample of post-tx patients? I've sorta given up hope on studies and just accept what it is is what it is.
MedHelp Health Answers