Friday, November 13, 2009

Pills Pills Pills

Today is a hard morning. I am not quite sure why yet. Usually I get up, drink some coffee, make some breakfast and swallow a small pharmacy. I don't want to eat today. I do not want to take my pills. Each one of them helps me but I am so tired of swallowing 7 pills with breakfast.
Yesterday I threw up lunch...which was odd since I don't have to take anything with lunch...but I guess it's just a side effect of something. I'm really tired of throwing up. It's making things with my Esophageal tract worse. Ugh which reminds me...I go to UCD to pick up my kit today, then I have a Barium Test Monday morning. So NOT fun.

Ok I have gotten a few emails with questions about how Metformin helps PCOS. So instead of answering you all individually I am just gonna answer them here.
*First of all Metformin is not really for someone with light to moderate PCOS symptoms, It's used in treating woman, like me, with advanced stages of the disease but who are still too young to have a Hysterectomy.

Metformin works in three ways. First, it decreases the absorption of dietary carbohydrates through the intestines. Second, it reduces the production of glucose by the liver. Third, and most importantly, metformin increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin.

Insulin is a hormone...go figure...Women with PCOS frequently have "insulin resistance", a condition where excessive amounts of insulin are required in order to get blood glucose moved into cells, where it belongs. Metformin helps your body to transport glucose with relatively less insulin, thus lowering your insulin levels. Chronically high levels of either glucose or insulin in your blood contributes to obesity, heart disease, infertility, and certain cancers, as well as the development of diabetes.Blah Blah blah...

Ok I hope that answers all of your questions....if not just email me back!

2 comments:

Inge' said...

I am sure taking all those pills everyday gets old. I won't act like your mother and lecture you on the importance of taking your meds.

I appreciate your informative post. It must be hard to deal with this disease on a daily basis. I hope you get some relief soon.

-MissC* said...

Thank you so much Inge. Your comments always encourage me.