Calling all Metforminites! I got issues. In the past few weeks since starting Metformin, I have had occasional dizzy spells and lightheadness, generally in the late morning/early afternoon. They are fleeting, and I soon regroup, smack myself in the head a few times and move on. However, yesterday I had one that took me about an hour to recover from and I ended up going home from work. I was fine after that, but I felt like I needed to lay down and unfortunately no such facility exists at my work. They have no concern for women like me that have to take 8 pills a day and might need to either recline due to getting the vapours, or be sedated because her favourite pen runs out of ink.
As I am a worrier of epic proportions, I shot off an email to WHYBAML straight away, carefully including the phrases, "I am not self-diagnosing but..." and "Apologies for my hypochondriac inclinations". WHYBAML emailed me back at 6am this morning, a time so early I am still not entirely sure of its existence. WHYBAML essentially said that it isn't Metformin causing my dizziness, and suggested that I should go off of it temporarily to see if the symptoms persist. If they do, maybe it is the Metformin, though I don't know how that could be if he says Met hasn't caused my dizziness. If the symptoms remain, then he suggested I see my GP, which, coincidentally, I am lacking at the moment. So really, much as I love WHYBAML, I'm still worried because I need answers.
As someone with PCOS and being on some sort of medication or twenty for the past 8 years, I don't know what is normal or abnormal any more regarding my health. I think there are things that I brush off and accept that other people might find worrisome if they found themselves feeling that way. I dismiss them as PCOS-related, medication-related, or a combination of both. Unfortunately I am not able to do that this time, so I have convinced myself that I have a tumour or diabetes. Perhaps I'm a diabetic with a tumour, who knows!
I had a horrible "virus" three years ago, just a couple of months after I moved to the UK. It happened suddenly, and left me unable to do much of anything for about a month. It affected my vestibular system, which is why I still don't drink. The primary problem was an almost constant feeling of motion sickness, with hearing problems thrown in for good measure. I had lasting effects for about 6 months after it first appeared, and I still don't think everything is back to normal. During the "virus" I visited the GP three times, and each time I was sent away dismissively, when all I was seeking was some sort of comfort and assurance that they actually knew what was affecting me. I hate thinking back to those months, because I am stricken with dread thinking that it could happen again. I cannot convey how terrible it is to be really sick and have no source of solace regardless of how hard you try. Not only did I have to deal with the actual sickness, but I also had to come to terms with the fact that the doctors had no idea what was wrong with me, nor did they care.
So please forgive me if I get panicky sometimes. Trust me, you get the better end of the deal having to listen to me rave on here. The Dude gets the vastly more unpleasant side - me pacing, crying, hyperventilating, and hitting back huge doses of Nyquil so that I can relax enough to sleep. If anyone has any non-diabetes, non-tumour suggestions, I'd love to hear them.