Nope, you’re not alone! :0) Some women do find that right before their cycle, they have issues with higher numbers. I personally didn’t have that issue myself, until my cycle completely stopped all together in Oct of last year.
Metformin will not help to bring your after meal numbers down, exacty. What it does, is help your body to use the insulin better than it does on it’s own (the insulin resistance). The Novorapid (here it’s called Novolog, but is essentially the same insulin, as far as I know) might not be something you would need all the time, but on occasion, when your BG is higher than it should be, for whatever reason. It’s advisable to continue with the metformin, no matter what. Your metformin may also need to be taken in the morning as well, and if that isn’t doing the trick either, then the dose may need to be upped to 1000mg, twice a day. (only time will tell) That is a is common at that dosage, and times per day, and is what I am taking also.
I started out on the mix, when they first put me on insulin. After about 6 months, I found it wasn’t working so well for me, so I switched to NPH and R(egular) separately, taking R before meals, IF needed, to prevent going high in the first place. For about a year, I rarely had to take any R at all, so long as I kept my meal under 30g of carbs, which is about how much I ate per meal, before my doc put me on insulin. Kind of like a habit that was hard to break! LOL It’s a good comfortable amount for me, anyway!
About a year ago, I started having issues with unexplained higher numbers. Nothing had changed. I still ate the same amount of carbs per meal, etc. So I had to up my dosage of NPH. The only thing I could attribute the higher numbers to, was my cycle stopping, and the hormonal state of my body.
Then, here recently, I have started having to take the R insulin with every meal, no matter how many carbs my meal is! I had become, well, basically lazy, about checking my BG throughout the day, since I had been doing so very well. But, began to randomly check, and found I was going high, even if I was eating a meal that was only 20 grams, or even 10 grams of carbs. So now, I’m trying to get myself back on track with the checking my BG after EVERY meal, and keeping my BG in a good range. As well as, bring my A1c back down from 6.4 to the 5.9 it was in September 2007 (the lowest it’s been - and a number I’m personally quite happy and comfortable with).
By the way, I take R insulin, instead of Novolog(Novorapid), because Novolog is SO much more expensive than I can buy the R for. Novolog is a bit more than double the cost! I haven’t any insurance, so I pay for everything out of my own pocket, and I try to keep my costs as low as is possible.