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12/5/12 8:35 A

Keep with it, Ladies! I also have PCOS. I've lost 60 pounds and have had 2 beautiful children after a miscarriage and being diagnosed. It will happen. Keep praying and let God do His work. I no longer take Metformin and I'm still losing weight and my cycles have regulated.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
12/1/12 10:15 A

I was an absolute mess for probably the first 6 months after I was diagnosed and put on Met. It felt good to at least know that there was a medical issue, it wasn't "my fault", but that didn't stop the depression. And like I said, it took me months to adjust to the medication.

My doctor worked with me, gradually increasing my dose. I'm also on 1500 mg now, although the first year I was on 2000 mg. But to start with, I took one pill once a day for three weeks, then upped it to two for three weeks, and so on until I was at the dose the doctor wanted. That gave my body time to adjust to the side effects of Met. Because, as I'm sure you know, the side effects can be very not fun. Right now I take one pill with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I keep a small pill box in my purse for when I'm eating away from home. Eventually it will become habit for you as well, and you'll find the nausea will fade off. Especially if you've adjusted your diet to avoid refined starches as much as possible.

I think adjusting my diet was probably the hardest thing for me. I went through a round of medication a few years before I was diagnosed that saw me violently nauseous 24/7 for the 8 months of treatment. I learned during that time that I could eat anything, even if I was just going to be sick later and lose it. As long as it tasted good going down... I know, kinda gross...but it made it difficult for me to learn to avoid the foods that I needed to be avoiding while I'm on Met. But I did learn, and I have been able to gradually reintroduce some of those foods in small quantities into my diet without serious side effects. Hopefully your doctor discussed the foods that you should be avoiding while on Met. If not, talk to any diabetic on Met that you know. One of my buddies who happened to be on the same dose as I was, but for diabetes, was a huge fount of knowledge about what to eat and when.

Keep the faith in the baby department. There are a lot of women with PCOS who successfully conceive and carry to term healthy babies. If it's ok with you, I'll light a candle for you whenever I light one for me. I'm hoping that we can begin trying again in the new year. Just have to make it through a bunch of tests the doctor wants to do first.

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11/30/12 5:01 P

I have only been on Metformin since Oct 6th. I found out on October 5th that I have that.. My ob doctor found out through blood test and all my levels were off including something about insulin. WE have been trying to have a baby unprotected for over a year. Have not had any kids for 12 years almost 13. but didn't actually try fully unprotected unitl over a year ago. Never have I used medication birthcontrol in my life. I have been on 3 pills a day 1500mg for about 3 weeks. I forget allot to take all three cause I get busy. I need to focus more on that I have 3 pounds this week. But I do need to change my diet. THank you so much for your post Berkana_T I feel the same way with nausea and deppression ... especially about fertility. I trust that God's timing is perfect, that is where I place my faith.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
11/30/12 2:17 P

PCOS is a PITA...

How long have you been on the Metformin? It took me months to work up to the dosage they wanted me on, and that entire time I felt just ick...low energy and feeling nauseous and whatnot all the time. If you're still adjusting to the meds, then that's probably affecting you.

For me, the fertility issues cause bouts of depression, which manifest as a general feeling of ick as well. I have no energy, and just want to curl up away from the world. Dealing with a condition that will never go away also causes the same bouts of depression. It's something that I continuously work on.

Losing weight can be extra difficult for women with PCOS. But the formula doesn't change - if calories in are less than calories out, you will lose the weight. Start small and make changes to your diet that you can live with. Add in small amounts of exercise that you can gradually increase as you go along.

When I was first diagnosed, my doctor put me on a modified diabetic diet. Has your doctor discussed anything like that with you? Do you know if you're insulin resistant for sure? There's a good PCOS group here on Spark that has members who'd be more than willing to support you and answer all your questions. Or I'd me more than happy to talk with you and share my experiences. I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago, but had been living with it for much longer than that.

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11/29/12 11:13 P

'what can i do to loose this weight and feel better."

Track your food and eat the proper amount of calories.

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11/29/12 8:54 P

I was recently diagnosed with PCOS , I also have thyroid issues, and periodontal desease. I found out I have PCOS.. through fertility issues. I am over weight, but about 2 years ago I lost 83lbs and then over this past year I have gained 40lbs back which is when i started noticing all my health problems. I got diagnosed with PCOS in October.. I am on metformin. No weightloss yet but it has stopped me from gaining weight. I still sometimes feel low energy and just sick.. what can i do to loose this weight and feel better.

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