I understand your frustration. It took me forever just to find someone who even knew what PCOS was, and even he didn't really understand it. Thankfully, my new doctor actually specializes in and researches androgen disorders like PCOS.
I haven't heard before about the low vitamin D levels connection to PCOS. Before I switched doctors, though, I was diagnosed with a low vitamin D level. My doctor just put me on a simple vitamin D supplement once a day for a couple of weeks, and my levels jumped back up. I wonder if you could try taking a simple supplement a couple of times a week and see if you feel any difference (assuming of course that you are showing signs of low levels). Hopefully, though, you will be able to see a general practioner who will run the test.
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i was using my gynecologist as my main dr cuz of pcos. I am thinking of getting a yearly check up with my endocrinologist.
I'm in a tough situation. no endocrinologist here focuses on hormone related problems. their specialities are primarily diabetes.
and MANY gynecologists and main stream drs don't realizes the PCOS is an endocrine DISEASE. its NOT a gynecology related disease. arghhhhh!
low D levels. I live in AK and thats alaska no arkansas, I don't get out much, I'm a homemaker, I cover my skin even when its sunny AND women with pcos have much lower levels of Vitamin D than women w/o PCOS.
will think about getting a general practice dr.
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I understand the frustration with your doctor, Brenna. I had one that seemed to be listening but then when the continual bleeding issues started, he just kept switching medicine and the problem kept getting worse. I finally switched to a more local (2 hours away) university physician, and the change was amazing. He is definitely an academic, but he really is up to date on PCOS.
What makes you think that your vitamin D levels are low? Could you ask your general practioner/family doctor to check?
Sometimes all we need is a little bit of a change in perspective.
I was feeling really low several months ago and was really struggling with several PCOS issues as well as continual bleeding. I was beyond exhausted and discouraged. After seeking a second opinion, I found a new doctor who I absolutely love that has spent a lot of time understanding my symptoms and history with PCOS. He ended up taking me off of several meds, and switched my Metformin from 500mg (regular) to 1000mg (extended release). The bleeding stopped and I have lost nearly 10 pounds in 2 months. :) I think the weight loss could be a lot more, but my schedule with work and school has been brutual, and I haven't been good about watching what I eat or exercising. I feel optimistic, however, that my new doctor is going to help me get my symptoms under control and help me achieve my goals.
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