Hello! Great to hear from you. I, personally, am doing great today! I have been having a "blow up" so to speak, with my insulin resistance over the past 4 weeks. All I can say is I'm glad the holidays are over! I am getting my eating back under control! This new year is a year of hope, for me. I will reach my goals!
How is everyone doing? I know the feeling of being connected to your heating pad for the entirety of the time Aunt Flo is in town. It's the only way I survive - that and prescription strength naproxen when it gets really bed. Aleve fills in nicely in the meantime when it's not crucial. Let me know how everyone is! I'm new here (joined years ago and never followed thru) but it's the New Year and I'm ready to get on track in 2013 since I've put on 35lbs in the last 4 months when I moved to TX. Anyone needs encouragement or motivation and wants to be accountability partners please feel free to add me!
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You are not alone! My 16yo daughter and I were just discussing how in the world our periods can be this heavy and not kill us? (She has yet to be diagnosed, but I suspect she has a cyst already and has many of the same symptoms I started with.) I also find that when I am on a particularly heavy menses, I get depressed and I feel less hopeful about losing weight and feeling good about myself. My personal vices are a heating pad and constant ibuprofen!
I must say it's nice to find a site where others can relate. Glad you're feeling better!
I have had this same problem, but I also have endometriosis so I am not sure which of the two or if combination of both is the cause of it. I can not take BC due to migraines and the shakes that it causes. I have just made it a habit of not planning any more than I absolutely have to do on those days and I know I will have them every month so if I have a month that isn't as bad, I can be pleasantly surprised. I wish I had some miracle advice for you but just know you are not alone. Best of luck!
Thank you for responding. I get very frustrated at times but I try to stay positive most of the time. It can be a challenge. Especially something like that because people don't realize that it interferes so much with your life. All we can do is figure out what works for us but it would help if there were doctors who understood!
You poor thing! I've just had one ridiculously heavy period (so heavy I thought I must be having an early miscarriage as it was the same as a miscarriage I'd experienced years ago). If they were all like that, I don't know what I'd do! Interestingly, the 2x I've had a 'period' like that have both been after using Metformin. Like you, it doesn't seem to agree with me. Not the GI side effects that are so common with it, I don't seem to get those, but extreme lethargy, weight *gain* and these flooding periods.
My periods used to be heavier than normal when I was cycling regularly (that was one other charming side effect of Metformin - when I took it the first time, my 6-8 periods a year instantly disappeared completely for 3.5 years). After I decided Metformin just made me too ill, I started taking Vitex Agnus Castus to regulate my reproductive hormones and D-Chiro Inositol to help with insulin/blood sugar control. I take a few other things too, but those two are the main things that I seem to go haywire without. Anyway, since I've been doing that, I've slowly been losing weight (which I could not do before), and my periods have been 'normal'. Not quite a 28 day cycle, but I'm back to having about 8 a year which I'm perfectly happy with for the time being.
It's really hard not having a competent professional you are able to turn to to help you manage PCOS. I'm in the same boat. And I share your frustration at watching people stuff themselves with all sorts of rubbish and have their properly functioning bodies just deal with it, whilst you are so careful it's close to obsessive!
For me the answer was becoming a PCOS expert myself. Being a bit of a control freak, it help me cope better by understanding what was happening, what was causing what and what I could do to influence it all.
Sorry if this is Too much info, but I just don't know what else to do. Does anyone else experience this from their syndrome? I know most women have the opposite problem. I experience this and it's so bad that I can't really leave and go anywhere. It also causes a lot of pain. I talk to my doctor but she just says to lose weight. If only it were that simple. I already tried a few different BC pills and they either made things worse, caused weight gain or didn't do anything. I saw an endocrinologist and his solution was Metformin, It made me so sick and he kept pushing it and I told him it made me sick and I refuse to risk it. There are no other endocrinologists around here except one that was so rude to me. Can you believe it? Only two in this entire area. :O Anyway, I am so depressed over dealing with this syndrome and the consequences. I feel like no matter how well I eat or how much I cut back, it's never enough. I mean other people on here (not on this team, on this site) give advice like it's so simple but they just don't know what it's like. I did lose close to 30 lbs once even having this syndrome but I feel like it's more difficult this time. I have Hypothyroidism now too so that doesn't help. It's hard for me to see my family and friends eating such bad things or a bigger portions of things and they are all smaller than me!!!! I am not diabetic yet and I am really trying to prevent that but I just feel like no matter what, it's hopeless. I try SO hard to stay positive but lately I have been having a harder time.
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