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JACQUELINEMP's Photo JACQUELINEMP Posts: 21
1/16/09 3:14 P

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Congrats on the 18 lbs, that is great! I am actually trying the low carb, lean protein thing now as well. I will let you know how it goes. I have also cut any "white" carb and am sticking to the whole grains!

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NMCMILLAN's Photo NMCMILLAN Posts: 29
1/15/09 1:48 P

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I think what finally helped me start losing was when I kicked refined sugar and flour. I don't drink soda, I only eat whole wheat bread and pastas, brown rice, and try to go easy on carbs. I also try to eat lean proteins. I try to eat 1200-1400 calories a day. That is when I finally lost weight. I have lost 18 lbs in the last 3 months, but I have stopped losing in the past few weeks (mostly because I have been cheating a lot with the holidays :) ).
Good luck with a diagnosis. Keep me updated on your progress, maybe we can find some tricks that help with our symptoms.

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JACQUELINEMP's Photo JACQUELINEMP Posts: 21
1/15/09 11:55 A

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I totally understand, the symptoms can be very depressing and make you have an awful self image. My cycle is regular, but very heavy. I am overweight, insulin resistence, facial hair, some hair on chest, acne (off and on) and I think my hair is thinning in the from but everyone tells me I am crazy and that it is not.

My main issue lately has been the fact that I do about 6 hrs. of cardio a week (step aerobics, jogging, elliptical) and 3 hrs. strength training. I eat fairly well and am still not losing!

Hang in there, we will get some answers!

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NMCMILLAN's Photo NMCMILLAN Posts: 29
1/14/09 3:49 P

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I am in Utah, so not close enough that we could refer good doctors. :(
I think I may have all the sympoms of PCOS. :) I am over weight (although I am working to fix this). I also have an irregular cycle. I have a cycle, but it is usually 40-50 days apart. I also get acne, have facial hair (this makes me crazy), and about 3 weeks ago, I started noticing my hair getting thin. I think this was the last straw for me. I just thought "hair grows where I don't want it to and it is falling out of the only place I want it!" Needless to say PCOS has been very difficult for me physically and emotionally.
I also have high testoterone levels (thus the hair and acne) and I have high cholesterol (I am only 24).
That is very scary how you reacted to BC. I actually gain weight on BC, so I stopped taking it.
What other problems/symptoms have you had with PCOS?

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JACQUELINEMP's Photo JACQUELINEMP Posts: 21
1/14/09 3:30 P

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I hope the same for you! I am in Massachusetts. I have been going back and forth for a few years on this and have not even clearly gotten a diagnosis of PCOS. Everyone has differing opinions. The last endo I went to refered me to a hospital in Boston because he did not know how to treat me (I had stroke like symptoms on birth control a few years ago). I am 26 y.o. Where are you located? Also, what are your primary symptoms?

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1/14/09 3:17 P

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I am in a similar situation as you. I am not looking to get pregnant now, but I do want to manage my PCOS so that when I am ready, it can happen. I have also heard that PCOS can cause a lot of problems (diabetes, heart problems, cancer, etc.) as early as 30. I really just want to find a doctor who can help treat my PCOS to minimize all the side effects.
I am seeing an Endo now, but I have not been too impressed. He did put me on metformin but now he wants to see me every 6 months, and that does not seem frequent enough considering that I have not got the symptoms under control yet. I also worry that he does not know much (or anything) about it because he has never told me that I should lose weight (and research indicates that that could be the biggest improvement to my symptoms).
I just want to take the best care of myself now while I am young (24 y-o). I hope you can find a good doctor to help you manage your PCOS. What state are you in?

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JACQUELINEMP's Photo JACQUELINEMP Posts: 21
1/14/09 1:41 P

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I am actually having the same questions right now. What are your main PCOS related concerns right now? I am not currently looking to get pregnant and my main concerns are currently general weight loss and avoiding the other health issues that surround PCOS. I am going to a reproductive endo in a few weeks and hoping for some answers!

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NMCMILLAN's Photo NMCMILLAN Posts: 29
1/13/09 12:49 P

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Thanks for your advice. I think I am going to give the Endo with PCOS experience a try and see how that goes. This is very frustrating, but it is nice to have support from all of you. :)

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1/13/09 12:13 P

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I would stick with a Endo because PCOS can involve so many areas of the Endocrine System ie insulin resistance, thyroid, adrenals and an Endo should be on top of any potential problems.

However if you are not happy with the one you have I would search for another one and if you found an Endo that specializes in PCOS that would be the best.

Hope this helps.

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1/13/09 1:02 A

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Most who specilize in PCOS are GGYNs that i knwo of and they can be few and far between in finding - a reproductive endro might be good if you are thinking of getting in that way (if not he/she might not event think about touching you, same can go for some of the GYNs who treat PCOS)

Id stick with the Endro in general who treats all of the endrocome system not just one aimed at PCOS - since diabetes and other stuff is common for many with PCOS, but if you can find one that works for you all the power to you.

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1/12/09 5:46 P

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Hi everyone. I am needing some advice. I was sort of diganosed with PCOS last Feb. I have been going to an endo that I have been fairly unhappy with so far and have decided that I need to find someone new. So my question is should I go to an endo who has a specialty in PCOS, or should I go to a reproductive endo? I am so tired of PCOS running my life and just need some good medical advice on how to best treat it.
Please let me know which you have had the best luck with.

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