Female problems have me feeling like crap!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ok, so since March my periods have been so messed up. I've missed several of them (no pregnancy) and when I do get them, they're very heavy. Last Wednesday (the 22nd) I start my period after not having one since the end of July. It's so heavy I can hardly keep up with it. (I've gone through 40 tampons already). Monday rolls around and it's still insanely heavy. I told my mom and husband about it and they both urged me to go to the doctor or the ER. Well, I didn't have any pain so I decided to go to the doctor. I go to the doctor and explain everything and he says that it sounds like PCOS (Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome) but that he wanted to do a blood test and schedule an ultrasound. So he took the blood and my ultrasound is this Saturday. He's going to look for cysts on my ovaries. Symptoms of PCOS include:
-Acne (Yes, my acne is horrible. I'm 23, it should be getting better, not worse!)
-Missed periods and/or heavy periods (I have both)
-Hair loss at the scalp (Nope, I have thick hair though)
-Extra hair growth on face, back, stomach, arms, etc. (Yes, I've been bleaching the hair on my arms and upper lip since May. I never had to before.)
-Depression (Yes. I thought I was just stressed about work but it's been a lot worse lately.)
-Fertility Problems (Hubby and I haven't used birth control in a little over a year and no pregnancy)
-Weight gain or weight loss (Obvious! I've been consistently gaining weight)

So I have all symptoms but one. The treatments are exercise (weightloss), eat healthy, birth control for hormone control, acne medicine, and diabetes medications if needed. If there are cysts, they will need to be removed. Oh yeah, and a possibility of infertility. GREAT! I feel like my whole purpose in life is to have kids. Don't take that away from me! If I find out I can't have kids at all I don't know what I'll do. I'll be lost. I want a baby so bad so that's my motivation for losing weight. The doctor told me that while I'm bleeding I need to be resting because I'm losing so much blood. As of today I'm on day 8 of a very heavy period. I'm exhausted and I feel weak. But I also feel lazy. I haven't exercised since last Thursday. I don't know what to do. I have about 50 pounds to lose. How am I going to make this happen? I need a plan. If anyone out there is reading this and has any suggestions for me, please comment. I need help.
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  • no profile photo CD10031417
    WOW! I think it is no coincidence that I found your page!
    We're both married, same age, same build, same goals- same PCOS. :( Unfortunately, there's not a "cure" for PCOS, but like you said in the post, there's treatment. I personally hate Birth Control pills. I think they're fine for other people, but when I take them, I turn into a psychotic hormonal monster. So, I have had to find other ways of coping with all the lovely crap my body puts me through. I'm not exactly a "all-natural," Pocahontas "colors-of-the wind" girl. However, I have found a couple of natural remedies that help a bunch.

    First of all is kind of common sense- HEAT. Wet heat, preferably. At CVS, believe it or not, they still sell those archaic looking hot-water bottles. Just dump a bunch of hot water in them and lay it on your tummy or thighs or back to take some of the pain away. If you can't just lay down, because you have to go to work or something, try using Thermacare heating pads. They make ones specifically for period cramps, and have them at pretty much any pharmacy. They're a little more expensive, but work great for on-the-go pain relief.

    Second for pain relief is Ibuprofen. I don't know if you take anything else, but Ibuprofen is what my doc recommended for me, because it treats pain at the source. This is just a personal preference. If something works better for you, go for it.

    Third for pain relief is TEA! :) Sounds crazy, but hear me out. A friend of mine with PCOS recommended "Raspberry Leaf Tea" (it HAS to say LEAF in it,, not just raspberry tea! ) You can get this at the grocery store, health food store, or online. Just brew a cup, and sip up! It doesn't taste terrible, but it doesn't taste great, so add some honey or splenda, etc. No kidding, after drinking this for a couple months, my cramps and bleeding have seriously decreased. I have no idea if it has this effect on everybody, but It sure did work for me! Remember, you can also look for tea that has Rasp leaf IN it, but not the main ingredient like one called "Female Toner."

    Fourth is IRON! If you are losing a lot of blood, you may have low Iron, like me. PLEASE make sure you eat enough iron, even if it doesn't fit exactly into your diet. It is pretty important, and it will give you the energy to keep going! I take an iron pill everyday. and that helps a lot, but I also make sure I up my iron intake from real food (it makes a difference, for some reason) when I'm on my lady-time. Just search "Iron-rich foods," there are some yummy ones out there. My favorite is steak! :) Kind of sinful to say that on a diet site, though. :P Spinach is another example. That's better.

    Last is exercise and water. Trust me, I know exactly how HARD it is to get out of bed when this is going on, but it's worth it. When you are actually bleeding and in a bunch of pain, I don't suggest going for a mile-long run, but if you can just sit up, grab a 3 pound weight and curl it a couple times, it really will help you. And when you are off your period, and feeling a little bit normal, WORK, BABY! This is the time to get your weight off, so that some of the symptoms will ease up. I have only lost 5 pounds recently, but I already feel a change. When you're feeling crummy, it's OK if you don't LOSE weight, but you also need to make sure you're not GAINING back what you lost, or losing muscle. You can DO THIS! We can totally beat PCOS up! And make sure you drink a TON of water and stay away from caffeine.

    I'm sorry I wrote SO stinkin' much, but I was pretty excited to find someone who is going through what I am! I hope you achieve your goal! Let me know if you have anymore questions, and I can try to help. I would love to be your SparkFriend. You already motivated me! :)

    3466 days ago
  • WHITMAN1002
    We need to talk!!! I've been going through the same exact thing for, oh, 10+ years! Finally got a diagnosis 4 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't have much in the way of suggestions, as I'm still battling infertility, still have cysts, and have had complications from some of the hormones I've been given for both problems! PCOS is not fun!!!
    3659 days ago
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