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Thursday, August 23, 2012

So, I haven't had a period since last October. My husband and I would like to have a baby(only after I have lost some weight, I want to have the healthiest pregnancy I can), so I went to a fertility specialist to see what was going on with my missing cycle. Come to find out, I have PCOS. After being CONSTANTLY fatigued, depressed, irritable, anxious, and gaining weight at a pretty steady pace, I wanted answers. A diagnosis wasn't good enough for me, I wanted to know what was causing it. I went through a battery of tests and I found out what is causing the PCOS. I am insulin resistant, and the doctor said that I am Pre-Diabetic. WELL, isn't that scary to find out!? Ugh... So he has put me on a strict diet, and wants me to follow Atkins. He says, I have too many sugars in my system, and need to lay off the carbs. Which is somewhat alarming to me in a way, because I don't eat a lot of carbs. Plus, I only eat whole wheat pasta or bread IF I do eat it, although I know that a carb is a carb. I do eat a lot of fruit, so that could be an issue.

Anyway, I started the Induction phase of Atkins on Tuesday, and so far I am doing ok on it. I have told myself that this is not just about losing weight anymore, it is about my health. I don't want to develop diabetes, obviously. The good news is, that it's not my thyroid that is causing the PCOS, and it isn't a problem with my brain. It is simply too much insulin and it is 100% reversible. There are no other issues with my reproductive system, my tubes are perfectly normal and so are the other hormone levels that he could test. So, in a way, it is good news, and I caught it early. I do have some build up on my ovaries, but that is the eggs that aren't releasing, thus causing cysts. But, he also said that over time, they will shrink and I should be back to normal.

SO, here's to beating this diabetes and taking control of my health!!! I am ALL in on this one... and am excited to learn that THIS is the reason I cannot lose, THIS is the reason I am exhausted and depressed constantly and THIS is the reason for the weight gain seemingly out of nowhere. I am happy to finally have some answers, and happy that the doctors were able to give me a reason for my struggles with weight and with my missing cycle. I CAN fix this. And I WILL...
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    you will fight this you have such a positive attitude.
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    2068 days ago
    you are positive you have a plan you will get a little better every day emoticon
    2068 days ago
    Keep that positive attitude and you can do anything! You have co
    Pete support from this Done sister anytime you need it! :) emoticon
    2069 days ago
  • SYZYGY922
    I was diagnosed with PCOS and Hashimoto's thyroiditis back in 2003. I've been taking Metformin since then and it has helped me a lot. My fasting insulin levels were 51! From what I understand, anything above 5 is not ideal, and anything above 10 indicates insulin resistance. I was gaining lots of weight for no reason, as well. Now my fasting insulin stays around five or six, but I still take a small dose of Metformin. I have a friend with the same conditions, and she was finally able to conceive after being on Metformin for a while.

    Good luck to you. I had to have an ovary removed because it got so bad! I still have problems leftover from that. PCOS is awful!
    2069 days ago
    It is really good you found this out early on....I didn't find out what was going on with me until I ended up having a HUGE cyst send me to the ER for emergency surgery! I lost an ovary and part of one of my fallopian tubes as well. Like you, I was steadily gaining weight no matter what I did--exercising and diet seemed to make no difference. It was so depressing and I felt like my body was freakish or something. Like I had no metabolism. I just couldn't figure it out, and my doctor never looked into anything because I was continuing to have regular periods. He just suggested I try Weight Watchers. It was really discouraging, to say the least.

    I'm eating low carb now (not Atkins, paleo) and really enjoying it. I feel great, weight is steadily coming off, I have energy, my moods are great...plus a whole lot of other little annoying issues have cleared up. Dry, cracked heels...a problem I had with a ligament in my hip/femur (TFL) is gone...arthritis has vanished, too. So great!

    I think the induction phase of Atkins sounds tough, but after that things seem to improve greatly.

    Best wishes to you...you can do this! emoticon
    2069 days ago
  • E11TEENA
    Thank you!!! I know that with my current health condition, if I were to become pregnant, I am at risk for gestational diabetes as well as preeclampsia which could be harmful to me and a baby. I won't put myself or an unborn child at risk. Good luck to you on your journey!
    2069 days ago
    I also want to have a baby in the next few years. But my boyfriend and I both have weight issues. I'm losing weight for my health of course but I also want to be able to have a safe pregnancy. This site is so helpful in my weight loss journey. Reading these blogs is really inspirational. I hope everything works out for you and you can be the person you want to be and the mom you want to be. emoticon
    2069 days ago
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