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1/4/10 7:01 P

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You're right SingingKJ. Between us all we have so much knowledge and it's such a wonderful resource to share with each other. I'm trying to structure some threads to encourage more constant posting like other groups do. If you have any ideas for subjects which will be perennially popular, please let me know.

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1/4/10 1:35 P

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I'm so glad I stopped by this thread. Sometimes it feels like we "know all there is to know" and it still isn't helping.

It's nice to have new suggestions. Thanks ladies!

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1/3/10 9:46 P

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I hear you about the couch/cookies treatment. I fell off the wagon yesterday and went out for Yum Cha for a friend's 40th. I didn't eat too excessively - comfortably full, but not overfull, tried to stay away from the worst of the carbs during the meal, only had 1/4 of 2 small desserts, then 3 tiny custard puffs later in the afternoon then had protein only for dinner to try and make amends. And we walked around the city for about 5 hours afterwards!

This morning I've put on 1.4 kg (about 3 lbs) in 24 hours. I didn't even eat 1.4 kg of food yesterday!!! This is so unfair ... can't I even break the rules once in a while?!?!?!? Sigh.

You could well be right about the parasympathetic nervous response and increased circulation, especially lymph. Cortisol levels play a big role in the hormonal imbalances of PCOS.

Mmm rose oil ... I love Rose Oil. Why do I have to like the expensive things in life???

I had heard about Castor Oil Packs for a couple of years before I actually tried it ... I thought it sounded too messy and too much work and I couldn't see a clear enough benefit or reason for it to work. When I finally did start doing them though, the results were pretty much immediate. I had some very strange dreams/experiences at first and I still find that I dream very vividly when I do them. It definitely had an effect on my ovaries, I started getting occasional stabbing pains when I was doing the packs, then after a few months, the chronic low grade ache in that area completely went away. About 4-6 weeks after I started the packs I got my first period in ages as well. I started taking d chiro inositol as well around that time, so I'm not 100% sure which thing caused what, but together the DCI and Castor Oil packs have given me the best results I think of anything I have done/taken.

It's good to have you as part of our group ... everything has really died down over Xmas. It would be good to reinvigorate our little group... it is a very supportive one.

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Anne




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1/3/10 11:06 A

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Yes, I am very grateful that I met a fabulous acupuncturist who helped point me in the right direction so I could stop taking BCPs. I suspect that IR plays a role in my condition because exercising and sticking to a low sugar diet seems to fairly reliably bring my cycle back. Is there a disease where I can eat cookies and sit on my couch to feel better???

re: the massage, my gut instinct is to point at the parasympathetic nervous system response (the relaxation response, opposite of fight or flight) in combination with the increased circulation in the body that makes a whole lot of different systems much happier. Now that the crazy holidays are over, I'm going to do some further research into the effects of massage on the endocrine system. We touched the subject VERY briefly in school, but I need some more info before I can start shooting my mouth off about massage as a possible treatment option for others. Of course, getting a Swedish massage is a pretty good idea for most reasonably healthy people anyway :)

Thanks for the tip on the castor oil... I was seeing an ayurvedic practitioner who suggested that I use castor oil packs with some rose essential oil (or rosewood for us poor folks). Never heard of the other stuff... but thanks for the reading material! I'm excited to be part of such a supportive (and knowledgeable) group!

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BELROSA's Photo BELROSA Posts: 697
1/2/10 5:37 P

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Hi!

Welcome to SP and our group.

I'm stunned that your osteopath would recommend BCPs that's dreadful. The scientific research has found that BCPs can actually CAUSE insulin resistance in healthy people. Heaven only knows what they can do to us PCOS women who already have an IR problem. This advice is so common though, I've written a page about it on my website: http://pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatments/p
harmaceutical/ocp/
pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatments/ph
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maceutical/ocp/


Your experience with massage restoring your cycle is extremely interesting... I've not had the same experience, though when I was studying massage it was years before I even began to suspect I had PCOS. The only symptom I had was irregular periods, which I put down to low body fat and not enough sleep. I'd love to know the mechanism behind how it helped you ... what a brilliant treatment :)

The 2 things I've found most beneficial for my PCOS are castor oil packs: http://pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatments/n
atural/co-heat-packs/

pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatm
ents/natu
ral/co-heat-packs/


and D chiro inositol.



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1/2/10 12:00 P

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This is my third day on sparkpeople.com and my very first post! I have been struggling with PCOS since 12 or 13. I finally got my diagnosis when I was 22, but I was disappointed when my osteopath told me that the best bet was birth control and keeping my fingers crossed. I know from experience that, for me, BC just gives me migraines and makes me super cranky all the time--I'd rather have my own wacky hormone swings, tu!

Anyway, I found a naturopath that actually helped me have my first few 28 day cycles on my own! I have fallen off the wagon with her program since the herbs were so expensive, but after enrolling in massage school and getting several Swedish massages a week, my cycle came back for another few months like clockwork! Once we moved on from Swedish massage, they stopped again. Very interesting. Anyone else have this experience with massage?

Anyway, LONG story short, I have been dabbling in bringing balance to my body for a long time. I am a yoga teacher who likes to meditate and practice asana (poses) for long periods of time, but cardio is really what I need right now. I'm hanging onto my motivation by keeping it fun and playing the Wii Fit when it's too rainy (or I'm too depressed) to go outside. I'm really looking forward to having a community of people to share my experiences with, as you can tell by this long-winded introduction. I look forward to chatting with you ladies!

om shanti (Peace)




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