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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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    3264 days ago
    you are positive you have a plan you will get a little better every day emoticon
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    Keep that positive attitude and you can do anything! You have co
    Pete support from this Done sister anytime you need it! :) emoticon
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  • 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!
    3265 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12698699
    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
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  • 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!
    3265 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
    3265 days ago
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