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Old 02-26-2011, 08:24 AM   #71
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Hi Live Laugh Love,

Sorry I haven't responded in so long - I was off the boards for a while and didn't see the posting.

I hope your weight-loss journey has been successful so far, but I do have some suggestions for you. First of all, if you are hungry, you need to change what you are eating. With PCOS, weight loss is better achieved by controlling Insulin Resistance rather than "starvation dieting". Unfortunately, those Lean Cuisines are not all that great at actually helping people lose weight long-term. Yes, if you eat less, you will tend to lose weight, but it's not sustainable, and when you "go off your diet", you will get rebound weight gain. It also does damage to your metabolism, which can actually make the underlying IR that's causing your PCOS worse, too!

A better suggestion is to focus on wholesome, fresh foods that you cook yourself. You can make your own "Lean Cuisine's" if you need the convenience of them. Just make extra whenever you cook supper, and get a bunch of plastic containers. Put your food in them, let it cool, put a layer of plastic wrap over (placed tight over the food), put the cover on and freeze. I cook a lot of hearty soups, stews and chilli in my crockpot, put them in bottling jars (leaving an inch at the top for expansion), and freeze. I keep a selection so I am not eating the same thing every day for lunch at work, and I just pull a bottle out the night before. The main things to focus on are: high-fibre, higher protein, moderate to low in processed carbs, and no artificial or added fats. Lean Cuisine goes wrong in that it's mostly just pasta, the servings are way too small, and it's got tons of additives that mess up your metabolism.

Anyways, the rest of your plan is sound! Just make sure you are eating every 2 - 3 hours (will help reduce your hunger and keep your blood sugar & insulin levels more even) and try to eat high-fibre and higher-protein. Keep up the great work!!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:51 PM   #72
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hi everyone,
Im so greatful i found this site & thank you to everyone who has shared there knowledge.

Im 38yo live in PA w/ no insurance.I just recently had a visit to the er on Sunday due to heavy bleeding (super plus tampon every hr in a half) w/ 50cent piece size blood clots everytime.

I have had irregular periods for many years, the er dr ran some blood work, but wouldnt do an ultra sound because of the cost it was to go through the er, i guess he was trying to save me some money i dk... but after he got my blood work done he came into room & explained to me that w/o doing a ultra sound to be certain he believes i have pcos & prescribed me provera which im suppose to take for 7 days (bleeding should stop in about 3days) but he said once i finish the provera it should restart my menstrual cycle in 3 days, & then i had said again, i have been bleeding heavy w/ major clots for over a month now, & this pill is going to stop & restart my period. he said it should regulate it?????

i 2010 i got 2 periods maybe 3, but i think 3 im pushing with the 2 i know for certain i had they lasted well over a month w/ blood clots, just not as bad as this previous time is

so yesterday i contacted obgyn that the er referred me too, & they had a cancellation latter that day so i went seen dr got a pap (had cervical about 10years ago) & then he checked uterus. he told me to get dressed & when i was done to come see him in his office

i go to his office & tells me my uterus is enlarged & he wants an image taken of it he said he can not prescribe me any hormones (which he says i need) until i quit smoking (i guess with the smoking, breast cancer runs in family & my blood pressure for past 2 days has been 180/80) i have slowed down alot w/ my smoking since er visit & dr told me same thing so from 2pks a day to 12 i though i really did good but obgyn says not good enough)

im hoping i could get some advise or anything i should dicuss w/ ob im scheduled for image on 4/1
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:28 PM   #73
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I have always been heavy- and always as long as I can remember had the dark skin on my neck. I started my period when I was 9, and was put on BCP when I was 16 because my periods were so heavy that I couldn't be anywhere for more than an hour without soaking through pads, tampons and my pants. Fast Forward through college, marriage, and now TTC. I started having dizzy spells when i was 25. No dr could figure them out I was tested for cancer, ms, infectious diseases, i was sent for 3 MRI, and 9 ct scans. Finally got to a "dizziness specialist" and was put on a med that helped but didn't stop the issue. Then I went for a routine check up- and sent for bloodwork when i complained about fatigue. Add Hypothyroid to the mix. Add another medicine. Through all of this, my DH has supported me, cleaned our house, cooked dinners, driven me to dr appts, come to take me from work when I was so dizzy I couldn't drive.

Stopped BCP about a year ago, and didn't get my period for 4 months. Went to the gyn, she says, go for tests. after bloodwork and ultrasound, she says you have pcos. Another 4 months pass till i get another period. go see another dr in their practice. I do, and he says go back for same tests again. They ask DH to come in for a semen analysis. I am recommended to go to an RE. As of now, still no one is treating the pcos. I have an appt to see an RE, but no insurance means no visit till after 4/1.

I am extremely frustrated because reading up on pcos and if someone, any of the dr's I have seen over the past 7 years had thought to check for pcos, I would probably not have so many medical bills, be struggling to conceive, and would probably feel a lot better about myself right now.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:34 AM   #74
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I'm only 17 and I was have a really heavy period for about 2 months straight. So I went to my doctor and she got blood work done which had an elevated testosterone level? So she said that suggested cysts and told me to schedule a pelvic ultrasound. I did, and they found cysts, but all my doctor did was prescribe a low dose birth control...I have a lot of the symptoms that suggest that my PCOS stemmed from IR so is there anything else I should be doing? My mom asked my insurance to send a referral for an endocrinologist and a gynecologist. Is there anything else I should be doing/taking? And what should I bring up at these appointments?
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:05 PM   #75
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Hi Foxy,

Your doctor wants to use Provera to regain control over your period. By using it to start a regular pattern of bleeding every month (and this is kick-starting the body's own natural process, rather than over-riding it like the BCP does), it helps to avoid the high-level build-up that is happening right now. It is a safer option than BCP, especially with your blood pressure and smoking.

As for the smoking - you are doing GREAT, *BUT* you do need to quit. See if your insurance company sponsors a quit-smoking program. You might be surprised as to what kind of help they will provide.

Remember that PCOS is based off of a metabolic problem, so always ask about Insulin Resistance and thyroid disorders whenever you see a doctor.

JKYZ - that level of dizziness is not usual for PCOS, so they would probably be doing the same tests, regardless. I would suspect a high level of Insulin Resistance - maybe causing Reactive Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), but that's just my thoughts on the matter. I would recommend at least 3 - 6 months on a strict low-GI/GL diet with getting your thyroid under strict control (vital for pregnancy) and possibly something like Metformin to help the IR - along with gentle exercise. Exercise should be something easy like walking, and broken up into smaller chunks throughout the day. Always keep a quick snack on hand (protein and/or high-fibre) just in case you feel dizzy again. I would ask for a 2-hour Glucose Tolerance Test with before & after Insulin levels - preferably done by an endocrinologist. I would also highly recommend taking this time to get your body back in balance before going through the hoops to get pregnant. 1) you may not need as many hoops, and 2) we do have a bit of a higher instance of miscarriage - you want to give everything the best chance they have to succeed. Admittedly, you also need to balance that off with your age and other factors, so you figure out what makes sense for you. I have heard the statistic, though, that, once the underlying IR has been brought under control, something like 95% of us Cysters WILL become pregnant, using some level of assistance. So, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not a freight train! :P

Dragonfly, your Mom is doing the right thing! You can help by following some of the lifestyle changes that are recommended, and I would also ask your doctor about Metformin.

Take care, ladies! Hang in there!!!
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:10 AM   #76
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Hi Madge,I havent had any experience with Lescol but can sure send you some hugs MadgeI can sympathize with you as I am on blood pressure medicine. I ve gone thru these same feelings taking that. I feel that for my health I have to trust my dr. at least for now. Im hoping things will change after menepause is over...... Contratulations on lowering your triglycerides and your good levels of HDL and LDL Keep doing what youre doing- maybe the cholesterol will come down enough and your CRP reading will improve and you can stop the meds after awhile .Hugs, Suzie
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:47 AM   #77
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Hi Madge,I havent had any experience with Lescol but can sure send you some hugs MadgeI can sympathize with you as I am on blood pressure medicine. I ve gone thru these same feelings taking that. I feel that for my health I have to trust my dr. at least for now. Im hoping things will change after menepause is over...... Contratulations on lowering your triglycerides and your good levels of HDL and LDL Keep doing what youre doing- maybe the cholesterol will come down enough and your CRP reading will improve and you can stop the meds after awhile .Hugs, Suzie
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