Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Official PCOS Poster Child

Ok - Maybe not the "official" poster child but I totally could be!
(i know some of you are wondering - "wait, where's the pinterest project post?!"  don't fret!  it'll be here tomorrow.)

Today I went to my very first endocrinologist appointment.  I'm still not 100% certain what an endocrin....  does but I know she works with people who have thyroid issues, diabetes and infertility.

A little background info before I go on:  a few years ago I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome - it's just as much fun as it sounds.  In nut shell, my ovaries are messed up and produce many cysts instead of just one.  With this come such joys as: weight gain, difficult weight loss, male-patterned hair growth, acne, infertility, irregular cycles, hair loss, diabetes and a few others.

My doctor at the time gave me a couple of prescriptions to help with the symptoms and get things under control but she failed to explain that one could help me get pregnant (not necessarily something we're seeking - we are of the mind-set that when God says it's time, He'll make a way.  Besides, we have hearts for adoption and have planned to build our family that way.) and the other causes severe birth defects. 

When I brought this issue up to her she was very nonchalant about it and that really put a bad taste in my mouth so, I stopped taking the medication and broke up with her.  I was determined to beat PCOS with diet and exercise alone.

Three years and two diets later, nothing has changed except that I've almost maxed out the sizes that Lane Bryant carries in the store and my migraines have gotten more severe.

That's what's driven me back to the doctor.

Three weeks ago I had blood work done that showed that my testosterone was high (thank you, PCOS), my TSH (thyroid) came back high as well as my insulin.

For this overweight Native American, the "insulin" work FREAKED ME OUT.  The last thing we want to hear is "diabetes".  It's almost a death certificate for us.  I know I sound dramatic but it's the truth. 

Thankfully, the doctor put my mind to rest and let me know I am NOT diabetic!!  It is only by God's mercy that I am not since I have most of the risk factors.

Tomorrow I will go in for some follow-up blood work for my thyroid and Friday I will start taking Metformin.  I am also anticipating a call to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist as well as a call from my doctor regarding the blood work for my thyroid and whether or not she'll need to treat it with medication.

Pray for me as I walk this road.

I am not a diet and exercise kind of girl but I NEED to be
Also, I struggle with self-discipline and motivation.

I need to remember that I can do all things through Christ!

2 comments:

  1. Praying for you. I feel your pain!

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  2. Hi Amanda! It's a rainy day here so I'm back tracking through my reader to catch up on everyone's older posts I've missed. I'm really sorry to hear about this! I've witnessed my Dad, first hand experience the frustration of Lynch Syndomre. I know he feels like it doesn't really matter what he does, nothing changes, things just get worse. I can imagine PCOS might feel that way too.

    I'm not much of a diet and exercise gal myself either and truly lack in the self-discipline and motivation area as well! I was wondering though, from your point of view, what would change that? I thought I would ask because I'm always wondering to myself why I'm not able to stick with things like my friends are. Hoping you'll share your thoughts on that. I'll pray for you! Hope you have a nice Easter weekend!

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