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Old 09-05-2006, 12:47 PM   #1
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Wife diagnosed with PCOS -- told can never lose weight

Then endo doctor my wife just saw told her that she should be prepared to never lose the weight she gained in pregnancy and in fact may look forward to a future of 400 calories a day just to maintain. In addtion to the PCOS she has a thyroid issue, not sure what, that is fighting against her. We've paid for a trainer in the past and all that happened was she firmed up, but she never lost one pound in the entire time she went religiously to the gym.

Right now we are a bit of a mess in terms of health and it is taking a toll on both of us. I'm having severe thyroid issues leaving we exhausted and unable to go to the gym, she goes, but it frustrates her that she she's no results. We try to eat a very healthy diet low in sugars and starches, eat mostly healthy protiens, and have good cholestoral levels.

Sorry, got off track.

Anyway is this endo on the money about PCOS or should we seek a second OP?

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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I have a pretty bad case of PCOS. In November of 2005......I wore a size 22. I began walking and by April 2006.........I was down to a size 14!!! Just by walking!!! So, you can lose weight. Having PCOS can make it harder to lose weight, but it can be done. I joined a gym a few years ago and was working out everyday and noticed that I was not losing a pound. I think the exercise was too rigorous or something. Just simple walking did it for me! I walked approx 5 miles per day (rain or shine). Now, I wasn't just strolling. I was doing some power walking........but that is what worked.

 
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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Congrats Barton on the weight loss. I will certainly try that myself since I was not able to loose weight myself.

ddgryphon,

I would seek a 2nd opinion. I do not know if it is because of the thyroid but you should be able to lose weight. I had gone to a nutrionist, which I need to do again and was put on a diet so to speak. I lost weight easily. I need to actually do that again.

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Old 09-12-2006, 10:07 AM   #4
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Thank you both, I'll mention the walking. What drugs have they put you on. They've tried two different forms of metformin -- one a time release -- and both sit terribly with the wife's system (diarrhea, back pains, sick stomach). No wonder she gets frustrated talking to doctors -- everything they try to do semms to make her worse.

 
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Yeah well. I've been told the same and I am freakin fed up w/the whole idea. I have put myself on a Medifast Liquid diet--and that's just the way it's gonna be. I was eating hardly anything by way of meals before--but probably a LITTLE more than I thought (like maybe 1000 cal a day instead of 600). So, F*** it. I'm just not going to eat anything solid until my jeans fit again. THEN if my period doesn't come back--and I'm still having to remove a potential goatee every other day--back to the Doc's I'll go!!!

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Old 09-17-2006, 04:44 PM   #6
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Re: Wife diagnosed with PCOS -- told can never lose weight

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When I read your first message I felt like I was reading my own story. Only I didn't have to end up at an endo doc to figure mine was pcos.
I too have a problem with my thyroid being under active which causes the metabolism to slow down and when matched with the pcos it just seems like a deadly combination.
But then I read your second post about her having problems with the met I had all the same problems. I went for a second opinion to a small town family doctor who seems to be very up to date on all the medications possible for everything. He prescribed me Byetta, and while I wasn't too keen on the idea of doing a shot twice a day I figured what have I got to loose. Now before you go freaking out about the shot thing, it's a very tiny needle you shoot it into the fatty areas of your body so you hardly feel a thing.
The only trouble I had with the byetta was about a week after I started taking it it made me feel nauseas when I ate, well hello dummy me, byetta is designed to curb the appetite. It scared me so I called the docs office they said it was normal, I adjusted my meal sizes and no problems since.
I have been on it for 6 months now, at my 3 month check up, my doctor rechecked my numbers everything looked good, now I'm a LAZY bum, I do not exercise never have and probably should, but at 3 months I had lost 22 pounds.
My suggestion, talk to the endo doc about trying byetta or get a second opinion, what have you got to loose, oh and on the bright side of byetta my doc informed me early next year they are hoping to come out with a once a week shot.
Just a thought and I hope I helped at least some!

 
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Thank you, I will tell her to mention Beyetta and see if they think it could help.

 
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Barton93,

Ok, now you have my attention. I have gained about 20 pounds in 1.5 months. I read your thread about going from a size 22 to a size 14 in such a short amount of time. After I had my child I went from 230 to 190 without doing anything (in 2 weeks time). I swore to myself I would keep it off. I got up to about 210 and lost 40lbs. Now I am up to 230 and gaining everyday. I eat like a rabbit. I live on a road that is 1 mile from my house to the gate. If I do the walk it is 2 miles. My problem is that my right knee has had 4 surgeries and still pinches when I walk. I have PCOS, but i don't want to blame it on that. My Dr. put me on Yaz today and I hope that doesn't worsen the situation.....
Thanks for the inspiration. I hope you will stay on this board to give me a little push once in a while.

 
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Barton93,

Ok, now you have my attention. I have gained about 20 pounds in 1.5 months. I read your thread about going from a size 22 to a size 14 in such a short amount of time. After I had my child I went from 230 to 190 without doing anything (in 2 weeks time). I swore to myself I would keep it off. I got up to about 210 and lost 40lbs. Now I am up to 230 and gaining everyday. I eat like a rabbit. I live on a road that is 1 mile from my house to the gate. If I do the walk it is 2 miles. My problem is that my right knee has had 4 surgeries and still pinches when I walk. I have PCOS, but i don't want to blame it on that. My Dr. put me on Yaz today and I hope that doesn't worsen the situation.....
Thanks for the inspiration. I hope you will stay on this board to give me a little push once in a while.
Hey Kayla.........thanks for the kind words. I've been on these boards for a couple of years and will remain on these boards. I have gotten some great advice and have been fortunate enough to give advice as well. Don't give up. Just stick with it. PCOS does play a big role in all of this. How long ago were you diagnosed? Were you being treated before now? PCOS wreaks havoc on our hormones and once you find a treatment option that works best for you, you will notice that your hormones settle down to a normal level. Once you achieve that, it does make it easier to lose the weight. You may still need to work harder than a non PCOS woman........but it can be done. Hang in there..............we're all in the same boat here and we need each other to keep focused.

 
Old 09-28-2006, 06:14 PM   #10
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Hi there I am new here...but I was diangosed with PCOS when I 14.. I am now almost 20. BUT back to your problem...I am on Metformin because I am insulin resistant (my body akes more insulin than needed and because of that My body rejects it and now I am borederline diabetic). I was a really hard time losing weight before I went on this medication, and ever since I went on it, I have been able to lose weight a lot easier. Of course as with anything losing weight, you need to eat right and excersise a little bit, but it helped me a lot with losing weight. I hope it helps. The Dr's also told met hat I wouldnt be able to lose weight and it took me going to a specialist to find this out. It is an expensive medication but a lot of insurances will cover this. Hope this will help you out!!!! Good luck and god bless! Miranda

 
Old 09-28-2006, 10:59 PM   #11
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babiesangel just reminded me of something that I left out. Many women who have PCOS also have Insulin Resistance. Many doctors only test for diabetes, which does not rule out IR. IR if treated properly, can reduce your risk of developing Diabetes. Also, IR also seems to be a huge factor in weight control. Like I said before, if you can get control of your hormones, then you will see things start to stabilize, therefor making weight loss easier to achieve.

Metformin is a great medication for many women. For most women that try it, it does a wonderful job controlling the IR. Metformin is a drug that is also used to treat Diabetes. Another thing that Metformin seems to do is regulate our hormones. Many women have seen wonderful results after using Metformin for a number of different things. Some women see their periods become more regular, some women are able to successfully begin to lose weight and there are even women who become pregnant.

 
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