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Old 10-18-2006, 03:53 PM   #1
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PCOS or not?

Hi all,

This is my first post on the PCOS board. For the last 6 months or so, my periods have been very irregular. Twice I have missed an entire month, and when my period does come it is very late. I used to be very regular, so this shift is very confusing. I've also been gaining a lot of weight, and have been getting break-outs and feeling exhausted and faint at times.

The gyno gave me preliminary hormone level tests, and said I tested in the normal range on all the tests. She also tested my blood with a stick test, and said my sugar levels were normal. I'm going back to the doctor next week, hopefully for a referral to an endocrine specialist, but I wondered what you guys think. Should I ask for any tests in particular beyond the usual tests for androgens and the like? Does my case sound like PCOS? I am very nervous about the prognosis, as both of my parents have Type II diabetes, and I know PCOS is associated with insulin problems.

Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks. -Jenn

p.s. I began taking a mild antidepressant around the time these problems began, as well. Have any of you heard of these sorts of problems (PCOS or the like) stemming from medication?

 
Old 10-25-2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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Re: PCOS or not?

jg27

My neightbor has PCOS and her symptoms sound very familiar to your. She has trouble with her wait, facial breakouts, infertility, irregular peroids, facial hair growth and she is very pssive, like she is all Progesterone. I would definetely see a doctor for it. I haven't heard of meds. causing it, it was my understanding she has cysts on her ovaries that for her were not possible to treat (she has severe epilepy and the meds conflicted).

However, another friend of mine had it and saw an acupuncturist and with 6 months was pregnant. So keep that in mind as an option.

Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 10-27-2006, 12:20 AM   #3
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Re: PCOS or not?

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Originally Posted by jg27
Hi all,

This is my first post on the PCOS board. For the last 6 months or so, my periods have been very irregular. Twice I have missed an entire month, and when my period does come it is very late. I used to be very regular, so this shift is very confusing. I've also been gaining a lot of weight, and have been getting break-outs and feeling exhausted and faint at times.

The gyno gave me preliminary hormone level tests, and said I tested in the normal range on all the tests. She also tested my blood with a stick test, and said my sugar levels were normal. I'm going back to the doctor next week, hopefully for a referral to an endocrine specialist, but I wondered what you guys think. Should I ask for any tests in particular beyond the usual tests for androgens and the like? Does my case sound like PCOS? I am very nervous about the prognosis, as both of my parents have Type II diabetes, and I know PCOS is associated with insulin problems.

Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks. -Jenn

p.s. I began taking a mild antidepressant around the time these problems began, as well. Have any of you heard of these sorts of problems (PCOS or the like) stemming from medication?
Well, there would definately be no harm in having yourself checked out. I'm not sure exactly what type of meds you are on, but have you checked to see what symptoms you may experience from taking that medication? None of your symptoms sound out of the ordinary for some meds, but I suppose it could be PCOS. But, I would say that since this all started at the time you began taking those antidepressant meds, that those meds should be investigated first to rule that out. Then, once you do that....see a specialist to determine if there is an underlying cause such as PCOS. Good luck.

 
Old 11-13-2006, 08:10 AM   #4
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Re: PCOS or not?

I havent been diagnosed with PCOS, but i too suffer from all the symptoms possible i think! Hair growth, acne (boils), darkening of the skin, irregular periods, etc etc... I have been to the doctors, who i have to say was unhelpful, she examined me for underlying issues etc, but everything was clear...she said "its possible you have PCOS, but we won't know without tests" Since then, nothing has happened...She hasnt done any blood tests or anything.

I really want to go back to the docs, but in all honesty, i have quite a phobia about going! She did say to go back if my problems persist, which in hindsight i rally should, but i thought first i would try this weight loss thing and join a gym...Which i have, but nothing seems to be shifting fast! I would like any help and advice to relieve some of my symptoms, til i pluck up the courage to go to the docs?! Especially help with the hair growth...cheaper the better!!

Thanks in advance,

K

 
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