Originally Posted by Alexandra23
Hi, my first post on this board.
I'm just got diagnosed as having PCOS (almost 2 years no period, tough hair on face, high Free Androgens, Skin Tags, Weight Gain) and prescribed Metformin.
I'm also hypothyroid and on thyroxine about to change medication slightly to taking thyroixine and T3.
I'm having a lot of diarrhea and worried this will stop me absorbing my thryoid medication properly. What is the best thing to take for diarrhea that doesn't affect other medication? And when will it stop (hopefully)?
Also - is there a list anywhere of all PCOS symptoms?
Previous poster was right about there being lists of PCOS symptoms throughout this message board but I will rattle off what I know anyway.
-irregular or absent menstrual cycles
-heavy bleeding and periods that last several days
-rapid and significant weight gain, particularly abdominal obesity
-increased muscle mass
-male pattern baldness (triangle shaped indents of hairline above right and left temples)
-loss of head hair in general
-increased male pattern hair growth (moustache, chin hairs, sideburns, hair around nipples, increased pubic hair)
-swollen ankles, general edema (water retention)
-acne or worsening of acne
-infertility (PCOS is a leading cause of infertility)
In other words, you turn into a fat, bald guy with acne!
I have had PCOS for many years now and I never took Metformin but I have IBS-- irritable bowel syndrome. I have chronic diarrhea which has now improved by about 80%. I take psyllium fibre/fiber capsules
. These are easily found in any grocery store or pharmacy here in Canada, so I'm sure they are available in the States and the UK, too. It is important to note that it is psyllium fibre contained in capsules that you want to get, not the loose husk powder that you mix with water. This is almost impossible to swallow and you will likely gag on it and worse, have it lodge in your throat-- very dangerous!
The capsules are usually available in 500 mg or 525 mg capsules. You take four, once a day at the same time of day. If that doesn't help within a few days, increase to five capsules. If you take more than that you may get constipated. Most importantly, you must swallow only one capsule at a time with at least two large swallows of water to make sure the capsule does not open in your throat. Then follow that whole glass of liquid with another. Never swallow psyllium fibre capsules with very warm or hot liquids
. This will cause the capsule gelatin to dissolve almost immediately. I found that out the hard way-- felt like I was choking and had a stretched esophagus for about six months.
I know this may sound like a risky solution to diarrhea but as long as you swallow with lots of water and not a hot drink, it's very easy. Yes, the bottle will say psyllium is for irregularity and is a "natural source laxative". So this should actually be for constipation and not diarrhea and will therefore make the diarrhea worse? I had the same question for the naturopathic doctor who recommended it and she said that despite what the label says, psyllium fibre absorbs water in the digestive tract and will therefore reduce water in the stool. And she was right. If I forget to take it, I know, because I have severe diarrhea again.
Everybody is different though so this may not work for you or it may just make your diarrhea worse. I hope you try it, though.