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Reached the end of my tether....

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:40 AM   #1
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Reached the end of my tether....

I got diagnosed with PCOS nearly two years ago in the middle of my degree (I'm 21), after having irregular periods - and those I did have became excruciatingly painful, feeling completely exhausted all the time, gaining weight with no apparent cause (I lead a very helathy lifestyle), teenage skin, thinning hair, stomach pains and feeling sick all the time. My consultant asked my GP to put me on metformin, which he refused to do.

I was told its all just perserverence and diet and exercise etc, but I have been trying sooo hard for two years now to lose weight (I follow a very strict low GI diet, do five exercise classes a week, in addition to swimming for two hours on sat and sun mornings and walking everywhere) and nothing is happening. I've also recently been diagnosed as diabetic due to the insulin resistance that could have been prevented by the metformin if my GP had prescribed it so I'm furious - I wouldn't be so cross if I knew I wasn't actively trying everything possible to improve my situation. I take all the supplements the professionals suggest, I do the GI diet which is horrible but is supposed to be the best, I've tried all the alternative therapy products on the market and I've just had enough. The underactive thyroid I have is borderline underactive but is getting worse, and the stomach pain is unbearable at times, I also get shooting pains up my back and was told by my doc that I have IBS, which is probably true to an extent, but I don't think thats the whole picture.

I struggled through my degree and did well against all the odds through sheer bloodymindedness, which of course made everyone think, even my closest friends, that I was making it all up and not feeling as ill as I said. I hoped so much that I'd start to feel better once I'd done my degree and my stress levels dropped, I didn't really enjoy my degree and I hoped that was all part of it, but now I'm in a job I absolutely love, and is everything I've ever dreamed of and I can't enjoy it because I feel so ill all the time and noone will listen.

Determination and bloodymindedness is only going to get me so far and I've just about reached the stage where I can't keep fighting. I'm completely drained and I just have nothing left to give anymore. I try so hard not to get upset about it all, not to let PCOS rule my life, and to stay positive but I'm at the end of my tether. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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Old 01-16-2007, 01:46 PM   #2
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Re: Reached the end of my tether....

You say you have a borderline underactive thyroid - are you being treated for it? Most of what you describe could be thyroid-related - especially difficulty losing weight and fatigue. It can also be responsible for menstrual problems such as those you've described.

In my (Not a doctor!!!!) opinion there is no such thing as 'borderline' underactive thyroid - if it is properly treated you will be amazed at how much better you will feel.

Old 01-16-2007, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: Reached the end of my tether....

Hi Spurling..........part of the problem here is that you're regular doctor isn't doing anything to treat your PCOS, if that is in fact even a correct diagnosis. Have you considered seeing a specialist, such as a Reproductive Endocrinologist? They specialize in hormonal disorders/syndromes and would be your best bet.

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