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Old 08-14-2009, 04:03 PM   #26
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I don't have insurance but I've got a lot of the symptoms, too. I'm scared that if I do get it checked out on my own dime (not that I'm rich, but I could probably), I'll then be rendered ineligible for insurance benefits later.

I don't have a lot of faith in Obama's plans to fix that problem, or much else about health care, actually.
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:05 PM   #27
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I hate to add to the derailing of the thread, but I think I have it as well. The mood swings, the irregular periods, the abnormal body hair (that is SO monotonous and time-consuming to get rid of). But, I do not have insurance right now and cannot go.

When I was 18, I went to be tested for PCOS. But, instead of testing me, she immediately told me that because I was fat, I needed to lose weight and that it would solve all my problems of irregular periods, hair growth, and mood swings. She tested my blood sugar and then kicked me out the door.

I'm almost afraid to go somewhere now to be tested because of that horrible experience.
While it's true that excess weight CAN result in those symptoms, as can other issues like hypothyroidism, it's total shit that she wouldn't even test you for it! Especially since specialists speculate that more than 50% of women who are overweight and have irregular periods will have PCOS, and that the actual number is probably much higher.

Keep in mind that when you're looking for a doctor, you can set up a short appointment with them just to talk and ask them questions related to their experience with plus-size patients before actually going for an exam.

If anyone is interested, this is a link to a list of doctors that reviewers have deemed "fat friendly". Even if a gynecologist is not listed for your city or state, it might be worth a shot calling a doctor that is and seeing if they can refer you to one they know will be understanding: http://www.cat-and-dragon.com/stef/fat/ffp.html

Also, I think it would be a great idea if we had a thread dedicated on this forum to BBW-friendly doctors (or ones to avoid) that members here go to or have gone to. We're a fairly spread-out crowd, but many of us live in close proximity to one another.
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If it made me infertile, that is actually a positive outcome for me.
That's why I've cried so many nights. If I were told that I won't be able to have children, I'd go crazy. All I want in life is to be a mother.
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While it's true that excess weight CAN result in those symptoms, as can other issues like hypothyroidism, it's total shit that she wouldn't even test you for it! Especially since specialists speculate that more than 50% of women who are overweight and have irregular periods will have PCOS, and that the actual number is probably much higher.

Keep in mind that when you're looking for a doctor, you can set up a short appointment with them just to talk and ask them questions related to their experience with plus-size patients before actually going for an exam.

If anyone is interested, this is a link to a list of doctors that reviewers have deemed "fat friendly". Even if a gynecologist is not listed for your city or state, it might be worth a shot calling a doctor that is and seeing if they can refer you to one they know will be understanding: http://www.cat-and-dragon.com/stef/fat/ffp.html

Also, I think it would be a great idea if we had a thread dedicated on this forum to BBW-friendly doctors (or ones to avoid) that members here go to or have gone to. We're a fairly spread-out crowd, but many of us live in close proximity to one another.
Well, if someone is willing to start a list, it could be added to the important threads thread.
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I don't have insurance but I've got a lot of the symptoms, too. I'm scared that if I do get it checked out on my own dime (not that I'm rich, but I could probably), I'll then be rendered ineligible for insurance benefits later.

I don't have a lot of faith in Obama's plans to fix that problem, or much else about health care, actually.
Fat people are sometimes already denied health insurance just based on weight alone. I honestly don't know if it would matter if you had a preexisting condition or not if your bmi is already over a certain number. Even people with allergies can be denied since it's considered a pre-existing condition....it's all fucking stupid....
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That's why I've cried so many nights. If I were told that I won't be able to have children, I'd go crazy. All I want in life is to be a mother.
I hear the longer you go without getting treatment, the higher the risk of that occuring is. I'm not trying to scare you but since this is a legitimate concern for you, I'd get yourself to a doctor asap. I'm not sure if you're one of the people who said they didn't have insurance, but maybe there would be a way for you to get tested for free if you go to a clinic or something?
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I have all of the symptoms and have been tested. I had one doc (a specialist) say it was PCOS before she ran tests. I went to another specialist (fat friendly and known for his PCOS treatment) who said he thought it was PCOS and ran the tests - everything was normal. I go back to my family doctor in two weeks. I'm going to voice my concerns AGAIN with her.

My symptoms: lactating (and my only child is 6 and I didn't breast feed); thinning hair on my head; dark, coarse hair in my chin; irregular menstrual cycles (if I have one at all); overly tired; overly moody (which this and the previous could be depression-related).

The tests: blood work (all came back fine); glucose intolerance; ultrasound of ovaries (they look dandy)

So...you can have a ton of symptoms, take the tests and still not have PCOS.
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There is a sticky thread in the health forum for fat friendly doctors, check it out:

http://www.dimensionsmagazine.com/fo...ad.php?t=37951
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That's why I've cried so many nights. If I were told that I won't be able to have children, I'd go crazy. All I want in life is to be a mother.
aww it's not impossible... I bet there's people that can help with that too thats so sad don't make me cry
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I hear the longer you go without getting treatment, the higher the risk of that occuring is. I'm not trying to scare you but since this is a legitimate concern for you, I'd get yourself to a doctor asap. I'm not sure if you're one of the people who said they didn't have insurance, but maybe there would be a way for you to get tested for free if you go to a clinic or something?
I know this. I have insurance. It's just finding the time to go. I've never been to the gyno and I'll be 23 next month.
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I know this. I have insurance. It's just finding the time to go. I've never been to the gyno and I'll be 23 next month.
I went for my first time when I was 24. Really, hun, you should go. It's not scary at all if you find an understanding female doc.
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I went for my first time when I was 24. Really, hun, you should go. It's not scary at all if you find an understanding female doc.
I've been told that I should go since I was 18. My thoughts were that if I'm not having sex, then I don't need to go. I'm still not having sex, but I really should go.
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I've only been to the gyno once and I was already having sex but she said that generally they suggest girls go before they have sex so they can have a baseline or something.

It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought.. I mean, it wasn't exactly fun but the whole thing was over so quick it wasn't bad at all.
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I've been tested for PCOS; years ago, but I'm thinking of getting tested again.

And pap smears and the like aren't fun, but crucial to the health of my 'gina. So, I suck it up and go. And it's just not about whether one is having sex or not - irregularities of the cervix, cancers, etc. can happen to any woman. Let's all do our part and try to be proactive and prevent those things!
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Quoted for awesomeness. Yes. Please. Check out this site and go get seen, those of you who think you have it. It doesn't "just" affect your fertility -- it puts you at enormous risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Please.

Go.

Now.

The good news is that there are medications. This is not your mother's PCOS, ladies. There are much better ways of treating it, doctors are much more knowledgeable about it, and even arriving at a diagnosis has come a long way. I totally understand not wanting to go to the doctor but if you go early and get treated early, in the long run you'll have fewer nasty run ins with doctors and hospitals because it really does put you at risk for lots of truly ugly stuff.
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I was diagnosed with PCOS. The medication I was given had some extremely unpleasant side effects that were not going away as promised, and I went off them.

Now I don't have insurance and I am very worried about problems down the road. I plan on going back to school, so a job with insurance is not in my near future. I really don't know how I'd pay for insurance on top of everything else when I am in school. I hear student insurance is pretty useless.

The good news to AshleyEileen...one of my sisters also has PCOS and she has 3 beautiful boys.
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I was diagnosed with PCOS. The medication I was given had some extremely unpleasant side effects that were not going away as promised, and I went off them.

Now I don't have insurance and I am very worried about problems down the road. I plan on going back to school, so a job with insurance is not in my near future. I really don't know how I'd pay for insurance on top of everything else when I am in school. I hear student insurance is pretty useless.

The good news to AshleyEileen...one of my sisters also has PCOS and she has 3 beautiful boys.
As a side note, if you do want to get a job while in school, take a look at Starbucks. You don't have to work full time to be eligible for benefits, though there is an hourly limit cut-off. The benefits they offer are fantastic and very inexpensive (I worked there for 9ish years).
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I was diagnosed with PCOS. The medication I was given had some extremely unpleasant side effects that were not going away as promised, and I went off them.

Now I don't have insurance and I am very worried about problems down the road. I plan on going back to school, so a job with insurance is not in my near future. I really don't know how I'd pay for insurance on top of everything else when I am in school. I hear student insurance is pretty useless.

The good news to AshleyEileen...one of my sisters also has PCOS and she has 3 beautiful boys.
If you are going back to school full-time, there should be a student health center on campus. Not sure what they would provide, but I would think that soem basic gyno care should be available.
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As a side note, if you do want to get a job while in school, take a look at Starbucks. You don't have to work full time to be eligible for benefits, though there is an hourly limit cut-off. The benefits they offer are fantastic and very inexpensive (I worked there for 9ish years).
Thanks for the info! I will definitely need a job while I'm in school. I worked at a coffee/smoothie place a couple years ago, so Starbucks might be a real option. I have also heard there is a grocery store chain that has good benefits for workers...I forget which one, I'll have to ask around.

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I'm pretty sure PCOS goes beyond basic gynecological care. Especially since I did not respond well to the usual meds. :\ What I could really use is a dr. who specializes in PCOS.
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Reading this thread just makes me think (besides what any Republican may say) GOD BLESS THE NHS!

I am currently going through a phase where I am experiencing irregular periods (which has never happened to me before apart from the last 2-3 months) some mood swings, and some serious crampage, and I have been worried about it being due to PCOS. I am planning on seeing my DR sometime this week to see what gets said, but usually, as soon as I walk in the room and he looks at me he says its my weight.

Because I am concerned about PCOS being a possible problem, I am going to DEMAND that they check me out properly instead of just determining that my weight is causing me grief.

But on a serious note, I have absolutely no idea what Id do if I had to weight for 'insurance' etc etc. I feel for you girls, I really do. Because for all the gripes I have about the NHS in this country, Ill be damned if Id ever let it go! Good luck ladies, and be good to urselves xXx

P.S on a side note, one of my best friends was diagnosed with PCOS years ago and she has one of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen! So the myth of it totally ending your days of fertility, be open minded!
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I've heard about women having children regardless. It really lifts my spirits. Thank you! <3
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Apparently Kate Gosselin has PCOS.

No. I'm serious. I'm actually making an appointment with a dr. in the same practice as the one she goes to (we live in the same general area)

And no. I'm not just doing it because of Kate
I'm doing it because a co-worker recommended the one nurse practitioner.

oh. and intraultra... i'll let you know if they're good, so we can get your bum in too
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:08 PM   #49
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Apparently Kate Gosselin has PCOS.
I knew this! I remember her talking about having PCOS and that's why she had to use the fertility drugs.
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OH! Yeah, the PCOS would constitute something like that! Sometimes I think I might have it. I don't have insurance though, so I can't really go through the diagnostics.
With all due respect, I don't mean to bust in on the 'BBW Forum' out of line but this is 100% on the OP's topic.

I asked a nurse who works for Planned Parenthood and she said that under the Healthy Families program nearly anyone can get care. Those with low income or no-income can get what is basically free insurance/care. Others can use PP for care anyway even if they had a primary insurer. Perhaps because you would rather use PP to maintain privacy on this medical issue from your primary insurer.

This would absolutely cover diagnosis and possibly more for PCOS and it's a wide open program, welcoming anyone.

She's an amazing woman and does great work for the area where I live. I am thankful for people like that. It's a shame that Healthy Families is in danger of losing their funding. I was told that "she should run, don't walk to PP because PP is in danger of having their primary care license not-renewed (only because of the federal budget issue and those implications.) So, if you are going to go, go.
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