Dimensions Forums  
Home Register Premium Membership Health Issues Market Place Big Fashion

Go Back   Dimensions Forums > Discussion > BBW Forum



Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-17-2009, 07:27 PM   #51
Tooz
sweet chocolate christ
 
Tooz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: shoppin' fuh food
Posts: 5,086
Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by deepreflection View Post
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.
There is no Planned Parenthood near where I live, otherwise I'd go.
__________________
let's call a spade a spade: it's porn
Tooz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 09:50 PM   #52
ABellyGirl
 
ABellyGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: California
Posts: 15
ABellyGirl has said some nice things
Default

Please don't be afraid. If I had taken care of this when I was 24 I would be a whole different woman. And I probably would be able to have children without extreme medical intervention.

If you don't have insurance, go to Planned Parenthood if you can. They are usually equipped to give you an ultrasound and find the characteristic "string of pearls" around your ovaries to start. A small amount of women with PCO don't have them, but its worth a look at.

You can also get your blood tested for high levels of testosterone and your insulin resistance tested IF you and lucky and get a doctor who is not a total jerk. A average doctor will suggest you loose weight. While it helps; weight gain is a symptom not a cause.

They usually will start you on birth control pills to regulate your periods and lack of progesterone. And some might suggest Metformin to regulate your insulin resistance again IF you and lucky and find a doctor who know PCO.
ABellyGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2009, 10:13 PM   #53
msbard90
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,337
msbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging in
Default

because of this post i made a gyn appt.... (crossing my fingers that everythings ok... and if it isn't, crossing my fingers that it can be helped)

... and a huuuuge part of me doesn't want to know...
msbard90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2009, 06:49 AM   #54
Laura2008
Chicago hotdog
 
Laura2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 275
Laura2008 is a member of the 500 clubLaura2008 is a member of the 500 clubLaura2008 is a member of the 500 clubLaura2008 is a member of the 500 clubLaura2008 is a member of the 500 clubLaura2008 is a member of the 500 club
Default

I was diagnosed with PCOS in September of 2008. I was immediately told that if I lost 100 lbs. all my syptoms would go away. Well I've lost 90 lbs. so far and my symptoms are actually worse! I was treated with Metformin for the insulin resistence. It did nothing to alleviate the PCOS syptoms. Then my endo put me on Spironolactone which lowers testosterone levels so it can help with the facial hair and stop the hair loss on the head. Within 2 weeks I started losing my hair in clumps so I stopped taking the Spirno. I've had my thyroid checked 3 times (normal), testosterone was low on the last blood draw, and all the hormones were in the normal range. I still showed insulin resistance and started the Metformin again. I'll give it another try since there isn't many other options it seems.

I have crappy insurance I buy on my own that covers no office visits. The endocrinologist visit is $204 and she wants to see me monthly for updates. It can be very expensive w/o insurance. They will need to do a trans vaginal ultrasound to check your ovaries for cysts. Another costly procedure. I don't know if there is free help available for the ladies who don't have insurance but I would definitely look into it. My medical bills in the last 12 months have cost me over $7500. I can't qualify for any state assistance. Guess they think I'm rich

Good luck to the ladies and don't be afraid of going to the doctor. Find a female doctor if you don't feel comfortable with a male. My doctor is very supportive (not the same one who told me to lose 100 lbs.) and even though she's expensive I feel she's trying everything she can to treat the PCOS.
__________________
Write your sorrows in sand and your blessings in stone.
Laura2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2009, 06:56 AM   #55
Tooz
sweet chocolate christ
 
Tooz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: shoppin' fuh food
Posts: 5,086
Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ABellyGirl View Post
They usually will start you on birth control pills to regulate your periods and lack of progesterone. And some might suggest Metformin to regulate your insulin resistance again IF you and lucky and find a doctor who know PCO.
See, I'm already ON birth control, which is one of the reasons I don't bother.
__________________
let's call a spade a spade: it's porn
Tooz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2009, 07:05 AM   #56
Sandie_Zitkus
Entrepreneur
 
Sandie_Zitkus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,042
Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!Sandie_Zitkus keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

Ladies if you have high Testosterone level (a lot of big women do because fat holds estrogen - too much estrogen means too much testosterone) I think you need to be on Aldactone (spironolactone). It will help with water weight and will help balance out your hormones. I went from black wiry think hair on my body to practically no hair except on my head (which got thicker too) in about 2 years of taking this drug. I still take it, and I'm very pleased .

You need to see an Endocrinologist. Most MD's do not understand PCOS. Also, you need your thyroid checked. By the time A Dr. took me seriously I was terribly ill with ALL the symptoms of PCOS and very disgusted.

Or find an herbalist or a Naturopathic Doctor. They can do wonders for you. But do something.
Sandie_Zitkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2009, 07:12 AM   #57
Tooz
sweet chocolate christ
 
Tooz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: shoppin' fuh food
Posts: 5,086
Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!Tooz keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

After reading this, I may not have it. My thyroid has been checked and is normal, I don't have Insulin Resistance, and ... I think I'm just unlucky with hair growth, because I don't have like, ridiculous amounts. It's everywhere, but not in like epic proportions. It's not black and wiry, either.

Who knows.
__________________
let's call a spade a spade: it's porn
Tooz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #58
Tau
IXAMXDECADENCE
 
Tau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Posts: 1,308
Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Tau has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrystalUT11 View Post
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.
I know its hard. Doctors have a God complex that they've sold very effectively to the rest of the world but here's the thing - they aren't God! So insist. If you feel there is something wrong with you insist that whoever you go see do the necessary tests. Read up before hand, find out what those tests could possibly be and tell the doctor what you want done if they are not coming to the intelligent conclusion themselves. They are also providing a service and if it isn't satisfactory - don't pay! I went to a doctor cos I suspected i was anemic (s'cuse the spelling) and she said my exhaustion was just as a result of my weight, my blood sugar was probably a mess, and that I should lose 50kilos. I said no, I want you to order blood tests for me because you don't have a clue what you're talking about. She did. I was right and she was wrong I still get a very deep glow of satisfaction from that.
__________________
"Happiness isn't enough! I demand euphoria!"
http://fiercefotography.blogspot.com/
Tau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2009, 11:30 AM   #59
ABellyGirl
 
ABellyGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: California
Posts: 15
ABellyGirl has said some nice things
Default Stupid hairy chins

If you do find yourself on birth control pills, Yasmine brand reduces hair growth on your face and helps with the acne.

Only problem with it (depending on the dr.) people with migraines should'nt tke estrogen based pills due to a risk of clots and stroke.

It's too bad; for the the three months I took it, I didn't have to shave as much and my skin was clear.

This is a really good book that tells you EVERYTHING that PCOS is and what is does to your body.

http://books.google.com/books?id=2bp...ncient&f=false

Last edited by ABellyGirl; 08-20-2009 at 11:34 AM. Reason: add link
ABellyGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 09:18 PM   #60
msbard90
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,337
msbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging in
Default

Well, apparently I am PCOS free
I was put on a different BC method to control my periods better, and get rid of some acne.
Hopefully things work out.
msbard90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 09:38 PM   #61
thatgirl08
KNOW IT ALL
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,916
thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

Glad to hear things went well msbard! :]
thatgirl08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 09:43 PM   #62
msbard90
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,337
msbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging inmsbard90 makes people happy simply by logging in
Default

hells yeah

well so i kind of ADHD'ed at the eye doctor and I don't think my new glasses are the right prescription. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. I just hope I didn't waste 150 dollars on new lenses for nothing. FML.
msbard90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 09:46 PM   #63
thatgirl08
KNOW IT ALL
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,916
thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

**double post**

EDIT: Ah, that sucks!
thatgirl08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 07:22 AM   #64
ThatFatGirl
Why am I still here?
 
ThatFatGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: I'm lost.
Posts: 3,553
ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.
Default

I think there has been some fairly extensive discussion from people with PCOS on this subject already, so you might want to search PCOS threads here to get some additional information. I read all the discussion I can on it because even though I've been treated for it for the last fourteen years, I still feel I don't totally understand it. I attribute this confusion to my doctors too who amazingly, still seem so clueless. I've seen the wrong kind of endo, one who specializes in Diabetes research. He did his best, but I never felt we were on the same page and all of his readings of my test results conflicted with what I was told from other docs. When I switched to a reproductive endocrinologist, things made more sense. I've also been told I had insulin resistance from one doctor and from another, that I did not. Add to the confusion of PCOS that you don't have to be IR to have PCOS.

If you miss periods, or have painful ones sometimes and have hair growing in places you wish you didn't, I'd definitely start with a gynecologist and then get a recommendation for a good endo from him or her. Your gynecologist should be able to prescribe Aldactone or Spironolactone (Aldactone's generic) for you. If you don't have insurance, WalMart and other pharmacies with $4 generic programs have Spironolactone on their lists. Only 20mg tabs seem to be on the lists I've seen in two states, so you might want to check (walmart.com) and ask your doctor to write the script with that in mind (and know that you may have to pay more for additional tablets). I am on 100 mgs a month, so I'd have to pay $20 on the generic discount programs.

Sandie posted a great link earlier to soulcysters.com. The Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association's home page is good for basic, straightforward information, too. I know the thought of PCOS can be confusing and scary, but the unknown and misinformation is often a lot worse.
__________________
"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."
- Sophia Loren



Fleeting Fancies
ThatFatGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 11:07 AM   #65
Crystal
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1,737
Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!Crystal has a ton of rep. Literally. As in over 2000!
Default

Thanks! According to that website, I have 4 or 5 of the below symptoms. I really should get this checked out as soon as I have insurance.

PCOS SymptomsPCOS symptoms tend to start gradually and often start in the early teens.

Frequently PCOS symptoms are mistaken for other medical problems.

With polycystic ovary syndrome you may have only a few symptoms or many symptoms.

The symptoms of PCOS include, but are not limited to the following:

irregular or no menstrual periods
acne
obesity/weight gain/inability to lose weight
breathing problems while sleeping
depression
oily skin
infertility
skin discolorations
high cholesterol levels
elevated blood pressure
excess or abnormal hair growth and distribution
pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis
multiple ovarian cysts ?
skin tags
Crystal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2009, 02:08 PM   #66
LonesomeKreature
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 10
LonesomeKreature has said some nice things
Default

I'm 19 and i have PCOS. Not the actual cysts on my ovaries but i have everything else that basically comes along with it, including the oh so wonderful excess body hair/growth. That part also does come from other genes as well but mostly related to PCOS. It was scary beng diagnosed at the at of 17 when you have no clue what is it or what's going to happen and no one can really explain it well. I've been on Metformin for about 2 1/2 years and it's done amazing things for me (especially in combination with birth control). Take care of your bodies and get checked out. It'll be alright.
__________________
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams"- Willy Wonka

"You should never doubt what no one else is sure about."- Willy Wonka
LonesomeKreature is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2009, 09:03 PM   #67
dcoyote
 
dcoyote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 140
dcoyote can now change their title
Default

I've been diagnosed with PCOS for a few years now. I knew way before that I had it. My mom has it and hypothyroidism it think. One of my aunts just got diagnosed with the thyroid thing too. I used to me on Metformin. I hated it! It made me so sick I couldn't lay on my water bed or walk fast without getting severe motion sickness. When I went to my doctor, she told basically told me to suck it up and take it. I have been reluctant to go back to the doctors for anything at all ever since. My local doctors office is dreadful, but I can't go anywere else.

Symptom wise, it doesn't bother me much. I very rarely menstrate and have a bit of extra hair. As for being fat, I've been at the point of no return without plastic surgery since I was in my preteens.
dcoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2009, 09:12 PM   #68
thatgirl08
KNOW IT ALL
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,916
thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dcoyote View Post
I've been diagnosed with PCOS for a few years now. I knew way before that I had it. My mom has it and hypothyroidism it think. One of my aunts just got diagnosed with the thyroid thing too. I used to me on Metformin. I hated it! It made me so sick I couldn't lay on my water bed or walk fast without getting severe motion sickness. When I went to my doctor, she told basically told me to suck it up and take it. I have been reluctant to go back to the doctors for anything at all ever since. My local doctors office is dreadful, but I can't go anywere else.

Symptom wise, it doesn't bother me much. I very rarely menstrate and have a bit of extra hair. As for being fat, I've been at the point of no return without plastic surgery since I was in my preteens.
I'm under the impression thought that it can do internal damage that you may not notice at first so you might want to go back to the doctor again?
thatgirl08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2009, 09:51 PM   #69
dcoyote
 
dcoyote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 140
dcoyote can now change their title
Default

Oh I am aware of that. However, the only docs I can go to don't care. They just want to give me a pill and send me on my way. I don't have the money or oppertunity to do anything about it. I could take the metformin again, but then I have to sleep on the floor and will be unable to chase my baby brother and sister around. If I could treat it, I would.
dcoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2009, 10:01 PM   #70
thatgirl08
KNOW IT ALL
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,916
thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!thatgirl08 keeps pushing the rep limit!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dcoyote View Post
Oh I am aware of that. However, the only docs I can go to don't care. They just want to give me a pill and send me on my way. I don't have the money or oppertunity to do anything about it. I could take the metformin again, but then I have to sleep on the floor and will be unable to chase my baby brother and sister around. If I could treat it, I would.
Yeah, I understand. As mentioned in this thread, if you have a Planned Parenthood near you they may be able to help you even if you have little or no money and/or no health insurance.
thatgirl08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 11:37 AM   #71
gobettiepurple
I'm your huckleberry
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 467
gobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going on
Default Newbie chimming in!

This post totally opened my eyes - I was diagnosed with PCOS and i have had cysts on my ovaries, but I have been ignoring it for so long because I no longer have insurance. I am going down to the free clinic very soon, because I need to be adult about it and take care of my health. Thanks for posting some very pertinent information ladies! MUAH!
__________________
The post killer and zombie thrilla :)
gobettiepurple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 03:08 PM   #72
lozonloz
 
lozonloz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Suffolk UK/London
Posts: 270
lozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going onlozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going onlozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going onlozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going onlozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going onlozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going onlozonloz knows EXACTLY what's going on
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dcoyote View Post
Oh I am aware of that. However, the only docs I can go to don't care. They just want to give me a pill and send me on my way. I don't have the money or oppertunity to do anything about it. I could take the metformin again, but then I have to sleep on the floor and will be unable to chase my baby brother and sister around. If I could treat it, I would.
I feel for you. I got diagnosed after bursting cysts when I was 18 (painpainpainPAIN) and my GP put me on the pill, which helped with excess hair growth for awhile until I was taken off it by my next Doc who said I was too fat to take it safely, I might get blood clots. Then I was put on metformin and DEAR GOD I was so ill... I couldnt eat because if I tried I immediately became nautious, I had horriffic stomach cramps... I kept at it for 2 weeks then threw out my pills. When I finally got to see an endo I was leaving the country in a few months and he basically said to wait a year, get another appointment and see what happens in the intervening time.

Basically because I'm not looking to have kids and so have no fertility issues, the other symptoms arent really considered important. I'm trying to get an appointment with a GP to discuss other options for the hair growth, which is the main issue. I'm running out of freaking wax money.
__________________
Raised by wolves, but fostered by sloths.
lozonloz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 04:33 PM   #73
gobettiepurple
I'm your huckleberry
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 467
gobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going on
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lozonloz View Post
I'm trying to get an appointment with a GP to discuss other options for the hair growth, which is the main issue. I'm running out of freaking wax money.
I am right there with you! But didn't the birth control pills help with the hair growth? I was under the impression that that might help, because I want to get birth control for that reason. Yikes, I am tired of waxing and I had hoped the hormones in birth contol would help! thanks for the info!
__________________
The post killer and zombie thrilla :)
gobettiepurple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 05:00 PM   #74
ThatFatGirl
Why am I still here?
 
ThatFatGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: I'm lost.
Posts: 3,553
ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.ThatFatGirl has ascended what used to be the highest level.
Default

I'm on BC pills, Metformin and Spironolactone for my PCOS symptoms. Sandie mentioned it already up thread and I second it. Spironolactone is key for dealing with hirsutism. In my 12 years of taking it, I've noticed a difference particularly in body hair when I'm on it versus when I'm not. I had dark hair on the back of my forearms, my back.. other places, even my big toes. It really has disappeared. I haven't seen any dark hair there in years. I highly recommend asking your doctor about it. It's usually very cheap too. Also, I believe if/when you get to a point of trying to conceive, you'll have to go off this particular medication.

From Wiki:

Due to its antiandrogen effect, it can also be used to treat hirsutism, and is a common component in hormone therapy for male-to-female transsexual and transgender people. It is also used for treating hair loss and acne in women, and can be used as a topical medication for treatment of male baldness. It is commonly used to treat symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) such as excess facial hair and acne.
__________________
"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."
- Sophia Loren



Fleeting Fancies
ThatFatGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 05:56 PM   #75
gobettiepurple
I'm your huckleberry
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 467
gobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going ongobettiepurple knows EXACTLY what's going on
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThatFatGirl View Post
I'm on BC pills, Metformin and Spironolactone for my PCOS symptoms. Sandie mentioned it already up thread and I second it. Spironolactone is key for dealing with hirsutism. In my 12 years of taking it, I've noticed a difference particularly in body hair when I'm on it versus when I'm not. I had dark hair on the back of my forearms, my back.. other places, even my big toes. It really has disappeared. I haven't seen any dark hair there in years. I highly recommend asking your doctor about it. It's usually very cheap too. Also, I believe if/when you get to a point of trying to conceive, you'll have to go off this particular medication.

From Wiki:

Due to its antiandrogen effect, it can also be used to treat hirsutism, and is a common component in hormone therapy for male-to-female transsexual and transgender people. It is also used for treating hair loss and acne in women, and can be used as a topical medication for treatment of male baldness. It is commonly used to treat symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) such as excess facial hair and acne.
Thank you so much! I will definitely look into it! I have already started with the weight loss process - every doctor I talked to said that losing weight would help and it has, but I am definitely going to talk to my doctor about those medications and a treatment plan.
__________________
The post killer and zombie thrilla :)
gobettiepurple is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright Dimensions Magazine. All rights reserved worldwide.