PCOS and INSULIN RESISTANCE

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Registered: 06-12-2013
PCOS and INSULIN RESISTANCE
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 1:30am

Hallo there dearies! I just joined and figured I would introduce myself and tell you a bit about my experience.

I am currently 26 years old. When I was 14 I had to have an emergency surgery to remove an ovarian cyst that grew from the size of a egg to a softball overnight. At this time they diagnosed me with PCOS. Because of my insane menstrual cycles (ranging from 7-70 days, with my periods ranging from 4-11 days long) I have been on birth control. Besides ovarian cysts I have always had a weight issue, I have also had issues with dizziness, headaches, and feeling ill after I wake up usually for an hour or two before I have been able to eat.

Unfortunately most of my doctors never thought to check for any sort of insulin resistance. Only one checked for insulin resistance, and had my blood tests completed while I had not been fasting. A few other doctors, Instead, contributed my problems to my weight. At one point after my complaints, my doctor at the time put me on phentermine to lose weight, and did nothing else.

Nearly a month ago I went into a local doctor with my complaints. Over the past three to four months I have been nothing but exhausted and constantly plagued with light-headedness, absent-mindedness, and headaches. It has been 8 years since I have had a regular doctor, so I chose one that accepts my insurance that is close to home. Unfortunately this doctor thought I had an infection of some sort because besides my issues, i also had a very mild temperature. He prescribed me a high dose of Amoxicillin and called it good.

One weeks ago I was still having my problems. When I went to my new found regular Gyno for my annual checkup, I explained what was going on and all that I have experienced. After reviewing my history she scheduled me for some lab work four days ago... about 6 different types of labs.

This doctor called me this afternoon explaining the lab results came back indicating Severe Insulin resistance. I am now being driven crazy having to wait another week for an appointment, that fits in with my work schedule, to talk about whats happening and get a treatment plan.

I joined here, to see what others experiences are... and for any thoughts or advice. I am just happy my blood pressure is decent (103/73 when i went in for my bloodwork). I am 302lbs and 5'6", I usually walk 30-45 minutes a day. I think the biggest worries I have are my diet and what I will be able to do on my budget... I am currently feeding myself and my partner on $50-$65 every two weeks, so my pantry contains mostly pasta-roni and other low cost foods.

Thank You!