Surgery next month and IR diet book suggestion

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Surgery next month and IR diet book suggestion
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Sat, 07-21-2012 - 1:31pm

I highly doubt many remember me, but I have had problems with PCOS at 19. I am 35 now. I have had problems with non-stop bleeding since it started and FINALLY got a doctor to recommend a Total Hysterectomy....I go in August 3rd. Though most fight this desicion, I am relieved for the nightmare to be coming to an end. I KNOW it's not a cure for PCOS, nor do I expect it to be...I merely want the bleeding to stop, I can't do this any longer. My only question is, has anyone here had a hysterectomy before and were there any complications from having PCOS? I am not finding anything that says it will matter, and my doctor is well aware. For the first time, I saw the cysts on my ovaries from a vaginal ultrasound...it was actually a wake up call for me that PCOS is real and I do suffer from it.

Saying that, I have found a book I wanted to pass on to those who are maybe struggling with diet like I am. It is called The Insulin Resistance Diet and to me, it is a very solid and logical book. It's on Amazon and pretty cheap at that. I am planning to start it soon after surgery.

Best wishes all...

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Re: Surgery next month and IR diet book suggestion
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 12:13pm

Well good luck! I'm very interested in how the diet helps so do check back in and let us know.

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Hi there! I think I do remember you! Sorry that this is happening, but so very happy that you feel good about it! I do understand! The thing is it is hard to tell what will happen with PCOS after. Sometimes there are no issues, something things can get worse. It will all depend on your body. I would say, though, that as long as you start eating right, the IR diet is a pretty good one, then you may have little to none effects. Eating right will treat that core issue of insulin resistance. Along with the diet, though, I recommend that you keep a journal of what you are eating and how you feel throughout the day. This can help you see how different foods are affecting you. The IR diet is a good base, but each of us is different. ++++++++thoughts and let me know how the surgery goes! Laura

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I am looking forward to the surgery...well, I am and am not. :smileywink: Can't say I look forward to the pain afterwards, but am looking forward to the relief of no more bleeding. I have talked to several women who have had it done who have PCOS, and though I didn't ask them...they made no mention of it effecting the PCOS itself and all said they were happy it was done. I am wondering about the cysts on my ovaries though, since I will be keeping those...I wonder if they will get worse? My guess is they've been there all along, do they increase the risks of ovarian cancer? The doctor didn't seem concerned with them, cysts and all. She said she would get me back on the Metformin after surgery, and that it may help with balancing out the hormones with them there.

Eating enough is my core problem...I undereat quite drastically and making out menus is trying, as I am still cutting myself short and the food seems like way too much. I guess we'll see how it goes, but I am hoping it's the answer. It's not that I ate all that different before, it's the amount I eat that sends my body into starvation mode that is the problem.

I'll let you know how surgery goes and hope all is well on your end. :smileyhappy: Good to see you back!
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 2:15pm
I certainly understand how you feel! I am glad that you know others who have done well. Me too! It is very good that you will get back on the Met. It can certainly help along with eating right.

As far as not eating enough, pretty common. Once you start eating right, and your body starts to heal, your body will start to get the right signals and that will change. Hang in there

Hopefully the Met will help with the cysts. They are common for us. Treating that core issue with diet and Met will usually take care of it. Keep me updated! ++++++++++++++++thoughts! Laura

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Sat, 08-11-2012 - 10:53am
I am curious, is there a chance for the cysts to go away with the met and diet or are they always there no matter what?

It's been a week since my surgery and things went very well...so well, I barely can tell I had it. The pressure and uncomfortable feeling in my tummy are gone, along with the bleeding...all gone. Part of me just wants to cry because I am so happy and I don't know what to do with the overwhelming feeling, I couldn't of asked it to go much better.

I go back in on the 21st to make sure everything is in place and then hopefully that's when the doctor will start me on Met. :smileyhappy:

Thanks for the positive thoughts! :smileyhappy:
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Sat, 08-11-2012 - 7:23pm
I am so happy that you are doing so well after surgery! I bet you feel great! WOOHOO!

Yes! Eating right and taking Met can make the cysts shrink. You will be treating the core issue of the PCOS, so your body will start to heal. It is hard to tell how fast it will happen, your body figures that out, but it will eventually help.

++++++++thoughts! Let me know how your appt goes! Laura

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I can definably feel my uterus is gone...who knew it could cause so much discomfort and be gone so sudden.

My doc appt went well...I was hoping she'd start me on the Met, but figure I won't press it until I am sure there is going to be no more surgery [as you don't really want to be on them then]. Figure it's probably best I'm more healed as well, as it does take a long time. If I feel better by next appt [in month], then I will bring up the met. I started changing my diet, though it's taking awhile to get it going perfectly. I have it about 95% down, just a few things I have to work on. I won't get too upset or serious until I am on the met and healed. No reason to stress myself more than needed, until then. :smileyhappy:

Doc did say my ovaries weren't working properly...I hope that doesn't mean more complications and that when I am on the met, things will improve there as well. She made it sound like the met would help the hormone part of the ovaries.
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Sat, 08-25-2012 - 9:54pm

Hey!  Good to see you.  Yeah, it will take time for everything to adjust.  Be good to yourseld and take it easy!

Glad that the appt went well.  I think waiting is a good idea.  You are doing great with your diet.  I am still trying to get it right after so many years!

Yeah, not sure what your doc meant.  Could be many thing.  But yeah, probably our wonderful little cysts.  Eating right and the Met will help that!  Take care and keep me updated!  Laura

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