Going to Reg. Dr today not RE

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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 1:27pm
I am going to my family practice dr this afternoon to get to know her and see if she will test my insulin to see if the Actos is helping. If I go to my RE for my tests she is in another city 50 miles away and this dr is about 2 miles away and her office draws the labs and runs the tests so my insurance would cover it otherwise if I go to my RE the labs have to be sent out and then I have to pay. So I am hoping the family dr will do the tests so I wont have to pay but I guess I will find out.

GOOD LUCK Ladies!!!!!!!!!

I am only just getting rid of AF but she is finally gone. I am on CD7 so far. Hopefully the meds will make me O sooner!!!!!!!

Shan

I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)for those of you that don't know and that is why my insulin is high and needs to be watched. I am on 15mg of Actos a diabetic medicine to lower my insulin, regulate my periods and help me to O. So we shall see. This message was supposed to be on the PCOS board but loaded here, not sure how.


Edited 4/3/2003 2:33:12 PM ET by serendipitiesfate

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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 4:27pm
UPDATE on my dr visit. Well for some reason my BP is extremely high, it hasn't been this high since I was pregnant and had PIH. So now I have to go back in 2 weeks to see if it is still high. Then she is going to test my insulin next week, thank goodness. I also have lost 6lb since the end of Feb. so I am excited about that.

Shan
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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 4:49pm
Shan -

I didn't know you had PCOS! Me too! My RE put me on metformin and, although I'm getting better, I was sick as a dog with it. How is Actos treating you? I wasn't brave enough to ask about any other meds when my RE perscribed this, though I knew what the s/e were going to be b/c I had tried taking met. before. Congrats on the weight loss!! Here's some ~Lower BP~ vibes!!!

~ Rebecca

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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 8:40pm
Thanks so much Rebecca I definately need all the low BP vibes I can get. =) I had responded to one of your posts on the PCOS boards before, you must not have realized it was me =) I wanted to go on Met. but my dr. said it was best to go on Actos due to my high level of insulin. She didn't even really talk about Avandia. She said the Actos will be stronger for the insulin resistance and I only have to take it once a day opposed to 2-3 times a day w/ Met. I have had NO symptoms being on Actos. I go next week for a fasting insulin check up. So hopefully it is working. =) How do you like Met.? See what I don't like about Actos is as soon as I get PG and hopefully soon, I have to stop. But as for Met. some dr. let you stay on it to reduce the M/C but I don't know if my dr. would recommend staying on it anyways. It was nice because my dr. gave me a sample box that had 6 weeks worth of free samples to try of the Actos to see if it worked and if I liked it. My PC dr said the Actos won't cause the high BP cuz that was my first question. Another thing us sisters have in common, PCOS. It is sad because so many women have it and don't know it and we are fortunate enough to know we have it and be treated. No one educates on the matter. Well best of luck to you =)

Shan
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 6:59am
Yikes! I'm sorry I missed your post on the PCOS board. I only lurk there occasionally because I feel a little out of place. I seem to O pretty regularly in comparison and I'm not on Clomid. I don't have alot of the other side effects of PCOS either, fortunately.

Taking medicine only once a day would be nice! I'm having a hard time scheduling eating and things like that around dosing schedule (3x a day, ~8 hours apart). Met's been hard on the tummy too. I'm starting to feel better now, but it's been a rough road. About 5 years ago I was on rezulin, and that was fantastic. But they took it off the market. :(

I know what you mean about wanting to be on some medication during the 1st trimester. To be honest, that was the primary driving factor to get me back to an endocrinologist and on treatment. Like I said, since I've been charting, it looks like I've been O'ing every cycle and I did get pg. last year, but lost it at 11 weeks. After reading the studies about PCOS and m/c, I panicked and had to get back in treatment right away. And I am sure hoping that I can get back down to a 28-day cycle (how luxurious would that be!!!!).

Good luck with your meds!! Here's some more ~low BP~ vibes!!!!

~ Rebecca

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 3:16pm
Rebecca, you are too cute. I actually love the PCOS board because we all have the same issue even though some more than other and since we are smaller we stay closer, I guess you could say. I too don't have many symptoms and my RE said I have a mild case when I orignally went in to see her she didn't think I had it due to my "lack" of symptoms. SO I am guessing I caught it in time.

It is nice I must admit taking a pill once a day but I still forget and take it late, good thing I dont have to take it 3 times a day although maybe I would remember better. SO it is just 15mg opposed to 1500-2000mg most women take on Met.

I am sorry about your loss at 11 wks. I had a chemical pregnany in January and when those BFP's kept coming I was so ectastic and excited and went crazy with joy and then I got my HCG results the next day and it was negative, I had never felt so overfilled with joy and then pain in such little time. IT is hard because we have to worry even more about the miscarriage rate and it is frightening. It is nice talking to the graduates on the PCOS board because they can relate so much to us.

But please don't feel like an outsider at the PCOS board, we welcome everyone!!

Shan
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:23am
Don't know if you are interested at all in alternative medicine but garlic is very good for regulating your BP. You can take it raw, in garlic oil capsules or tablets. Something you might look into anyway.
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 1:41pm
GM Shan! Sorry to hear your b/p was so high...here are some low b/p vibes for your return visit....maybe it's because you're going to get that BFP this cycle- lol- really got help get you going, right? I know I always go in for a checkup and my b/p is skyhigh...then I go back and it's fine. So, I'm hoping it's not med or pcos related and just you getting ready for that BFP...hee, hee...and being a little nervous.

((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))) LOlove, Connie

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 2:48pm
I love garlic. But do you know if it helps if you cook with it? Because I put garlic in anything I can and have used a lot more than normal and I buy the cloves, plus use powder.

Shan
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 2:51pm
Thanks Connie, and I agree. It was the pregnancy dream I had, just got my blood going. I am a little worried this time though because I don't know if I had my preO dip yesterday or the actual O. And my DH was too TIRED to get Bd'ing last night so I was a bit upset. But we did get it the day b4 so hopefully that will do the trick if I did O yesterday.

Shan
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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 12:50pm
Well, I think cooking it changes the chemical component that helps to regulate BP, Allicin I think it is called, so it is really better to use it raw. I love it slicked thinly on buttered baked potatoes, Yummy! Or crushed and mixed with soft butter and spread on toast, thats REAL garlic bread! ;)