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I was diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance.

May 25, 2010 - 3 comments
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Polycystic Ovarian syndrome

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insulin resistance

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endocrinologist



I went to an endocrinologist a couple weeks ago. I went because I have had oligomenorrhea since the very first time started my "cycle." Other symptoms include; hursutism, excessively sweat, and difficulty controlling my weight. Now, this was the first time this doctor has ever seen me and he talked to me for about 10 minutes about my symptoms and history. It kind of made me wonder if this is a proper diagnosis. He hadn't done any testing. He prescribed me metphormin and gave me a script for blood work to be done at the lab. I'm afraid to take the medication because it is for insulin resistance. What if I don't have the problem? Can the medication harm me? Should I be regularly testing my sugar levels? Why is this doctor so quick to make a diagnosis? I dunno. I haven't taken the meds, and it's been two weeks since I picked them up at the drug store. I haven't had time to get the blood work done either. I'll make sure I do tomorrow, so he won't wonder why it's taking so long to get the results.

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by alleybow, Jul 05, 2010
Got the blood work back, and it all looks like PCOS for sure. I started taking the metformin and it gave me some diarrhea, which has been waking me up in the middle of the night. I've been told it goes away after a while. I sure hope so, because I have a hard enough time sleeping without the diarrhea interruptions!

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by kimjRN, Aug 02, 2010
Yu may want to ask your doctor if u can have a lower dose to start with because the diarrhea can be bad enough to drop your potassium. I would hate for u to stop taking it because of the diarrhea because it is a worthwhile medicine and good treatment for PCOS. It will help some with your weight too. I have PCOS and I am a registered nurse and I can tell you we are lucky that PCOS is finally coming to light with the primary doctors. When I first started researching I was about 22 now I am 36. Initially no doctor even knew what I was talking about, one even told me I was being paranoid. Even after a CT of my belly which as my doctor at the time put it "u have multiple tiny cysts on both your ovaries" the only thing I was told was that "we use birth control to treat this" and so I took it, nobody would give me metformin. So 70 pounds and 11 years later finally I had full blown type 2 diabetes and finally got metformin. I wish I could have had metformin back then, I know it is helping prevent heart disease. By the way if u r taking birth control pills for treatment there has recently been a study that shows that birth control pills may actually increase insulin resistance thereby will increase weight in a person with PCOS. Finally another study that proves I wasn't crazy when I told my doctor that the pill makes me gain weight, terrible carb cravings(huge symptom of insulin resistance). Learn as much as u can, stay on the metformin, use immodium for the diarrhea for awhile if u have to, cut down the dose until u get use to it. I have been on it for 3 years now and finally I can take 3 -500mg tablets daily. See your endocrinologist routinely. Take Care, u r not alone:)

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by kimjRN, Aug 02, 2010
Oh and alleybow if u r having any twitching or muscle cramps let your doctor know because your potassium could be low, in the meantime get yourself some foods high in potassium, but watch the bananas because they r also high in sugar/carb. It is very common for people with insulin resistance to have low potassium and magnesium, if u crave alot of chocolate this could be a sign for low mag.Good Luck!

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