I'm 35. A year ago I had a blood test for thyroid. My thyroid was fine, so my doctor suggested I go to an OB/GYN and ask about PCOS, as my glucose was slightly elevated (102) & I am obese. Also, my periods were slightly irregular, but only by a few days. They may start a little early or late, but I have never missed a period.
The nurse practitioner didn't think I had PCOS, as I had no missed periods, hair loss/increase, acne, etc. However, she did say I might be eligible for a hysterectomy because of severe PMS symptoms & heavy flow, since I'm not trying to get pregnant.
My periods are extremely heavy - I use about 1 tampon/hour for the first 2 days & I get very fatigued. The NP thinks I may be anemic during my period, & I have a standing order for a blood test when I get my cycle.
Also, PMS for me is 2+ weeks of severe cramping, anxiety/depression, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, & I often catch some cold or flu as though my immune system has conked out.
However, I just don't want to have a hysterectomy. I would, however, like some relief from the PMS and other monthly problems I have. They've gotten worse as I've gotten older - I only have maybe one week a month where I feel normal.
What other options do I have? I can't take birth control pills (it raises my blood pressure) and the NP didn't mention other treatments. She's supposed to call me in a day or two. What can I ask her, and what treatments can I mention to her when she calls?