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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The PCOS Diaries

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome affects 10% of all women! I am one of those womyn.

I have been taking the Metformin (generic glucophage, a nasty little pill they give to people who are insulin resistant) more consistently. Insulin resistance is a symptom of PCOS. I find that if I take it during a meal after eating the first half of it it doesn't make me as nauseated. It could be worse some women have alopecia due to PCOS. :(

I have been running everyday this week after work. I have recently acquired P90X. Any reviews? And I have also ordered my swim gear. More details to follow. I want to kick off the weight and kick the dis-ease/disease off now and for good.

I like running outdoors. It gives me time to think. Lately, I have been thinking I need to be in a career where I directly help other people. All of my most intimate friends and family seem to agree. I work in a technical field and I appreciate my job. I love solving problems. I do not appreciate the 45-70 hour commute each way or the fact that I don't feel like I am giving back or contributing positively to anything other than the financial bottom line.

My cousin and close friend who is an RN advised me that the cysts can burst and cause injections. UGH! I really do not like that the more I find out about this nightmare of a thing, the more things their are to consider. I also do not like that there is no assistance for prevention of this hideous thing in our health care system. It appears to be entirely an endocrine disorder that few OB-GYNs even know to look for in women. I feel it starts with a combination of these: weight gain, absence of probiotics/good bacteria, overuse of anti-biotics, and the use of synthetic hormones. I have researched the matter in great detail.

I am managing. I changed my diet again. It will change soon. Currently, it includes little to no carbs, less coffee, a whole lot more protein (more on this later) and I eat every 4 hours. I read a book on how toxins in our environment changes our metabolism. As a result, I eat no synthetic products like non-dairy creamer or margarine. I don't use Styrofoam. I don't leave liquids in plastic bottles in the car. Some plastics release toxins at high temperatures. It has been a complete lifestyle change. I incorporate new rules everyday and eat mostly organic because I am trying to avoid growth hormones, pesticides, and genetically modified foods.

I am approaching my last laser hair removal treatment. Thank goodness. I am tired of the burning and break-outs due to the laser...le sigh. The pros outweigh the cons. No stubble, no five o'clock shadow, ROTFL! Yes, a symptom of PCOS is high testosterone levels, which means more hair.

I am off for a run now (indoors). It's getting dark and raining a little.

10 comments:

onyxcherry said...

Get well soon:)

Meikmeika said...

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

As for P90X. I know of 3 people who have tried it, all men. One cried in the shower after doing it the first and last time(hehe). The second couldn't get past the first 15 minutes and the last thought it was ok since he's been lifting weights consistently for the past 10 years. It's a hardcore workout. From what I gather, many people do Slim in 6 and/or Turbo Jam and/or Power 90 to lose weight. They then move to P90X for the muscle definition. www.beachbody.com has forums dedicated to each of their workout programs. Good Luck!!!

Natasha said...

Get well soon lady. I 'preciate your honesty about this condition. I too have my own battle; mine is with endometriosis. It is also frustrating, and has caused me to make changes in my diet and exercise. Tell me the name of that book on toxins... I'd like to get that. Be blessed...

MzMargo said...

I am praying for you and your health. I am currently reading this nutrition book called "The Paleo Diet" by: Laren Cordain PhD.
Sounds like what you are trying to do. It is a very interesting concept. Best of life to you my friend.
Namaste,
Margo

Chinue*s LLL Philosophy said...

Thanks for continuing to keep us well informed on this trying condition. I am glad you are in the final stage of your treatment.

Anonymous said...

PCOS is an incredibly frustrating syndrome. It is hard to diagnose and many doctors do miss it. One of the most important things that you can do is loose weight if you are overweight. The majority of women with PCOS are overweight/obese and weight loss can place the condition in remession and can often be curative. 10% of your body weight is a good first goal. The life changes that you are already making are key: improving diet and exercise, exercise, exercise. It's all easy to say and incredibly hard to do, but the rewards are many and as the weight comes off, you will find that you may no longer need the Metformin. I appreciate your honesty on your blog in helping to educate others and good luck as you make the lifestyle changes you need to completely regain your health.

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