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PCOS -- increased symptoms

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM

I was diagnosed with PCOS in my teens, kind of ignored it for years, since I only had one or two periods a year, and I would just take painkillers and stay curled up in a ball in bed until it was over.

After changing my diet, my hormones have shifted to the point where I am having pretty regular, monthly periods. That's great, except that I still have the PCOS, and I am now developing cysts much more frequently. Every month I am losing up to three days to staying in bed because I can't stand up or sit up without intense, sharp pain. Often I will throw up and have diarrhea. I can't even read or sleep.

I understand and accept that it may still take more time to resolve my PCOS completely, but in the interim, is there anything I can do to make my symptoms more bearable?

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on December 18, 2012
at 07:22 AM

i dont know theanswer but it's a good question for your doctor or a second opinion. congratulations on your awesome weightloss!

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:49 AM

No, I've not had an ultrasound, but my gp and gyno told me that's what was causing the pain

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:48 AM

No. I'm hoping to find a non-drug solution before I resort to taking any new medications

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I have had all the signs of insulin resistance (brown patches on skin, overweight) and irregular painful periods. I have not had an ultrasound, but my gp and gyno told me that was what caused the pain. I slashed my carbs, usually I take in 30-40g of carbs a day. I've lost 130 lbs (still need to lose another 20-30lbs). I didn't have endometriosis when I last saw my gyno, a couple of years ago. Could I have not had symptoms then, or would the Dr be able to tell for sure? I just read over the symptoms of endometriosis, and I do have the pain only during menses, not at other times of the month.

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at 08:53 AM

Have you tried DIM (diindolylmethane) ?

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on December 31, 2012
at 02:53 AM

As far as your GP and gyno telling you it's the PCOS causing you that pain, they really have no clue. You ask almost every woman with PCOS how her dealings with medical professionals has been and every one will tell you stories about clueless docs who either don't know or don't give a crap. Truth is, they have absolutely no way of "knowing" without running any sort of diagnostic tests. Typically, PCOS is not associated with pain (more common with endo). While PCOS can result in the occasional ruptured cyst, it is normally very acute (a few hours maybe) and doesn't normally happen every month. I'd get a second opinion and ask them to run some tests.

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on December 16, 2012
at 04:53 PM

first, i have to ask. have any cysts been detected? most women with pcos don't have cysts.

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:49 AM

No, I've not had an ultrasound, but my gp and gyno told me that's what was causing the pain

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on December 16, 2012
at 04:46 PM

First, you should check with a Gyn to be certain that the only issue is PCOS. While periods can be quite painfulwith PCOS, other things could also be going on. True ovarian cysts are NOT really a PCOS symptom--cystic appearing ovaries because of unreleased eggs are. Endometriosis is the more likely cause of extremely painful periods.

Provided you are otherwise ok, you should look at the carbs in your diet. The hallmark of PCOS is insulin resistance. So if your diet is too high in carbs and there's too much insulin, PCOS symptoms will persist. Try reducing carbs and see if it helps.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 18, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I have had all the signs of insulin resistance (brown patches on skin, overweight) and irregular painful periods. I have not had an ultrasound, but my gp and gyno told me that was what caused the pain. I slashed my carbs, usually I take in 30-40g of carbs a day. I've lost 130 lbs (still need to lose another 20-30lbs). I didn't have endometriosis when I last saw my gyno, a couple of years ago. Could I have not had symptoms then, or would the Dr be able to tell for sure? I just read over the symptoms of endometriosis, and I do have the pain only during menses, not at other times of the month.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on December 18, 2012
at 07:22 AM

i dont know theanswer but it's a good question for your doctor or a second opinion. congratulations on your awesome weightloss!

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