PCOS/Insulin Resistance Support - 2013 July / Aug Support Thread

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07-16-2013, 01:18 PM
Where is everyone? Come on out! Tell us how you are! :D

Who is here this month?
How are you?
How was last month?
How is your PCOS management last month?
What are you going to work on?


07-16-2013, 01:46 PM
Things are crazy with eldercare. Boo.

Endoc appt was great -- I feel like she's really listening to me rather than treating me like "just a number" and new labs came back. She's stricter than the old endoc (yay!) and she doesn't just tell me what needs fixing but HOW to fix it.

So my goals right now are

a) stick to my meds. If I can't manage all the metformin right now, go with just the one pill at least, and ramp up as possible. No change in thyroid for now because I am fine on those levels and don't want to change too many things at once. Just concentrate on the Met, and if later I want to go with less dye/color type thyroid thing we can work on that. Listening to me about not wanting BCP because it masks symptoms of PCOS and I'm past children having. We don't want any more and DH has a vasectomy so we don't need this on my plate. YAY!

b) stick to vitamin therapies -- i have a prescription Vit D now for 12 weeks to help replenish that and see if that improves my low energy.

c) Over the counter sublingual Vit B12 -- also way low but not as bad as the D.

d) Do what I can for exercise. Anything at all. Doesn't matter what. Knowing that success there will have to come AFTER solving the energy problems.

e) Diet -- lean and green. carbs in the morning if I'm going to have them to try to minimize afternoon slump. Aim for stricter ratios initially -- 1:1 even. (carb: to protein). 2:1 maybe. Certainly not more til the IR is in shape.

I feel encouraged by her listening to me and trying to make this baby steps rather than NO support or instruction on the "HOW" of it. Because honestly if I knew how I wouldn't need this, right?

It's taken a long time for me to get a dx. It seems to have taken me a long time to arrive at an endoc person who is the right fit. I am so hoping she's the right fit. Certainly better fit than the last one.

So... keep looking, ladies. Even if it takes a long time to get there -- keep looking for the right doc to work with you.


07-17-2013, 01:58 PM
I'm finally back!

I've been traveling like crazy and I am now back home, settled in for a little while, so again, I'm going to focus on the weight loss. Invariably, with travel, it goes up, but now it's crunch time, because my clothes are feeling tight.

I'm also injured again, I keep walking in heels and tripping over them, causing my ankle to take a beating. The last one didn't result with me on the ground, but the effort it took to stay up meant that I really wrenched the ankle and even my foot... :(

As for the PCOS management, no exercise in about a month, unless you count walking (I don't) but I'm back on the bandwagon tonight. The nice thing about me and exercise is that I like to do it, I don't suffer trying to get motivated. I found two exercises that I like and I do them all the time -- Spinning and Pilates.

As for food and vitamins, I take my vitamins religiously, so I'm doing well there, feeling okay with those. I am back on low-carb and planning on doing a Whole30 starting August 1st with a friend of mine who needs to lose a few pounds before surgery.

Paleo works for me and I see how it improves the shape of my body, even if the weight doesn't go down. I know too many carbs just don't work.

So, my goal for November (going on a cruise in November) is to see if I can finally hit 160 (oh, that elusive number!)....

07-21-2013, 01:46 PM
OMG... .i feel sooo much better today.

Back to 266 lbs. I had bloated up to 272 and it was making me crazy. With the cramps, the irritable, the ugh, etc. I hope this means I'm about to have a period. C'mon period! :cheer: Or is this ovulating?

(I know that's weird to anyone else, but I figure the PCOS ladies know what this feels like. :) )


07-21-2013, 07:54 PM
I do!

Glad you're feeling better.

So, are the doc's recommendations really helping, Astrophe?

And was your Vit D level really low?

07-23-2013, 01:46 AM
It is too soon to tell yet.

But yes, my Vit D was super low. I got a prescription D. If that helps solve my energy problems I will be very grateful!

It reminds me of when I was TTC a decade ago. I was doing EVERYTHING "right" to lose weight and it boiled down to labs and changes in meds. Because I could do it all "Right" and it wasn't enough or going to show because the meds were not right.

I'm hoping in this case it is a vitamin prob and then the rest of the show can get ON with it. We'll see. I'm encouraged that there's some menses action seeming to try to be happening.

Maybe it means things are slowly moving toward balancing like they should?


07-26-2013, 11:45 AM
Maybe! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, astrophe.

Lost a couple pounds and they are back... hopefully as water weight. I've been strength training and I've been sore this week.

08-02-2013, 02:41 PM
Hanging in there -- keeping up with vitamins and meds.

Some exercise but not great.

Eldercare wackies continue.


08-02-2013, 06:35 PM
I'm still here. Started the Whole30 yesterday with a friend.

Back to working out regularly, so I am exhausted but feeling good again. Trying to manage my stress.

08-08-2013, 11:53 AM
No period. But whooshed UP again and some cramps. So encouraging... like a period keeps trying to happen. Which is better then ZERO action.

If the thing 2 ish weeks ago was ovulation maybe this is menses? Who knows? :?:

But something is going on. So... yay?

I'm back on Met. In the form of Glumetza -- 1000 mg a day this week. Still ramping up.

I used up my Rainbow Light Prenatal and I'd switched to taking Rainbow light women's nutritional system (http://www.rainbowlight.com/womens-multivitamins-womens-nutritional-system.aspx)as my multvitamin. I just finished the bottle and got my next one.

I also had changed from Barlean's Ultra EPA-DHA (http://www.barleans.com/fish-oil.asp) to Barlean's Essential Woman. (http://www.barleans.com/essential.asp)

(I get it all via amazon.com.)

Not a big change, but enough change to notice that I feel a bit less moody so... I'll check back in when I finish this next bottle of the multi.

Never a dull moment with PCOS. :D


08-12-2013, 06:55 PM
Hi. I was diagnosed with PCOS over ten years ago but never referred to an endocrinologist. Pregnancy was never an issue because I'd already had a hysterectomy, so I guess my gyno thought it was a non-issue. I only found out after hanging out here that women with PCOS get endocs, and I'm wondering if I should get one, for health rather than pregnancy considerations. However, the weight is coming off at a good rate so far. So maybe I don't need one? I dunno.

08-14-2013, 04:02 PM
Hello my fellow, Cysters! ;)

My name is Sassy/Shel either one you wanna call me. I'm an "old" member but took a break for a while, but I'm back now. I turn the big 4-0 in a year and a month and I want it to be a fabulous 40!!! I am already down 20 lbs and wanna keep going!

This year has been a toughie because DH & I decided its time to give up on the infertility route. We went as far as we could go. It was a hard decision but it was time. Now if I happen to get pg naturally, then of course we would be ok with that. :) But just done with the infertility route or fertility route. lol

I am subscribed to PCOS DIVA on FB and this came on it recently. Have any of you heard of Glucorein? And if so have you tried it? Has it worked for you? I plan on asking my Dr about it. Here is a link for more info: http://www.pcosdiva.com/2012/09/what-is-glucorein-pcos/


08-14-2013, 04:09 PM
Astrophe -- I've been without AF for a little over a month now. I had cramps but nothing either. I'm on 1500 mg of Met. :hug:

Hello Creativian. Congrats on your WL. I would talk to your family Dr about it and see what they think. If your not currently having any problems, you probably don't need to see one but your Dr can tell you for sure. :)

08-14-2013, 09:37 PM
I have no plans to get pregnant any time soon, but I have a reproductive endo.

It works for me, because they see high numbers of PCOS patients (usually because they can't get pregnant so they end up looking for a repro endoc) and they are usually better schooled in how to handle PCOS.

I love my endoc, he doesn't put me on medication and just wants to see me be able to manage my PCOS.

08-16-2013, 09:22 AM
Hello Creativian. Congrats on your WL. I would talk to your family Dr about it and see what they think. If your not currently having any problems, you probably don't need to see one but your Dr can tell you for sure. :)

Thanks Sassy_Chick. I asked my doctor about it and he basically said, why not? Let's do it. I'm supposed to get a call from the endoc's office. I suppose it may take a while; anyone looking to get pregnant should get higher priority. But that's OK.

08-17-2013, 01:42 AM
Welcome, Creativan. I am done with kids, and DH has a vasectomny. But I haven't yet dealt in menopause hormone shifts. I also have hypothyroid and other issues so I see my endoc to stay on top of the conditions present/future.

Welcome back Sassy! Haven't read the glucorein thing so thanks for the link! Sounds like you guys made a big decision with stopping infertility route. I'm not at 40 just yet but I'm looking forward to it too.

Me? Still no period. 151 days, dude. That's like 5 cycles of non-action.

I'm waiting for this latest round of "PMS wannabe" to die down (lose the bloat, yen for sweets, etc.) I feel robbed. I get all the fun of "ramp up" but no actual period action to bring on the relief. On 1000 mg Met, and still ramping up so we'll see I guess how it unfolds.

Looking forward to kid in school. Then I'm going to try (AGAIN!) on the gym front. Childcare issues will no longer be childcare issues. Eldercare issues is another story but... optimism, right?

Never a dull moment! :smug:


08-18-2013, 03:22 PM
Wheat free all day yesterday. Today -- so far so good.

Nose congestion and ear pain clearing up. Blood sugar stable, solid.

Baby steps....


08-18-2013, 07:32 PM
YAY! Astrophe!

I've been doing my Whole30 and I've been doing great. Last night, sadly, I took a "break" and had a glass of wine and a taste (amazing, it was only a taste) of cake.

This has to be my way of eating, permanently. It just makes me feel so good.

08-20-2013, 09:52 PM
Some croutons snuck in on my Panera soup. Ooops! I need to be more mindful!

But other than that mistake... wheat free today. Go me!


08-24-2013, 01:48 PM
I'm happy that I got back from a work trip and didn't gain weight! YAY me.

Ok, so the trip wasn't long, and I really fought to eat healthy, but it's such a drastic change from when I travel. Another work trip is coming up, I'm hoping I can also handle it.