So THAT'S what's been wrong with me all these years!
I have two daughters-in-law, both of whom have struggled with what they call PCOS. I looked it up to see what that was, and you could have knocked me over with a feather. But in the late 60's, 70's and 80's, there was no formal diagnosis of what had been wrong with me.
In a nutshell, terrible acne, anovulatory, irregular or no periods, hair on my face (I shave daily), obesity and trouble losing weight, and my hair today is thinning with male pattern baldness.
It was a miracle that I got pregnant. (Our other son is adopted). If only there had been a recognition of this syndrome when I was 13, I could have avoided the awful diets, the self loathing, the embarrassment at not menstruating. I used to make up a week every month when I would tell the PE teacher I had my period. And then I would really get a period that soaked through my clothes no matter how much "feminine protection" I wore. Didn't feel very feminine. And the zits! My hair started thinning at 19, which by then had seen me through several cycles of Weight Watchers, weight loss counseling, and 237 bottles of Neutrogena.
Anyway, I realize I have some healing to do, emotionally, and perhaps there is help for the PCOS I still experience, aka adult acne and insulin resistance. I'm hoping to find some answers here.
I should mention that I've been on the LCHF plan of eating, and feel better than ever in my life; and I've come to accept myself as insulin resistant and carb sensitive and ready to leave behind grains, sugars, breads, and other high carb foods. On LCHF, I have no cravings, and after just 2 weeks, I can feel my energy level zooming back. Just had a Thanksgiving dinner with family, and had no interest in rolls, birthday cake, potatoes, etc. I made sure I had the food I could eat and didn't miss anything.
I'm a newbie here, and open to learning. Thanks for listening. I hope I can be in service to others with my posts at some point.
Last edited by MeowSpace : 11-28-2013 at 09:06 PM.
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