I just officially got the diagnosis of PCOS on thursday but to be honest I have probably had it for years and years and never known. I have always had irregular cycles and have been on birth control on and off to regulate the cycles since I was in my teens. I always wondered if I was going to be able to have kids because my periods were painful and could last for 2 days or could last for 2 months but thankfully it wasn't an issue as I have 3 beautiful kids. I stopped birth control for good after I had my last child when I had my tubes tied and that is when my weight went out of control.
I have always had weight problems and have tried every diet under the sun. Some of them worked well when I was younger (I am now 35) but at some point no matter what age I was I always plateaued and no matter what I did I could not lose any more. The older I got the more quickly I plateaued. Even in my 20s long before I ever had kids people would ask me if I was pregnant! It was all in my middle.
After I had my last child I went on a medical weight loss program and they found out I was hypothyroid and I was seeing my PCP for that but I after a few years I felt he wasn't managing it well because he kept telling me to lose weight and I couldn't. I tried everything but not a pound would come off so I took it upon myself to go see an endo. He understood my concerns and felt that why I still felt like crap might not be entirely due to my thyroid.
At that point which was last november he put me on a new weight loss medication called Qsymia which worked for about a month and I lost about 15lbs but again I stopped losing.
He sent me for a sleep study because he said sleep apnea causes high cortisol. He also tested me for Cushings and after that tested all my other hormones.
It turns out I am insulin resistant with PCOS. I feel so relieved that I can now put a name to what I have. I am still on the Qsymia and my thyroid meds but I am now on 1000mg a day of metformin and I have had no side effects yet. I am hopeful I can lose the weight with the medication and a low carb diet because I have been so depressed for so long thinking that it is just me.
I know Qsymia is relatively new but I am wondering if anyone here who has PCOS has used it in combination with their other PCOS meds with any success???