I just got diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. In the past, I have had an endometrioma that devastated my body (the surgeon hacked me apart). I have been diagnosed with bipolar, BPD, and have gained 100 lbs, have hideous acne, even boils and very deep into my skin, causing scarring and emotional impact, social anxiety, I won't even go to the store. The depression doesn't ever relent. I had considered suicide prior to the diagnosis. How much of this can be attributed to this condition, and what can I expect as far as recovery now that I am on this metformin? Is the docor treating my condition as aggressively as she could be? Can I expect complete reversal of these afflictions? Will I live again? Will I be childless forever? I'm 38, I'm out of time, and I'm completely destitute and desperate. No one understands. Can these psychiatric diagnoses be potentially a result of the PCOS? Could it be the reason I could never get pregnant? Could it be the cause of the total ruin of my life? I am so sad. No one will answer my questions.
dear Tammy, yes metformin is for diabetes, BUT it is being used for poly cystic ovarian disease. Most othe the answers to your questions are yes, and poc does cause weight gain and hair loss in women, along with many other conditions. Is this dr a reproductive endocrinologist, not just someone claiming to be a fertility dr, are they a BOARD certified reproductive endocrinologist, as that would be the type of dr, who understands hormones, poc and the latest treatment for Endocriniology diseases. Poc can be a sign you have other hormone imbalances, thyroid conditons and mood swings with low spots. A counselor could also help you deal with those mood swings, and I encourage you to go and get some guidance and support. One of my clients who had POC, almost had no hair in the front of her head, and had more weight on her than she should.
A fertility dr told her that if she lost weight she might get pregnant. He was unsure of her chances and she did some fertility treatments. She didn't get pregnant under his care, but immediately following giving up, had 4 pregnancies, in about 7 years, she has 3 healthy children and had one miscarriage. Try googling poc and you will see it explained and that metformin is used by some drs to regulate the body. Have your thyroid checked too, as poc patients also sometimes have thyroid problems and those also can cause weight gain. Patti
Metformin is used to enhance the efficacy of the insulin that your body is producing. If taken at the right time, during meals, it is known to help some lose weight though the percentage is low. You need a good gynecologist/obstetrician, a good endocrinologist to assess the prancreas function and a dermatologist for the acne. Not sure how much blood work you have had done, but a complete metabolic panel and TSH levels need to be done. Having a doctor oversee the findings of all these doctors and guide you on the right path maybe important. Be sure to request records from each doctor and take to the next. You are your best advocate.
I can very much relate to what you're going through. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis several years ago. I knew something was horribly wrong in my early teenage years because I had an extremely irregular menstrual cycle and when I did have my period it was the most excruciating pain I could ever imagine... I would pray to God to let me go because I could find no relief from the pain. I also had horrible acne like what you mentioned. I am only 29 but have been on birth control since I was a teenager in order to regulate my period... and it cleared up my acne. There were quite a few times that I went off it and the excruciating pain, irregularity, and acne would always return. I also have never been pregnant... I have had sex while not on birth control (and in a monogamous relationship) but couldn't seem to get pregnant. I have a great gyn/obgyn now... he is the one that diagnosed my pcos and endometriosis.
He also has me on Metformin which is the medication you were asking about. I am overweight and he was concerned that I might become diabetic... as "our" hormonal imbalance untreated can lead to this among other things. Metformin is used to help how our body responds to insulin and sugar... Insuline resistance is considered one of the possible causes of PCOS. A proper diet (one specifically for our hormonal imbalance), exercise, and medication are necessary in order to remain healthy. I did try an all natural approach with no meds and it just wasn't enough. Without birth control my testosterone level is extremely high. It is possible to go without metformin if you get the diet and exercise down pat and are religiously consistent about it. I continue to take it while I am working on getting my diet and exercise on point. There are several websites the discuss PCOS and it's traumatic effects on one's life as well as the possible treatment options. There are some great support groups. I also understand the emotional impact a hormonal imbalance can have. I have several emotional disorders and have also been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I would be happy to talk more indepth with you about this. I friended you so you can send me a private message with your email address and we can talk more that way if you would like...
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