22 with 7 Years of PCOS - It's Time to Get a Grip
I don't have a success story as of yet but i have had 7 years of pain and feel like a freak.
I just found this site and it is finally great to find that i am not the only one, that I'm not alone.
My story started when i was 14. I have very bad tummy pain that would keep me crying all day. The doctor at first thought i was just trying to get out of school but i soon learnt that i had 3 cysts on my left ovary.
I had my first laparoscopy at the age of 15. I have since at 6 of those and 1 ultrasound guided cyst aspiration. I have lost most of my left ovary and still to this day have 2 more cysts on my right ovary that cause me a great deal of pain every time i have a period. But due to the government hospital rules here i can't have surgery until one of my cysts or 7cm. but combined there are 10. But that is not enough for surgery (you have to love the Health system).
I'm taking strong pain reliever just to get through a period. But i find that my partner and many friends get sick of hearing about that pain. It is hard for others to understand.
I have many side effects. The hair that never stops growing everywhere, the weight gain now tipping the scales at 100kg, the pain that never stops, the depression, and the fertility problem that come along with it, also not being able to hold down a job because of the pain.
I have tried everything to manage this condition but nothing has yet worked. but i keep trying cause i want to be a normal 22 year old that can go out and have fun!!! and not be ashamed of my body and not have to shave everyday.
I get to the point sometimes that its all just to much and just want to give up. I don't want a lifetime of pain.
but i wait in hope that one day my life will be normal and maybe my dream of having a child of my own and being a mum will come true even tho the chances are only 5%.
Thank you all reading your stories have shown me I'm not alone and that there may be hope.
Ed. Notes. Yes, it's very helpful to know you're not alone.
But let me be blunt.
You are NOT a victim. You are NOT a freak. You are a beautiful human being who has some health issues.
You also have a much greater degree of control over your health that you may realize at your early age. If you keep doing what you've been doing, you will get more of what you've been getting. So it's time for a change in your behavior. You can't dream or hope that your troubles will go away. YOU will have to make them go away.
You already know the "Health System" is not going to save you, as you have already discovered. You will have to save yourself.
Get a grip on things and start learning more about what PCOS is and what you can do about it. This will not be easy. But what alternative do you have?
If you take definite immediate action to improve your situation, your self esteem will improve.
Here are some things you can do right now:
1) Start exercising every single day.
2) Get rid of refined carbohydrates and "convenience foods" from your diet. If you don't know what that means, get our pcos diet book.
Part of the reason you have painful cysts is because of hormonal imbalances that were created by a poor diet. Improve your diet and maybe the cysts will not be so troublesome in the future.
3) Find other people who will support you.
4) Stop complaining.
5) Start reading some books that you find inspirational.
6) Read every single page on this website, even if it takes all day and even if you don't understand it all. There's a ton of valuable and useful information about PCOS throughout the site.
7) Start taking cod liver oil. That may help you in several indirect ways.
Let me repeat: You have a huge degree of control over your health. Adopt healthful behaviors and you will be surprised at how much better you will feel in six months.