Not a Typical PCOS Patient
I've been receiving and reading your newsletter for many years, I have the book (since it was offered in paperback at the time), and after reading I gain new ideas, questions, concerns, or things to try.
I've been diagnosed with PCOS; what I have dealt with over the years are irregular to no periods, hirsutism, and an eye for insulin resistance.
However, I am not the typcial PCOS profile.
I haven't done an ultrasound in some time, but I've done two a long time ago, and neither found any cysts.
I am not overweight. I am athletic and active, with a petite frame - 5'5" 120 lbs.
I usually get 7 or more hours of sleep, and I exercise on a regular basis, and drink lots of water.
I eat a healthy, clean diet, and always have. I've been gluten- and dairy-free for 5 years. When I first went off gluten and dairy, my periods returned on a regular basis. Yet, over time, my periods became irregular again and have since stopped. One gyn doctor said that is not uncommon as the lining can thin when on the Pill. I'm still not convinced.
I've been taking birth control and spironolactone for years, and currently both are compound meds, so it's free of wheat or dairy fillers.
I've done blood work over the years, and I'm told my testosterone levels are not high. If anything, lately, my levels were low, according to one gyn doctor. However, that is the point of the spironolactone and birth control.
My vitamin D levels have been low, and I've taken supplements, and lately I was even doing shots. Currently, my levels are ok, according to my Dr., and I continue with my supplement at 3-5,000 IUD/day.
My B vitamins were low, so I was also doing shots, and continue with a supplement to boost those levels.
I also drink spearmint tea once a day. My acupuncturist learned of this about a year ago. I am not sure that it is helping, but I'm taking it anyways. I figure there's got to be some good to this tea, and then, read your newsletter about teas, which helped reinforce that the tea could help.
I take a host of other supplements throughout the day, too, due to other symptoms like sweating under one arm (not a hot flash), early onset of a lot of grey hair, dry skin, and heart palpitations in the morning. I feel like I am going through early peri-menopause (I am only 38). Or, as I say, my body feels like it is in chaos.
I've seen gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, and I've tried to do my own research, which usually just makes me frustrated or more concerned.
I wonder if you have any suggestions of types of doctors to see or particular reference material.
I am in Chicago, and while it seems like a place that I should be able to find someone who works with such cases, I haven't had much success.
I apologize if this message was too detailed. I know the book and newsletter have helped many women over the years, including me, so I thought I would reach out to you.
Thank you for your time, and in advanced for any ideas/suggestions.