I've noticed a lot of changes in the last year since my last normal period. I don't know if you recall... but, my last visit from my period was Feb. 2011. My doctor put me on provera back in January and 8 days after stopping, I had some spotting (for 3 days).
Back in November, she checked my hormone levels and my thryoid I guess and said my levels were normal. But, what I want to know, is it possible to have levels within normal but levels that aren't normal for one's body? I mean, I've never lost this much hair in my life, and my vagina feels so much more different. It's not as... well, it's just not the same. There aren't as many folds, etc. as there were before. The health center on campus told me I have chronic fatigue... but, I'm wondering if this could all be related to my hormones.
I'm just about 19. I have PCOS. I was diagnosed with it as a r/out from Cushings (my cortisol levels were elevated, everything else, androgens included were normal). I'm not insulin resistant. I'm on Metformin (500mg 2x/day
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I go to my doctor back home in 3 weeks during spring break. Is there anything specific I should ask?View Thread
Even if they dont' feel the need, it's better to be reassured. Sometimes, periods are just really erratic in the first few years for gals. They may wait to diagnose her after maybe 5 years or so of having her period, although it should only take 2 years for her flow to regulate if all is normal.
Good luck, though! Keep me posted on what goes on. It would be nice if the ped. would just make the referral anyhow to be on the safe side. I mean, not that PCOS is by any mean fatal in and of itself... but, it's better to get a hold of it earlier than later.
Well, I was going to say consider PCOS or Cushing's. For me, this was the similar case and my doctors, as well and an endocrinologist, suggested these two.
Hormone levels/androgen levels should be checked. I don't know the specifics, however, her doctor should. Also, they should check her cortisol IF Cushing's is suspected. With this being said, neither of these are a for sure diagnosis because there are many things that can mirror them. So, it's best to find a doctor who can evaluate everything. If you have insurance, I HIGHLY recommend getting in to see a pediatric endocrinologist because it is their job to look at EVERY aspect of the kiddo's life from when you were pregnant with her to how she is now.
Best of luck, Jade
ps. I have PCOS with a r/o of Cushings that is still evaluated every now and again because my cortisol levels were raised after a supression test and my transvag. ultrasound revealed tons of cysts, but not in the typical 'pearl strand' appearance. also, my androgen levels aren't raised and I'm not insulin resistant. So, I'm kind of an in-between case.View Thread
Jane, thank you! I had all of my levels... well, my thyroid and I think possiblly my hormones checked back in November by my PCP (she is my primary care, but also does women's care). She didn't seem to think anything was too out of the norm. I honestly still think I may have Cushing's and not PCOS. They did all of the tests for a few months. My blood levels for androgens, estrogen, etc were all within normal ranges. My cortisol level was high - after a dexamethosone (spelling) supression test it was still raised. But, not abnormally high. My face has gotten rounder over time... but nothing for me is obviously PCOS or Cushing's. I had a transvag ultrasound 1 year ago and it revealed that I had an abnormally high amount of cysts - but, not the typical pearl strand appearance or whatever. So, I think I may see if this is something to be re-considered.
I'm currently trying to get an appt with my doctor back home (I'm at college) during spring break - it's tough because it's a community health center, but hopefully I can get in and get this figured out.
I would wait a few more days and try again... never know. Maybe you are just having an odd period, or maybe you are pregnant. If in doubt, just go ahead on in to your doctors office and they can do a little more digging if you are concerned.View Thread
So, finally after a week of not being on the Provera, I started my period (This past Friday). I was in A LOT of pain that day and have still had some pretty severe cramping, but it's not as constant. My question is, however, am I having a positive, or rather 'expected' response? I know 'they' say that even a quarter sized spot is a 'positive' response...but, my issue is not what I was expecting... is it normal? If you recall, Jane, I have not had a period for 12 months. I'm a healthy (almost 19) female with just PCOS in the mix to complicate things a bit. Anyhow, my period is REALLY light. I mean, lighter than I've EVER had before. Even on birth control, my period was never this light. Usually, I am going through pads like they are candy - I'm talking, like one maxi pad every 45 minutes or so...sometimes 30 because I bleed through. Of course I usually also have some really bad clots with my period; really bad ones. So, to have this light of a period, while nice, is a bit strange to me. Especially after 12 months! Little clots in small amounts, and light bleeding is foreign to me. I know this may be TMI, but the blood is not like it normally is. At times, it's like having some type of red-tinged mucus...and other times, it's like I've just got a cut somewhere...not the usual period.
Despite the most recent post being not helpful at all...(not yours Gail) I wanted to post and ask a question about supplements.
I'm a healthy (almost) 19 year old female. I eat a well balanced diet and am big on dairy and such. I also take vitamins per my doctors request. After being in the hospital for a while last year, they discovered that I was severely Vit. D Deficient. So, they recommended that I begin taking a supplement for that. So, I was taking 1-2000 IU of D3 each day on top of a multivitamin. I thought I was getting enough. when I had more labs done over Thanksgiving break, they found that I was still had a pretty large deficit. I'm almost finished with the 12 week round of 50,000 IU of D3...but, my question is this: what can be causing this? Is my body maybe not absorbing calcium or Vitamin D properly? I should add that back in August I had a pretty bad fracture to my heel. There was no reason for my heel to break - I was standing around talking to a friend, someone called my name, I turned and my foot popped. Wah-lah: calcaneal fracture. Not sure if it has anything to do with this...but, I know that I am too old for this! They suggested that maybe I had osteopenia or just a bad stress fracture that opened up. Anyhow, is there something I should be getting checked out?
ps. Just to 'follow up' from any previous posts of mine... I FINALLY started my period a week after provera. It's an odd sensation and painful, I might add, after not having one for 12 months!View Thread
I go through phases like this. Mine usually last a few weeks and then I usually go back to 'normal.' Try simple things like toast and such. Maybe apples. Cheerios; Think of little finger foods they give to infants when introducing solids - they are light on the tummy. Just try and find a few things that you can at least snack lightly on throughout the day to give yourself a good deal of nutrients. Also, make sure you are staying well hydrated and taking a vitamin supplement (I've found that taking it just before bed - if I take it any other time, I throw up until it's outta my body - not pleasant). Have you tried smoothies? You can pack a bunch of fruit and yogurt in there. Maybe some plain hummus and pita? Protein. Lastly, if it starts to worry you or you see a drastic change in your weight...call your doctor. Maybe he/she can suggest something to help. I've not investigated it myself so I can only offer suggestions as to what has helped me.View Thread
You would probably be very sick if you had TSS - plus, it'd be something very difficult to miss if different from your day to day life. Eight hours of having a tampon in is long, but not completely outrageous.