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Mandy ~ I am a stay at home mom who has been on a medical roller coaster ride going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what is wrong with me. All of the doctors agreed that there is something medically wrong with me, they just don't know what... Basically, just about every time that I go to the doctor, I wind up with a new diagnosis. It is very frustrating. I hope that some of these links will maybe help you or lead you in the right direction.

Ferd ~ I have had the honor and pleasure of practicing Internal Medicine for over 25 years. I am now enjoying sharing my thoughts and experience in the blogosphere in a number of ways. I am grateful to Mandy for including me on her excellent blog, Texas Medical Freak!

Friday, December 7, 2007

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

This is just one of my many problems... I am beginning to think that I have always had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS Stein-Leventhal Syndrome or Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD), but that it did not get completely out of control until I had my last child (he is now 9). Shortly after he was born, I started having menopausal symptoms. Before this time, I never got sick. Other than a cold, the flu, sinus infection once a year. Now, I am always getting something and it takes forever to get over. This is especially true during the school year, the summer is not as bad. Is it the POS or something else? I don't know, that is one reason that I started this blog. If you have POS, please post your story.

Like I said above, for years I have been telling doctors that I thought that I was going through menopause. The majority of them just looked at me like I was crazy! In the beginning, I was only 31 and I knew that it sounded crazy but that is how I was feeling. At first, it was hot flashes and just constantly feeling like I was having PMS. In the past two years or so, thing have been much worse. Constant...painful monthly periods. By "constant" I mean periods 19 days apart start to start and then lasting 5 to 7 days. You do the math, this is all the time.

Finally, I went to my
endocrinologist (2 years ago, I had thyroid cancer) to get the results of blood test that she had done. She had run several hormone tests and an A1C (blood sugar) among others (every time I get blood test they use just about every color and size tube). Anyway, she told me that I was not in menopause but, with the results of the A1C and the other hormone tests that I had POS. My blood sugar was high and low and my testosterone was 20 and should be 40. She put me on Metformin, I did not want to take "the Pill" I am too old and I smoke and my mother had Diabetes as an adult. I need to quit smoking but that is for another post...

Back to the Metformin, I have been on it for less than a month and for the first time in years, I have passed the 19 day mark for a new period!

Here are some links to POS that I have come across, let me know if you have any good ones that I have not come across. Either email them to me or post them here: