Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Health Update

So I've been very busy the past couple of weeks. I did go to the specialist however and I have a good report! He informed me that the nurse gave me a misleading diagnosis. I do not have a large tumor on my pituitary gland. I have a small growth instead. Doesn't sound quite as comforting as you may think. Haha. But it is indeed comforting to me. He did diagnose me with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. You can read about it here:

A paragraph from the website (It's makes much more sense than anything I could try to relay): "Women with PCOS have ovaries that create and abundance of follicles each month without producing an egg. PCOS can contribute to irregular periods, depression, excessive weight gain (despite diet and exercise efforts), acne and excess facial hair. It is also the most common cause of infertility among women in the US. "
I am one who has the insulin resistance as well. I have experienced all of the things listed above and it's kind of nice to know the reason for all of the issues I've been facing. This may be too much information for the few who may read this, so I apologize. Most of those who I know read or have commented on my blog are women who have dealt with stuff like this or you're totally open anyway. So I figured you wouldn't mind.
Anyway... that's the update. I'm taking two medications and should hopefully be feeling "better" in the next 4 - 6 weeks. As of right now, it doesn't matter what I eat or drink, the medication makes me feel terrible. I don't feel like eating at all but I have to in order to take my medications. It hasn't been fun. I had been waking up in the middle of the night around 2ish unable to sleep for about an hour or so because of stomach pain, but there's nothing I could do about it. Luckily that has subsided. There's a lot of adjusting taking place inside of me right now, but I know that I'll be fine! I believe that God's hand is in this and that something good will come from this. (Like maybe we'll get pregnant with twins!! Haha!!) I'm just glad this has been found out and that I can begin focusing on getting healthier! I really hope this will make it easier to lose weight. I've always battled with my weight. But knowing that the weight gained wasn't entirely all my fault, is a bit comforting. Can't lie.
I've also always had this feeling that I wasn't going to be able to have children. I do believe it was my biggest fear. Knowing that we got this figured out before it was too late (infertility) and that the physicians will be doing all they can to help me get pregnant even though I have PCOS is such a blessing!
Oh and that small growth in my head.... I have an MRI in a year to see if it has shrunk. From my understanding, once all of my hormones, insulin levels, etc... are regular, the growth should shrink.
So that is what's going on. Even if no one reads this, I'm glad I will be able to look back at what I've been through and remember how everything has worked out. I hope that I will remember to praise God for bringing me through this and leading me to all the right physicians at all the right times! It truly is amazing. ;o)

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