Polycystic Ovaries - page 3

I have a question, I have been dx with Polycystic Ovaries and other than giving me medicine for the symptoms the doc really hasn't done much. Does anyone know anything about this problem? Any help... Read More

  1. by   KaraLea
    rn2b, sorry to hear about your mother...hope she feels better soon. My uncle also went into the hospital recently with chest pain and dizziness and they can't figure out what is going on, decided it wasn't his heart I guess. He was also dx with esophageal spasms a few years ago when he c/o chest pains so you may want to ask your mother's doc about that. It can really look and feel like a heart attack. Thanks for the information about the Glucophage and low blood sugars, I have pretty much decided to go to my doc and request this medication.

    emrettig, PCOS can run in families...My paternal grandmother and her mother both had the same symptoms (but back then they didn't have the dx of PCOS). Also, my paternal aunt had endometriosis as well as some of the symptoms of PCOS.

    basg777, high testosterone is part of the PCOS that causes the symptoms...the way it was explained to me is that the ovaries make an egg each month even if it is not given off to start a menses. It just stays in the ovary and becomes ovarian muscle tissue which in a female makes testosterone, which then causes the woman not to have menses (which causes the egg not to be given off...just a vicious cycle), as well as to have the excess weight, excess facial/body hair, thinning hair on the head, adult acne...etc.

    To everyone, thanks for the support. I too didn't realize that there were so many of us out there. It is good to know that I am not alone in this struggle. Hang in there all of you and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am not now trying to get pg, but for those of you that are...GOOD LUCK

  2. by   RNforLongTime
    I made the appt to see the RE on July 1st at 10am. I am excited to see what he has to say as I really want to get pregnant soon. So many people I know, relatives friends and coworkers are all "I'm pregnant" It's hard when they're pregnant and you're not. Karalea, definitley mention glucophage to your MD! Good luck!

  3. by   micro
    Yes, it is so hard.....
    You hang in there.....
    and good science, medicine and luck to you....
    micro in your corner.........
  4. by   RNforLongTime
    Thanks micro, for your support....you are awesome!
  5. by   sleepqd
    I don't think I ever realized that what I was going thru had a name. My periods have always been wildly irregular and extremely heavy. I suffered ffor many years with excruciating pain from cysts, taking 200 mg Darvocett and 1 Gm Ibuprofen q 4-6 hours just to function at work.I had gestatioal diabetes with both my pregnancies (no family history), I have HTN & ^^ cholesterol. When my PHCP sent me to the GYN., he wanted to 'adjust' my hormones. Well, he "adjusted" them so well that I bled non-stop for a month. I couldn't walk down the hall without getting SOB. Seems my HgB was <8 ( preadjustment level >12).

    A male gynecologist is like a mechanic who never owned a car. - Robert Byrne
    Last edit by sleepqd on Jun 15, '02
  6. by   mlolsonny
    I was DXed with PCOS before I started nursing school. I have been TTC for about 3 years, but to no avail. I'm contemplating Clomid after I finish fall semester. I just don't think I could handle all the work of nursing school with all those hormones to boot.

    www.soulcysters.net is a wonderful site, with lots of good information. You can ask questions on there that you'd be embarrassed to ask even a fellow nurse.

    I'm really enjoying this BB too. It's a toss-up which one I spend more time on. LOL
  7. by   KaraLea
    I have a problem, I went to see my doc today and ended up seeing his associate (another doc). Not usually a problem, except when I asked about trying Glucophage for my PCOS he asked..."What's PCOS?" I'm not kidding!!! Also, he had never heard about using Glucophage for anything except Diabetes. Does anyone know of any articles I can print up and take to him about this? He said that he would look it up but I looked in my 2002 Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference book and it doesn't say anything about any other uses except DM. If he only checks that kind of book then he may not get a real idea of Glucophage as a treatment for PCOS. I really want to start on this med and can't afford to go back to the Endocrinologist so would like to get it from my GP.

  8. by   Huganurse
    From Mayo Clinic: Here's the link: http://www.mayoclinic.com/findinform...cfm?id=DS00423

    Researchers are evaluating the use of metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR), an oral medication for type 2 diabetes, to treat PCOS. Metformin inhibits the production and release of glucose from the liver, thus requiring less insulin to transport blood sugar into cells. Several clinical trials have found that metformin improved ovulation or reduced androgen levels in women with PCOS.
  9. by   KaraLea
    Thanks Huganurse...I printed it up and will take it into the doc tomorrow morning on my way into work.
  10. by   mlolsonny
  11. by   Huganurse
    I have learned so much from this thread. Just wanted to thank everyone for sharing. Thank you. Hugs.
  12. by   QNurse
    Hi to all out there
    I can't believe it, I too was diagnosed with PCOS. Menarche at 13, and had only three periods in my life until I was 37 and decided to move to Cayman. Regular periods after that though they were heavy and painful. Had a huge ovarian cyst Rt ovary, small cyst, Lt ovary, had total abd hyst at 46, estrogen implant insitu and never had a symptom of menopause Thank God!! No children, I miss having them but I have accepted that fact.
    Love to all
  13. by   KaraLea
    Well, I did go back to my doc yesterday for a followup on the cold/bronchitis that I had. I had gone in last wednesday 6/20, and dropped off the information on Glucophage/Avandia/PCOS that I had printed up. Only to be told yesterday that he hadn't read it yet (a week later). He did put me on Avandia 2mg po QD though. He offered either Avandia or Glucophage (my choice). I decided to go with the Avandia becouse the pills are smaller and only once daily instead of 2-3 times daily. Also, it looked (from what I have read) that Avandia does work really well for the insulin resistance. I am taking my fingerstick blood sugar at least once daily for the next month, to take with me to my next appt. He said to do it on a rotating basis...

    Day one - ac breakfast
    Day two - ac lunch
    Day three - ac dinner
    Day four - hs
    Day five - start over with ac breakfast and so on...

    Yesterday's ac lunch was 78 and today it was 130 2hrs pc lunch. I have decided to do it a little more often than just once daily...just to keep an eye on it. And it doesn't hurt to show how it does at different times during the same day.

    I have another appt in a month to see how it is working.