Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lab Results and New Meds

Sorry that I didn't post this sooner, but I was in Vegas over the weekend. I got a call last Monday from the RE's office telling me that my lab results were in and that I needed to call back because they wanted to make sure that I had been fasting. My immediate thought was "uh-oh". I called back and confirmed with them that I had been fasting. I don't know about any of the other labs (hormones and such) but it turns out that my insulin level was high. Another common symptom of PCOS (but not one had by everyone) is insulin resistance. Basically, it means that your body produces too much insulin and doesn't use it correctly. I'm going to start on Metformin (Glucophage) tonight. I've read enough to know that the side effects aren't always pleasant (mostly GI upset), but I'm hopeful that it will help my body to use it's own natural insulin properly. I've also read, and heard personal stories from those that have used Metformin, that sometimes it alone will allow the body to start ovulating again. Too much insulin in the body causes increased androgen production (i.e. Testosterone) which causes the body to stop ovulating. It also explains the central weight gain over the last several years and the inability to lose weight. I'm going to see the RE again on 6/29 to discuss my labs (he's out of town this week).

Monday, June 8, 2009

More Waiting

The birth control did it's job. I started my cycle on Friday (just heavy spotting) and then full flow by Saturday. I had my blood work drawn this morning. They drew 10 tubes of blood (I kid you not!). Since I know how much those tubes hold I can tell you that they drew 55ml of blood (almost 2 oz). Yikes. Between that and the coming down off the sugar high from drinking that horrible orange stuff for my glucose tolerance test, no wonder I feel pretty crummy this afternoon. I'm hoping that by the beginning of next week, they will have all my results back and I will get a phone call from the doctor to discuss.
I called Amy, my RE's nurse, this morning after I got done and let her know that I had started and that my blood work was done so that the office would be looking for it. I am waiting on her to call me back about other procedures that need to be done. I know he wants to do a HSG but he also talked about a hysteroscopy. Those have to be done around cycle day 10 which would be Monday of next week. I'm supposed to work Sun-Tues night next week before we go on vacation. I may have to be taken off or call in... Hopefully, I'll hear from Amy this afternoon, if not, I will by tomorrow morning. They are great about returning calls :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Now We Wait

I finished up my BCP on Sunday, taking my last pill. Now the waiting game begins. If everything goes the way it always has with BCP then I should start my cycle on Thursday or Friday of this week. Hopefully by Monday of next week I can get my blood work done and get my HSG scheduled.