Working on my PCOS

Probably all the chemicals I have put in my body could fit in here.
Probably all the chemicals I have put in my body could fit in here.

This morning hubby and I were high fiving in the kitchen and I was yelling ecstatically “Yeah! My ovaries are my bitch!!!!”

Not even thirty minutes later I was laying on the bed wincing and crying out in pain, “Your still my bitch!!! You’re still my bitch!!”

As I write this I am blissfully pain free because I took two Aleve and a Tramadol.

See, I accurately depicted that I would start my period this morning and I did. I know, those of you who have periods are like, “Big woop, Danielle, we all do that.” My response would be, “No we don’t.” For the past twenty years, I could no more tell you when my period was gonna coming then what whining lottery numbers are going to be. Having PCOS means I don’t ever know when Aunt Irma will visit. She can sometimes leave me alone for years, only to come back for six months, or come every two weeks, or two days even; basically my menstrual cycle is totally random.

Also, there is the horrific pain, but I will conquer that next. Even though the cramps are still debilitating, the fact that I have been regular two months in a row, is astounding. Twenty years of medications and doctor’s visits have not given me so much as a step closer to regular periods. I am not blaming that all on the doctors although I will say my healthcare hasn’t at all been comprehensive until recently and mostly because I have been doing most of the leg work. I am really working hard to be informed.

I have been researching getting healthy for myself and my family. I have a vested interested in all of our hearts continuing to beat and both of my parents have had heart attacks so it is a red alert situation. Even before the most recent heart attack Brad and I wanted to go organic. Since I am in charge of the groceries now for the past three months, I have been buying strictly organic food.

I started worrying about the chemicals and antibiotics after watching food Inc and then it took three antibiotics to get rid of my ear infection. I am really of tired of ingesting stuff I don’t have any idea of what is in it. (I know there are fertilizers in the organic stuff too but I struggle to buy local as well so I am feeling good about my chances.) Since it started I have been reading a lot about how our hormones are affected by these chemicals in our food. Essentially PCOS is rooted in hormone issues.

Going organic is the only thing that I have done consistently for the past three months so I feel  that my regular periods are a direct correlation to the elimination of those chemicals. We have only gone veggie the past two weeks, so I don’t think it is that. I am not an expert. I can only tell you what I know but it seems pretty conclusive to me. I am feeling pretty amazing lately. If you have PCOS, you might give it a try. I can’t say it would work for everyone will PCOS, but it seems to be helping me.

8 thoughts on “Working on my PCOS

  1. Mandy

    This is great news! I’ve had chronic pain my whole life too so I know how awesome it is when you get any kind of answer. I am not surprised that an organic diet is helping. Being pregnant makes me realize how much hormones affect my pain. I believe now they are the #1 factor. I got desperate and started taking magnesium b/c I read it helps your body reacts to hormones. Amazingly, I haven’t had pain since I started taking it. Could be coincidence…who knows. Anyway it’s something to think about. Thanks for the organics advice, I will tweak that and see what happens. Doesn’t it suck when you know more about your own condition than any doctor? Story of my life.

    1. I think Doctors know things they don’t tell us. I think they assume we know certain things. I also think the way it is set up there isn’t enough time during appointmenta for patients to accept things for the severity it should be accepted. It is like a fast food restaurant sometimes. In and out in under 15 minutes or less.
      I too take magnesium. I hope it is helping you.

  2. Ann Jenson

    My husband (Tom Jenson) sent your blog to me. I also have PCOS, but I’ve never been able to obtain a diagnosis. The only time I could talk the doctor into testing for it everything came back normal. Talk about frustration. You mentioned going veggie in the last couple weeks. What plan do you follow? We are whole foods plant-based and when I stick with it things drastically improve. I also see a naturopath who has helped me much more than any doctor ever has.

    1. Ann Jenson

      I agree with the doctor thing. Although I think there are many things they don’t know…such as good nutrition. Doctors aren’t trained in nutrition, and if they were, they would only get the propaganda from the industry. My issue with doctors is that they dole out meds like they are candy and never tell me what the true side effects can be. I have to do that on my own, and then I find out that my bp meds WILL cause my cholesterol to go up and glucose intolerance. Talk about just making the matter worse!

      1. I agree with that. I think too often we as patients just do what they say and don’t research our own health. I feel like I have been walking around with blinders on. I should have been researching the medications given to me, my PCOS, and the ingredients in my food. It really does take a lot of work, but I feel like I have given far more energy to things that aren’t as important as my health. I know that I am not the only one. You make a good point. I don’t even think they cover nutrition in medical school.

    2. I would love to talk to you in more detail. I am not following a plan, we are just excluding meat and any thing processed as much as we can. It has been a slow process but we are removing these things from the house. I would like to see a naturopath, but I don’t know what to look for or how to find one. Do you have suggestions?

  3. PCOS is a very common endocrine disorder yet lots of women are going undiagnosed, untreated and unsupported. Because most doctors barely have an idea of what PCOS is, and what it does to women, patients end up more confused than when they went first went to the doctor.

    PCOS is a precursor to many life-threatening diseases, therefore, it is very disheartening that very little is understood about the syndrome.

    We are still hoping for a cure and looking forward to better days!

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