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  • I've had some similar experiences where a few doctors wouldn't listen to me about my irregular periods and it took for me to call an after hours doctor when one randomly came during the night and I was in far too intense pain (I recommend these guys for any fellow Australians on here - link removed.
    It finally took for one doctor to listen before I got some proper help and advice.
    Last edited by atskitty2; 04-04-2018, 06:15 PM.

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    • Getting your period all the time isn't normal ie its not your period exactly its abnormal bleeding from the uterus or other structure... putting it this way can make it seem more like something that needs following up which it does! Like one of the other ladies mentioning abut her friend with the abnormal cells... it could be anything from infection to fibroids to something more scary! Its worth following up. Im not sure where youre from (Im new on here) but if you can access an uterine ultrasound etc you may get some answers.
      Ultimately losing blood all the time is incredibly depleting for your body and you'll end up with anaemia etc. The fall out is fatigue decreased immunity and a lot of other symptoms including insomnia as well as muscle soreness, anxiety, possibly depression.
      If regular doctors cant find anything then alternative medicine as a lot to offer; Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbal remedies) can do A LOT for regulating periods and stopping mid cycle bleeding!
      Good luck and post an update soon

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      • I haven't had the chance to update you all.
        I went to see my doctor back in March (OBGYN). I let her know what was going on and even at that time I actually had a legit week long period. She took 3 vials of blood, did a urine test as well as a very uncomfortable internal exam. All of my tests came back normal for my hormones, thyroid, etc except for a couple other things. She stated my LH and FHS levels were off. One was higher than the other which it happens so she wasn't to super worried about it. This past week, 04/18/2018, I went in and had an internal ultrasound on my ovaries. Leading up until my appointment this past week, I was still dealing with the daily off and on bleeding. I had to wear pads EVERY day because i didnt know if I would bleed or not. Anyway, my ultrasound showed cysts on both ovaries aligned it what they call the "Peal necklace". I have my diagnosis finally. I have PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). There is no cure. The only thing that will help manage it is birth control. Normal hormonal birth control makes me sick so I will be getting the IUD in a few weeks. She put me on a hormone medication right now to stop my every day bleeding issue and it pretty much stopped things right away. I've gone now 3 days without any bleeding. I'm still dealing with some pain in my ovaries, especially following my ultrasound. I was in crippling pain that night and my husband considered taking me to the ER but thankfully it went away although I was super tired the next day. Other than that though, as I said, the bleeding has stopped and i'll have my IUD in a few weeks.

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        • Originally posted by Winged_Muse View Post
          I haven't had the chance to update you all.
          I went to see my doctor back in March (OBGYN). I let her know what was going on and even at that time I actually had a legit week long period. She took 3 vials of blood, did a urine test as well as a very uncomfortable internal exam. All of my tests came back normal for my hormones, thyroid, etc except for a couple other things. She stated my LH and FHS levels were off. One was higher than the other which it happens so she wasn't to super worried about it. This past week, 04/18/2018, I went in and had an internal ultrasound on my ovaries. Leading up until my appointment this past week, I was still dealing with the daily off and on bleeding. I had to wear pads EVERY day because i didnt know if I would bleed or not. Anyway, my ultrasound showed cysts on both ovaries aligned it what they call the "Peal necklace". I have my diagnosis finally. I have PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). There is no cure. The only thing that will help manage it is birth control. Normal hormonal birth control makes me sick so I will be getting the IUD in a few weeks. She put me on a hormone medication right now to stop my every day bleeding issue and it pretty much stopped things right away. I've gone now 3 days without any bleeding. I'm still dealing with some pain in my ovaries, especially following my ultrasound. I was in crippling pain that night and my husband considered taking me to the ER but thankfully it went away although I was super tired the next day. Other than that though, as I said, the bleeding has stopped and i'll have my IUD in a few weeks.
          Finally a diagnosis that makes sense with your symptoms. Hopefully everything will work out so your periods are regular and you are relatively pain free. To check on one thing (I think a typo), it was FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) was it not?
          I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
          ...
          Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

          From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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          • Great news that you got a diagnosis. PCOS can be complex so I encourage you to do some research...because there's hormones involved other body systems can be affected for instance weight management and risk of type two diabetes.
            Just be aware that if you are sensitive to the pill you may be be sensitive to the IUD as it also contains hormone (though a much smaller amount but sensitive is sensitive) so monitor yourself carefully and if you don't feel well on it then seek further options
            Best of luck!

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            • Originally posted by jns View Post

              Finally a diagnosis that makes sense with your symptoms. Hopefully everything will work out so your periods are regular and you are relatively pain free. To check on one thing (I think a typo), it was FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) was it not?
              Correct

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              • Originally posted by Crablet View Post
                Great news that you got a diagnosis. PCOS can be complex so I encourage you to do some research...because there's hormones involved other body systems can be affected for instance weight management and risk of type two diabetes.
                Just be aware that if you are sensitive to the pill you may be be sensitive to the IUD as it also contains hormone (though a much smaller amount but sensitive is sensitive) so monitor yourself carefully and if you don't feel well on it then seek further options
                Best of luck!
                Thank you. I've considered the IUD for a while but have been afraid of the hormones. My sister is sensitive to hormonal birth control but has been on the IUD for over 10 years without any troubles but then again everyone is different so we will see.

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                • That's great to finally have an answer.

                  I would also encourage you to research and explore dietary and natural based therapies for managing this. In doing so for my own health issues, I've seen many articles for pcos treatment. Worth a try, to stay off hormones.

                  Best of luck. Keep us posted on how you're doing!

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                  • It'll likely be a few weeks before I update as they had to order my Mirena as they do not keep it in the office. Currently still dealing with the pain off and on but i'm managing better now that I'm on a hormone pill to stop my every day bleeding which has made things a lot easier to deal with.

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                    • Well a little update.
                      I got my IUD inserted Wednesday May 2nd. Wasn't a terrible experience, hurt a little but the doctor I saw knew what she was doing so it was over before I knew it. The time following though has been hell. Bad cramping and pain. My whole body is totally uncomfortable and I've been bleeding like crazy. I called my doc yesterday and she said as long as I wasn't soaking through a pad an hour it would go away like a normal cycle and then go to spotting. My body is tired from bleeding constantly, even more so now. This has been hell..i just hope the IUD is worth it in the end.

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                      • Ouch, sounds painful. Best wishes on being pain free with no bleeding soon.
                        I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
                        ...
                        Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

                        From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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                        • It's been over a week. Still random pain and still bleeding..

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                          • My wife just had a similar off-schedule cycle a couple of months ago that really threw her for a loop. It wasn't as severe or prolonged as your issues, but it was disappointing because it reset her to be on her cycle during our recent vacation. We had planned it so that she wouldn't be. Also, it was particularly difficult, so much so that she missed work and went to her OB-GYN thinking she might have had a miscarriage.

                            She's also had issues with PCOS and fibroids. Sometimes she'll go in for a check-up and they see no evidence of them. Her last check-up didn't show PCOS. They haven’t seen fibroids in many years. What she believes helps is diet and weight management. When she's a little lighter she seems to have fewer problems. She also feels that minimal meat and dairy helps. She’s a mostly plant-based eater, partly because of this stuff. She even uses almond milk, almond milk coffee creamer, and buys vegan “butter.”

                            Just yesterday I was watching a video where this doctor was being interviewed talking about the hormonal effects of dairy on women. It's on youtube and called "Pamela A. Popper: Offstage Interview on Diet and Disease.” Maybe you can check it out.
                            "Those sowing seed with tears
                            Will reap with a joyful shout." - Psalm 126

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                            • I could probably use to loose a little bit of weight but I'm trying. I don't eat much during the day anymore. I snack on fruit or have a fruit and grain bar or something. My only big meal anymore is dinner. Dairy wise well, I do use milk on my cereal in the morning, I'm a sucker for ice cream and I'm also a yogurt fanatic and cheese (not as much anymore). That's as far as my dairy goes though. Butter is a very rare thing in my diet as it is. Definitely interesting though and I do believe hormones in our food in general cause a lot of issues as is. I'll look into it though.

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                              • Originally posted by Winged_Muse View Post
                                I do use milk on my cereal in the morning, I'm a sucker for ice cream and I'm also a yogurt fanatic and cheese (not as much anymore). That's as far as my dairy goes though.
                                Sounds like it goes pretty far. You could try to cut it out for a month and see if you notice a difference.

                                The plant based stuff is at least passable, if you need to replace. The best ice cream I've ever had in my life was some that my wife made that was vegan. There's some decent stuff at the store nowadays too. I don't drink milk anymore, but when I used to eat cereal I used plant-based milk to avoid the gas milk gives me. Once you acquire the taste for them, they're cool. Homemade almond milk is absolutely delicious and fairly easy to make. The cheeses are just okay. I've never seen dairy free yougurt, but I believe it can be made at home. My wife recently made vegan sour cream and cheese for taco night. Really good stuff.
                                "Those sowing seed with tears
                                Will reap with a joyful shout." - Psalm 126

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