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Can I get pcos after a partial hyst? Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

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Unread 02-05-2010, 01:19 AM
Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

I had a hyst 9/08 they left my ovaries in becasue of a prolapse. But for the past year I have been having some wierd symptoms...they have gotten worse in the last say 6 months. My hairs is falling out! I am breaking out in acne and I have chin hair...I have to pluck every single day! I have gained weight. I've been trying to lose weight for a very long time and only have lost 5 pounds! I am so depressed because of all my nasty symptoms! I feel very bad about myself. And I was wondering can this be PCOS and no Dr has bothered to test me for it? They always do thyroid screening...I was even tested for Leukemia. Never for PCOS. Help! anyone?

*come to think of it...I think Ive always had the symptoms just very mild..no facial hair or weight gain until recently. but I did have a hard time getting pregnant with my 2 kids and had irregular periods and severe cramps...humm????
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Unread 02-05-2010, 11:48 AM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

Did you have PCOS prior to having the partial hyst? It is possible to still get it with only one ovary tho. Another thing that's similar to PCOS is Cushings disease. Look it up and see if it sounds similar there too. If you are curious tho, I would see an endocrinologist and they can help you figure out what's going on. They can test all your hormones and see what comes up. I had Cushings and PCOS. But I'm glad to have everything gone and not have to think about it as much.
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Unread 02-05-2010, 02:00 PM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

Hi Jan08

The two things to test for concerning PCOS are 1) fasting serum insulin levels, and 2) free serum testosterone levels.

After that, it really is a matter of ruling out everything else it might be. The diagnosis and treatment of PCOS are relatively new. Not all Dr's are knowledgeable about it, or even really interested. Many do not believe it really is a disorder at all, and refuse to test for it.

I wasn't diagnosed with PCOS until after my hysterectomy, and I had both ovaries removed. Once I was diagnosed, and started reading up on the symptoms, I knew I had developed the disorder in my early 20's.

Seeing an endocrinologist is a good idea to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. They can also rule out the other endocrine possibilities. They are the hormone experts, and PCOS is definitely an endocrine disorder. It was one of the best things I ever did.

I hope you get the answers you need.

,
Kay
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Unread 02-05-2010, 11:29 PM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

Thank you so much Ladies! I will schedual an appt with my pcp to get a referal to see and Endo. I was thinking about it last night and I feel I started with mild symptoms in my 20's as well. But nobody has ever tested me for it. I'm at wits end! The zits and hairloss are awful! I will look up Cushingsons (sp) disease. Thank you all again.
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Unread 02-06-2010, 07:56 AM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

To encourage you, there is treatment, and you can control the symptoms. I now feel better than I ever did before my surgery when I didn't know what was wrong. I wish you the best.


Kay
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Unread 02-08-2010, 01:14 PM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

I am just finding out more and more about PCOS. I had a hysterectomy and then several years later had my ovaries removed. I was told I had PCOS between the 2 surgeries. I have had a time with HRT and depression - can any of you others comment on your regimens?
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Unread 04-15-2010, 08:49 PM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

So... I do have PCOS! labs came back abnormal and I also have cyst in my left ovary. So i was put on Spirinolactone (sp?) and Vivelle for low estrogen. I am feeling a little funny with the Spiro. very fatigued and achy. I have not tried the Vivelle I'm a little scared to go on HRT. My symptoms are still here...the Dr. said it could take up to 6 months until the Spiro. starts to actually work?? I feel like a mess! Cholesterol is High, Glucose is high normal range, Vitamind D is extreamly low, Estrogen is low! I just want to the symptoms gone.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 06:01 PM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

(((JAN08))) It is important, especially with PCOS, to get the hormones all balanced and working together. The reason is, that if your body is low in a hormone it can't produce, then it will make more of the ones it can to try to compensate. My experience has been that when my estrogen is too low, then my adrenals put out more androgens. Not a good thing.

What my Endocrinologist explained to me, is that the Spironolactone does start working right away, but it takes 4-6 months for the androgens to get out of your tissues. So, it does take a while to see the benefits.

Do what your Dr tells you to do. IF you don't trust your Dr, then find one you do trust. Untreated PCOS can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other endocrine problems.

I have found that avoiding simple carbs makes a huge difference in how I feel.


(((Skiing Fan))) It took me a little more than 2 years to get my HRT balanced. This is because it is a slow process, and the thyroid, estrogen and even progesterone need to all be balanced one step at a time, only adjusting one hormone slightly every 6 weeks. Depression is a very common issue for women with PCOS, but so is anxiety. I do take progesterone in my HRT mix to help with the anxiety, but have to watch that I don't take so much that it causes me to just not care about anything. Our bodies can also take excess progesterone and make more of hormones we don't want.

I can't stress enough how important it is to find a who is knowledgeable about both PCOS and surgical menopause.


One other thing, concerning my personal experience using spironolactone, is that my body had been used to having an elevated androgen level for most of my life. I missed some of the symptoms associated with hyperandrogenism. It does give you an agression, a feeling of wanting to "get it done now" and "nobody get in my way".
I went through a period of adjustment, where I just felt unmotivated and felt depressed. I soon realized though, that what I was feeling was just normal, and I had been living on an "androgen high". I hope that makes sense to you. Anyway, with time, the depressed feeling did go away. I do enjoy the calmness now that I don't remember experiencing before.

I wish you both the best. But do find a Doctor, and do take the needed treatments seriously.


Kay
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Unread 04-17-2010, 09:58 PM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

(kay m) Thank you so much! you made so much sense. You explained it better than my Dr. maybe because she is not a PCOS suffer. lol But, I will give the Hrt a try. And the Spiro. I've been taking it i am starting with 100mg I will start the other 100mg next week. I just feel achy, tired and upset stomach. I hope it goes away soon. Thank you so much.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 06:56 AM
Re: Can I get pcos after a partial hyst?

This might be a dumb question but what is PCOS?
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