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    Basically, over the past few months I've had a few health issues; I am seeing my GP already but am looking for any of your experience/advice please!

    -I often lack energy, to the point that I can't be bothered to go out after work and want to just sleep. I almost feel as though I'm walking around in a daze and I just need to 'snap' out of it - it's impossible to do so though. I'm also quite achy in my arms and legs and also lower back. My back is particularly painful when I'm lying in bed at night.

    -I get dizzy a lot, well it's more motion sickness feeling than dizzy. Again, kind of difficult to explain. I'll get light-headed and go to feel quite faint. When I stand up the room tends to go dark and I'll get a headache.

    -If I haven't eaten for a few hours I'll start to feel really weak and shaky, irritable even. I guess that's normal in most people though?

    -My periods have been irregular lately. They've never been very heavy but they've always came each month between 24-28 days. It seems that my periods changed when my diet changed - I don't know whether this is coincedence or not. I don't know whether this is worse becasue I'm worrying about it. I get quite a bit of discharge now. It's not daily but there are times that I have quite a heavy, white discharge. It doesn't irritate me so I don't think it's an infection. I Also, I don't have any stis and I'm not pregnant.

    -I've recently lost weight (I wasn't overly big before but am now a better weight imo about a bmi of 22.4) so my diet has changed. I tend to eat a lot of carbs and very little meat. When I say a lot of carbs I mean I'll have either pasta/noodles/potato everyday. I eat at least my five fruit a veggies a day. I try to keep my snacks low fat - a snack a jack or a cereal bar. I know I have too much caffeine - about one cup of coffee and a 2l bottle of diet coke each day.

    - I get anxiety/depression kind of issues quite often. There's a stressful-ish ongoing situation in my family that does get to me. I often find myself with a low mood that I can't shake. I wouldn't say I'm overly depressed as I don't think of suicide and don't self harm. I'm in quite a boring job and although I know there's more out there I just can't seem to be bothered to go out and do anything about it. I suppose I'm quite a socially awkward person - don't get me wrong I have friends and can be loud and talkative, but I also find myself being nervous. I also have obsessive tendencies, again I don't know if this applies to most people. I find I have to stick to a certain night time routine - silly as it sounds - I don't know what I think will happen if I don't but I can't settle otherwise. I'm OK when I'm staying at a friends though. I don't have a brilliant relationship with food, although I know I'm now a healthy weight I don't feel too happy with myself. I want to be skinny but find myself binging out with little self control.

    - Lastly, the reason for the title of pcos. I've seen my gp about all of these issues (I may have left out the periods because I'm pathetic and embarrassed even though I'm nearly 20!). I've had lots of blood tests come back and they've all been normal. He did however say that one of the thingys was raised slightly, it was probably nothing but it was worth repeating the test to see if it had changed. I'm wondering if perhaps this could be pcos as I saw one of the tests repeated was the right test I think. If this was the case how would he procede if the blood test came back raised again? I know if it's necessary then I'll have to go ahead with it but the thought of a pelvic exam really stresses me out. (I'm stressing over this now so my period will probably be late because of that!) Will it be an internal ultrasound?
    I'm just guessing becasue of the periods and lack of energy that it could be pcos? Do you have any ideas what else could have been raised?

    - Just so you know, my blood pressure is normaly - if anything a little on the low side but for the most part it's normal. My blood tests showed that I'm not anaemic and that my thyroid is functioning normally.

    I am extremely sorry for this huge post! If anybody takes the time to read or skim through this then I'll be exceptionally greatful!!! Thank You so much in advance.
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    Hey,
    I have PCOS and they detected mine through an Ultrasound scan.
    I was suffering with severe pains for a while etc, some of the same symptoms of yours.

    I would recommend bringing up your periods to a GP or nurse practitioner (mine was a nurse), and maybe asking them about PCOS? They might arrange for you to have a scan, which will clear things up for you.

    Hope this helps! Feel free to ask me any questions


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    I don't think it's pcos, just because your periods have become irregular lately, usually they're irregular from the start. Also you have a lot of unrelated symptoms.

    Go to your doctor and explain all the above. Have more blood tests, especially a glucose test if you're feeling lightheaded and dizzy, and ask to see a gyno about the possible pcos. Perhaps have some swabs taken to treat your discharge.
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    please keep anon or delete.

    Basically, over the past few months I've had a few health issues; I am seeing my GP already but am looking for any of your experience/advice please!

    -I often lack energy, to the point that I can't be bothered to go out after work and want to just sleep. I almost feel as though I'm walking around in a daze and I just need to 'snap' out of it - it's impossible to do so though. I'm also quite achy in my arms and legs and also lower back. My back is particularly painful when I'm lying in bed at night.

    -I get dizzy a lot, well it's more motion sickness feeling than dizzy. Again, kind of difficult to explain. I'll get light-headed and go to feel quite faint. When I stand up the room tends to go dark and I'll get a headache.

    -If I haven't eaten for a few hours I'll start to feel really weak and shaky, irritable even. I guess that's normal in most people though?

    -My periods have been irregular lately. They've never been very heavy but they've always came each month between 24-28 days. It seems that my periods changed when my diet changed - I don't know whether this is coincedence or not. I don't know whether this is worse becasue I'm worrying about it. I get quite a bit of discharge now. It's not daily but there are times that I have quite a heavy, white discharge. It doesn't irritate me so I don't think it's an infection. I Also, I don't have any stis and I'm not pregnant.

    -I've recently lost weight (I wasn't overly big before but am now a better weight imo about a bmi of 22.4) so my diet has changed. I tend to eat a lot of carbs and very little meat. When I say a lot of carbs I mean I'll have either pasta/noodles/potato everyday. I eat at least my five fruit a veggies a day. I try to keep my snacks low fat - a snack a jack or a cereal bar. I know I have too much caffeine - about one cup of coffee and a 2l bottle of diet coke each day.

    - I get anxiety/depression kind of issues quite often. There's a stressful-ish ongoing situation in my family that does get to me. I often find myself with a low mood that I can't shake. I wouldn't say I'm overly depressed as I don't think of suicide and don't self harm. I'm in quite a boring job and although I know there's more out there I just can't seem to be bothered to go out and do anything about it. I suppose I'm quite a socially awkward person - don't get me wrong I have friends and can be loud and talkative, but I also find myself being nervous. I also have obsessive tendencies, again I don't know if this applies to most people. I find I have to stick to a certain night time routine - silly as it sounds - I don't know what I think will happen if I don't but I can't settle otherwise. I'm OK when I'm staying at a friends though. I don't have a brilliant relationship with food, although I know I'm now a healthy weight I don't feel too happy with myself. I want to be skinny but find myself binging out with little self control.

    - Lastly, the reason for the title of pcos. I've seen my gp about all of these issues (I may have left out the periods because I'm pathetic and embarrassed even though I'm nearly 20!). I've had lots of blood tests come back and they've all been normal. He did however say that one of the thingys was raised slightly, it was probably nothing but it was worth repeating the test to see if it had changed. I'm wondering if perhaps this could be pcos as I saw one of the tests repeated was the right test I think. If this was the case how would he procede if the blood test came back raised again? I know if it's necessary then I'll have to go ahead with it but the thought of a pelvic exam really stresses me out. (I'm stressing over this now so my period will probably be late because of that!) Will it be an internal ultrasound?
    I'm just guessing becasue of the periods and lack of energy that it could be pcos? Do you have any ideas what else could have been raised?

    - Just so you know, my blood pressure is normaly - if anything a little on the low side but for the most part it's normal. My blood tests showed that I'm not anaemic and that my thyroid is functioning normally.

    I am extremely sorry for this huge post! If anybody takes the time to read or skim through this then I'll be exceptionally greatful!!! Thank You so much in advance.
    Wow, pretty much all of this can apply to me. Except for the stressful family situation, the aching arms and I'm younger. I also feel low all the time but when I go really low, it's really bad.
    Do you/your doctor think all of these are related?
    I'm too wimpy to go see a doctor.
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    (Original post by HeidiVictoria)
    Hey,
    I have PCOS and they detected mine through an Ultrasound scan.
    I was suffering with severe pains for a while etc, some of the same symptoms of yours.

    I would recommend bringing up your periods to a GP or nurse practitioner (mine was a nurse), and maybe asking them about PCOS? They might arrange for you to have a scan, which will clear things up for you.

    Hope this helps! Feel free to ask me any questions


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    Thanks for the reply! Was it an internal scan? I get really nervous and shy, as immature as it sounds! Perhaps I should bring it up again it's just weird how all of a sudden my periods have changed - about the same time I went on a diet. I'm in the healthy weight range now but I still feel pretty crap about my weight tbh, whilst other people think I look fine all I see is fat

    (Original post by iced_dragon_agility)
    I don't think it's pcos, just because your periods have become irregular lately, usually they're irregular from the start. Also you have a lot of unrelated symptoms.

    Go to your doctor and explain all the above. Have more blood tests, especially a glucose test if you're feeling lightheaded and dizzy, and ask to see a gyno about the possible pcos. Perhaps have some swabs taken to treat your discharge.
    OK thanks for your reply! I've had the fasting glucose test and that came back fine. I just don't know what to suggest anymore and the doctors seem pretty clueless too. It's making me think it must be in my head and argh I don't know.


    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Wow, pretty much all of this can apply to me. Except for the stressful family situation, the aching arms and I'm younger. I also feel low all the time but when I go really low, it's really bad.
    Do you/your doctor think all of these are related?
    I'm too wimpy to go see a doctor.
    They don't know really. It's worth seeing your doctor though! What symptoms do you get? It's likely they'll do some blood tests. If you're mainly feeling low then it could be depression?
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    No, it wasn't an internal scan... just the ultrasound, no pain! I'm exactly the same, one of my side effects is that i have low self esteem/confidence and depression etc Honestly, talk to your nurse or see a specialist about it, its nothing to be embarassed about!

    Feel free to private message if you want

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    They don't know really. It's worth seeing your doctor though! What symptoms do you get? It's likely they'll do some blood tests. If you're mainly feeling low then it could be depression?
    I know, but I feel so silly! I'd feel ridiculous going because I feel 'sad'.
    I might go with my periods and ask if it's related to how I feel, maybe I won't feel quite so stupid.

    I hope your problems do get sorted. :jumphug:
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    please keep anon or delete.

    Basically, over the past few months I've had a few health issues; I am seeing my GP already but am looking for any of your experience/advice please!

    -I often lack energy, to the point that I can't be bothered to go out after work and want to just sleep. I almost feel as though I'm walking around in a daze and I just need to 'snap' out of it - it's impossible to do so though. I'm also quite achy in my arms and legs and also lower back. My back is particularly painful when I'm lying in bed at night.

    -I get dizzy a lot, well it's more motion sickness feeling than dizzy. Again, kind of difficult to explain. I'll get light-headed and go to feel quite faint. When I stand up the room tends to go dark and I'll get a headache.

    -If I haven't eaten for a few hours I'll start to feel really weak and shaky, irritable even. I guess that's normal in most people though?

    -My periods have been irregular lately. They've never been very heavy but they've always came each month between 24-28 days. It seems that my periods changed when my diet changed - I don't know whether this is coincedence or not. I don't know whether this is worse becasue I'm worrying about it. I get quite a bit of discharge now. It's not daily but there are times that I have quite a heavy, white discharge. It doesn't irritate me so I don't think it's an infection. I Also, I don't have any stis and I'm not pregnant.

    -I've recently lost weight (I wasn't overly big before but am now a better weight imo about a bmi of 22.4) so my diet has changed. I tend to eat a lot of carbs and very little meat. When I say a lot of carbs I mean I'll have either pasta/noodles/potato everyday. I eat at least my five fruit a veggies a day. I try to keep my snacks low fat - a snack a jack or a cereal bar. I know I have too much caffeine - about one cup of coffee and a 2l bottle of diet coke each day.

    - I get anxiety/depression kind of issues quite often. There's a stressful-ish ongoing situation in my family that does get to me. I often find myself with a low mood that I can't shake. I wouldn't say I'm overly depressed as I don't think of suicide and don't self harm. I'm in quite a boring job and although I know there's more out there I just can't seem to be bothered to go out and do anything about it. I suppose I'm quite a socially awkward person - don't get me wrong I have friends and can be loud and talkative, but I also find myself being nervous. I also have obsessive tendencies, again I don't know if this applies to most people. I find I have to stick to a certain night time routine - silly as it sounds - I don't know what I think will happen if I don't but I can't settle otherwise. I'm OK when I'm staying at a friends though. I don't have a brilliant relationship with food, although I know I'm now a healthy weight I don't feel too happy with myself. I want to be skinny but find myself binging out with little self control.

    - Lastly, the reason for the title of pcos. I've seen my gp about all of these issues (I may have left out the periods because I'm pathetic and embarrassed even though I'm nearly 20!). I've had lots of blood tests come back and they've all been normal. He did however say that one of the thingys was raised slightly, it was probably nothing but it was worth repeating the test to see if it had changed. I'm wondering if perhaps this could be pcos as I saw one of the tests repeated was the right test I think. If this was the case how would he procede if the blood test came back raised again? I know if it's necessary then I'll have to go ahead with it but the thought of a pelvic exam really stresses me out. (I'm stressing over this now so my period will probably be late because of that!) Will it be an internal ultrasound?
    I'm just guessing becasue of the periods and lack of energy that it could be pcos? Do you have any ideas what else could have been raised?

    - Just so you know, my blood pressure is normaly - if anything a little on the low side but for the most part it's normal. My blood tests showed that I'm not anaemic and that my thyroid is functioning normally.

    I am extremely sorry for this huge post! If anybody takes the time to read or skim through this then I'll be exceptionally greatful!!! Thank You so much in advance.
    Hi, you might have PCOS, the symptoms vary from person to person but there could be other reasons for your symptoms too. Have you drastically changed your diet? Because that could account for the change in your cycle, your moods and most of your symptoms really. Do you have painful, long or heavy periods? That along with irregular periods is a common symptom of PCOS. Do you have trouble losing weight, even when you eat healthily? The blood test usually shows if you have PCOS...Were actually tested for it or was it just a general test? Because PCOS is caused by hormonal imbalances which usually show up on the blood test if you're tested for it. Does anyone in your family have it? It's hereditary I think. I have it, and I get the feeling sleepy things when I eat too many carbs as a high carb diet isn't very good if you have PCOS...Caffeine can make you shaky, so maybe cut down a bit? Feeling down can be a symptom of PCOS too due to the hormone imbalances...Tbh your symptoms are quite vague and seem to have started with your change in diet so I'm thinking that may be the problem although the discharge is probably unrelated.

    I'd just get the test if I were to get it ruled out or at least learn what it is. I was nervous about the ultrasound too but it's really NOTHING to be scared of. It's not internal (I think I'd have died of embarrassment if it was lol) and it literally takes all of about 2 minutes and they told me there and then that I had it. Don't worry about it!

    I hope you figure out what this is, I doubt it's anything serious but I think you should definitely get it checked out properly. Good luck and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me
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    To me it sounds like you have a few of the signs of diabetes. Have you considered that? Best to get checked asap.
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    the scan doesn't have to be internal if you're uncomfortable drink LOADS of water before you go until you're bursting for the loo and then they can do it externally
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      (Original post by HeidiVictoria)
      Hey,
      I have PCOS and they detected mine through an Ultrasound scan.
      I was suffering with severe pains for a while etc, some of the same symptoms of yours.

      I would recommend bringing up your periods to a GP or nurse practitioner (mine was a nurse), and maybe asking them about PCOS? They might arrange for you to have a scan, which will clear things up for you.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to ask me any questions


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      PCOS doesn't cause pain.

      Irregular periods yes. Pain no.

      Sounds like the GP has run just about every test.
      For now the best thing is to say "C'est la vie" and learn to cope.
      Either things will get better (great), or if they get worse another symptom may appear that helps pinpoint what is going on.

      Sometimes you just have to wait - medical science can only tell so much
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      Sorry I'm not a pro at quoting - I'm quite new to tsr, and internet forums in general!

      (Original post by purplesky)
      Hi, you might have PCOS, the symptoms vary from person to person but there could be other reasons for your symptoms too. Have you drastically changed your diet? Because that could account for the change in your cycle, your moods and most of your symptoms really. Do you have painful, long or heavy periods? That along with irregular periods is a common symptom of PCOS. Do you have trouble losing weight, even when you eat healthily? The blood test usually shows if you have PCOS...Were actually tested for it or was it just a general test? Because PCOS is caused by hormonal imbalances which usually show up on the blood test if you're tested for it. Does anyone in your family have it? It's hereditary I think. I have it, and I get the feeling sleepy things when I eat too many carbs as a high carb diet isn't very good if you have PCOS...Caffeine can make you shaky, so maybe cut down a bit? Feeling down can be a symptom of PCOS too due to the hormone imbalances...Tbh your symptoms are quite vague and seem to have started with your change in diet so I'm thinking that may be the problem although the discharge is probably unrelated.

      I'd just get the test if I were to get it ruled out or at least learn what it is. I was nervous about the ultrasound too but it's really NOTHING to be scared of. It's not internal (I think I'd have died of embarrassment if it was lol) and it literally takes all of about 2 minutes and they told me there and then that I had it. Don't worry about it!

      I hope you figure out what this is, I doubt it's anything serious but I think you should definitely get it checked out properly. Good luck and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me
      Thank you for your reply! It does seem to have started when I went on the diet but surely it can't all be related to that? I'll admit I probably overdo the carbs a little and I rarely eat meat anymore but I wouldn't have thought it'd cause this. The 'stressful' situation (pretty much an arguement thats been ongoing for some time and does get to me quite a bit) has been going on for a couple of years now, perhaps it's all got on top of me without realising. I actually called my doctors surgery today and all of my blood tests have come back normal again, which is really good, but it doesn't get to the bottom of this! I'm pretty sure they'd have tested for pcos - I had about 4 different tests written down on my blood test sheet thingy. My periods never used to be irregular, it's only from about June/July this year that they've gone a bit off. They're quite short and really quite light (hope that's not too much information!). Thanks again!


      (Original post by Jack_1919)
      To me it sounds like you have a few of the signs of diabetes. Have you considered that? Best to get checked asap.
      I had the fasting glucose test and that came back normal. Thank you for your post!

      (Original post by Anonymous)
      the scan doesn't have to be internal if you're uncomfortable drink LOADS of water before you go until you're bursting for the loo and then they can do it externally
      Thanks for the reply! That's comforting to know, if I ever had to have it done I think I might whimp out like the pathetic person I am! :P

      (Original post by Jamie)
      PCOS doesn't cause pain.

      Irregular periods yes. Pain no.

      Sounds like the GP has run just about every test.
      For now the best thing is to say "C'est la vie" and learn to cope.
      Either things will get better (great), or if they get worse another symptom may appear that helps pinpoint what is going on.

      Sometimes you just have to wait - medical science can only tell so much
      Thank You for your reply! I appreciate what you're saying about perhaps just getting on with things and seeing how it goes. I feel guilty when I go and see my GP because they can't find anything wrong - it makes me feel like I'm wasting their time. I have such a random list of symptoms, perhaps I should man up haha! At the same time though there are regularly days that I struggle so much at work - everything aches, I feel like I'm walking around in a daze and ugh it's a horrible feeling. I don't particularly enjoy my job, although I work with some lovely people, but I don't think it's just caused by me being a little bored.
      I think that they have done pretty much every test! I can't remember all of the tests, I think they were CK, TFT, FHsomething or other? Full Blood count, glandular fever... and I think there were others (goodness I must look a fool not knowing anything!). Do you think its possible that the irregular periods have been caused by a change in diet? I thought it had to be pretty extreme weight loss to cause problems.
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        Do you think its possible that the irregular periods have been caused by a change in diet? I thought it had to be pretty extreme weight loss to cause problems. .
        Its possible. Certainly PCOS tends to be far more associated with obese girls than skinny (although there are some very skinny girls who suffer) so it doesn't really fit.
        Stress can also cause menstrual irregularity/missed periods.
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        I was in a similar position to you a few months back, I'd had irregular periods for a couple of years but I was too embarrassed to go see the doctor. I ended up making myself and I'm glad I did, as I too thought I had PCOS and was constantly googling it and making myself paranoid.
        My blood tests came back normal as well as the ultrasound. They do an internal and external ultrasound, I only had the external because I told the nurse I wasn't comfortable having the internal.
        My doctor ended up putting me on a 3 month trial of the pill to try and sort my periods out as there was no evidence for me having PCOS (even though I still think I have it). I stopped it just over a month ago and got my period a bit later than it should (but it's still an improvement on what it was).
        If you're nervous about talking to your doctor about your periods, ask for a female if you don't already had one. I took my mum with me because I was nervous which helped a lot.
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        (Original post by Jamie)
        PCOS doesn't cause pain.

        Irregular periods yes. Pain no.

        Sounds like the GP has run just about every test.
        For now the best thing is to say "C'est la vie" and learn to cope.
        Either things will get better (great), or if they get worse another symptom may appear that helps pinpoint what is going on.

        Sometimes you just have to wait - medical science can only tell so much

        Yes, it does. Thats the reason i went to the nurse in the first place. Thats why i have been given painkillers for it. Believe it or not, i have PCOS - i know what i'm on about.
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          (Original post by HeidiVictoria)
          Yes, it does. Thats the reason i went to the nurse in the first place. Thats why i have been given painkillers for it. Believe it or not, i have PCOS - i know what i'm on about.
          You have a disease of some descript
          A doctor has told you it is PCOS
          You have some pain

          You string these together and say that therefore PCOS causes pain.

          Meanwhile the actual medical research of tens of thousands of PCOS sufferers and indeed non-PCOS sufferers shows that PCOS causes no pain.

          Stop and consider that millions of women inth e western world suffer abdominal pain (especially around their period). Very few of these have PCOS

          A famous gynaecology professor summed it up brilliantly once.
          Women are not meant to have regular periods. Its a myth, a lie.
          They are meant to menstruate for a few months in the spring/summer because the rest of the year they are so starved their bodies do not allow them to have periods
          They are meant to breast feed for years at a time suppressing menstruation completely.
          Period pains are not a symptoms of a disease or problem, but simply the fact that being a woman is painful. And being a woman on a western diet is torture.


          Not something most women want to hear obviously, but if you actually understand what it is he was saying then you will come to an understanding about the effect of human reproductive cycle and effect of the modern world
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          I went to the doctors recently over pains in my abdomen and lower back as well as spotting whilst on the pill, and he said it was probably best to check everything which includes an internal exam.. I'm having it friday, and while I know it'll be embarassing and uncomfortable, at least they can make sure I'm all ok.

          It's all very well being terrified about internal exams, and they're not pleasant, but surely it's better being safe than worried and possibly missing something serious?
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          When I was diagnosed with PCOS, it took them about a year. They just do an external ultrasound to check for cysts. I get all the same symptoms as you. Just get it checked out.
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          (Original post by Anonymous)
          please keep anon or delete.

          Basically, over the past few months I've had a few health issues; I am seeing my GP already but am looking for any of your experience/advice please!

          -I often lack energy, to the point that I can't be bothered to go out after work and want to just sleep. I almost feel as though I'm walking around in a daze and I just need to 'snap' out of it - it's impossible to do so though. I'm also quite achy in my arms and legs and also lower back. My back is particularly painful when I'm lying in bed at night.

          -I get dizzy a lot, well it's more motion sickness feeling than dizzy. Again, kind of difficult to explain. I'll get light-headed and go to feel quite faint. When I stand up the room tends to go dark and I'll get a headache.

          -If I haven't eaten for a few hours I'll start to feel really weak and shaky, irritable even. I guess that's normal in most people though?

          -My periods have been irregular lately. They've never been very heavy but they've always came each month between 24-28 days. It seems that my periods changed when my diet changed - I don't know whether this is coincedence or not. I don't know whether this is worse becasue I'm worrying about it. I get quite a bit of discharge now. It's not daily but there are times that I have quite a heavy, white discharge. It doesn't irritate me so I don't think it's an infection. I Also, I don't have any stis and I'm not pregnant.

          -I've recently lost weight (I wasn't overly big before but am now a better weight imo about a bmi of 22.4) so my diet has changed. I tend to eat a lot of carbs and very little meat. When I say a lot of carbs I mean I'll have either pasta/noodles/potato everyday. I eat at least my five fruit a veggies a day. I try to keep my snacks low fat - a snack a jack or a cereal bar. I know I have too much caffeine - about one cup of coffee and a 2l bottle of diet coke each day.

          - I get anxiety/depression kind of issues quite often. There's a stressful-ish ongoing situation in my family that does get to me. I often find myself with a low mood that I can't shake. I wouldn't say I'm overly depressed as I don't think of suicide and don't self harm. I'm in quite a boring job and although I know there's more out there I just can't seem to be bothered to go out and do anything about it. I suppose I'm quite a socially awkward person - don't get me wrong I have friends and can be loud and talkative, but I also find myself being nervous. I also have obsessive tendencies, again I don't know if this applies to most people. I find I have to stick to a certain night time routine - silly as it sounds - I don't know what I think will happen if I don't but I can't settle otherwise. I'm OK when I'm staying at a friends though. I don't have a brilliant relationship with food, although I know I'm now a healthy weight I don't feel too happy with myself. I want to be skinny but find myself binging out with little self control.

          - Lastly, the reason for the title of pcos. I've seen my gp about all of these issues (I may have left out the periods because I'm pathetic and embarrassed even though I'm nearly 20!). I've had lots of blood tests come back and they've all been normal. He did however say that one of the thingys was raised slightly, it was probably nothing but it was worth repeating the test to see if it had changed. I'm wondering if perhaps this could be pcos as I saw one of the tests repeated was the right test I think. If this was the case how would he procede if the blood test came back raised again? I know if it's necessary then I'll have to go ahead with it but the thought of a pelvic exam really stresses me out. (I'm stressing over this now so my period will probably be late because of that!) Will it be an internal ultrasound?
          I'm just guessing becasue of the periods and lack of energy that it could be pcos? Do you have any ideas what else could have been raised?

          - Just so you know, my blood pressure is normaly - if anything a little on the low side but for the most part it's normal. My blood tests showed that I'm not anaemic and that my thyroid is functioning normally.

          I am extremely sorry for this huge post! If anybody takes the time to read or skim through this then I'll be exceptionally greatful!!! Thank You so much in advance.
          seems like you have been tested for a number of pathologies biochemically. what is your height and weight? i know you've said BMI but the charts were made some 200 years ago for a different population than us today. How much water do you drink? you seriously need to cut down on diet coke (caffeine). you have to help yourself for someone else to help you. Start with a 500ml water bottle daily and finish it. you'll automatically want more as after about 4 weeks. Sounds like many signs of aneamia (there are loads of different types) though the bloods came back normal. The water intake will increase you BP too and keep you from feeling 'dizzy' as you descirbe.

          Take caffiene out as it'll be affecting your heart rhythms and this wont help with the situation. The PCOS exam is a simple US scan that requires hardly anything. the mesntruation ahs a big play in this. do you suffer from urinary tract infections often? The back pain may be associated with ay gynae probs or iy could just be musculoskeletal. Any neck pain at all? or scalp tenderness? any rheumatism in the family?
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          OP - You can say I may well be totally off the mark with this but please let me address a few issues of concern. I know you mentioned if it is PCOS which it indeed could be but please consider this first.

          You've mentioned being dizzy and faint, lacking energy, feeling shakey if you haven't eaten for a few hours and feeling anxious - also youve mentioned that you are on low fat foods such as snack a jacks and drinking diet drinks. I know this doesn't address all your issues such as periods but please bare with me.

          I had pretty much the same symptoms all throughout childhood and went from doctor to doctor - had a different hospital test every month, changing diets etc, finally someone gave me an answer - low blood sugar levels / Hypoglycemia - Eventually working with doctors we managed to stabilise my body but it meant having regular snacks of sugary food and cutting out ALL aspartame - Im honestly quiet concerned that you are drinking 2L of diet coke a day - these are one of the biggest containers of aspartame - in effect the drink has no sugar but replaces this with aspartame which is a sweetener - it can in some (by in no means the large majority) of people seriously affect blood sugar levels and in my opinion would cause the majority of your symptoms - its also associated with a condition called Phenylketonuria (PKU). I would also say that your diet doesn't really contain much actual sugar so this might be something you want to try and include -If your going to drink coke drink the normal one not diet, maybe a small chocolate bar if you feel faint etc.

          Basically to cut a long story short over the years I had tried to avoid where possible anything containing aspartame (its found in drinks and crisps, including some alcohol) and my blood sugar levels have pretty much stabilised themselves - I still get dizzy and sometimes pass out on occasion if Ive not eaten much etc but its certainly easier to control.


          If it is something you consider then check the labels on your food - chances are if it says 'diet' or 'no added sugar' it has aspartame in it - also avoid anything that says 'contains a source of phenylalanine' or has 'E951' listed as an ingredient- Ive seen it before in Ciders and things like cheap versions of WKD - it even used to be in things like Tango and Monster Munch but I dont think they use it any-more.

          EDIT: I re-read and saw it said you have had a glocose test and that it came back fine - however this is quiet common - mine used to fluctate all the time - I was in hospital for several days under observation and had to fast - needless to say they said there was nothing wrong with me - the trouble started when I was back to eating and drinking all the wrong things - Taking a test at one particular time isnt the most reliable and is part of the reason low blood sugar levels etc are so hard to detect.
          I used to have a monitor - prick my finger and a machine would read it, over a period of time it was pretty crazy to see the fluctuations.

          Please PM if you want to talk about any of this
         
         
         
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