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        11-01-2013, 12:53 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I had the same problem, 7 weeks of heavy bleeding. They did an ultrasound and it was fibroids. They put me on the pill. It definitely helped but a few years later they told me I was too old to take the pill (I smoke too). I've only had one episode since then of prolonged bleeding (4 weeks) and I'm now waiting for menopause :-D I know the doctor bills are intimidating but what is going to happen when you are so weak you can't work? Or if you have to be hospitalized due to loss of blood? Those can be a lot more expensive than a doctor's visit. I truly feel for you, I am uninsured myself, it sucks.
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        11-01-2013, 12:53 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Jen, thanks for the hugs. I'm just so frustrated with all this.

    Denny, thanks for the support. That's one thing: I don't eat a lot of fast food. If I have fast food once every two weeks, it's a rare occurance. I don't particularly care for fast food, to be honest.

    Redpony, I hear what you're saying. The reproductive health practitioner suggested that I apply for state funded medical, as they've changed the requirements recently and she thinks I may qualify.
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        11-01-2013, 01:07 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Drafty, I feel for you but wanted you to know that metformin is only $4 at Walmart and I highly recommend you keep taking it if you can swing the $4.

    In the meantime I would also research PCOS (poly cystic ovary syndrome). If you have it as I do (that means you have metabolic disorder and are insulin resistant) you will basically have to eat no starchy carbs at all (not even root vegetables) as they will pack on the weight in no time. That means no bread, no pasta etc. and nothing to drink except water and unsweetened tea. You will have to rely on green veggies (and some others) and protein (lots of meat and fish). Nuts are also good as are dairy products but everything must be low glycemic.

    It's funny, well sad really but every extra 5 lbs. Makes the problem worse. I wish you luck and believe with the right diet you can help things along even before the docs figure things out.

    PS I'm not saying that's causing the hemorhaging so that really needs to be looked into.
         
        11-01-2013, 01:10 AM
      #14
    Showing
    Epona, I saw an article on PCOS on Facebook a couple of months back and a lot of what I researched on it sounded like what I've got going on. How do they diagnose it?
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        11-01-2013, 06:00 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    And she didn't give you progesterone to stop your period?

    After highschool, my periods got whacked. I had a period for 3 months at one point. I had to take progesterone a couple times, its like birthcontrol. You take it for 7 days, then it should stop. Like BC, you will bleed. SOmetimes the bleeding would last 10 days but it would stop.

    That's too much blood. Even with my nose bleeds my RX said I should take iron. Make sure they check your iron levels.
         
        11-01-2013, 12:28 PM
      #16
    Showing
    She didn't want to give me anything to stop the bleeding until they figure out why I'm bleeding. I can handle 7-10 days of bleeding. But bleeding like this for a month is not only ridiculous, it's getting expensive (I go through a ten-pack of adult diapers every three or so days, which at $12 per box is ridiculous).
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        11-01-2013, 02:57 PM
      #17
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Epona, I saw an article on PCOS on Facebook a couple of months back and a lot of what I researched on it sounded like what I've got going on. How do they diagnose it?
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    with me they were operating on me and saw it but a higher A1C is a good indication...if you read about, and striclty follow an "insulin reducing" diet (it won't hurt and I'm 100% sure it will help you) youll start to lose weight which will help your problems...even 5 lbs makes a difference for me.

    You can also look up "syndrome x" - more improtant than the diagnosis is eating the right foods.

    My doctor told me it's a "tough row to hoe" because if you have PCOS ou body will turn most carbohydrates directly to fat (unlike someone who doesn't have it).

    That means No sugar of any sort, No caffeine, No alcohol, No bread/cake/cookies/pasta/pancakes etc., No root veggies except raw carrots, No high glycemic fruits (so stick to berries (mainly), apples, pears, and peaches). No processed foods at all. No sweet condiments like ketsup. If you buy yogurt, it must be plain and you can add your own low glycemic fruit to it. Basically look at the nutritional lable and if it contains sugars stay away except for plain dairy products as yogurt contains sugars.

    The god news is you can eat as much of the allowed foods as you want and still lose...once you've been on it a while, you'll naturally want to eat less as all the triggers will be out of your diet.

    Here's what to eat:
    20 grams of protein at each meal no matter what, tons of veggies, 2 fruits per day (see above - eat with protein) nuts and seeds as snacks, ground nuts and seeds as cereal, dairy products, meat, fish, chicken, turkey, lots of green veggies and others excluding root (see above), 1 salad per day as your meal. You can also eat fats like oils (very important - better quality oils are best) and you can even haver some whipping cream but don't over do it...if you can follow this I guarantee you you will lose weight immediatly.

    I will warn you, if you've been eating carbs and sugar and processed food, the first 3-4 days of this will be hellish but after that you'll start to feel better than you've felt in ages. One slip up can mees you up again though and then you'll have to go through your 3-4 days of hell again.

    It's tough but doable and really necessary to be healthy as the heavier you get, the worse your problems become...especially as you age (I'm 53).

    Good luck!

    PS there are PCOS forums and you can google how it's diagnosed. Te diet will work for you either way.
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        11-01-2013, 03:05 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Oh Drafty, hugs to you. You have the triple whammy going on right now! Health, job,finance. I'm with you. I had a huge motorcycle accident, injury, recovery, and now job and finance too. It is a nonstop stomach ache for me. I'm sorry you are going through this.

    Have you thought about alternative medicine? They are used to people paying for self and usually use a sliding scale. Also, they listen and consider other possible answers. My issues seem so puny ne t to yours but I have gotten help and their solutions have been cheaper. For example, I have GURD and had to buy expensive OTC meds to control. They suggested HCL or Betaine, which is cheap, natural, and works better. I also quite drinking milk, which almost eliminated my allergy symptoms. Doctors just prescribed more expensive meds for that.

    Whatever you do, stay strong and don't let people tell you its your fault.
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        11-01-2013, 03:38 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by EponaLynn    
    No root veggies except raw carrots.
    What is the logic of this one? Genuine question, what is exceptional about raw carrots in the world of root veggies? Just asking because we used carrots as a winter feed for cattle because they convert it so well
         
        11-01-2013, 04:02 PM
      #20
    Showing
    My mom went to a holistic doctor when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer last September and he prescribed her an alkaline diet. She was declared 100% cancer-free in June of this year. However, her doctor is in Utah and is ridiculously expensive (as much as, if not more than, a regular doctor). The only reason they could afford it is because the doctor and his wife are very close friends of my parents.
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