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6 days ago · Collagenous Gastritis – Searching for Answers in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

I thought I had been given the GAPS diet from my doctor but when I went to share this, I see it is called the FODMAP diet (see attachment). It was given to me when my IBS was swinging more to the diarrhea side and greatly inflaming my fissure issue and putting me in horrible unbearable pain. I think they are very similar because from this web link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gaps-diet I see it states the following: "The GAPS diet is a strict elimination diet that requires its followers to cut out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbs." Maybe go to this link and learn more about the GAPS diet.

Aug 6, 2018 · My stomach makes me look pregnant. in Women's Health

@tigerarmani, not sure how old you are, but you also have options to leave in 1 or both ovaries. If you leave in the ovaries, then you will still have your normal hormonal cycles without periods, which is important for your health if you are pre-menopausal. Also do not be afraid to get a second or third opinion. I have never been in a position where I have had to wait for a Doctor to pull together a surgical team. I have had to wait to book surgery because the surgeon was terribly booked. Sorry, to hear you are going through such a struggle. I have had my fair share too and it sure is not easy to go through especially if you are not finding the medical support you need.

Aug 6, 2018 · Facial Hair on Women in Women's Health

I truly believe (my personal opinion) it is more of an endocrine issue than simply an issue with female hormones. Even after a hysterectomy, you still can have issues with the thyroid, pituitary glad, etc. There is still much to learn and understand about all of this. As for the Spironolactone, when I found it on the web, it was talking about being used for those of use with PCOS, then further explained to also be used for blood pressure. So from what I read, yes, it can be used for PCOS even if you do not need blood pressure medicine but I am sure they will want to monitor the person to make sure that does not cause any issues like bringing your blood pressure too low. Hope this helps.
Beth

Aug 3, 2018 · Facial Hair on Women in Women's Health

Getting to my PCOS diagnosis was a long hard journey. I knew that I was having issues but getting to the right diagnosis took a while. At my PCOS support group, that was one of the biggest issues. So many women are not diagnosed for a very long time (if at all) and after many visits to the doctor and usually multiple doctors. I only had one ovary removed which I felt was causing me the most pain (there was much debate on that but I insisted). When the surgeon told me that I would still have PCOS even though I was having a hysterectomy, he specifically told me that would be the case if even both ovaries were removed. I left the one ovary because I was still on the young side and have not gone through menopause yet. The journey to Spironolactone was not very direct either. All my life I have had really good on the low side blood pressure. Then I was in a research study for those of use considered insulin resistant (which seems to be a part of PCOS too). I was chosen to be one of those that rode a stationary bike 5x/week while having my heart rate monitored and kept at a specific level. I was to do this for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, I had gained over 10 pounds and I now had high blood pressure for the first time in my life (with the exception of my difficult pregnancy). After a year of voicing my concerns to my physician they finally put me on blood pressure medicine and it took me several options before I settled on one that I could tolerate the side effects. Then one day (about 2 years ago) I was reading an article about PCOS and recent research and learned that Spironolactone, which is a blood pressure medicine, can be used to help with the hirsutism. I talked with my newest Primary Care Physician about switching and she felt it was a good idea, so I switched. I wish my other physician would have picked this first instead of having me try all those other one. It would have saved me a lot of time, trouble, and money. There are some side effects as most medication do but so far nothing that has affected me. I notice I have less chin hairs to pluck. My slight mustache is much slower to grow in. The look of a side burn growing in has gone away. I have also found that my hair on my head is starting to grow back in and get less thin. I doubt it will ever be as full as it was when I was in my 20s or when I was pregnant. I have never been able to grow my hair very long either and I now have hair down to the middle of my back.

When I look back, I was having issues as a teenager. I was not given a PCOS diagnosis until I was 36. At 39, I was put on metformin which is used for those of us with PCOS. I was not put on Spironolactone until I was 54.

Another thought too with the excessive facial hair, have you ever tried getting waxed? There is also an option now days called threading. My daughter likes the threading to manage her thick eyebrows. They do have options to do the whole face. I did try waxing above my upper lip for a while and that was a good option. Both are way cheaper than electrolysis.

Aug 3, 2018 · Facial Hair on Women in Women's Health

Have you ever looked into PCOS? This stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Do not let the name throw you off. The more I learn about it the more I really think it is an endocrine issue. I was diagnosed with it back in 1999 right after my daughter was born. And honestly misdiagnosed for years because there is such little understanding about it. PCOS can cause a number of issues one being hirsutism as well as obesity, infertility, ovarian enlargement or multiple cysts around your ovaries (hence the name). If you do have PCOS, one thing that has helped me with the excessive hair growth from hirsutism is spironolactone. This is also used for high blood pressure but does help with hormonal acne and reduces excess testosterone (which causes the male type hair growth), and help with hair loss from you head. The name implies this is an issue caused by your ovaries but truly the issue the doctor's see with your ovaries is a result of the syndrome. I had a hysterectomy several years ago and my surgeon informed me this will not take away my PCOS issue. So bottom line there is a hormone level issue but I am learning it is much more that just your basic estrogen and progestin levels. Excessive testosterone in women play a part, insulin plays a part, and most likely much more. So I would suggest talking to your doctor about PCOS and try to find someone who specializes in PCOS (which is not always very easy). This might help. -Beth