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The New Normal – Living with PCOS & Hypothyroidism

GREAT News! I had my first normal thyroid test result which comes after a year of consistent follow-up with my Endocrinologist. I was still experiencing fatigue issues and he recommended changing up my thyroid medication to Tirosint. Tirosint is the first and only T4 in liquid gel cap with a formulation that only consists of T4, glycerin, gelatin, and water. Unlike some tablet formulations, Tirosint is free of dyes, gluten, lactose, sugar, and alcohol. After two weeks I feel great, not nearly as tired, and I have a renewed sense of well-being. Please feel free to share your experience with thyroid / PCOS medications in the comment section below.

PCOS & Hypothyroidism – My Journey Continues…

PCOS & Hypothyroidism

 

Just had my three month check up with labs last week and sadly my results have not improved.  My hormonal and thyroid levels are not within normal range.  August marks the one year anniversary of me working with an Endocrinologist and from what I understand patience is a virtue and it can take a year or longer before my medications and hormone/thyroid levels are in sync.

My doctor increased my medications and scheduled a follow-up on labs and a return visit in six weeks.  I started my new dose on Monday and it’s been seven days.  The changes I have noticed in the first week was that I am not as tired and I lost four pounds.  I can only hope that in a few more weeks I continue to experience more positive changes in my symptoms.

I have been adapting to the Paleo diet plan and have continued my exercise regime of jogging thirty minutes a day with 10-15 minutes of strength building exercises.  I am certain that if I was not making these healthy lifestyle choices my symptoms would be exasperated.

PCOS Boss – PCOS Won’t Stop Me!

Hello World, I am a PCOS Boss.  What is that you ask?  It’s me deciding that I am the Boss over my condition “PCOS” and not the other way around.  I believe that having PCOS won’t stop me from living the life I love.  This is the first of many blog posts of me living with PCOS and Hypothyroidism.  Last year I made an appointment to see an Endocrinologist after some nudging from my mother.  I had confided in her about how despite my efforts with eating better and exercising, I still experienced issues with managing my weight, constant fatigue, migraines, horrible depression, mood swings, anxiety, cold intolerance, hair growth in all the “wrong” places and pelvic pain.  She said that both her and my grandmother were diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I really should just go and talk to my doctor about it.

pcos bodyI did and several test later my Endocrinologist said that I had PCOS in addition to hypothyroidism.  This explained so much about why I felt the way I did and shed light on the past 15 years of my life.  I have always struggled with having enough energy to get through my day.  I would sleep 10 – 12 hours a day just to get through work, school, and raising my family.  Some perceived this as laziness and they could not understand how I could sleep as much as I did and still be so exhausted.  There were other signs too, I would go for months, even years without menstruating and I gained fifty pounds that was a nightmare to work off.pcos boss me-after-weight-loss

Well here I am today and happy to say that I am a PCOS Boss!  Easy to say, but not so easy to accomplish.  I can say that I believe the hardest part is behind me as long as I continue to make healthy lifestyle choices.

This blog is important to me in the on-going process of healing.  I thought about everything I went through and realized I am not alone in this.  There has to be other women experiencing the same thing as me right?  My diagnoses has inspired me to share my personal experiences with the goal of helping others.  So, let’s talk about it and support each other.