The RE called with the blood test results this morning. I’m still waiting for them to send me a copy, but the over-the-phone prognosis is that the results confirm a PCOS diagnosis and I might also have a slight thyroid disorder.
Drugs have already been prescribed and I’m to be on the them post-haste. Metformin is still squicking me out, especially because it’s called glucophage for god’s sake (phage = eater in Greek, so glucophage = glucose eater). But also because it’s for diabetes and high insulin levels and I’ve had routine blood checks done for the past three years and they’ve always been perfect. Not even close to problematic. I don’t need my glucose getting eaten. :<
But then I found a study about metformin for PCOS ladies who are both insulin resistant and not and it said that it helped either way:
“Considering the favorable effects of metformin treatment in PCOS patients both with insulin resistance and without it, it is purposeful to use this drug in both groups of women.”
So. That’s easing my worry a little. That and finding out I have a family member with PCOS who is similar to me in activity level and nutritional awareness and body fat percentage and after starting metformin she felt like a new woman. I’m still a little worried about it lowering my insulin levels when they’re not problematic to begin with, but I can also just take this stuff and see what happens and go from there.
And re: the mild thyroid disorder. My reaction: what?! That feels a bit out of left field, and I really want to see my actual numbers before I accept that as a diagnosis. It could just be low iodine – I’m not as good about eating seafood and seaweed as I should be on a paleo diet. But idk. I guess it could explain why I feel so fatigued most of the time?
I’m still a little bowled over right now, even with the doctor’s suspicions earlier last week. I’ve been googling everything I can about PCOS, but it’s all about losing weight and controlling your insulin levels, which is less than helpful. I’m at somewhere between 24-27% body fat, so I don’t need to lose weight, and like I said above, my glucose levels and other markers are fine.
Basically: I don’t know. We’ll see how the metformin goes and in the meantime I’m going to keep digging through the google results for more information.