Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most... ~Hope Floats
Well, the result are in...and the doctor says...ALL my levels (testosterone, insulin, cholesterol, blood sugar) are NORMAL! Since my last labs, approximately May 2010 my levels have gone from "high" to "normal" and that is AWESOME!! That's the good news. The bad news is that I still need to lose right at 50 pounds (one pound at a time!) and that my "normal" levels are still a little on the higher side of the normal range. So, for now, the doctor says she does not believe I have PCOS, but rather "an unspecified androgen excess" which leads to the blood sugar issues I feel, the fatigue and the random other symptoms I feel. For now, my treatment includes diet, exercise and spironolactone--which I've taken before and doesn't make me feel worse!
So, this is gold! But, I'm aware that there is also some additional digging that needs to happen before I'm completely satisfied with my adventure.
I can now confidently say that all this hippie stuff I've done over the last year is actually making a difference! I knew I could feel a difference, but it helps to have a doctor actually tell me to keep doing it because it really does help! This is also a prefect time for me to plug my "no-poo" campaign, which has actually helped my hair loss tremendously and also stopped my frequent (almost daily) headaches.
So, I'm turning over a new chapter of NOT actually having PCOS, but essentially having PCOS, Jr. I'm not sure of everything that is coming my way, but I'm totally prepared to take it head on and so incredibly grateful for the blessings of having people in my life who support my crazy, hippie lifestyle! Its all for the better!