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PCOS + normal hormone levels?

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Created December 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Hi ! About a year and a half I was diagnosed with PCOS, I have all 'symptoms' (irregular periods+acne+hirsutism); also the cysts where visible on the ecography. But my blood tests showed nothing wrong, all levels where normal. After this I took 'natural pills' and my periods started to become more regular (at least once a month), but all the other symptoms persisted. About 3 months ago I did another blood test and again it showed nothing wrong. Expect slightly elevated blood sugar after (I had to do before and after, I dont know how is it called, but that blood tests that measures your insuline response so they take a sample on fasted state and then give you that drink and then 2hrs later another sample). I was 135 when normally it should be maximun 130.

SO my question is: what is wrong !? If the blood tests show my hormone levels are ok, what can I do to improve this situation?

Also, I would like to know which other exams could be helpful for identifying other things that could be wrong.

Though I have to admit I have been paleo on and off. Do you think that if I just do strictly paleo everything will balance?

thanks in advance.

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55 · January 09, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Thanks !! My TSH is 2.85, what do you mean with further testing? (im sorry if its dumb to ask!)

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8065 · December 30, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Thyroid levels should be tested and don't take "normal" for an answer. Ask for the specific levels because the lab norms are often too high. A TSH level over 2.0 requires further testing. Hypothyroidism mimics PCOS.

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55 · January 09, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Thanks !! My TSH is 2.85, what do you mean with further testing? (im sorry if its dumb to ask!)

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10 · December 30, 2012 at 1:37 AM

check your cortisol levels as you could have cushings syndrome.

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15 · January 18, 2013 at 5:56 AM

I also have PCOS. My doctor ran bloodwork and all of it came back normal. I'm not sure what the deal is! I wonder sometimes if its because textarea*my*textarea normal numbers may be lower than everyone else's by a slight degree. For example, the normal body temperature is 98.6F but my normal body temperature is consistently 97.5F. If my temperature hits 98F then I usually feel like I have a fever. I wonder if its the same with my blood test results. I haven't seen them though. (I probably should have gotten copies of those.) I don't know if there is any merit in this, but its just a theory. My doctor told me that I just needed to lose weight. That doesn't seem to be your problem though. Good luck!

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110 · December 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I can't comment on the tests/hormone panels... but I do have PCOS, and tried to control it with drugs in the past - particularly during infertility treatment. In the 5 months I've been eating paleo, I've seen better results than any of the drugs like Metformin got me. I've finally been able to take off some excess weight, skin has cleared up (though acne was never a major symptom for me), hirsutism has lessened (but has not stopped - I remain hopeful), and insulin resistance has gotten SO much better. I need to check my levels again, I guess, but I already know that changing my eating habits has made a huge difference for my health.

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