Female, 40 years old. PCOS, 5'8, 208 pounds. Big muscles, big stomach. I'm on metformin and BCP for PCOS. I take ambien for sleep. I've had two sleep studies done--1 diagnosed me with insomnia (duh), the other said RLS. I sleep great with the ambien, but I don't sleep much at all without it. I've been on all of these medications for years. Nothing new.
Low carbed, mostly Paleo from February 2011 to November 2011 (lost 40 pounds and then fell off the wagon, gaining 20 back). (I've low carbed off and on for the past 10 years--just recommitted) Around September, my hair started falling out and my scalp started burning. When I fell off the wagon and started eating a bunch of carby stuff, my hair stopped falling out and actually started growing back in. and the burning stopped. Well, two weeks in to lower carb again and my scalp is on fire. No shedding yet, but I'm sure it's just around the corner.
I've researched enough to know that some say low carb can cause thyroid problems. I've also researched enough to know that some people think that's hogwash. Of course my doc only runs the standard tests that come back fine and she thinks I'm producing too many androgens and there's nothing we can do about that. Is this a thyroid problem/a hormonal problem/something else? It's driving me batty.