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  1. #41

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    Default Re: ADBB PCOS Support Group

    Hi there!

    Yes, I'm on just 20mg of Fluoxetine a day at the moment- time was when I was on 60mg a day, and I don't know whether they helped me at all. I'm still not completely sure whether it's just the emotional crutch I need, or the actual medication itself. I wish St John's Wort had worked for me, as I know it is a great herb. I took that for about a year, and it went okay for a while, then I had very bad self harming thoughts, and went back to prescribed medication.

    Atkins is giving me hope that I can get things under control, my blood sugar is the main issue, then the using food as a comforter- I'm less likely to do that now- and, I'm less hungry during the day. I'm losing weight quite slowly though, even though I always walk a minimum of 3 miles a day, sometimes 6. But as long as I'm losing weight at all, and feeling better with less blood sugar issues, then I'm good!

    Cheers
    Sara

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    Hi Sara - I'm so glad you are down from 60mg / day, because that is a lot! I gained weight and felt to sleepy on even 20 mg of fluoxetine per day, and it did take the edge off my depression for a while, but then seemed to stop working. I was then on Lexapro for several years, which helped very much for about 4 years, but I also think it did not help with the weight, and the depression came back. I'm on Pristiq now, doing very well, weight seems to be coming off. Not sure if it is legal yet in the UK, I have to get it from the US because it's not legal in Switzerland yet. I'm a big believer in treating depression, because my life is so different when I'm on a medication that is working. I hate the idea of being on meds for the rest of my life, but if that is what it takes to be a highly functioning and contributing member of society, then so be it. Good for you for all that walking! I'm going to go out right now and do some of that myself.
    Food addiction is brutal. I realize I use food and drink to deal with every uncomfortable feeling, and to just feel better in general. I have immense sympathy for drug and alcohol addicts, because I know they are also self medicating their pain and emotional instability. We are blessed to live in a time where we do have antidepressants that work, and every year the stigma becomes less a part of society. Hope you have a good day today.
    Alison
    F, 36 yrs. old, PCOS
    173/151/130
    "Leap and the net will appear!"

  3. #43

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    Hi everybody
    I'm new to Atkins, I'm on my 6th day of induction and have PCOS. I've had it for about 5 years and was wondering if anybody else gets a rash on their neck like I do? My docter says it's because of PCOS, he's the one that recommended Atkins to me. I also take several medications because I have Bi Polar disorder and am worried that they might prohibit weight loss... does anyone know if that's possible? Anyway, I see that the last post on this thread was Jun 18th so I hope somebody reads this.
    age 29, height 5'6, start date 7/03/11, start weight 205, current weight 203, and goal weight 135-140.

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    Hi Davs - Some bipolar drugs or depression drugs DO cause weight gain. In general mood stabilizers and SSRIs are known for this. Esp the mood stabilizers. You may be able to have your doctor include or replace a drug you are taking with Topomax, this is often used to treat bipolar along with other drugs, and can help turn off your appetite. I lost weight immediately on Topomax because I basically didn't care about food at all anymore, it was effortless, BUT the drug has the nickname "dopomax" because it can make you a little bit forgetful. Mainly for me I couldn't remember the words to the songs I had to perform, so I had to go off the drug. Sad, because it was the best weight loss drug ever and it's actually an anti-seizure medication that is used broadly for mental illness issues as well. Your doc will probably have some thoughts on this drug. Are you also taking Metformin? This helped me lose with the PCOS. Hard on your stomach but a great drug otherwise.
    F, 36 yrs. old, PCOS
    173/151/130
    "Leap and the net will appear!"

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    yogadiva, Thanks for telling me about topomax I will bring it up with my doctor next visit! I weighed myself this morning (7th day of induction) and have lost 3 pounds, is that slow or fast or normal? Or just not an answerable question as everyone loses differently? I am hoping my Doctor will be into prescribing me topomax but wonder if he will because the group of meds I am on now have worked for me so well and it has been a really long process of trying all sorts before we came to this perfect mixture of meds, and I think he would be scared to change things for me since they are working so nice... but maybe as you mentioned he would be o.k. with just adding topomax to the mix.
    age 29, height 5'6, start date 7/03/11, start weight 205, current weight 203, and goal weight 135-140.

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    Well, given the delicate balance of drugs you are on, I could understand if your doc wouldn't want to mess with it. Topomax has some powerful effects, I remember having the most bizarre dreams on that drug. But I also remember, for the first time ever in my life, feeling totally free of the desire to eat. That was amazing. Freedom. I think 3 pounds for day 7 is good, keep going! I felt totally sick on induction well past what was supposed to be normal, so I went off of it after a week and put myself on the maintenance phase, so I am losing weight VERY slowly. Good luck!
    F, 36 yrs. old, PCOS
    173/151/130
    "Leap and the net will appear!"

  7. #47

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    Sorry you were feeling sick because of induction, I sure know that the first 5 days for me were terrible because of the caffeine withdrawals! Both my boyfriend (who is doing the induction too) and I could barely stay awake and experienced terrible headaches, but we knew the cause of them so I think that helped and we knew that caffeine withdrawals only last up to six days. Good luck to you too, and thank you for your response!
    age 29, height 5'6, start date 7/03/11, start weight 205, current weight 203, and goal weight 135-140.

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    Hello Everyone,
    I have a question is PCOS reversible? I was diagnosed with PCOS last year in August, saw the utlrasound and saw the "string of pearls" on both of my ovaries. My weight had got up into the 260's and I began to do Atkins. I got down to around 243-245 and found out that I was pregnant. I was told that PCOS causes infertility, so I really did not think that I was going to get pregnant. I do know that what God has planned for your life will happen regardless of what is going on with your body. I was very surprise to get pregnant and I did have a period every month. My doctor did say that I needed to lose weight because every year that I went for my annual papsmear he saw a steady increase in my weight. He urged me to get the weight off because there are so many health issues associated with weight increase. I guess I am just curious if I still have PCOS, I delivered my baby on June 26th, 2011 and I started Atkins about a week ago. I have lost, including baby weight, about 25 pounds since June 26th and have decided to make Atkins practices a life style change.
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    hi guys... im new to the board, just diagnosed with PCOS. Im confused and aggravated to be honest. All of my hormone levels and insulin levels are perfect. My doctor really doesnt know what is causing this. I was told I need to lose 9 lbs in three months...

    SMH


    9...really? I am overweight, yes I know this, but at 185 I cant believe this is the reason. I dont know. She suggested a low carb diet. Ive tried atkins before but used it more as a crash diet...NOT GOOD! yes I know lol. I want a lifestyle change... I want to be able to follow all the stages correctly. My wife and I are TTC and I want to be healthy and ovulate lol.

    I need a PCOS and Atkins friend

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