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Postby Fatgirl » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:27 pm

Hi everyone, please can you help me
Was diagnosed with pcos 4.5 years ago. Been ok up until recently as i am on an injection to stop my ovaries working. (luckily i had 2 kids (thank god for metformin)). I have started getting hypos, my dad is diabetic so has a monitor so i know that it is a hypo and not anything else. I also get very high blood sugar. It is all over the place, for example my fasting glucose was 8 this morning but 2 hours after breakfast it had dropped to 4! My fasting glucose should be the lowest of the day. Anyway, i went to my doctors this morning who basically said i was lying!! She said hypos are very rare (my mum and dad and 10 kids saw this as it was my daughters 3rd birthday!) and said to me i have complex mental issues (??????), yes I see a CPN and am on a/d's but only see CPN once a month and my gynae consultant at the hospital actually said i am not mentally ill last tuesday, i am just depressed as i am in a bad relationship.
The gp said that pcos and diabetes are not connected but i was on Metformin and the consultant that gave me that said i had a 1 in 3 chance of getting diabetes so how are they not connected. I thought PCOS was to do with insulin resistance. I am not a specialist so am totally confused but the doctor today just made me feel about 1 inch tall and that somehow i made these results up. Why the hell would i get these hypos then??? I had meningitis (viral) about 7 weeks ago and they happened since then and i read on a diabetes website that diabetes can be brought on by viral infection so why is no one taking me seriously? I am so scared as what if i get a hypo when i am on my own with my little girl?
Does anyone know if there is a definate link between PCOS and diabetes? Or can just give me some advice. I dont know what to do.
Thanks xxxx
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Postby Darksilence » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:41 pm


firstly, *HUGS* i know how hard it is to struggle with your doc, one of the ones at my surgery thinks i'm a hypochondriac just because i'm American. know you are not alone, but there Are better doctors out there, you just have to go find them!

i am not an expert by an stretch of the imagination but i have been researching PCOS since i was diagnosed earlier this year and everything i have read says that there is a very Big link! that doc is worthless for dismissing you out of hand and were i in your position, i would raise a formal complaint about them. also, i would make an appointment to see another doctor, we all have the right to ask for a second opinion!

i hope this all gets straightened out for you soon!
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Postby Annoldie » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:18 pm

Hi, yes there most certainly is a link between PCOS and diabetes!! Women with PCOS very commonly have a family history of Type 2 Diabetes. Women with pcos are at long term risk of getting diabetes, especially if their insulin resistance is not controlled. There is research showing that 1 in 7 women with pcos eventually get diabetes - but hopefully better diagnosis and treatment should reduce that figure. There is also research suggesting that 40% of women with pcos who are over 40yrs old have either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually starts much earlier and it is thought it may start with a virus infection but so far I haven't heard of any connection between that and pcos, but of course you can still get it. Women with pcos are also more likely to get gestational diabetes - this tends to turn up in the later stages of pregnancy and usually disappears after the baby is born (but not always). Your GP should be well aware of all this! I think you need to ask for a referral to an Endocrinologist to get it sorted, especially with your family history and recent history of an unstable blood sugar. You certainly need a Glucose Tolerance test at least. You may well be perfectly ok, but you need to hear that from someone who knows their stuff. I have a family history of diabetes and I think my mother probably had pcos too - but I have only recently been diagnosed with diabetes - and I'm ancient - so don't panic! Ann
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Postby Annoldie » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:02 pm

Oops, sorry that should read women with pcos are 7 times more likely to get diabetes - not 1 in 7......... sorry.
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Postby Moonchildhippy'71 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:14 am

That's true my Dad had type 2 Diabetes, I don't know if that was genetic, or if it was related to lifestyle or a combination of both.

I don't know for sure if I've got PCOS, my doctor did mention ovarian cysts or possibly fibroids. I've an ultrasound scan tomorrow, hopefully this will shed some more light on what's causing my probs.

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