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August 8th, 2011, 11:12 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
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Sorry in advance, this will be a little long.
During my last pregnancy (she is now 18 months old) I developed a large varicose vein in my vagina, after it didn't go away at my 6 week pp check up my Dr sent me to another Dr to have it taken care of. To make that part short I ended up being diagnosed with pelvic congestion which is varicose veins in the veins that drain the blood out of my ovaries. I was thrilled to finally after years have a diagnosis, I underwent a surgery and it worked. That was a year ago this month. In March I had a yearly checkup and my pap and exam came back fine. In May I went to my family Dr because I was having back pain and I thought I had a kidney infection. Turns out I had an enlarged ovary and cysts on my right ovary. I suffered for awhile but I finally went on the pill at my Dr's suggestion, I was still breastfeeding and was really not wanting to do it. So things got better with the pill in May and June. Now over the last month I have started cramping, I bled for 19 days, I'm exhausted but then I can't sleep and I will toss and turn for hours, I'm dizzy a lot of times and am having problems with my blood sugar getting to low to the point I have passed out a few times and even though I eat really healthy and jog at least 18 miles a week I'm gaining weight.
I just don't know what to do anymore and I don't even know what Dr I go see since I have been under the care of 3 different Dr's all for female type problems. Can someone please give me any ideas as to what to try, I know I probably should see the Dr again but I lost a lot of faith in typical medicine over the years when I was dealing with my pelvic congestion and no one would listen to me and they even tried putting me on antidepressants because it was "all in my head."
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August 8th, 2011, 04:10 PM
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You need to find a doctor that you LIKE who is also good. I'd recommend you look for a new OB/GYN, ask friends for referrals, if that doesn't work you can look at things like ratewebmds.com and look for an OB/GYN who is board certified.

Something where your blood sugar is dropping, you're dizzy, etc, needs to be seen by a doctor and not trying various home remedies. I'd also recommend they do a full blood work up including a fasting glucose to make sure you're not diabetic or anemic.

Also you may want to find an OB/GYN that will test for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It's a syndrome not a disease so there's no hard and fast test to say yes you do or no you don't, but with a combination of a few hormone tests along with a blood glucose, and a few physical factors it can be diagnosed. There's no cure, but there are things they can give you and things you can do to help manage it.
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