If you’re new here, I did a series awhile back that led me to find out that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I document my Doctors appointments, many blood results, and where I was at mentally with all of it. In this blog post, I openly say that I do have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome because my Endocrinologist confirmed it. Then, I wrote another blog post how I was scared, but I will still trust God anyways.
Today, I’m going to update y’all about what I have been doing and where I’m at mentally.
Since December and parts of January, I have been seeing a chiropractor twice a week. She gives me adjustments and I also do acupuncture once a week. When I go to these appointments, I don’t dread it because I know all of it will help me. I actually look forward to it because it’s like a therapy session, but for your body! Side note: if you don’t know what acupuncture is, it’s basically putting a small needle in your body for a certain amount of time because it circulates your blood. For me, my chiropractor puts the needles on my stomach, legs, hands, and the tops of my feet. It honestly doesn’t hurt and the feeling of it reminds me of when a mosquito bites you – it feels just like that! Anyways, I lay there for 15 minutes without moving or even bending my legs.
I haven’t ever had acupuncture done on me and didn’t know what to expect the first time I did it because I thought it was going to be so painful! I was honestly willing to try anything to decrease the painful periods I have had. By the way, my period wasn’t painful in December, so hopefully it’s helping my body! **Update: I have seen improvements and the only pain I had for this month (January) was lower back pain, it’s nothing compared to what I have experienced during the past months, especially in June and November!**
I have also been trying to change the way I eat – I have been working on attempting to go dairy and gluten free because those two things causes inflammation in the body. I did try to cut all of it out at once, but when I had one piece of food that had gluten in it, I felt so sad because I was doing so well with it. I have learned to take baby steps because all of this is different for my body and the change isn’t going to happen overnight!
My chiropractor referred me to another chiropractor who is also a dietitian because she wanted me to get a different blood test done – it’s called, Spectra-Cell Testing. It’s where they take a couple of vial’s of blood, take it to a lab, put it in a petri dish, and let the cells multiple in the blood overtime. They will be testing my blood to see if I have any other vitamin deficiencies, so I will know what other foods I need to be eating to help my body. Since they let the blood sit for a long period of time, I won’t know my results until the first week of February! This blood test is also much different than all of the ones I had done to determine my diagnosis of PCOS, so this will be interesting!
The chiropractor/dietitian that I have seen has honestly made me feel so positive at the end of my appointment with him! Every time I would have an appointment to see one of my doctors at the general hospital, I would always feel sad like everything would just go wrong and take a different turn. I felt like my expectations would always be the opposite of how I wanted the appointment to go.
In this appointment with the chiropractor/dietitian, I felt like he truly cared and listened to all of my concerns. He told me that he has helped so many patients with their PCOS and he believes that he will help me with mine. He also said that he was even giving a presentation to pharmacists about PCOS and how we can treat it naturally without prescribing birth control – I was so amazed by that!
He wants me to start taking Evening Primrose Oil to help with my cramps – this will be interesting to see if it it will help me or not because when I went to see a Naturopathic Doctor, she was testing different natural medicines on my body by laying it on my stomach and see how my body would react to each of them. Turns out, she did recommend me taking Evening Primrose Oil! I didn’t go this path of constantly seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, this journey has been so crazy and different – I was looking to see what all my options were and I still refuse to be on birth control!
Another supplement the chiropractor/dietitian recommends for me is something called, Inositol. Inositol is found in plants and animals. It was known to be Vitamin B8 and it’s found in broccoli, almonds, strawberries, tuna, and many other foods that have Vitamin B8 in them. I have done my research on inositol and it claims to help PCOS, anxiety, and clear up hormonal acne. Inositol is found in your body and sometimes, people don’t have enough of it. As I’m writing this post on January 13, 2020, I’m not on Inositol yet.
Now, where I’m at mentally, I feel so positive and I have faith that I will get the help I need!
Let’s go back to November and parts of December. Looking back, I was honestly depressed. There were times where I just didn’t want to get out of bed and I was tired all the time. I wouldn’t go to church on the weekends because the thought of putting on makeup and putting a cute outfit on literally exhausted me. I have even missed a lot of events in 2019 and it was because of not knowing what was going on with my body. I felt lost and if I did go to the events, I just wasn’t all there. My mind went somewhere else. I also didn’t feel like myself and looking back, that is a scary feeling. My mind was going in circles, especially right after I got diagnosed with PCOS because I didn’t know what my next move would be. Where would I go if all my Endocrinologist and the other doctors want me on birth control, but I really don’t want to put my body through that? It was just questions like that. My Endocrinologist left me in the dark and I felt so lost. I was told that I have PCOS through a phone call and that was that – no one explained to me what that meant or what made my Endocrinologist determine that I do have it from looking at my blood test results. No one talked to me about what foods I need to be eating or how severe my PCOS is. I also wanted to know for how long I have had this without even knowing, but I don’t think anyone can determine that!
Now, I’m starting to feel like myself more and more each day! I have been going back to church and I have missed it so much. I started dressing cute for church and doing a full face of makeup because I now have the energy to do those things! I’m trying to make this PCOS thing a new normal for me and trying different things. I loveee meal prepping on Sunday’s and for some reason, it calms me down like I feel at peace! Before meal prepping, I thought it would overwhelm me because when you meal prep, you make so many different things at once. For instance, on Sunday, I was boiling eggs, roasting sweet potatoes, making something that I had thrown together – it’s a can of chickpeas and a can of diced tomatoes, I put them together in a pan and cook it. I also add different seasonings to it and it tasted amazing! If you couldn’t tell already, I love meal prepping and it is something that I haven’t ever done until now! I have also stopped drinking coffee and I haven’t had coffee since November. I tried it once to see how my body would react and my body didn’t like it, so that’s when I decided to stop drinking coffee for good. So, it has been about two months without drinking coffee! I do sometimes miss coffee, but I know it’s better for my health if I stay away from it.
There were many setbacks where I felt lost and didn’t know where to go. I am so proud to say that I know I can handle anything that comes my way – this is a new chapter of my life and I’m ready for whatever God is going to put me through next.
If you have felt so depressed to the point you don’t even feel like yourself or you stop doing the things you normally love doing, I want to tell you that it will get better. I know that you feel lost and you don’t understand why God is putting you through this. You won’t be in the dark forever, the light will be coming soon. Soon, you’ll have the answers to your questions and it will all start making sense. Keep holding on and please don’t give up. You’re not alone because God is right by your side through all of it and He loves you so much. You’re here for a reason, remember that.
This isn’t a Kylie’s Corner, but the song “I Can Handle It” by Steven Furtick inspired the title of this blog post!
I’m steady under pressure and I’m ready for whatever
Cause whatever comes my way today, the outcome is “I overcome”.
Christ is in me, I am enough.
I can handle it.
I can’t afford to stay afraid or let me faith hesitate.
My purpose is at stake and He who called me is faithful.
His strength in me is greater than any pain I feel or enemy I face.
The promise of God is mine for the taking.
Every plan He has made is guaranteed to come to pass.
It will happen.
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