Thanks for cheering me up a bit, Blade. I've been pretty down this morning. I just sent a Facebook message to a family friend who works in medical billing. Why did I not think of talking to her sooner...she is the paternal grandmother of my little sister's baby. I also did some Googling and found that many other women have the same problem with HSG billing. Some people are saying that the HSG test can only ever be billed under a code of infertility. Another person said that there are several other coding options, such as a code for blocked tubes, and I forget what else because that was the only one that looked relevant to me. Again, this is all new to me so I have no idea who is right or what my options are.
But wait...how do they find other adhesions, like the bowel adhesions that you mentioned? I'm not worried about those--no symptoms of anything--but like, are there other sorts of tests that could detect tube-strangling adhesions, or is an HSG the one and only?
And hey, Blade...what are you thinking of naming Théophane's twin? :P Again, congratulations...I wish you a healthy and easy pregnancy with only the number of babies that would make you happiest. :)
BLADE! Congratulations! So so happy for you!
So...I took a pregnancy test this morning because, I have to face it, I am one of those people who HAVE to test every month. Well, there was the faintest positive that you could imagine. I am trying not to get too excited but out of all the times I have ever tested, I have NEVER had any resemblance to a second line appear!!!! But it is so faint that I can't count it as a real positive so my fingers are super crossed for a darker line tomorrow!
Alzora, I just want you to know that I am praying for you. I cannot imagine what you're going through and how strong you must be because of it.
And megmarie, a faint positive is still a positive...wishing you a clearer test tomorrow and congratulations!
AHHHHHH Blade!! So stoked for you! Is it selfish for me to be happy that you and I are going to be delivering right around the same time? You are such a fountain of knowledge, you really do so much to help the women on this board, thanks for all of your insight and advice. Winter babies abound!
Megmarie, I hope that line is clear as a bell the next time you test. The first one I took, there was no mistaking that BFP.
Andieta - she is. :-)
Alzora - hang in there, man. This is just the beginning of your journey. You're gonna have the family you want and deserve, and those kids are going to be very lucky. I'm pulling for you.
Nowakasia - PCOS affects different women so differently. My experience with PCOS will not be yours - and thank God for that. :-)
I'm not gonna share my long and (literally) bloody saga here. I would say that usually insulin resistance is the root problem and a paleo or primal diet that is naturally lower in carbs and sugar and grain free will probably help you a lot. It helped me immensely. I can tell almost immediately when I start eating badly.
Metformin helps a lot of women with insulin resistance. I had a bad reaction to it though. Ended up in ER.
My doc recommended ovarian drilling before I started Clomid. From what I can tell this is not common and quite aggressive. He felt my ovaries were too cystic to respond well to the Clomid without having some of the mass reduced first. He thought we might get similar results with six months of BC pills. But I am impatient and I do not like BC. So I did the drilling. Great results. Minor surgery. And he was able to see that my uterus looked good, and tubes were shown to be great using a dye test.
I am starting second cycle of the lowest normally prescribed dose - 50 mg - of Clomid because it made me ovulate the first month. I have heard that weight loss helps. I lost 70 lbs and noticed a difference in cycle regularity but it didn't make me ovulate, at least not that I know of. Then again some people with Pcos are normal weight.
If you have weight to lose I strongly suggest a paleo-like diet and exercise. I'd read up on Metformin and decide if you want to talk to yr doc about it. If you have symptoms of hypothyroid I'd get that checked too. Seems to be related sometimes. And if you have the symptoms I'd see an endo because they test a little deeper. I was told for years my thyroid was fine and it wasn't.
PCOS comes in lots of different packages. Some suck more than others. I can't stress enough the importance of charting. Your body is like a computer spitting out data for you to collect and you and your doctor to interpret. Te book Taking Charge of Your Fertility taught me how to chart and the site Countdown to Pregnancy made it very easy.
If you have specific questions feel free to message me. Good luck. :-)
Ahhhhhh I just saw! Congratulations, Blade! That's so awesome! New Years Baby!
@megamarie - That's fantastic news!
@Mrs H - thanks for the info. I don't really have symptoms outside of the cysts and irregular cycles. I can stand to lose a few pounds but I'm not really very overwight at all. My primary care doc ran some tests on my thyroid back in January and everything came back normal, but I see from your experience that this might not be 'the be all end all answer'.
Doc didn't mention ovarian drilling just Clomid after seeing my ovaries, but we will see. I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future, but thank you for everything for now.
Goodness there has been a lot of activity on this thread!
I’m still trying to catch up, but I’d like to say congratulations to blade and megmarie! I wish you both healthy pregnancies and happy babies!
I’m sorry to hear that some of you are having such a hard time. I know that hearing “sorry” gets old and that it really doesn’t help anything, but I hope that you all keep your chins up and keep on trying because miracles are possible and you never know when you will be blessed with a little one (or two…) of your own! :)
This week has been filled with tragedy for me and my tiny hometown, so I love reading the good news and encouragement on this thread. It’s great to have community of people who have each other’s backs and are willing to give words of kindness and lend their ears (eyes?) in sympathy and understanding to people they’ve never met in person.
Baby dust and happy thoughts to all of you lovely ladies out there!
@violetink are you from West, Texas?!
Metformin for many women with PCOS is a wonder drug since it both induces weight loss (30lbs on average) as well as lowers insulin resistance. The problem in Type 2 diabetes/PCOS is not that you suddenly stop making insulin yourself, it's that your cells cannot respond to it in order to transport glucose inside them. Metformin fixes that.
But until your bloodwork comes back with the characteristic hormone imbalances, you do not have a diagnosis of PCOS-- just a diagnosis of poylcystic ovaries.
The support on this thread blows me away. This group is priceless. Thank you all for cheering me on.
@megmarie, sounds like you'll be leaving us for the pregnancy thread!! Congratulations!! :) I hope you have a healthy pregnancy.