December-January, my doctor did all my fertility labs since it was 9 months of trying and no pregnancy. All came back normal (yay!)
mid-January - I get Type A flu, despite having had teh vaccinne. I spend a whole day at the emergency clinic getting fluids. The next week, we find out we're pregnant. The DAY after I find out I'm pregnant, I come down with a nas-ty gastroenteritis (severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration). another trip to the emergency clinic, an ambulance ride down to the hospital and they admit me. I get TONS of fluids. And they find a parathyroid lab that is 'off', so I have to follow up with my GI doctor.
I see the GI doctor, who does a gallbladder ultrasound and does a slew of absorption labs.
Feb. 18 - I miscarry the pregnancy at about 7 1/2 weeks. This is obviuosly taking quite a toll on us mentally and emotionally. We have to wait for 1 cycle to come back before trying again. My HCGs are coming down, and it seems like my body took care of things on it's own.
Feb. 22 - I see my GI doc again, and all labs are normal (good to know!) with the exception of my Vitamin D, which my PCP never really addressed properly. It was 36 (the low end of normal in their lab is 32) - if you remember, there was a time it was 12 :shock:. SO, she put me on 50,000 IU weekly for 3 months, and then get a re-draw. I"m VERY glad she checked this, and treated it, as I know it's tied to fertility. She also felt the miscarriage could likely have been related to the timing of all that nasty illnesses I went thru (made me feel a little better).
If we can't get pregnant in 3-4 more months of trying, they'll send us to fertility specialists.
All of this has obviously caused me to look at my priorities, work, commitments, stress level, and get rid of a LOT. As you mentioned before, perhaps this was part of the problem all along....I"m taking this next couple months of 'waiting' to focus on my diet and exercise (I guess it makes me feel like I"m doing something).
And now, off to deal with a toddler who has a UTI.....
oh, I forgot to mention that back in November I sort of 'self diagnosed' myself with possible estrogen dominance, after doing a lot of reading on the subject. Now, I didn't do anything crazy or drastic, just some more changes to get rid of phyto- and xeno-estrogens (since remember what soy does to me).
I got a filter for our tap water, got rid of ALL plastic containers (which yes, I had been microwaving in) and switched to glass containers. also, no more microwaving with plastic wrap. I also stopped eating my flax bread daily.
May be a coincidence, but 2 cycles later I got pregnant. ?
I guess starting over for 2011 or hitting the reset button is appropriate. Wow you've had quite a time of it. I'm a bit wary of the flu vaccines myself which is why I avoid them all together and have never had the flu. I do find it interesting and astonishing that your doctor addressed a low normal vitamin D, this is a great doctor who will do that...... and understands why in your case. The high parathyroid hormone would also indicate low calcium absorption so I hope you are getting enough calcium rich foods in your diet. And avoiding plastics or and microwaving in them is a really good idea. Thank you for coming back to the board for an update...good luck in the next 3-4 months, Spring weather is on the way and in no time at all you'll be able to get outside and make your own vitamin D.
You are so lucky you are surrounded by some great doctors who are watching out for your health. Please keep me posted, I'll be saying a prayer for you...give the little one a kiss and a hug from me. poor baby.
well, my body reset it self in record time....I ovulated 20 days after the miscarriage, which is just a couple days longer than my usual follicular phase :shock:. I didn't think it would come back so fast, but I sure am glad it did. My first period came yesterday, so now we can start trying again.
In June, I had an HSG which showed my uterus and tubes were perfectly clear. We got pregnant that cycle. But we lost it in August . This time it was a 'blighted ovum' that never really grew past about 5 weeks. But my body held onto it until 7 weeks, when I had to take Cytotec to 'end' it.
In the meantime, my PCP found I had 2 thyroid nodules and had me checked out by an endocrinologist, who said I was all clear. I will keep having my Vit. D levels checked, however.
My OB still said this could all be 'normal'. I felt otherwise, especially at 35, so I asked to see a fertility specialist. Amazingly, I got a new appt in 4 days :shock:. She appreciated all my charts, and felt that I was having sub-optimal ovulations (producing small, weak eggs rather than big strong eggs). We chose to start cycles of Letrozole (similar to Clomid), once I'd had a cycle after the m/c.
Then Friday they told me that my AMH levels were high, indicative of PCOS. Since I just started my period, they did a day 3 ultrasound - and she said it showed classic 'string of pearls' follicles (IOW, lots of small ones instead of fewer bigger ones) around my ovary (but no cysts, everything else looks great). When the nurse called with lab results this afternoon, she said my FSH:LH ratio was normal. So....even though I don't fit the classic 'mold' of PCOS, I do have a couple of indicators. They will run kidney/liver labs next week, and likely still start me on Metformin at that time as they think it will definitely be beneficial.
SOO.....this is a kind of insulin resistance, right? Meaning I need to eat higher in lean protein and lower in sugars. I have been trying to focus on low-GI GF carbs - oatmeal, buckwheat and almond are all I can think of. Do you have any good recipes for these flours?? I'm so tired of eating almonds for snacks. And I have a *serious* sugar addiction that I don't know if I can fix or not.... sigh. Even all of my favorite GF almond/oatmeal baked snacks involve the addition of dark chocolate
Are you still eating dairy by chance? I always suspect dairy in many cases when it comes to ovarian problems. I'm sorry I can't remember if you are also dairy-free. I need to go back and look. My memory is getting bad darn-it
Have you found sorghum flour? There are some interesting legume flours out too but I haven't worked with any except a bean flour. These are very hearty flours with strong tastes.
Sugar is always an instigator of insulin problems. I'm sorry about the metformin...that's usually not recommended unless you're really insulin resistant or diabetic. So I guess they think you're insulin resistant.
I would have suggested strenuous exercise prior to metformin. But how's the back???
I might also try going grain free for a while...can't believe I said that, but it could be possible you are ingesting cc gluten in some of these naturally gluten-free grains.
Do you think you could eat grain free? Which means low GI fruits, all vegetables, meats, fish, legumes?
ok, all of those restrictions you named just made my head spin, and I'm starting to hyperventilate....
I'm not dairy-free, but I do drink organic skim milk. I do enjoy yogurt and various cheeses as well. When my GI doc tested me back earlier in the year, she said that my 'gluten labs' (whatever those are) showed that I was doing well with my GF diet. So no, I don't think going grain-free is the way to go; and quite frankly, no, I could not do it.
As I said, I'm trying hard to get more low GI flours in my diet. I have a couple of new yummy recipes with oats and oat flour. I just don't have any good recipes for buckwheat or sorghum, or coconut flour. Oh, and when I can buy my almond flour I do a few recipes with it also. So if you know of any good-tasting recipe ideas for these flours, I'm all ears.... I'm trying hard to limit bread and pasta (even though it's brown rice), and brown rice, and chips.
Now, my doc hasn't mentioned anything about diet changes, I just want to see what I can do. I don't have all the PCOS markers, but since I have a couple, they think it's a good idea to do the Metformin. I actually started exercising more a few months ago; but work is killing my back right now (they've doubled our patient load), so I can only do so much.