Health Conditions

Here are a list of the health conditions I reference in my blog and some resources available for research and support.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition affecting 4% to 18% of women. Being overweight worsens all clinical features of PCOS. These clinical features include reproductive manifestations such as reduced frequency of ovulation and irregular menstrual cycles, reduced fertility, polycystic ovaries on ultrasound, and high male hormones such as testosterone which can cause excess facial or body hair growth and acne. PCOS is also associated with metabolic features and diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors including high levels of insulin or insulin resistance and abnormal cholesterol levels. PCOS affects quality of life and can worsen anxiety and depression either due to the features of PCOS or due to the diagnosis of a chronic disease. Source is linked.

Wonderful PCOS support community: www.soulcysters.net

Hypothyroidism – Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Source is linked.

Hashimotos Thyroiditis – an autoimmune disorder which the thyroid is being attacked causing inflammation. Also known as: “Chronic thyroiditis is swelling (inflammation) of the thyroid gland that often results in reduced thyroid function (hypothyroidism).” Source is linked.

Infertility – Infertility means you cannot make a baby. (According to the source which is linked) I was a little taken aback at the bluntness of this statement. Yes, it’s true you cannot make a baby if you are infertile. I am infertile. I guess I just viewed infertility in a different way? Source is linked.

Herniated Discs – A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a disk in the spine is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This may place pressure on nearby nerves. Source is linked.

Laminectomy/Diskectomy – Diskectomy is surgery to remove all or part of a cushion that helps protect your spinal column. These cushions, called disks, separate your spinal bones (vertebrae). Laminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina, part of the bone that makes up a vertebra, or bone spurs in your back. The procedure can take pressure off your spinal nerves or spinal canal. Source is linked.

Anemia – Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues. Source is linked.

Intracranial Hypertension – Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a condition in which there is increased pressure inside the head without any obvious cause. This generally results in swelling of the optic disc (the point where the optic nerve meets the eye). The swelling in turn causes a potential threat to sight. The condition occurs most commonly in young women who are obese. Source is linked.

Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation: http://www.ihrfoundation.org

Type II Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

7 thoughts on “Health Conditions

  1. They thought I had PCOS, but dx as having Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia which meant very difficult to no chance of getting pregnant. That is exactly what happened = no children. Went through the IVF, and this was in the early ’80’s so not as progressive as it is now, but no luck after 3X and too heartbroken to continue. Been married for 34 years and just had to accept the fact of no children. It broke my heart though when co-workers would come into work and announce they were pregnant, and I admit anger and jealousy when they complained about how much weight they were gaining. Have loving hubby and we’ve made it together.

    Love your blog. OK to include in my fav. links? Take care. Deb

    • Hi Deb, thanks for sharing your story. Infertility is tough. Tougher than anything I have ever been through, and the main reason for the bulk of my weight gain (not making excuses though!) I am so sorry that your attempts failed, but grateful you have a loving husband to share your life with. I am going to have to research Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia now! Did you find out about this after the IVF attempts? You can absolutely include my blog in your favorite links! Look forward to learning more about you through your blog!

      • There was a really good episode of “Medical Diagnosis” on TV (may have it on YouTube) about this woman who was a very small size and gained so much weight they were confused as to what was wrong – she was dx as PCOS. Think she went from a size 6 to a size 20 in a short time, so this is not entirely your fault. I have been on steroids for over 40 years and always had a weight problem. I was dx with CAH at age 16, way before we tried IVF, so chances were dim. Deb

  2. Has anyone had 2 out of 4 Parathroids removed due to cancer. I have trouble with my calcuim being elevated. I haven’t had my surgery yet. My calcuim drops so fast in I’m sweating, cold, sick…I can have calcuims Seizers. I have never met anyone that has this problem that had this. And went through Weightloss Surgery. I’m scared.

    • Hi Tammy. I haven’t had a problem personally, but I know the Norman Parathyroid clinic in Tampa is the expert in this. They may be able to answer your questions but it sounds like the parathyroid should be removed (again, I’m not a doctor or an expert) but I hope you feel beter soon!

  3. Hmmmm Are you my twin? lol I suffer from several of these conditions myself and look forward to swapping info with you! Always remember though the best health curative is humor so I’m warning you, I’ll try to make you laugh a much as possible. Can’t gaurantee how funny I am but i will be persistent heeheehee.

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