im new to this site and im really hopeful that i'll be able to get some advice on my issues. i have been having issues with pcos since i started having my period (13 years old) but here's the thing...
i have always been very skinny. i weighed 95 throughout highschool.
i dont have problems with ovulation. i get my period every month, and i ovulate every month, except my periods are long, heavy, and painful. and unpredictable.
i have severe pms. like i feel absolutely horrible 1 week before and it calms down when i get my period but i still feel pretty bad, i start to feel normal again only after my period goes away completely
i have severely oily skin/acne issues, which is my biggest problem.
i'm 22 at the moment, and i have tried everything under the sun including numerous courses of accutane. i came across spironolactone and went on it except it caused me severe side effects..chronic UTI's, severe anxiety and depression, constant panic attacks, just felt the worst. i managed to stay on it for a year, and it cleared my skin beautifully. my skin was like porcelain. but i had to stop because of the side effects. i also gained ALOT of weight. i looked like a swollen balloon on it. people started to notice and it was really embarrasing. its been a month since ive stopped and my oily skin is coming back and im breaking out allover. now i feel hopeless and out of options. i recently purchased licorice root and white peony root, because i read that it lowers testosterone. im taking 3 grams of each and i am slowly working my way up to 10 grams a day. i just feel like it wont work as well as the spiro did..i heard of flutamide, but if i had anxiety and depression on spiro, wouldnt flutamide just do the same thing to me? i really truly feel as if im out of options. it scares me to think that i might be living with this acne for the rest of my life. i feel like im the only one who had emotional problems on spiro..my older sister takes it and has no problems and i just feel like its so unfair...
also, i think i have a candida problem because spiro gave me chronic UTI so i was constantly on antibiotics. i feel like theres no good bacteria in my body left. im still having issues with UTI's and it hurts when i go to the bathroom. i also look really pale..really sickly..like theres no glow or health to my skin. im depressed, sluggish, and still struggle with severe PMS and no doctor knows what to do with me anymore.
current supplements im taking:
ovablend by vitanica 6 capsules a day
3 grams of peony and 3 grams of licorice a day
synthroid 50 mcg (to help get rid of all the weight i gained on spiro)
lexapro (for depression..although it honestly does nothing)
if anyone can lend me support,it would really help out.
i also have serious problems with sugar cravings. its all i eat because i dont crave anything else. i have to force myself to eat healthy foods.