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Thread: Brooke... One day at a time. Well maybe. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by YogaBare View Post
    You know, I bet that the event is just the trigger for loads of stress that you've been feeling and suppressing. It's no fun being sick, gaining weight, not feeling in control of your life (or behaviours), plus whatever personal things you go through that you don't share here... all those things add up.
    I wanted to comment on this specifically... I do tend to keep my problems to myself. I don't ever want to come across as complaining and don't want to bring others down with my troubles. I realize though, that if it brings someone down, they obviously don't care enough anyway. I'm thankful for my MDA friends and the people in my life that care.

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    I'm glad you're feeling better today! And honestly: I'm really happy that you're considering not taking SSRIs. i totally understand that feeling of desperation, but I think since you're getting your hormones checked soon it will really help you get a picture of what's going on with you. Taking SSRIs will throw some things out of whack.

    Secondly, I'm not an expert, but from what I know, Hashis is different to hypo and iodine can be helpful with hypo, but detrimental to hashis. I know you want to feel better quickly, but I'd really encourage you not to try too many things at once because otherwise you won't know what's affecting you. Again, I really think once you have your hormones done, you'll have concrete info to work with.

    Thirdly, I'm betting you're the kind of person who really listens to other people's problems, and maybe some of these people take advantage and stop talking about things constructively and just end up dumping on you? From what I've observed, you're definitely not like that. We all need a moan every now and again, but you seem to have your head screwed on, and I bet that talking about things helps you process them, and understand them. That's very different to venting. And if people can't cope with it, then they're just not those kinds of people that are able to deal with other people's emotions. They probablycant even deal with their own! It doesn't mean they don't love you in their own way. Just be careful about who you speak to, because speaking to the wrong people will make you feel worse.

    Finally, the picture was a reference to all of our cat-obsessed and / or trollish carb fiends on here If Ray Peat had been in the picture that would have made it perfect.
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooke.S. View Post
    You are so wise. Are you a counselor?

    I realize I need to be more guarded with which particular friend I would like to empathize with me.

    The cat at work reminds me of MDA peeps. I guess we should all be posting on the ray pestle forum by now but it doesn't look as fun. Besides, most of us are mainly primal with a Peat spin on it.
    Thank you Ha - no, but everyone tells me I should be I just see to the root of things quickly. And I've been through the darkest times a person can face and found my way out, so I know where the pitfalls are!

    I post on Ray Peat! Not regularly, but if I want nutritional advice now that's where I go. Honestly, at this stage I'm probably more Peat than Primal...

    Btw, I replied to your post in my journal, but you may not have seen it
    Last edited by YogaBare; 07-17-2013 at 11:32 AM.
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Brooke, I saw your post. I've actually got some views on PSOS. It seems to be one of those things that people are diagnosed with in the States, but not in my part of the world. I have all the symptoms of it, but turns out my issue is something else.

    My point is: don't let someone diagnose you based on symptoms. See what the blood panel says. The blood doesn't lie!
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Quote Originally Posted by YogaBare View Post
    My point is: don't let someone diagnose you based on symptoms. See what the blood panel says. The blood doesn't lie!
    You are absolutely right... The blood doesn't lie!

    If I remember correctly the only thing off on your hormones was estrogen. And it was high right? PCOS is marker by higher testosterone. All this hormone stuff confuses me but I'm gonna have learn all if it too I guess. I do know that progesterone is good. Lol

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    Brooke, I hope your test results are not bad. Good thing you have a good doctor, but it would've been nicer if she didn't speculate on the PCOS thing.
    Sending positive vibes your way. You are not that far away from here looks like

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooke.S. View Post
    You are absolutely right... The blood doesn't lie!

    If I remember correctly the only thing off on your hormones was estrogen. And it was high right? PCOS is marker by higher testosterone. All this hormone stuff confuses me but I'm gonna have learn all if it too I guess. I do know that progesterone is good. Lol
    I don't know much about PCOS - apart from the symptoms, which I have a lot of. But my bloods show I don't have it Hopefully you don't either. I'm really glad you're getting this checked out though: I think you'll feel much more in control once you have those numbers in front of you. I know getting my results changed my life. Finally things make sense.

    Speaking of my results: my imbalances were high estro, low prog, low T4.

    Edit: There's a poster called Bloodorchid who has PCOS - she has a journal on here but doesn't post so much anymore. Maybe you could ask her advice Also, for female hormone issues I suggest asking Dragonfly: she's a wealth and knowledge and very helpful.
    Last edited by YogaBare; 07-18-2013 at 02:20 PM.
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graycat View Post
    Brooke, I hope your test results are not bad. Good thing you have a good doctor, but it would've been nicer if she didn't speculate on the PCOS thing.
    Sending positive vibes your way. You are not that far away from here looks like
    Thanks Gray! I've only ever driven through Atlanta but I want to go for a long weekend eventually. I'll have to get your advice on where to go and what to do when that time comes. Do you like living in the city?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooke.S. View Post
    I hope I don't. I don't really know what all the symptoms are. lol All I know is I have no cycle.

    Just looked up the symptoms:

    Acne- I have this on occasion but only if I've been eating junk. (usually processed dairy)
    Weight gain- I did start gaining weight over a year ago but I thought it was thyroid related.
    Extra hair on face and body- I don't think so but on occasion I have to pull out the tweezers!
    Thinning hair on scalp- Not so much anymore since I'm on a better thyroid treatment. My hair has never been super thick anyway.
    Irregular periods- This is right on the money!
    Fertility problems- N/A
    Depression- Hmmmmm.... kinda comes and goes.

    I'll see if I can find those MDA'ers.
    Honestly, from your pics you don't look like you have PCOS. The people I know who have it are usually overweight, have bad acne, and facial hair. But see how I check off the symptoms:

    Acne- I had this a few years ago, but since I gave up gluten my skin is pretty perfect.
    Weight gain- only recently
    Extra hair on face and body- I think so, other people probably wouldn't!
    Thinning hair on scalp- It was thinning, but since giving up gluten it's looking better every day!
    Irregular periods- Either wouldn't get them, or would get every three weeks.
    Fertility problems- I'm infertile.
    Depression- Majorly.

    So, I had every one of those symptoms at one stage. I also get cysts! And I don't have PCOS A lot of those symptoms can be caused by high estro, or low prog. Luckily your bloods will give a clearer picture. I agree with Graycat that your doc should have put forward a diagnosis without having test results. Even though I got a scan of my ovaries which showed that I'm infertile, my endo was very careful not to scare me, or think that it was a permanent condition.
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooke.S. View Post
    Thanks Gray! I've only ever driven through Atlanta but I want to go for a long weekend eventually. I'll have to get your advice on where to go and what to do when that time comes. Do you like living in the city?
    I'm not exactly in the city, but I'm familiar with most of it. If you decide to come down just let me know if you'd like. We could at least meet up for a coffee or something

    When will you know your test results?

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