Hi I am a Newbie on here but not to PCOS. I was diagnosed about 16 years ago. I have been on metformin and spirolactone for about ten years. The only benefit i have seen is that i have not become diabetic.
I am frustrated at the effects PCOS has on my body. I am the only person in my family to be diagnosed with it on both my mum and dads side of the family. Some times i feel that people think they understand the effects it has had on my self esteem and confidence over the years but not sure they do. I am 35 years old. Last year i was diagnosed with very high blood pressure. It was over two hundred on a 24 hr blood pressure machine. I am on medication for this. I am over weight and have problems for many years.
I have alopecia with thinning hair. I also suffer with hirsutism. I am paying for treatment privately for laser hair removal for my face as this is all i can afford. I did ask my gp who tried to get the cost covered by my local primary care trust. They said no. It made me laugh at the time as they were giving me lots of medications with off the label uses.
It is the long term effects which i know PCOS is having on my body which worries me. I have suffered with depression and anxiety for 13 years on off now. It is all having a massive effect on my well being.
To day i finally went to have my hair cut. I hate going because of the way my hair makes me feel. The hairdresser always finds it hard to style my hair because it is very static and thin. It always looks a mess. i am embarrassed. I did have it cut but quickly left after. I did see a dermtologist years ago but all they did was say that i could have a wig which i would be able to get from them. I felt very hurt at this.
I am trying to be positive but some days it can be hard.
Sorry for very long post. I just wanted to put my story out there with people who understand PCOS.
Thanks for reading