Around 9 months ago, I had an abdominal scan and was told that I have polycystic ovaries. At the time I was having regular periods, (although they would vary by several days - could be from 28 to 37 days but usually around 31-34) but they were sometimes painful (not debilitating pain but this is the reason I went to get checked out) I was kind of surprised because I didn't seem to have any of the other 'classic' symptoms such as hair growth, acne, weight gain etc. Also, I'd had a blood test to accompany the scan, which showed my blood sugar and hormonal levels to be within normal ranges.
Recently things have started to change a bit though. My last period was 48 days ago, and I've never skipped a cycle. The period was also extremely short, only a half day of bleeding, unusual for me. There was some red but it was mostly dark brown blood. I don't even know whether to count it as a proper period at all.
Since then I've been having symptoms like a mild to moderate pain in the left side of lower abdomen which comes and goes, sore breasts, fatigue, sleep disturbances, acne, dry skin on certain parts of my face, several weeks of nausea and bowel disturbances (which has pretty much gone now), gas, aches and pains, the odd headache and generally feeling run down, and mentally I've been bit low and emotional. Theres no sign of my period although sometimes I get a 'heavy' feeling like theres something going on down there.
I am in my final year of a masters course so I'm experiencing some stress, but stress has not disturbed my periods before. Its confusing because some of the symptoms feel like they could be attributed to some kind of virus, and it is the middle of winter.
I'm not pregnant and I'm not on any form of hormonal birth control, and I'm 28. My lifestyle and diet are not super unhealthy, I eat reasonably well and I'm fairly active.
Could someone with experience of PCOS please advise if this type of thing is typical of the condition? I am due to have another ultrasound to see if I have a cyst on my left side (the side with the cramps) Is it possible for a cyst (or a PC ovary) to cause hormonal disturbances that could stop your periods for some time? Can PCOS lead to the growth of larger cysts? Could cysts getting worse be the cause of the recent physical symptoms that I described?
Sorry if these seem like obvious questions, but my doctors were not particularly helpful and after my first examination they only told me 'theres no cure' and to 'avoid carbs'.