I’m 21 years old, and was diagnosed with PCOS at 16. At the time I was given progesterone to “protect my uterus” but it didn’t help much with anything so I stopped in the end.
I have the classic symptoms, I am overweight which I have consistently struggled with and excess hair growth. I have not spoken to a doctor about my PCOS in years now due to negative experiences before. I learnt to brush my PCOS under the carpet until I wanted to have children as they suggested to me.
However. In December of last year I began to experience quite severe palpitation episodes along with chest pain and breathlessness. It put me in hospital and started me down a long road of cardiology tests which all came back as normal. So I know my heart is okay. The problem is I am still experiencing these same symptoms, palpitations can be on a night, when I wake up, when I’m at work, especially worse after I eat something high in sugar. I am generally not feeling well but obvious tests come back okay.
Now I know this isn’t a cardiac forum, but my question is can PCOS cause such symptoms. It is the only thing I have ever been diagnosed with, the only thing I know I have. My hormones are clearly out of whack and the impact on my life has been very unpleasant and I feel so depressed.
I am due to be tested for sleep apnea due to my sleepiness and brain fog during the day, but thinking about it, could something hormonal cause this as well?
I do not follow any specific diet and probably do not eat as well as I could. I exercise quite a lot and that seems to help regulate my periods and keep that element controlled at least.
Has anybody else experienced cardiac issues with PCOS? Palpitations, pains or breathlessness? I feel so alone with my symptoms as I can’t prove how I am feeling to those around me, doctors will fob me off and tell me it’s all anxiety. I know my body and I know something feels wrong.
Thanks so much, E.M