Journal,  Womanhood

6 months PP Update

 

Oh, here I am again giving you another update on my health. I feel so silly typing these posts out thinking ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด? But surprisingly I hear often from friends, family and online friends Iโ€™ve never met before how much they appreciate that I have been sharing my journey. โฃ
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THANK YOU! Its so awesome to know that so many people in my life care for me that way. Itโ€™s truly remarkable!โฃ
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Anywho, so as many of you know I hit 6 months postpartum โ€” Huntly & I just got back from the doctors for his 6 months check-up. Iโ€™m sneaky and always just slide in all my questions and health concerns into the same appointment so I followed up on the CT scan I had about 2 weeks ago and the ultra sound I had yesterday. โฃ
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The CT scan came back good but my ultra sound told a different story. โฃ
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No. Iโ€™m not pregnant! โŒโฃ
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We discovered that I have Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. โฃ
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Basically my ovaries are working in overdrive, over producing hormones in my body which causes them to be inflamed. โฃ
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Most people know about hypothyroidism…itโ€™s same same, but different ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ โฃ
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Same issue, same idea, even has some similar symptoms, just in a different spot on the body. โฃ
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There is only one thing I can take to help balance out my hormones and thatโ€™s an oral contraceptive. Unfortunately I get extreme migraines from oral birth control so Iโ€™m left with just waiting it out. โฃ
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So, what exactly is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome? Cause I didnโ€™t have a clue ๐Ÿ˜… โฃ
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Itโ€™s most commonly triggered by women who are taking injectable hormones but other triggers like the surge of hormones a womenโ€™s body goes through during pregnancy and postpartum can also cause this. โฃ
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Some of the symptoms I have that are caused by this are: โฃ
* Mild to moderate abdominal pain โฃ
* Abdominal bloating & increased waist size โฃ
* Tender ovaries โฃ
* Rapid weight gain โฃ
* Shortness of breath โฃ
* Tight and/or enlarged abdomen โฃ
* Electrolyte disturbance (sodium, potassium etc) โฃ
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Itโ€™s very nice to have answers to all my symptoms Iโ€™ve had over these past 6 months and beyond. โฃ
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This is just another lesson to listen to your body. There were times where I felt so silly persisting something was wrong when I was constantly being told that itโ€™s just โ€œ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ.โ€ โฃ
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We need to remember that my normal is different from your normal.