Oh, here I am again giving you another update on my health. I feel so silly typing these posts out thinking 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴? But surprisingly I hear often from friends, family and online friends I’ve never met before how much they appreciate that I have been sharing my journey.
THANK YOU! Its so awesome to know that so many people in my life care for me that way. It’s truly remarkable!
Anywho, so as many of you know I hit 6 months postpartum — Huntly & I just got back from the doctors for his 6 months check-up. I’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.
The CT scan came back good but my ultra sound told a different story.
No. I’m not pregnant! ❌
We discovered that I have Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.
Basically my ovaries are working in overdrive, over producing hormones in my body which causes them to be inflamed.
Most people know about hypothyroidism…it’s same same, but different 🤷🏼♀️
Same issue, same idea, even has some similar symptoms, just in a different spot on the body.
There is only one thing I can take to help balance out my hormones and that’s an oral contraceptive. Unfortunately I get extreme migraines from oral birth control so I’m left with just waiting it out.
So, what exactly is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome? Cause I didn’t have a clue 😅
It’s most commonly triggered by women who are taking injectable hormones but other triggers like the surge of hormones a women’s body goes through during pregnancy and postpartum can also cause this.
Some of the symptoms I have that are caused by this are:
* Mild to moderate abdominal pain
* Abdominal bloating & increased waist size
* Tender ovaries
* Rapid weight gain
* Shortness of breath
* Tight and/or enlarged abdomen
* Electrolyte disturbance (sodium, potassium etc)
It’s very nice to have answers to all my symptoms I’ve had over these past 6 months and beyond.
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 it’s just “𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐦 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬.”
We need to remember that my normal is different from your normal.