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 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. ⁣
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THANK YOU! Its so awesome to know that so many people in my life care for me that way. It’s truly remarkable!⁣
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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. ⁣
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The CT scan came back good but my ultra sound told a different story. ⁣
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No. I’m not pregnant! ❌⁣
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We discovered that I have Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. ⁣
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Basically my ovaries are working in overdrive, over producing hormones in my body which causes them to be inflamed. ⁣
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Most people know about hypothyroidism…it’s same same, but different 🤷🏼‍♀️ ⁣
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Same issue, same idea, even has some similar symptoms, just in a different spot on the body. ⁣
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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. ⁣
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So, what exactly is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome? Cause I didn’t have a clue 😅 ⁣
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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. ⁣
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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) ⁣
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It’s very nice to have answers to all my symptoms I’ve had over these past 6 months and beyond. ⁣
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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 it’s just “𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐦 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬.” ⁣
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We need to remember that my normal is different from your normal.