After practically exhausting holistic approaches, including naturopathy, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine, I went in to see my primary physician because my face was getting swollen from nasty cysts. It looked kind of like an allergic reaction (I had taken milk thistle and vitex, that might have been the trigger this time) and was getting heart palpitations and insomnia so I went in to get some bloodwork done. The doctor said that regardless of the hormone & thyroid tests (those were the only ones I could afford, I will need to see an endocrinologist later on), she would like to put me on spironolactone. I tried saw palmetto for almost 3 months with no consistent results, tried vitex & evening primrose with results only the first time, tried zinc & vitamin d3 with more breakouts, tried anti-candida diets, low GI diets, etc. I feel like I have exhausted most common approaches that work for others but not me. The only thing I haven't tried yet is a natural progesterone cream, but I'm not sure if I am too young to start using that (I'm almost 30). Any suggestions? I really don't want to go on the spiro unless I have truly tried everything else. I don't want to do that to my body because I'm afraid of long term effects. Please help! I don't even recognize myself anymore...my confidence is gone and what used to previously work for me in terms of diet and supplements is no longer working.
Btw, I have PCOS and mild hirsutism, but my periods are monthly and regular.
Edited by WishClean, 04 April 2013 - 09:37 PM.