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I spent the entire morning crying after looking at my face this morning. I feel like this will never end! I've been to a dermatologist, gynecologist and just this past monday, an endocronolgist! and i'm still sitting here like i've gotten NOWHERE. my endo decided that I have PCOS... however I feel as though I do not. I get my periods on a regular basis now, I am 5'4 and i weigh 124 pounds so I am not obese, I do not have thick body hair all over me, nor do I gain weight in my mid section area... and I do not have cysts in my ovaries! the only thing that was discovered in my blood work was that I have hormonal imbalances and too much testosterone! i went to my gyno and we spoke about Spiro and he said that he would do it after blood work, but since my hormones were wacky he recommended an endo, so I went willingly. but now the endo wants to me put me on METFORMIN which is a glucose medicine, and i am not going to take it, because after reading about how many people had horrible side effects and that it didn't clear their acne, and that it sucked i just do not want it, at all! i have to get another blood test done tomorrow, a fasting blood test because the endo wants to see my sugar levels, but I am considering going back on Birth Control because I want clear skin that badly. I don't care about the anxiety I got from birth control anymore, I just want clear skin and I feel like I am never going to get it. It took me 2 1/2 months to get clear on YAZ, and I am fine with waiting 2 months. I just got my period today though, so I want to start Birth Control this week if I can! I am going to call my gyno today and see if he can give my a new birth control combined with spiro... I just do not think that METFORMIN is the drug for me. I am not convinced enough that I have PCOS. Also, MET is a fertility drug... I am not looking to get pregnant either.

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If you know what works for you, don't let doctors put you on another path. Just knowing that you know what will take care of it should give you some comfort. Maybe you can find another derm. You know Dr. Geoffrey Redmond is in New York City and he's the one who wrote the book on bc pills and spiro to clear up acne. I almost flew my daughter to see him and we live in California!!!

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I put in a call to my gyno today and I should hear back on Monday. Hopefully I will get a prescription for a new BC and Spiro. I just don't want to go on the Metformin at all. I have researched Dr. Redmond, and have spoken to people in his office and unfortunately his program is way too expensive and he does not work with any insurance companies. It's $750.00 for the initial visit/consultation and then for any follow ups it's anywhere from 200-300 dollars. So I can't afford him. I don't bother with dermatologists because they don't deal with hormonal issues, at least not in my experience. They are quick to write down antibiotics, but they never cure anything.

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Haha it does seem as though dermatologists just write out antibiotics and it does nothing. You're lucky that Yaz worked for you. I had a terrible experience with it and my acne only became worse. If you found something that worked, I say stick with it.

I've seen so many doctors that seem to have an attitude and think that they know best. The person that knows your body best is you.

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It's really hard and really frustrating... my acne just makes me feel so depressed. It sucks that you had a bad experience on YAZ... I guess just trial an error is what it's all about. You just have to find what works for you... but the time is what kills me... waiting, I've been waiting since September... seen so many doctors and I just had 14 vials of blood taken yesterday morning after fasting for 12 hours because my Endo wants to see a more "in depth view" on how screwed my hormones actually are. I used to not mind waiting so much... but now I do. When I went to the gyno 2 weeks ago I left feeling good, like I was on my way to a cure, but 2 weeks later and here I am, still filled with pimples and feeling depressed as hell about it. I feel like I'm wasting my young years trying to battle this acne problem that surfaced when I turned 20. I don't want to be in my 30s and 40s and still battling acne. I'm 22 I wanna live my life, but it's so hard because I am SO self conscious about my skin.

I think it will never end.

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I did a lot of research for my daughter's case of acne and ended up sending her to Dr. Geoffrey Redmond in NYC. Luckily my daughter was a student in Manhattan and did not have to travel far like the person who was willing to send their daughter to NYC from California for treatment by Dr. Redmond. Anyway my daughter's acne has totally cleared up under his care. She is on spironolactone and Yaz. He is a specialist in determining if you have PCOS and even believes that borderline blood levels should be treated. In addition to his successful treatment, my daughter tells me that he is a very compassionate doctor and is very thorough. You may want to read his book or visit his website. Just google his name and it will lead you to all sorts of information. I must caution you though, he does not accept insurance and the initial visit is $700. I was just lucky that I didn't need to include travel expenses into the mix. His website says that he sees patients from all over the world and can usually take care of them in one visit. My daughter has been to him for 2 follow-up visits at $250 each but I cannot overstate the fact that outflow of cash just did not seem important in light of the well-being that it has brought to my daughter and ME! However, realistically speaking, I am now in the process of searching for a NYC dermatologist or endocrinologist who is covered by my daughter's insurance AND will continue the spiro treatment. I have read many posts by people who have been treated by their physicians and dermatologists with spiro. It shouldn't have to cost so much. I feel for you and hope you have luck with your journey.

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I did a lot of research for my daughter's case of acne and ended up sending her to Dr. Geoffrey Redmond in NYC. Luckily my daughter was a student in Manhattan and did not have to travel far like the person who was willing to send their daughter to NYC from California for treatment by Dr. Redmond. Anyway my daughter's acne has totally cleared up under his care. She is on spironolactone and Yaz. He is a specialist in determining if you have PCOS and even believes that borderline blood levels should be treated. In addition to his successful treatment, my daughter tells me that he is a very compassionate doctor and is very thorough. You may want to read his book or visit his website. Just google his name and it will lead you to all sorts of information. I must caution you though, he does not accept insurance and the initial visit is $700. I was just lucky that I didn't need to include travel expenses into the mix. His website says that he sees patients from all over the world and can usually take care of them in one visit. My daughter has been to him for 2 follow-up visits at $250 each but I cannot overstate the fact that outflow of cash just did not seem important in light of the well-being that it has brought to my daughter and ME! However, realistically speaking, I am now in the process of searching for a NYC dermatologist or endocrinologist who is covered by my daughter's insurance AND will continue the spiro treatment. I have read many posts by people who have been treated by their physicians and dermatologists with spiro. It shouldn't have to cost so much. I feel for you and hope you have luck with your journey.

Hey Gustopher, I totally appreciate what you've written! I live in New York City as well, and go to school here... I have researched and read up on Dr. Redmond, in fact someone else on here mentioned him to me. He seems like an amazing doctor, but when I was told how expensive it was, I just couldn't do it. I emailed the people at his office and they told me about the 750 dollar initial visit, and the 200-300 dollar follow up costs, just couldn't do it. I don't get paid enough and my parents don't want to spend that kind of money. They want me to stick with my Gyno/Endo... If I had the money I would have seen Dr. Redmond back in September! I will be putting a call into my Gyno about starting Yaz with Spiro as I have been thinking about biting the bullet and just going back on Birth Control in spite of the weight gain and anxiety.

I am happy that your daughter has found relief... Acne effects everyone, I am always so sad about it, and crying about it, it makes my mom really upset too... I get mad about it, but I always think it could be way much worse. I have my health (besides my screwed up hormones and testosterone levels!) lol and I have a great family, even though my parents don't want to spend 700 dollars, I can understand why... it's a big chunk of change!

I hope I can find a solution that works soon! It looks like YAZ and I will be friends again soon, if that is what it takes!

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I feel for you and hope you clear up on bcp and spiro. I really understand how frustrating it is and how time consuming it is going to Drs and getting tests etc and then waiting for a new treatment to work! It sucks. Acne is such a depressing, distressing condition.

Have you looked into blue light therapy? It really helps control my acne. There are devices you can buy to use at home. I use Tanda and I was clear in 5 weeks. Started seeing results within 3 weeks.

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I know how you feel, it took me doing my own research to find spiro after my doc put me on tons of antibiotics thinking that would clear my skin (which they didn't). Finally with spiro and bc I got mostly clear, however, I'm a perfectionist so I wanted better. Even though I haven't been diagnosed with PCOS I am also taking metiformin now. I was nervous to try something new too, and I can't give a full verdict yet since I've only been on it for less than 2 months, but it doesn't give me any bad side effects and it seems that as long a I don't drink alcohol I have GREAT skin. But you should always do what is right for you, in your heart.

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