This is my definitely my new favorite blog series! I love hearing stories from my friends, and being able to get their voice out there about their invisible illness and let the world know what it's like!
According to PCOSfoundation.org, "PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, and is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. PCOS has been recognized and diagnosed for seventy-five years. There are many signs and symptoms that a woman may experience. Since PCOS cannot be diagnosed with one test alone and symptoms vary from woman to woman, PCOS has been known as the “Silent Killer”. Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing several medical risks including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease."
This week's story comes from Claire, a 21 year old female with PCOS , and MSG overdose!
For me, it all started when I was a junior in high school (so about 5 years ago). I was getting awful headaches every day, my stomach was constantly in pain and I very rarely got my period. My parents and I were growing more concerned, so we started going to all different types of doctors. I went to several different gynecologists, neurologists and underwent countless tests.
After I met with the neurologist, everything changed for me. He had pointed out that the cause of my headaches was likely MSG. He listed off snack foods that are extremely high in MSG. Doritos, Cheezits and Cheetos. I was shocked, these were foods that had become a basic staple in my everyday diet. Having to cut these items out of my diet was very difficult for me, I had become addicted. I not only had to detox MSG out of my system but I had to deal with training myself that I didn’t need it.
I also discovered that the reason for my stomach pain and lack of periods was because I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It essentially means that every few months thousands of little cysts develop on my ovaries, and then they rupture and the cycle begins again. This was also due to my MSG overdose, I had flooded my system with this poison that my body was no longer working properly.
Now I have to live with the consequences. I still have the stomach pain and my periods are still regulating. Now, after everything that I have learned about nutrition I only eat organic foods, and I am a vegetarian. And I can honestly say that I have never looked back.
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"PCOS." PCOSfoundation.org. (2016)