For the past 10 years I have been struggling with health issues. My first serious diagnose was Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) when I was about 19. Before that, I was completely healthy and would rarely get sick.
However, I recently found out that when I was a baby I was lactose intolerant. The pediatrician recommended that my parents feed me soy-milk. At that time, soy-milk was thought to be a very healthy option, but now I know that it was the root of some of my health issues.
For years, diagnosis of specific conditions was difficult to make because I am very thin and present symptoms of diseases that are more common with overweight people. Some of the symptoms I have experienced are extreme fatigue, migraines, bad circulation, cold intolerance, depression, weight loss, hair loss, apnea, gastritis, acne, amenorrhea, insulin resistance, extreme hunger, irritability, blurred vision and acute pain in my legs and arms.
By 2012 I was diagnosed with PCOS, Metabolic Disorder, Hypothyroidism and Pre-diabetes – all related conditions. I was taking various different medicines including Glucophage (Metformin) to regulate the glucose levels in my blood; Euthyrox (Levothyroxine) for an under-active thyroid; Diane (cyproterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol) for PCOS; and antacids to counteract the gastrointestinal side effects of the other medicines.
My health condition touched rock bottom that year as I started experiencing more symptoms than ever before, even though I was on medication. Following many tests and many visits to different specialists, I ended up with new diagnoses and was prescribed with even more medication.
Medication – as we are all warned – has side effects and the more I educated myself about the medication I was taking, the less I wanted to take it. I decided that I was no longer going to continue along this path and took my health firmly into my own hands.
Since making this decision I have carried out extensive research about these conditions and how to reverse them through a balanced lifestyle that includes healthy food, exercise, sleep, stress management and keeping myself away from synthetic chemicals.
It has been 3 years now since I made these changes and I have successfully dropped all medicines except one. I am still taking a very low dose of Diane-35 and going off it progressively – and my health has greatly improved.
On this website, I will document the steps I am taking to go off my last medication, Diane-35. I will write about the ups and downs, the side effects and the natural alternatives I use.
The information I will share with you is not intended to encourage anyone to go off their medication or to ignore medical advice.
However, I would like to share my experience in order to inspire people who struggle with medical issues, and to demonstrate that a healthier life is possible, whether you decide to live with or without medication.