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Monique's Story...

I am a 31 yr old female, married with no children. I have always been a very happy and active person yet since birth I had trouble with obesity. Even though I have always struggled with my weight that never stopped me from living life to the fullest. When I met my husband, I started taking birth control pills so that by time we got married I would not become pregnant right away. Within three months of taking the pill I gained 30lb. Needless to say that I was devestated. I had my wedding dress but I couldn't fit in it. The strange thing was that my diet never changed and I was exercising more (go figure). My doctor chalked it up to stress from the wedding planning and changed my pill three times which did not help. So after a year, I came off the pill. In my mind I thought the weight would just "drop off" but it remained and depression settled in; oh in addition to being newly married, working a 60 hour work week, and living in a new state with no family or friends.

I have been married for three years and I have finally come to grips with the fact that something is seriously wrong with my body!

I quit my job because I was just too stressful so money was tight yet it was the best thing I have ever done. So I thought that I would be more motivated to exercise more and eat better. Just the opposite....I slept all day and had no energy when I did get out of bed, I had severe mood swings,my monthly cycle stopped, severe migraines and often thought of suicide. (This scared me the most) All of this was last year.

Well, two months ago, my husband and I went to a health and wellness fair because I wanted to get my glucose checked for diabetes and my blood pressure checked just for the heck of it. We were too late for the glucose screening but I had my pressure checked which was 144/110. Needless to say I made an appt. with my doctor. Because of this checkup I started to tell her about all the things that I had been experiencing in the past year. She put me on blood pressure meds. but did not address my other issues.

So I went to see my OB/GYN and told her all the symptoms I was having....she was quite concerned and placed me on meds to start my cycle again as well as anti-depressants. But she was the only one that was concerned about my elevated levels of prolactin (which I never heard of). She ran a more specific test to see if her intuition was right. I just spoke with her today and she has now referred me to an endocrinologist. And that my dear friends is why I am here!! Sorry for the lenghty story but I hope that what I have been through will help others to see that they are not alone. I thank you so very much for this site and I will keep you up to date on what the doctors say.

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