First of all, I want to thank those of you who have visited so far and commented. Just knowing there are other women out there with similar situations has been so helpful. I hope that other women can stumble on this blog and have a place to reference if their Mirena is giving them problems. I think keeping a dialogue going is so important.
According to my scale, I'm the same weight, but I don't think that's accurate. The shape of my body has changed very subtly, and my clothes are fitting slightly better. I pulled on a pair of pajama pants that I haven't worn in a long time last night, and they fit for the first time in a long time. Although I know that it may take some time for the hormones to flush from my body, and that things won't return to normal in mere days, I am so impatient! I want to start losing weight and get my life back. I guess all I can do is work hard in the gym and be patient. I suspect it may take a month or so for my body to regulate. I still am trying to remain positive. I have hopes that soon, with hard work, I will feel sexy and good about myself again.
Most of the changes I have noticed have been very subtle. I had no idea how bloated I truly was. I couldn't lean forward without feeling smothered, and it was also slightly painful. Now it feels like normal, and my stomach isn't hard.
I reported the other night that my period started. I did have some bleeding, but it stopped within a day. It was enough for me to need tampons though. Since then I have been spotting on and off. I really honestly want to have a period, just to regulate my body and get it to a normal stage.
I have noticed that my mood has been a little calmer, and I felt a twinge of my good old sex drive returning. It has taken me much less time to get "warmed up". I hope the full drive will return soon. I am just really thankful that my husband has been great and supportive throughout this. He's been nothing but awesome, and thank God he got snipped so that I never have to worry about body altering birth control EVER AGAIN.
I find myself getting so angry at hearing all the stories of women's doctors who tell them "Your symptoms can't be because of the IUD." There is no way that the situation hasn't come up to them before with other patients. Logically, you would think they would start putting a pattern together. That leads me to believe that doctors are aware of side effects, and there is information being withheld from patients. There has to be some kind of study or research out there with the truth. How could hundreds of women have these symptoms, and NOT be taken seriously? Forget weight gain even, the Mirena seems to cause depression, or aggravates existing depression. It causes wide mood swings. That is so dangerous, why aren't the doctors taking it seriously? If it's for monetary gain, that's pretty piss poor. Not only is the Mirena expensive, but doctors are prescribing medication like Synthroid to control weight gain, anti-depressants, and even prescription acne medication. That is a lot of money. I know that for myself alone, it was around $100 out of pocket for a thyroid test (yeah my "false normal" test), and then $20 for the medication. Think of all the tests women are having run to figure out what's wrong since the IUD supposedly doesn't cause any symptoms. Think of the unnecessary medication women are having to take. Sounds borderline conspiracy to me, and I don't know about you ladies, but it really pisses me off.
Anyway, enough rambling for now. Keep the comments coming, and keep passing this blog along to other ladies in our situation. Hope you guys are having a wonderful week!