Polycystic Ovary Syndrome * Part 2: Surgical Removal of Cystic Ovaries
Majid Ali, M.D.
A career in medicine offers limitless possibilities of surprise, not all are positive. In 1968, I began diagnosing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in biopsy and surgical specimens. Over the years, I closely followed the unfolding story of PCOS. It was 44 years before I first saw a patient who was advised to have surgical removal of cystic ovaries. Surgeons also face problems during economic recessions. The case history of this patient is most revealing about the nature of the problem. First, a few sentences from Part 1 of this PCOS Series about the disorder.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder of young women and comprises high blood insulin and testosterone levels, inability to have babies, weight gain, and facial hair. The syndrome is spreading like an epidemic.
In 1968, as a pathology resident I began to diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in biopsy and surgical specimens. Our whole department saw ten to twelve cases in a hospital that delivered more than 2,000 babies. A 2010 report cited an increased incidence of PCOS of up to 20 percent among U.S. women between 20 and 45 years of age.
A 39-year-old 5’3″ mother of two children weighing 156 lbs. Consulted me for disabling health problems of three years duration. She had enjoyed good health until then except for allergy and sinus congestion symptoms. Then she developed phlebitis (blood clot in veins) and was advised to discontinue birth control pills. Following is the chronology of of her illness:
2008 Good health, on hormone replacement therapy with synthetic hormones
2009 Pneumonia 2009, antibiotics for eight months after which she was, in her words, “ never the same person.” She suffered muscle and joint symptoms and was prescribed Plaqueni, a drug rheumatologists use for such disorders as rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthralgia, and fibromyalgia.
2010 PCOS was diagnosed by a GYN who advised her to have surgical removal of both ovaries
2010 Vena cava filter was advised by her GYN in order to prepare her to receive more synthetic hormones (in the hope that the filter would prevent the spread of clots from leg veins to vena cava that could prove fatal.
2010 Cognitive symptoms, memory loss, and headaches. (Later she described one episode with the following words: “One day suddenly I couldn’t find my legs.”
2011 Intravenous antibiotics (Rocephin and doxycyclin) for two months for suspected Lyme disease, followed by Bicillin antibiotic injections for two more months
2011 Rifampin antibiotic used for Bartnella infection
2011 Consultation with the author in the summer of the year
2011 Reported “dramatic improvement with eight weeks of robust integrative nutrient therapies, infla-oil topical remedies for bowel and liver detox, and diet plan to control gut fermentation and correct the leaky gut state.
For a full discussion of hormonal disorders, please consider my three-DVD five-hour video seminar entitled “Hormone.”