First week on spiro is coming to a close. Have I noticed anything?
Well, I'm late. My cycle usually ranges from 23 to 30 days with an average of 27, but I was expecting it the day after I started on spironolactone and it still hasn't come. 32 or more days is a little unusual. I'm not relishing being in a state of suspended PMS. I doubt spiro can work that fast but I'm such a hypochondriac that it's all I can think about. The endocrinologist warned me irregular cycles might be a symptom, and if it bothered me, I could go on birth control pills as well. A lot of what I've read says that irregular cycles more often manifest in more frequent menses, rather than absent ones. Either way, it bothers me. I hate not knowing what's going on inside my body.
I might very well drive myself crazy going on this stuff.
I'm also more thirsty. I'm drinking more water than I ever had the urge to before. (This is good, it's a diuretic, so I don't want to get dehydrated.) It's possible I'm peeing more, too, but that's also one of my own personal PMS symptoms so I can't be sure.
Another fun thing is I'm getting minor abdominal cramps that have nothing to do with feminine workings. They're more akin to the types of cramps I used to get when I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in college. The thing is, so much of that is caused by stress that I don't know if I'm just freaking myself out or if this is another side effect. Am I on a path to a whacked out digestive system again? I think I'd rather live with the hair.
The thing is, I know I do this to myself. I angst about my health, which makes things worse. After the eighth grade, I spent the summer lying on the couch, my stomach a mess, and I was afraid to go to sleep in case I didn't wake up again. I was tested for parasites and all sorts, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with me. So I don't trust my own reactions--I'm usually just being a big chicken.
Research doesn't help me. The medical sites provide information, but they're not meant to assure you the medication is right for you or that you shouldn't take it. That's why the side effects lists are so scary. A lot of people who post about spiro in forums have negative stories to share. I think that's making it worse for me.
I just need to relax, think positive, continue watching my body, and realize that I am doing this by choice. I can stop at any time, but I cannot be too afraid to give it a real try.
Anyway, I'd wanted to talk a bit about spiro in general, for the benefit of those who might be hearing about it for the first time. I think I'll do that in the next couple of days.
Now I'm going to enjoy the Monday night sit-coms and try to not think about this anymore. :)