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Weight gain, depression after delivery with pain in armpit.

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I am a female who is 34. I have 4 children and an in home daycare 6am to 6pm M-F. And clean houses on Saturdays. I have gained weight since having my son 2 years ago. I am stressed a lot of the time and have been battling some depression because of the weight gain. Recently usually during stressful times or at night while trying to sleep I get a strange aching in my left arm pit almost where my pectoral muscle meets my armpit. The night before last I woke up from a deep sleep to it aching while laying on that side. And them my symptom's turned worse. My heart starting beating fast, according to my phone heart sensor it peaked at 117bpm after 10 min. My mouth got dry and stopped producing saliva and stayed that way for quite a few minutes. When I woke my husband I felt like I was talking funny and I could hear the words coming out of my mouth but I couldn't hear them in my head. Through all of this I wasn't really feeling any pain but my body started to tremble and shake and it did this for about 30 minutes total. I eventually sat down in the chair and fell asleep. I haven't found a new GP since moving that is accepting new patients before January and thought maybe this could help. Thank you all so Much  I do not have a history of any of those things except for Cesareans in 2008, 2010 & 2012

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Thanks for posting your query at
PCOS is not known to cause such severe pain.
The ' cysts ' in PCOS are just small collapsed ovarian follicles.
PCOS can cause painful periods, heavy periods, irregular periods , but pain per se, is not characteristic of PCOS.
WHen was the last scan she had ?
What is her height and weight ?
How long has she been on birth control ?
I think this could be a sign of a bigger solitary cyst on the left ovary.
Again, could be a mild bowel infection / constipation .
If she has had unprotected sex, and the period that she had lately was not average, then a pregnancy test should be in order to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.
IBS should always be thought of.
With two such episodes now, a thorough evaluation is necessary.
You need not panic , but yes, PCOS alone does not explain the pain.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.

Patient replied :

The last time she had a scan was in July and all it did was show that she had PCOS. We have scheduled a doctors appointment this coming monday to see if he can determine the exact issue, but I will also have her take a pregnancy test (Just in case) Would a home test kit work? And thank you so much for your advice and insight, this is definently a great website!

Thank you for the appreciation.
A home test kit would work fine until you get to the doctor and have a pelvic scan, and a blood pregnancy test if the scan indicates that.
Feel free to discuss further

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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