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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 6, 2007
  • 07:38 AM

I am a 41 year old (overweight) female who neglects going to local doctor as regularly as I should as I don't want to be labelled hypochondriac. The facts are I am constantly tired and stressed (normal I know in modern life), I have vague pain under my right side ribcage that comes and goes everyday, heart palpitations every now and again and the type of chest pain/tightness twice recently that has stopped me in my tracks and taken my breath away. I also am always hot - sweaty feeling (scared of the summer months because of this), have dry mouth - very thirsty and past month am experiencing pins and needles mainly down left arm which is getting much worse (some days almost constant). I ache all over a lot of the time and my skin has dried out something chronic. I also am very itchy under armpits and in groin area. Believe me, I couldn't make this stuff up and don't have the time to perservere with doctors as work fulltime and am single mum. Can anyone shed light on whether it all comes down to stress or advise on the things I should ask local doctor. Much appreciated.

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  • 41 year old (overweight)femaletiredstressedvague pain under my right side ribcage that comes and goes everyday, heart palpitations every now and again and the type of chest pain/tightness twice recently that has stopped me in my tracks and taken my breath away. always hot - sweaty feeling (scared of the summer months because of this), dry mouth - very thirsty pins and needles mainly down left arm which is getting much worse (some days almost constant). ache all over a lot of the timeskin has dried out something chronic. very itchy under armpits and in groin area.Most of your symptoms sound like thyroid disease, possibly hyperthyroidism. Your age is a common denominator for thyroid disease. Usually perimenopause is the time this appears.http://www.thyroidmanager.org/Is a detailed website for doctors treating their patients and written by doctors.Your chest pain, tightness, heart palpitations, and the pain taking your breath away could be symptoms of pericarditis. The chest pain can be dull but is usually sharp and centered down the sternum. Some people who have thyroid disease get pericarditis.http://www.mssm.edu/cvi/pericarditis.shtmlMount Sinai - Cardiovascular Institute and Center for Cardiovascular Health
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 05:59 AM
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  • Yes, get the thyroid checked out. Also get tested for Lyme and coinfections, esp if the thyroid and any other tests are normal. Best wishes~~Dee
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2007
    • 10:38 AM
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  • You may want to have your potassium checked. Low potassium can cause most of these symptoms and a lot worse if left alone.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 03:27 AM
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  • You could be having problems with diabetes (first thing that comes to my mind with your list of symtoms btw) or some other serious medical problem. You need to find a great doctor as soon as possible and get a full workup to rull out problems like type II diabetes. Please don't try to diagnose yourself. Talk to knowlegeable friends ( do you know any nurses?) and ask them as to why they'd recommend you to go to see.Many people walk around with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes and don't know it. This serious disease can cause all sorts of health problems including heart diseases, vision diseases; so you need to get yourself examined.In your case; you should not neglect seeing a dr regularly. At your age, being female and also being overweight you are statistically at a higher risk for many serious illnesses. Gall bladder, pancreatitis, diabetes, hyperlipidemias, etc etc. Not going to the dr to be screened regularly is unwise as you could easily delay in getting a serious problem diagnosed and getting it taken care of in order to prevent serious complications. Take care of yourself as soon as you can get in to a doctor who is well qualified and will check you out top to bottom.Good luck. I am a 41 year old (overweight) female who neglects going to local doctor as regularly as I should as I don't want to be labelled hypochondriac. The facts are I am constantly tired and stressed (normal I know in modern life), I have vague pain under my right side ribcage that comes and goes everyday, heart palpitations every now and again and the type of chest pain/tightness twice recently that has stopped me in my tracks and taken my breath away. I also am always hot - sweaty feeling (scared of the summer months because of this), have dry mouth - very thirsty and past month am experiencing pins and needles mainly down left arm which is getting much worse (some days almost constant). I ache all over a lot of the time and my skin has dried out something chronic. I also am very itchy under armpits and in groin area. Believe me, I couldn't make this stuff up and don't have the time to perservere with doctors as work fulltime and am single mum. Can anyone shed light on whether it all comes down to stress or advise on the things I should ask local doctor. Much appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 01:18 AM
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  • Have you been checked for diabetes? Thirst and peripheral neuropathy?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 10:52 AM
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  • You said you are a single mom so I know your schedule is intense. You have all the comments that I had when I was on the road to burn out. Have you been experiencing a great deal of stress over a long period of time? Did you have a big change in your life in the past year or so? Do you neglect your "downtime"? Doctors will tell you that you are depressed and eat wrong and all other kinds of things but I'll bet your diet is pretty good and you are active because you have a busy life. What is happening to you has been my own personal focus for some time and it is very frustrating to watch the body "let you down"! Your body is run down and dehydrated plain and simple. First of all you MUST commit to doing what you need to do for YOU and get off the "I don't matter" kick. Going to a doctor is normal and not a self indulgence or signs of hypochondria. The fact that you wrote that tells me you need to talk to someone about your own self image. That was my first step too. It feels uncomfortable to focus on you when you are always taking care of everyone else...I know that. However, if you do NOT take care of YOU now, there could be serious ramifications to your health and you will no longer be able to take care of your children in the future. A psychotherapist can help you unlock your issues with self care. It sounds like you may have a background where you yourself were not nurtured properly in some way. It may be subtle to you until you look deeper an then it becomes very clear what I am proposing.You will do well with working with a naturopath to get you body built back up with the necessary vitamins and minerals. Don't bother with over the counter multi-vitamins. Once you reach this stage, your stomach and bowels have probably stopped absorbing all the nutrients in the foods you eat so you get frustrated by being fatigued all the time and yet you feed your body well right? (ok, as well as you can) Also your thyroid has flipped into survival mode and that will be your key to the weight gain. Workout all you want and starve yourself. You will not loose much weight. I gained 20lbs in 6 months while eating like a bird! I'm still working on this part of m journey back to health and I'm doing the thyroid and hormone tests as we speak. (I've addressed and moved forward with all the other layers of getting back to health) I'm retraining my thyroid how to work properly again and getting my hormones back in balance too.Private natural medicine can be costly but I can tell it is what has helped me most, fastest and cheapes in the long run. Get a recommendation for the best you can find in your area and start down the road to recovery. What I have learned about letting the body stay in that stage for long periods is frightening. You are worth it and your family will back me on that statement...ask them! If your budget is really really tight, go to a woman's health clinic in your area. They will put you through all the necessary testing for thyroid and hormone tests and get you started on the right track. They may even have good recommendations for a phychotherapist.(honest, it really is one of the keys to making it all work) These clinics are focused on the issues that women our age are dealing with and you will be surprised how common your "story" is to them. It will take some time and patience. It can be frustrating too but if you don't start somewhere, you will keep adding layers to the issues. I'm 80% there and feel fantastic!You deserve to be healthy and vibrant. Go for it!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 05:25 PM
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  • Have you been checked for diabetes? Thirst and peripheral neuropathy?Also tiredness, dry skin, itchiness (yeast,) and weight gain. Do you get sleepy after a big pasta meal? Do you get hungry again within a couple of hours after eating only cereal, toast, or pastry for breakfast?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 05:40 PM
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  • Get thyroid antibodies checked. In some patients, they will be abnormal even if hormone levels are okay. This can produce profound fatigue. Also, weight gain, dry skin, compression neuropathies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 11:43 PM
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  • I have had the same itchy armpits, hives, etc, but it comes and goes. I thought it was something I was eating, but it turns out that even though I do have allergies, there was an underlying cause that all the doctors missed. You may have an autoimmune disorder where your body is attacking your tissues. There are quite a few, some are thyroid, and in my case, it was lupus. The test that found it was called the anti-nuclear antibody test or "ANA". Many other tests will pick up part of the symptoms since lupus is difficult to diagnose. I was having joint pain, back pain, sometimes a stiff neck, wrist joint pain, I don't gain weight easily, I lost more hair than usual during a flare up, etc. My lips started swelling too. Get the ANA test done- especially if you get sick taking birth control and can't take hot showers, or if your joints hurt or you always feel fatigued, and if you get low-grade fevers especially after being in the sun. Hope this helps.http://www.myspace.com/sportymomVT
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 01:07 AM
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  • You may have an autoimmune disorder like Sjogren Syndrome. Look for a Reumatologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 02:36 AM
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  • Some links for Type 2 Diabetes.. FYIhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-2-diabetes/DS00585/DSECTION=2A mayo clinic article on the symptoms which include extreme thirst.http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/riskfortype2/Nat. Institutes of Health article of Type 2 diabeteshttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000313.htmMedline article on Type 2 diabeteshttp://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/d/diab2/symptoms.htmwrong diagnosis page on list of symptoms possible for type 2 diabetes.Before going to see any rhumetologist specialist, please get type 2 diabetes and other endocrine problems that cause similar symptoms checked out. You have many risks factors for this all too common problem. It is best to rule out the most common disorders first before looking for the more unusual ones. You really need to get into see a doctor soon as possible; delaying treatment for some of your symptoms can make you much worse in a hurry. Stop neglecting your health from here on out; your health is so important and you must do all you can to take care of yourself. Please keep us all posted. I hope you get a good dr to check you from to bottom; and who will work closely with you to get you feeling better.I am a 41 year old (overweight) female who neglects going to local doctor as regularly as I should as I don't want to be labelled hypochondriac. The facts are I am constantly tired and stressed (normal I know in modern life), I have vague pain under my right side ribcage that comes and goes everyday, heart palpitations every now and again and the type of chest pain/tightness twice recently that has stopped me in my tracks and taken my breath away. I also am always hot - sweaty feeling (scared of the summer months because of this), have dry mouth - very thirsty and past month am experiencing pins and needles mainly down left arm which is getting much worse (some days almost constant). I ache all over a lot of the time and my skin has dried out something chronic. I also am very itchy under armpits and in groin area. Believe me, I couldn't make this stuff up and don't have the time to perservere with doctors as work fulltime and am single mum. Can anyone shed light on whether it all comes down to stress or advise on the things I should ask local doctor. Much appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 04:58 PM
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  • I found very little in the replies relating to heart disease. As one who has experienced heart disease from angina to bypass to infarction at age 43 to heart transplant at 67, your chest pain, passing out, tingling in the left arm, speak to needing a cardiologist. Of course, he/she is going to suggest that you get the other factors; over weight, stress, etc. under control.good luck, Kell
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 05:23 PM
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  • Good point on the heart symptoms.Also Type 2 diabetes often goes hand in hand with heart problems.I do hope you don't delay getting getting into a dr. I am worried about you because I have been through a similar situation with not going to drs and becoming very sick because of the delay.Get your heart checked out and get tested for diabetes. And be screened for infections and everything else that could be causing you to feel sick.Sadly when people neglect their health for a long time by not going in for regular physical exams they don't realize how sick they can get because of the delay in getting a proper diagnosis. Not too mention the poor folks who don't get regular cancer screenings.Too many people have died from not being screened for cancers, and getting their cancer picked up in the earliest stages. Woman need to get their mamograms and pap tests; because some of the cancers caught with the tests early enough are more survivable nowadays.Please get in to see a great dr asap and get yourself checked out; especicially because you also have some cardiac symptoms.I found very little in the replies relating to heart disease. As one who has experienced heart disease from angina to bypass to infarction at age 43 to heart transplant at 67, your chest pain, passing out, tingling in the left arm, speak to needing a cardiologist. Of course, he/she is going to suggest that you get the other factors; over weight, stress, etc. under control.good luck, Kell
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 08:19 PM
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