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Hormonal Imbalance, Weight Loss, Mental Illness - Please Help

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  • Posted By: DesperateForHelp99
  • November 18, 2009
  • 07:47 PM

Hello, my mother has been ill on and off for about 20+ years, and it has now reached a critical point. I am desperate for some assistance, at least determining what type of doctor she should be going to, as time is running out. She has never truly been diagnosed with anything concrete, and has sought help over the years from Western medicine and from homeopathic medicines. She has basically been given the runaround from doctor to doctor, who have not been able to truly provide any answers or course of action for her to try and get better. While the homeopathic medicines seemed to be somewhat working, her condition appears to be too severe to be handled this way, especially considering that no one clearly understands what her condition is.
These are her symptoms; she is currently at 96 lbs and has been losing weight consistently:
- No sense of taste.
- No appetite, sense of hunger, or desire to eat.
- No sensation of being full after eating.
- Hot flashes.
- Chronic Diarrhea – Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Weight Loss.
- Acid Reflux.
- Tongue coated with white film in the morning.
- Very high cortisol levels.
- Left arm above elbow very often in pain.
- Insomnia.
- Short term memory loss.
- Difficulty making basic decisions.
If you have any ideas or suggestions as to what this could be, please let me know. I am in desperate need of some direction with regards to her symptoms. Thank you in advance. Any help is greatly appreciated. If there is any other information that I can provide to help diagnosing, please let me know.

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  • Hello,Wow...I am not sure if this will help or if she has already been down this road but have you looked into Candida Albicans Overgrowth or just Candida. My guess would be she cannot taste because the white coating sounds a lot like thrush and thrush affects the taste buds, thrush is also a common side affect of Candida. Keep in mind that most medical professionals and a lot of others do not believe in such a thing as Candida but there are a lot of believers and I guess the only way to decide if you are a believer or not is to look into it.If you decide you want her tested it can be very difficult to get a doctor to even test for it or consider it and coupled with the fact that it is difficult to diagnose is probably one of the biggest reasons that few people know much about it. Just try looking into it and see if any of the other symptoms fit, also...how old is your mother? and what is her height? well...if you know her height that is. This has been going on for 20+ years?Well was she on antibiotics often for anything? particularly before the occurrance of most of the symptoms? Antibiotics as well as pregnancy, child birth and hormone imbalance all play a role in Candida. Is her diet or was her diet high in sugar or carbohydrates or fermented foods? (e.i. bakery, cookies, cake, candy, pie, bread, pasta, pickles, vinegar, etc.) Just a suggestion, hopefully she gets better and you can help get her the help she needs soon. Best wishes,Samantha
    Thursdaysmagic 22 Replies
    • November 19, 2009
    • 09:01 PM
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  • Hello Samantha,Thank you so much for answering. To answer your questions:How old is your mother? 67What is her height? 5' and 1/2"This has been going on for 20+ years? Yes. She had a miscarraige about 20 years ago and believes that her symptoms were the cause of her miscarraige.Well was she on antibiotics often for anything? Particularly before the occurrance of most of the symptoms? Not often, she stayed away from them as much as possible.Is her diet or was her diet high in sugar or carbohydrates or fermented foods? (e.i. bakery, cookies, cake, candy, pie, bread, pasta, pickles, vinegar, etc.) It used to be. My mother always beleived her diet to be the cause of her problems. Prior to her symptoms, she used to eat a lot of pastries, cookies, breads, and other such similar products.What types of doctors do you think would be best equipped or most knowledgeble to entertain this type of diagnosis? Endocrinologists? Gastro-endocrinologists? I'm just trying to find a path to pursue. Thanks again.
    DesperateForHelp99 2 Replies
    • November 20, 2009
    • 05:02 PM
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  • Hello Samantha,Thank you so much for answering. To answer your questions:How old is your mother? 67What is her height? 5' and 1/2"This has been going on for 20+ years? Yes. She had a miscarraige about 20 years ago and believes that her symptoms were the cause of her miscarraige.Well was she on antibiotics often for anything? Particularly before the occurrance of most of the symptoms? Not often, she stayed away from them as much as possible.Is her diet or was her diet high in sugar or carbohydrates or fermented foods? (e.i. bakery, cookies, cake, candy, pie, bread, pasta, pickles, vinegar, etc.) It used to be. My mother always beleived her diet to be the cause of her problems. Prior to her symptoms, she used to eat a lot of pastries, cookies, breads, and other such similar products.What types of doctors do you think would be best equipped or most knowledgeble to entertain this type of diagnosis? Endocrinologists? Gastro-endocrinologists? I'm just trying to find a path to pursue. Thanks again.
    DesperateForHelp99 2 Replies
    • November 20, 2009
    • 05:34 PM
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  • Hey Desperate,You know I am not sure what type of doctor would be best for this, in all honesty the Candida starts out in the instestines so perhaps a GI Dr. would be best, however it is rare to find a Candida literate doctor in mainstream medicine. My own personal GI Dr. who in my opinion is one of the best...also doesn't believe in Candida and would not test me. There are tests but the tests aren't 100% accurate in diagnosing a yeast problem. Does she have any other signs...like burning when urinatng, recurring yeast infections, etc. ? Have you looked up Candida and read about it? Just so you know Candida effects everyone differently and some people can have few symptoms and still have a yeast problem. Though your mother seems to have quite a few of the possible symptoms. If you want to forego the testing or cannot find a doctor who will test her for it, you could always opt to go a little more hands on with the approach and diagnosis by taking your mother to a competent nutritionist/dietician and asking if they could assist her in planning a Candida Diet. I definitely suggest researching the Candida Diet online yourself just in case the Nutritionist doesn't know all the rules. If you go that route and put her on a Candida Diet then you can see if her symptoms improve at all, there are supplements and herbs and things that assist with Candida Diets but how far you wish to go with this is up to you. After a few weeks on the diet...whether or not you get a medical diagnosis, if she improves then more than likely it was/is an issue with Candida. I strongly suggest reading as much into it as you can and trying to learn as much as possible so you can make an accurate assessment of whether or not you'd like to pursue this as a possible cause. I myself am putting myself on a special diet...first a detox diet then a comination/rotational/elimination/challenge/candida diet. My diet will be very strict because I am also trying to self diagnose for food allergies/intolerances which you may also want to look into since food allergies/intolerances can cause a lot of similar symptoms to Candida but what strikes me the most is the constant thrush, I do not have that problem but I read it is VERY common in people with a Candida issue. Best wishes and best of luck, I hope you get the answers you need soon and I hope your mother can be well again. I'll check back on a regular basis to see if you post any replies and if you do I will respond to them. Samantha
    Thursdaysmagic 22 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 06:38 PM
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  • Please provide a description about how here symptoms change after she eats, particularly mental symptoms. It's possible this is a gastric (stomach) issue. There are a number of peptide hormones released by the stomach that regulate satiety/hunger as well as nutrient absorption in response to food ingestion. If the acid reflux is quite regular, the white film on the tongue in the morning is the result, rather than anything major. From what I know on gastric hormone secretion it's food dependent. From the lit review I did, I remember that sourdough bread seemed to be the best stimulator (when compared to other bread varieties) so try the bread a few times a day for a week or so and see if her digestion changes at all.
    Croatiamedstudent 32 Replies
    • November 22, 2009
    • 08:13 AM
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