Forgive me for being new-I didn't see my probs on the FAQ pgs...
My doctor isn't the referring type and we have had battles before so I don't wish to upset her. I was not referred when I asked for a colonoscopy guy (since I was under 50 she said-No) Butt, I have had constipation for Many (over 15 years). As a matter of fact when I pulled all the medical records together and saw them as a group-I realized that I had been in the emergency room for back pain several times...(bad discs too at L3,4,5) when I was actually constipated! No longer take analgesics of any kind or iron-too constipating. One of the xrays (1991) showed a whole vit. tablet in my colon. And I didn't drink enough water-now though am better. oKay-so my other symptoms are low body temp-95* until started taking levothyroxin (100mg/mc whatever) now its more like 97.8-98.2 Low thyroid/High DHEA. Osteoporosis: Taking Fosomax. GERD: Rantidine 150mg 2X daily. Vision bilateral is much worse in the last five years from 20/13 to 20/30 (I don't understand how I can lose close vision and far vision BOTH at the same time!) Also, COLD feet, hands, rearend. Great EKG, BP 117/70, Resting pulse 60. Lethargy-that means tires easily right? Some depression. Joint pain-well that's probably due to arthritis (R knee) also two ACL repairs both L&R knees and I'm overweight: 200 pounds/5'8". My hair is falling out too-the doctor prescribed spironolactone which helped then took me off because it may be keeping me from losing weight! I'm pretty tired of hearing this is due to my age, eating too much exercising too little (just turned 50). I can keep up with Billy Blanks TaeBo and treadmill 30 min at 3 mph. Losing eyesight and gaining weight doesn't run in my family-- My mother (Aged 65) is alive and well-5'7" 140 lbs doesn't wear glasses, my half sister (35) is 5'8" 138 lbs (also doesn't wear glasses). My top weight was 256 (at 22) and I took over 90 pounds off which stayed off through my 30's. Dropped more weight with the birth of my children after the cessation of nursing and ended up around 148 until 10 years ago... Had a lifestyle change with less physical work and more regular meals-but we eat healthy stuff. OH! And By the Way, when I started complaining about not being able to take off the pounds the doctor sent me to a Nutritionist and doing exactly everything she said-eating only what was on the list at the times and in amounts on the list: Gained 4 pounds in 3 weeks. I have gotten over the being angry part-made a choice not to have gastric bypass even though ins. approved. Scheduled for Optifast appt-but Really! If I have endocrine probs I'm not getting referred-remember? What should I be doing right now? Do I have too many issues to be taken seriously? :(
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