Hi, I am a 49 year old woman, very active, running for over 15 years, and was training for a triathlon this summer. I reside on Nantucket in the summer months, (deer tick country), and do many off road bike and hikes and runs. Upon returning back to Florida in August, I started having the following symptoms: recurrent UTI's, hair loss (lots!), pain and tingling in left hand and arm, just started feeling tingling in center of chest, and pain in back left shoulder, below shoulder blade. Went to gynecologist, was put on antibiotic for first UTI, went to ortho, who took neck x-ray and prescribed physical therapy and celebrex (diagnosed pinched nerve in neck). Celebrex and PT did not stop symptoms of tingling and pain. Ortho did not want to talk about my hair loss - told me he was losing his hair too. But all these symptoms started together, and I pay lots of attention to my health, and up until now, have not had any other medical problems, not even a running injury. I was diagnosed with tinnitus three years ago, but other than that, have not had to visit a doctor except for my yearly gyn visits. I tried to ask my ortho about Thyroid tests, as I have been steadily losing hair for almost two months. I started taking B-12 on my own when my symptoms first appeared. My UTI did not go away, and I was put on Cipro for 7 days, which I just finished last week, it seems to have helped, but have gone in for another test to make sure I am clinically clear. The ortho ordered an MRI for next week, but does not take my wanting blood tests for thyroid seriously. After doing much research, I think I should also be tested for Lyme's Disease, pernicious anemia and diabetes. How does a patient insist on these tests if the doctor just dismisses them without discussing it? He is just so sure I have a pinched nerve, but that does not explain my hair loss, and although I am under some stress, having raised four boys, it is something I am very used to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, should I insist on seeing a neurologist instead of an ortho? Many people have commented to me that with a pinched nerve, a neurologist is the specialist I need to see. Thank you for any suggestions.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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