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Wed, Feb 12 10:13am · Hypothyroidism Diagnosis in Diabetes/Endocrine System

No, they only do the TSH lab test. I have asked several time with a few different doctors for more (per my aunt's recommendation) but get critized by them for asking and made to feel like I do not know what I am talking about. Thanks for the link. I think I should print this out and take it with me to help with the discussion. With my supplements though, I think I better stop for a couple week before the lab test if they were to be ordered as to not skew the results. The very first endocrinologist I saw put me on meridian and that was helpful but I was told they will not keep me on this. Plus, this was taken off the market with thoughts it was causing heart valve issues. Then any endo I saw after that only wants to concentrate on my diet, then when I show them I eat pretty good and healthy, then they jump to the lack of exercise issue. I usually note the fact that I was recently on a research study that required me to ride a stationary bike for 12 weeks, for 5 days a week for 60 minutes while they monitored my heart rate to make sure it was maintained at a certain level. After the 12 weeks I gained over 10 pounds and no weight was ever lost in those 12 weeks.

Tue, Feb 11 11:21am · Hypothyroidism Diagnosis in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Yes, I have tried Miralax and Metamucil and Citrucel. Those worked when I was younger (20s & 30s) but when I got into my late 40s those just make matters worse. The Smooth Move tea is now helpful and if that is not enough then I move on to use Healthforce Superfoods Intestinal Movement Formula or Irwin Naturals Daily Gentle Cleanse. I am no doctor and cannot say this would work for everybody but it works for me. I do know that one of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism is constipation and not having enough energy as well as hair loss. I am really feeling like that is the direction I need to concentrate on because without fixing that problem anything else will just be a Band-Aid without getting to the root of the problem. I really do feel I have spent too many years agreeing to the Band-Aid fixes. Would prefer to move forward with my PCP but if I cannot bring them on board to finding the root cause then I will have to work on my own. Hate to say that but I already feel I have lost way to many years.

Mon, Feb 10 7:33pm · Hypothyroidism Diagnosis in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@jk, Volunteer Mentor Thanks for the supportive words. When most of this started I was exercising a great deal. I used to play indoor soccer, completive volleyball 1 to 2 night per week, then Dancefit or jazzercise 1 to 2 nights per week. The doctor said my cholesterol was as good as an athletes. At that time, the reason for my weight gain by any provider was because my diet must have too many calories. However, I have never been a big eater or a binge eater. After my daughter was born, I would get exercise but just not in the Gym kind. I love gardening and would spend a great deal of time working in my yard. Of course chasing after a child and house work. As my child got older we would pick an activity to do together each year, like racquetball, off road bike riding, and ice skating. The interesting part is the more I worked in the yard the more I would gain weight which seemed very off to me ~ not sure with those other activities. Even water weight gain should come back off again rather easily but this weight did not. Many people told me it was probably muscle weight since that weighs more than fat but I read that muscle weight gain should only be about 10%. I was gaining more than that each summer. I have worked with dieticians and we make some minor adjustments here and there. It takes me a while but I will loose 10 pounds but eventually it will come back on again. I did try the 'Fit for Life' diet that utilized Medifast products. I did start loosing some weight but started having serious issues with constipation. They told me to keep drinking more water which I did but that did not stop the constipation issue. As this problem keeps progressing of course I keep loose energy to keep doing these things and I start to do less and less. Now I have a slipped disk that is pressing on my spine and for the last 2 years have been barely able to do anything in the yard or much house work. By this time though, the weight has already accumulated.

I did read some of these articles / authors that have been suggested in these comments ~ thank you to those that shares this information. I had already been taking a Kelp supplement per my sister's suggestion. However, from this information I have added a few more supplements like B1 & B2 & Ashwagandha. I am feeling a little less sluggish. Not where I would like to be but every little bit helps.

Wed, Jan 22 11:19am · Hypothyroidism Diagnosis in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Yes, a several times. At that time, I only had 1 or 2 family members that had been diagnosed with Thyroid issues. Each time I visit with someone from endocrinology, they want to track my diet so I document it and show them and they see I am not crazy out of control with my diet. However, they start to nit pit my choices like that 1 day I had a coke instead of water. The 5 days a week, I used 1 teaspoon of honey in my coffee and not sugar but they didn't want me to use anything. The time I am invited to a pizza party and have 2 slices of pizza. I even when on a 1000 calorie diet for them and lost only 2 pounds. They concluded it must be my diet and that I also need more exercise. We never seem to go any deeper than this because the basic blood work shows that everything is normal.

Mon, Jan 20 1:59pm · Hypothyroidism Diagnosis in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Thanks for sharing your story and to all of you that have replied. I have been having similar issues and have felt for years it is related to my Thyroid. Then after I had a child I developed several cysts around my thyroid. I am told this is not causing any issues they are not growing and my blood work is not showing anything wrong. Early on (prior to having my child and after) they wanted to diagnose me with depression. I really didn't feel this was the issue but tried this route for a while with no resolution. I kept gaining wait and now they seem to only focus on my weight issue. I even saw in my doctor notes that I seem to have an issue controlling my food intake even though I told them repeatedly I eat a normal diet and sometimes less than my child. I even charted what I eat on several occasions to prove to them my diet is not so bad as to warrant all this weight gain. My hair is now so thin, that my pony tail is close to the size of a new born babies with some hair (not the babies with a full head of hair). Now I have family members (aunts & cousins) getting diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and after treatment feel much better. I have shared this with my doctors but they still do not feel like I have a thyroid issue just a lack of exercise and need to go on a diet or they want to treat me for depression. I hope to find the right terms to use when speaking to my physicians to convince them to dig deeper and take a closer look.

Sep 20, 2019 · Vaginal Tears/Fissures in Women's Health

Okay, I have just come from my special PT appointment. I asked my Therapist what to call this type of Therapy exactly and she said it is called, "Pelvic Floor Muscle Physical Therapy". She also wanted me to share her twitter which is @laurameihofer and you can google her or look at her YouTube site to learn more about all of this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTgM_qYmkZVMS1548I7eFA (google her via Laura Meihofer, LLC). She is excellent at explaining things and very helpful. I also talked to her about lubricants. I know @lioness suggested Vaseline gel but I want to caution you with that because Vaseline can cause infections in the vaginal area. The other Lubricants beside KY Jelly that you could use is Sliguid. Look for lubricants that are water based, Silicone base, or hybrid of those. I typed in Sliquid and a few CVS things popped up so maybe you can review a few of those if KY Jelly is not something you are interested in. I also learned that some people can get a little dry and the friction can cause a sort of worn area like a rug burn especial where there becomes a fold in the tissue. In this instance it is not really a fissure but an area that has become sore and sensitive (just like your skin can get a rug burn and be a bit sore). if this continues to happen and does not heal properly, then yes the tissue can get a little more sensitive and easier to injure. These are just suggestions and food for thought. I would continue to consult with your doctor and if necessary get a second opinion. Their exam should provide more information and be able to diagnose this issue for you better. I had never heard of this type of Physical Therapy before myself until about 3 years ago. Even so I didn't really know that much about it until I was sent to it myself. Hope you find some helpful information in all of this. Take care and never stop searching for answers. You deserve it ! I know the right doctor can make a huge difference.

Sep 19, 2019 · Vaginal Tears/Fissures in Women's Health

My experience has been more with an anal fissure from constipation issues. It has almost been a year and I am still trying to heal. There has bean much pain over this past year from all of this. But during this process and seeing doctors, I have learned that there is some special therapy for women who have pain with sex. The thought behind it is that the pelvic floor muscles are not relaxing as they should and they are staying too taunt. For me, my pelvic floor muscle issue is more related to spinal stenosis which is a narrowing of the spinal canal and a budging disc that is pressing on my spinal cord. In this special therapy there are some things to do to try and help stretch the vaginal muscles and help them relax more as they should, when they should. This may not be your issue but food for thought. I had know idea about this therapy until I was introduced to it. I had no idea that there are way to relax muscles at some pressure point within your vagina. On a more personal thought and suggestion from past experience, maybe think about more foreplay with the sex as well as the types of foreplay along with the KY Jelly. This foreplay can be particularly important and helpful for the women in preparing their muscles around the vaginal area and personal lubrication. I also would not think about it as 3 months without sex. There are lots of ways to have sex without penetration. You just have to use other methods for the time being. I hope you find a solution. Sex should never be painful.

Jul 16, 2019 · Collagenous Gastritis – Searching for Answers in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

I thought I had been given the GAPS diet from my doctor but when I went to share this, I see it is called the FODMAP diet (see attachment). It was given to me when my IBS was swinging more to the diarrhea side and greatly inflaming my fissure issue and putting me in horrible unbearable pain. I think they are very similar because from this web link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gaps-diet I see it states the following: "The GAPS diet is a strict elimination diet that requires its followers to cut out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbs." Maybe go to this link and learn more about the GAPS diet.