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Oct 10, 2012 · Swollen thyroid, multiple nodules in Digestive Health

Dear Trischa101,
I am so sorry to read of your troubles. I had your some but not all of your symptoms and I went to three MDs too….and I was prescribed anti-depressants by the first MD, sleep meds by the second MD, and the third MD said he didn’t like how my thyroid felt (along with exhaustion which was not like me back then) and he had blood taken. My blood work showed I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which I believe is an auto-immune disease. I was prescribed Levothyroxine (“fake thyroid RX) and I felt a little better. Next MD appointment, after reading more about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis online, I asked him about “natural thyroid RX” which was called back then (1990) Armour Thyroid RX (please read and research on Mayo Clinic’s main website or Merck’s Manual). I switched to Armour Thyroid (which I was told was from female pigs). The “Natural” Armour Thyroid did not work well with my body and I was having weird new symptoms so I went back to Levothyroxine and he increased my daily dosage which helped enormously. Please please do your own research online with Google and also try Mayo Clinic’s Symptom Checker on their main website as I have found that tool quite helpful. I have had two girlfriends who were diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis within two years of my own diagnosis. They both took different paths….one totally natural and the other doing the synthetic hormone that I take daily. They said their MDs said you need to have blood work that checks both T3 and T4 every time and not just one or the other. Please forgive me for not researching everything before writing to you but I had just this 10-15 minute time to write back to your post before I must go to sleep. I sure hope you research more online before seeing your MD or a new MD for your thyroid. I am alarmed your thyroid is three times its normal size (but I am not a MD or RN) but I do remember reading about goiters which I believe is when your thyroid doubles or triples in size. Do not ever give up!! You can find answers, treatment and relief….HOPE. I will be pulling for you!

Perhaps by chance you have Mononucleosis. I was diagnosed with Infectious Mononucleosis at the age of 30 years old and your stated symptoms just reminded me of how debilitated I was from developing mononucleosis at an older age than most people.

Oct 10, 2012 · blood in urine with no cause in Kidney & Bladder

Dear gmhelin,
Many supplements, foods and over the counter (OTC) drugs can be and are blood thinners. Here is a link to an interesting article that lists a number of foods, supplements and OTC drugs that may have caused your medical troubles.

http://www.drlam.com/opinion/blood_thinners_and_nutritional_supplement.asp

I am glad to hear you were able to discontinue Lipitor so you can be certain if this scary episode happened because of a side effect to Lipitor or not. I hope you will read the information from this link as I was very surprised to see a number of foods and supplements that I had no idea were blood thinners.. Hope it helps you find answers.

Sincerely,

MaryinKansas

Oct 9, 2012 · blood in urine with no cause in Kidney & Bladder

Dear gmhelin,
Are you drinking Monster Energy Drinks every day? Are you on any blood thinning medications? Or an RX that has side effects with what is in a lot of Energy Drinks and tablets? I am on Coumadin and I drank two large Monster Energy drinks and I urinated blood. At the ER they did a lot of tests and checked everything and they could not figure out why…until they asked me if I traveled out of the country to some exotic locales–No–then they wanted to know everything I ate and drank for the previous 48 hours. The two large Monster Energy drinks were the only food/drink that contained herbs, supplements to thin your blood. I stopped drinking Monster Energy Drinks and I have never had another episode. I hope and pray that your medical problem will be healed/cured quickly. God bless you.
Sincerely
MaryinKansas

Oct 8, 2012 · Pelvic Pains for over a year HELP! in Women's Health

Dear Precious16,
Please call Saint Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN as they never turn away a child…and I believe you are still under 18 years old and considered a child. Please do not give up! It is frightening to have something in your body causing you pain, problems and great fears. If you live near a major City, check on Google for Teaching Medical Schools/Hospitals/Universities and see if your parents or someone you trust can drive you to one for a consultation or if you are in great pain their ER Room. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is a wonderful Hospital and they have other Mayo Hospitals in FL and AZ..but I think you need to have medical health insurance to be seen there…but you never know they may have exceptions for children under 18 years old. Keep fighting for yourself!! Also call any Children’s Hospitals near you too. You will be in my prayers. I am hoping you will find out the answers you need to be treated, cured and back to having normal health. God bless you.
Sincerely,
MaryinKansas

Sep 30, 2012 · Syringomyelia in Spine Health

Hello. I am so sorry to hear of your pain and your troubles. I have a cousin who was diagnosed with Syringomyelia. She was advised to go to a major metropolitan teaching Hospital that sees this condition more often. She had surgery in a Chicago Hospital and the surgery truly saved and changed her life. She went from having terrible pain like you have, migraine headaches, balance troubles to after surgery and physical therapy… to being back to who she was prior to being diagnosed. She went back to college, graduated, worked full time, married and has lived a very productive and happy life. I wish I knew a MD at Mayo Clinic who does this special surgery but I believe with a few phone calls to the Main Mayo Clinic phone number…they will connect you with the right MDs and Surgeons who specialize in treating Syringomyelia. I am pulling for you to be able to regain your health and life back.

Sep 30, 2012 · Buttock Pain in About Kids & Teens

Hello. I am so sorry to hear of your pain and difficulties. I had problems like you describe where it hurt to sit and I would have severe buttock pain right in the middle of the buttock on both sides. I went to an Orthopedic MD and he had x-rays taken that showed my Sacroilliac Joints had scarred extensively and fused. He then ordered a HLA B27 Antigen blood test and mine was positive. He sent me to a Rheumatic MD who diagnosed Anklyosing Spondylitis (AS). I went to an AS Support Group where other AS people gave me advice and tips how to sit with a special seat with the tailbone area is cut out so I am able to sit longer than if I did not have the special seat. There are inexpensive ones online that are foam rubber seat cushions but they have designed them to have the tailbone area cut out. I hope this information helps you find answers and relief for your pain and difficulties.

Sep 26, 2012 · post concussion syndrome in Brain & Nervous System

I am so sorry to hear of your son’s troubles. I was prescribed Gabapenten and I ended up in the Emergency Room feeling like I was poisoned. I don’t know the other RX he is taking but please google the RX name and read up on the side effects. Also check on google for post concussive syndrome Doctors and/or Support Groups. I have learned a lot from other people who have what I have uand are looking for support while we discuss new therapies and new treatments together. You and your son will be in my thoughts and prayers. Also go to Mayo Clinic’s main website, WebMD, Merck Manual, Neurology Today, etc….there are hundreds if not thousands of resources online.