ok dis drs...whats up?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by luvmyfam444, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. ZehnJahren

    ZehnJahren DIS Veteran

    May 5, 2010
    It might be prescribed that way, but it doesn't work that way. What it's banking on is the psychological recovery from that temporary usage, not the physiological recovery that comes from consistent usage.

    That being said, ADs carry their own nasty brands of symptoms and I believe they should be avoided at all costs unless very, very necessary.

    Get those blood tests done. Check for vitamin deficiencies and see where your body is hormonally.
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  3. njcarita

    njcarita <font color=red>BL II - Red Team<br> <font color=t

    Jul 30, 2003
    well i have never studies ssri so i cant comment on how they work ..... i have only worked in drug discovery in cardiocvascular pharmacolgy and immunopharamacology............i was just responding to the response that she needed a new doctor cause of how meds were prescribed when it is a legitamet way of prescribing prozac............as to weather AD's should be avoided at all costs i can not agree they have helped many people.....i tried them for peri symptoms for a few weeks and i could not tolerate them but everyone is different..... cause they did not work for me does not mean they will not work for someone else...........but i agree get your blood work done and see what your doc thinks
  4. lovesmurfs

    lovesmurfs DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2006
  5. njcarita

    njcarita <font color=red>BL II - Red Team<br> <font color=t

    Jul 30, 2003
    35 symptoms of perimenapause
    Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling (see note)
    Irregular heart beat
    Mood swings, sudden tears
    Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
    Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
    Loss of libido (see note)
    Dry ****** (see note)
    Crashing fatigue
    Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
    Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom (see note)
    Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
    Disturbing memory lapses
    Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence (see note)
    Itchy, crawly skin (see note)
    Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons (see note)
    Increased tension in muscles
    Breast tenderness
    Headache change: increase or decrease
    Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
    Sudden bouts of bloat
    Depression (see note)
    Exacerbation of existing conditions
    Increase in allergies
    Weight gain (see note)
    Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
    Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
    Changes in body odor
    Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head (see note)
    Tingling in the extremities (see note)
    Gum problems, increased bleeding
    Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
    Osteoporosis (after several years)
    Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
    Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc. (see note)
  6. luvmyfam444

    luvmyfam444 DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2005
    Thanks for the info. No, I have not had my annual in 2yrs...time to go. I don't believe I have had my blood done in 6 yrs - with my last kid it seems like I had them ck my thyroid . My mom has been on synthroid forever now.
    I can't compare my mom - she had a hysterectomy in her late 20s.

    So, I need to request the bloodwork - I take it - they don't automatically do this as part of an exam? I need to ck my insurance & see how it's covered (if its not part of the yearly exam).

    Will all those things be cked on one panel or do I need to specify all the things you mentioned (thyroid, b12, etc)?

    I'm going to ck out the other thread
  7. luvmyfam444

    luvmyfam444 DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2005
    some of those 35 symptoms I've had for years.

    Mainly the incontience - since my 3rd child was born!
  8. Tinker'n'Fun

    Tinker'n'Fun <font color=purple>"apple", peaches, "pumpkin pie"

    Mar 27, 2005
    Yes most Dr.s do the workup with a physical. When you go in ask though. My GP does not order all of the tests but my Gyno does.

    Just have a list of tests that you need done along with your drs normal list.

    Thyroid - most insurance will pay for a normal test and then for the T3-T4 if it comes out abnormal. BUT ASK YOUR insurance, if they will pay with the original draw.

    D - there are a few other D, D3 I believe is additional. My insurance had to be coded special to get paid for. So this is also something you want to ask insurance ahead of time.

    B12 has always been included in my normal workup, but it is very important, so ask.

    Hormone levels - my GP gave me a hard time then said I was not in perimenopause. Took the results to my Gyno who was grateful it was done for a baseline and YES she said I was definitely in perimenopause.

    So the most important thing you can do is make a list. An HONEST list. Then ask your insurance what is and isn't covered. For instance if you tell the doctor your ear hurts during a physical with my insurance it is not longer a physical and I am responsible for the copay while a physical is free.

    I would also make an appt with the Gyno and get your PAP and Mamo done if you haven't done this either.

    Preventative care is so important and can save you money BIG time.

    Don't be worried, just make the list and then make the calls and get the appointment.

    Feel better.:flower3::flower3:
  9. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    Cripes! You have not had bloodwork done in 6yrs?:faint:

    Is your PCP a good doctor or not? If you tell your PCP your symptoms and say you want a blood panel to rule out stuff will the doc go over it with you?

    Have a list prepared when you go in. (I see PP above me described it in detail, yea!)

    Plus you need to get your cholesterol & blood sugar checked and that is a fasting blood panel.

    Yep, time to get yourself together!!!:thumbsup2
  10. Princess Dolly

    Princess Dolly <font color=green>Unfortunately it encroached the

    Aug 22, 2011
    Yeah you really need to get in there and get a good look over and work up. Six years is far too long.

    Every insurance is different. As an example, my insurance pays for the complete thyroid panel, not just the regular one and then the others if it shows up abnormal. Actually I've never had my health insurance not cover any type of bloodwork.

    Also, luvmyfam, if your mother has thyroid issues more than likely you will at some point have them as well.
  11. Magpie

    Magpie DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2007
    Definitely get a physical! It doesn't necessarily have to be anything serious (though you do need to look into the depression).

    I was feeling draggy over the last year, then I realized that I was spending far too much time sitting down. It's a bit of a vicious circle, isn't it? You lack energy, so you don't move, so you end up lacking more energy. In my case, the kick in the butt was a UTI I couldn't seem to kick.

    So... Vitamin D (the doctor told me I could take more than the recommended, up to 2000 mg a day). Vitamin C (good for preventing UTIs apparently). Kegels (also good for the UTIs, and for urinary continence if you have issues with that). And most especially... exercise! I get outside when I can, which makes the dog happy. I also bought a Kinect game system so that I can move indoors on the days it's not nice to get out. When I start to feel down or draggy, instead of napping I get up and move. I often feel just as refreshed afterward, as I do after a nap.

    And I try not to spend too much time parked on my butt. It's amazing what a difference it makes to your mood, when you're up and active.
  12. PrincessSuzanne

    PrincessSuzanne <font color=red>Guess I will be eating crow tonigh

    Jan 1, 2007
    It was meant to be funny...come on laugh :rotfl2: I'm not quite 40, but some of the days I have had lately, I sure feel over the hill.
  13. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    Yes I was going to say the same thing. I have a thyroid issue so i'd know. Definitely try to get your thyroid levels checked. prior to being diagnosed I have most of those symptoms.

    And quite honestly, i cant believe your Dr would prescribe prozac so easily. I'd get another dr.
  14. luvmyfam444

    luvmyfam444 DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2005
    I did have my thyroid cked - but 6 yrs ago.

    So bloodwork is something that needs to be done on a regular basis? :confused3 I thought that was something only done when there may be a problem.

    I do not go to a dr on a regular basis other than an obgyn - but I slacked last year there - so its now been 2 yrs there...plan to make an appt ASAP for that.

    If I'm sick I'll go a doc in the box - an urgent care place. In 7 yrs we've lived here I think I've been to the doc 1or 2 times. - that's NOT counting the obgyn. and I was under a cariologist for a bit while preggo.
  15. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

    Aug 31, 1999
    Now, now OP--it's been 19 days since you made your first post with all of your symptoms. Based on the above, are you telling me you STILL haven't gone to the doc to get this checked out?

    I am like you. I no longer go to the doctor unless I have to. As a result, I have no established relationship with an general practiction. We have one in town who is supposed to be "the best." I've been to him a few times and I just don't care for him so that does not help when I have a problem. I am established with an endocrinologist for my thyroid cancer but that's it. Oh and GYN of course.

    Anyway, thyroid checks become part of a routine physical for a woman probably after your 40s. If you have an annual physical, it would be checked annually but, barring any symptoms, checking it every 5 years is good too.

    Having it checked once in a lifetime is not standard. The thyroid gland can start to fail at any point in your life so you'd probably always want to get a baseline and then check it periodically, especially with symptoms like yours.
  16. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    Yes, bloodwork EVERY year.

    A physical every year is advisable. That is generally when you get your blood work done. Testing for thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar, and the basic stuff should be a yearly thing. I also insist on testing my liver because I have had bad readings in the past.

    The key here is that you need a baseline for all of your stuff. The reason you go yearly is that you can compare the current results with last year results.

    If you do not like your PCP, find one that you do like. I know how hard that it is. Urgent care is fine for a cold/flu thing however fatigue and other stuff should be handled with your PCP.

    Now go, make an appt. ASAP.;)
  17. Nancy

    Nancy Wasting away in Pegulaville

    Aug 19, 1999
    If they check your thyroid make sure they are not just doing the TSH test but doing the t-3 and t-4 test. I complained for over 10 years of the same things you are and I always got that my thyroid was normal. Well..last year I finally went to see an endocrinologist and they did the full work up and my thyroid was a mess. I was reading as hyperthyroid but had zero hyper symptoms, all my symptoms were hypo. I had my thyroid killed with nuclear medicine over a year ago and they are still trying to "fix" me. It caused so many other issues.

    I also need to take prescription Vitamin D because my body does not hold onto the levels at all. Normally I take 1000 mgs a day but they test me every 3 months and the regular does nothing...so now they just keep me on the presciption stuff for 3 months at a time.

    Unfortunately so many symptoms mimic the whole peri stuff and the doctors tend to poo-poo them because "you know you are over 40 and this is what happens as you get older". :rolleyes::sad2:
  18. JessicaR

    JessicaR <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>

    Sep 26, 2000

    Go get that physical with a full thyroid panel not just TSH. Don't just accept not feeling well.
  19. IDoDis

    IDoDis Knows the password to get into the Moose Lodge

    Jan 14, 2006
    A lot of these symptoms can easily be related to other factors including nutrition, personal care, aging, and a host of other things. Most of the femalepopulation hhave some ofhese "symptoms." People always want to blame it on menopause which find kind of annoying. Go to your doctor for a well-check. Blood work should included (It is with our insurance).

    I'm 48 and still feel great! Live a healthy lifestyle and take 2000 IU of Vitamin D to help with your lethargic/sleepiness. Your doctor can fill in the other blanks.
  20. sookie

    sookie DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2010
    I have never heard of taking the medication for one week at a time. At the very least I would ask for more clarification on this.
  21. momoftwins

    momoftwins <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Jan 8, 2001
    As others have mentioned, have them check your parathyroid, thyroid, and vitamin D. I have extremely low levels of D and maybe an issue with my parathyroid.

    I feel so much better after taking mega doses of Vit D (prescription). My levels are still on the low side, but even still - I feel so much better.

    Good luck.

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