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Lisa - March 3

Hi, I am new here, and am looking to hopefully get some opinions or advice since I am waiting to see a new doctor. I am switching to a different internal medicine doctor because the one I started to see the last month did bloodwork on me, and an Ultrasound and MRI of my neck because he felt swollen lymph nodes, and called to tell me I have abnormal blood results, as well as abnormal ultrasound (of neck) results, and mentioned Fibromyalgia or Lupus being something he thought might be possible, and that he was going to send me to a Rheumatologist (who I can't get into for another month), and that he wanted to continue looking into my abnormal thyroid blood results (as well as four nodules the ultrasound showed), but anyway, that was three weeks ago that he told me all of that, and I haven't heard from anyone since. I have called quite a few times to see if I could talk to him about the second round of bloodwork he had me do, and to find out what MRI showed, but nobody will call me back, not even the receptionist when she has said she would. So he told me things were abnormal, then three weeks pass, and no calls, no nothing. Even though I have tried to follow-up numerous times now.
Needless to say, I am having extreme anxiety throughout my day lately, and feel so scared that I can't trust doctors to take it seriously anymore. The main symptoms I have had recently that scare me are: extreme fatigue (which I have had constant for a long time, but especially since last summer), constant muscle aches in back, neck, shoulders, mild fevers off and on, mild headaches (which I used to never get unless I was sick), and major fluid swelling in my abdomen (definite fluid, not gas- is hard when pressed on). Does anyone know if this is more likely autoimmune-related, or something worse? I did forget to mention that I already was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 5 1/2 years ago, and have been on thyroid replacement ever since. So already have some autoimmune issues. I am really hoping it is nothing bad. Thanks in advance for any advice/support.


Pam - February 24

Nothing is worse than feeling powerless and alone when you're not feeling well. I remember it well: going to the doctor with an overwhelming list of symptoms and not knowing what to do. The doctor didn't know what to do either and got into a rut of treating some of my symptoms with pills and then kept referring me to 'experts' who sent me for more and more tests. The doctor never admitted to the fact that he didn't know how to treat me. At first he was nice but after a while he became short with me and rude. At one point, after about 4 years of being sick and mostly bedridden, and after a particularly unpleasant hospital stay I told myself that I had tried enough of the 'standard' medical care. I didn't like how I felt and I certainly didn't like how I was being treated. So I started researching alternative treatments and found help almost immediately.
I have recovered and am back to work, I'm a nurse.
Here are a few suggestions. you have a bunch of things wrong which means that you may benefit by taking a look at your whole lifestyle and start doing a little spring cleaning. The first thing to think about is what you're putting into your body and clean it up: no junk, keep it clean and simple. Choose fresh foods from the produce isle, skip sugars and baked goods for a while and pack your own lunch. Second, avoid taking in toxins on your skin or into your lungs. These may include everyday bathroom products like lotions, shampoo, make-up etc (you can find adequate replacements at a natural health store), also avoid cleaning products, air fresheners, paint, etc.
Try some 'detox' products like teas and colon detoxifiers and drink lots of water to flush some of the junk out.
For aches, soak in a hot bath with a few cups of epsom salts and a few tablespoons of olive oil.
These are just a few things you can do to help take care of yourself while you're waiting for that rude doctor. None of these things require a diagnosis or any expensive test, they are good for anyone.
Take care of yourself, Lisa.


Jean - March 3

I would keep following up until you got an answer you deserve your questions answered so go to the office and request a copy of your file and get your answers its in the doctors notes.



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