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Can an endocronologist help with diagnosing my "stiff feet" feeling of legs filled with concrete, exhaustion or should I pursue with OBYGN with menopause?

By Anonymous May 31, 2015 - 6:22am
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I'm 51 and haven't had a period in 10 months. My feet feel stiff, especially in the am. My legs feel like they have lead weights, pain in the buttocks that shoot down my hamstrings. Arthritic feelings in fingers. Exhausted all the time, can't stay after work. I have some hot flashes, not a major issue. Sleep is pretty good. Major weight gain, 23 pound in last 6 months. Use to work out, too exhausted now. Recent blood work, Low Vitamin D (17%) on weekly pill (just took 7 pill) Also, low protein levels, low blood pressure. Extremely stressed due to personal family situations. I am supposed to go back to internist who I have only gone to once, very nice but a quick five minute visit. Not sure who to go to get help, the constant pain and weight gain is extremely upsetting. I was thinking of an endocrinologist, but not sure. Never reached out like this before, but found Dr. Friedman's videos very informative. looking for any suggestions?

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Hello and thank you for sharing you question.

There are a few factors that could be causing the erratic symptoms: side effects to medication, hormones, nerves, menopause, low vitamin D (as you mentioned).

I suggest that you focus on treatments for the low blood pressure, and low protein first.  Your general doctor will be able to refer you to the right specialist if you need further testing, but for now he/she will be able to tell you what treatments to pursue for those things.

If you wish to have your hormones checked for menopause symptoms then you should visit your OBGYN doctor.


May 31, 2015 - 10:33pm
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