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By April 24, 2012 - 3:04pm
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Where to even start, I had severe Endometriosis so in 2009 I had a complete Hysterectomy (all female organs taken out) at the age of 36 and was a size 4. Now I have gained over 50 lbs a size 16, I was worried that the RX Hormones I was on was some of the cause of weight gain and cancer does run in my family so I took myself off of all meds, then I was diagnosed with full blown Fibromyalgia (so with the fatigue, depression, hot flashes, weight gain, and swealing I feel like horrible) I tried Cymbolta but don't care for the side effects, I have a great deal of swealing in the ankles & now wrist and from my symptoms I think my T3 or T4 (Thyroids) are out of wack so to speak, so I may also have Hypothyroidism as well. I'm 39 but my body feels like a continuous train wreck full of pain all day and night. My questions are, due to me being some what both for RX and (Holistic, Alternative) healthcare what is the best route for me, I mean are their doctors who specialize in both for me to see or speak to in order to get everything on the right path for me health wise? Any advise would be greatly appreciated......

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Hello kitty04,
My first bit of advice is to make an appointment for a complete physical examination that includes blood tests.

Do you currently have a primary care physician? Is he or she receptive to the use of alternative or holistic medicine therapy in addition to conventional medical therapies?

There are physicians who will incorporate both methods in their treatment plans.

The only way to determine if you have hypothyroidism is to have blood tests done to check your thyroid hormone levels. Weight gain, fatigue and swelling in the face, hands and feet are some symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland.

I think with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan that includes conventional medicine, which may be necessary if indeed you have hypothyroidism, and a holistic approach, you will begin to feel much better.


April 24, 2012 - 4:43pm
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