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I have a lot of symptoms around being exhausted, Should I seen an endocrinologist?

By Anonymous June 15, 2011 - 11:18am
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I am totally exhausted at all times. I wake up many times during the night, I fall asleep on short drives. I have dizzy spells and shortness of breath after walking a short distance. I have gained alot of weight after quitting smoking (after 30+ years) I am currently 5'8" and 260. I went to the Dr and he did many tests including a CT scan of my heart and an MRI, he then did a fasting blood sugar test. All came out normal, except I was vitamin D deficient. I was severly anemic (ferratin level of 2) a couple of years ago and had to have iron infusions 3 days a week for the better part of 6 wks. At that time I also had the thermal ablation surgery ( although my periods have mostly returned back to normal now) I dont think this is what it is again because the other symptoms are not there this time. I had a recommendation to see and endocrinologist as they might be able to put the pieces together better. So should I see the endocrinologist or just switch doctors till they find something?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

Firstly - and importantly - congratulations on quitting such a difficult addiction of over 30 years. That's a huge accomplishment! I know the subsequent weight gain is something you're dealing with but congrats on quitting - that's such a gift to yourself.

Have you been tested for sleep apnea? Given you weight gain (that can lead to sleep apnea), waking up through out the night, falling asleep during the day and feeling constantly exhausted is leading me to think that you really should investigate sleep apnea as a cause for how you are feeling.

Also - have you had your hormones checked, including your thyroid?

As for seeing a endocrinologist, it might be a good idea. Take a look at this video here or read the script below: http://www.empowher.com/reproductive-system/content/when-should-woman-see-endocrinologist-dr-friedman-video

Let me know what you think!


June 15, 2011 - 12:13pm
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