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Menoposal, high-low blood pressure, ect.

By Anonymous June 25, 2010 - 9:05pm
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I am 49 years old and for the last year I have had very high to very low blood pressure, night sweats and hot flashes, feeling of rapid heart beat and like I have been rushing around and out of breath ( even though I was just sitting, eating any activity) It occurs out of the blue and I have to just rest. I get light headed, and feel short waves of dizzyness, as if I had gotten up to fast. I am tired all the time. This just isn't me, its not deppression my husband has seen when it happens and I just start going down and need to rest for no reason. I have been to my gynocologyst she has me on divigel 1 mg. she says I have an under lying hormonal problem and need to go to an endocrynologist, my cardiologist also said the same thing so now I an undergoing even more test with an endocrynologist. Has any one else ever had all these symptons? I just want to feel good again. I must also mention I do also have ulcerative colitis (for 7 years) and take asacol and folic acid for it I take omeprazole for acid reflux (for 5 years), benicar is for blood pressure ( just started in August).

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Dear Anonymous, I am 53 and was having extreme hot flashes, dizziness, rapid heart beats, low B/P and extreme fatigue. My OB/Gyn continually blamed this all on Menopause. When extreme diarrhea, swelling and weight loss occurred I went to primary physician and blood work was done which showed positive for Lupus. I also had the butterfly
mask/rash on my face. Dr. sent me to rheumatologist who tested me for other diseases that have same/similar symptons to rule out anything else before doctoring for Lupus. A 24HR urinalysis (5H1AA) test showed positive for Carcinoid Cancer - a very rare incurable cancer that usually goes undetected until symptons present themselves. I have been with an
oncologist since Dec.09 and have undergone open heart surgery as it attacked the Tricuspid Valve. My main point here is - please don't assume that everything is related to menopause. The medical field is taught that if they hear hoofbeats think of horses - not zebras. Because
the zebra is not thought of the drs. sometimes don't think outside the box and only look for the obvious - especially if it is something they have
never heard of. I have no intentions of scaring you - just continue questioning until you are satisfied with your answers.
I wish you the best!

June 26, 2010 - 9:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Zebra1)

Thank you so much for your reply. My endocrynologist did do the 24 hour urine test as well as many blood tests. I will find out the results on the 13th of July unless she finds something. I have also been to a rhumatologist because I was testing positive for lupus off and on but it is believed to be a false positive due to the inflamation from the ulcerative colitis. I do have rosacea have had it for over 15 years. I had one doctor try to tell my I was depressed. My whole family tried to tell him no thats not her problem we have seen when this happens it something else. And it was it was my blood pressure at that time way to high. I no longer see that doctor. Long story short I will keep searching till I find out what is going on. Thank you so much.

June 27, 2010 - 8:29pm
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Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and I am sorry to hear that you are going through so many different issues. You are heading in the right direction to get a physicians opinion on the different things that are going on in your body. When women are menopausal, it is common to have high blood pressure and since you are being treated, you made the right decision seeing your gynecologist.

The reason your physicians are referring you to an endocrinologist is to be certain you are not suffering from a hormone disorder. Unfortunately, we can not give you a definitive answer regarding all your diagnoses as your physician will have to be the ultimate judge of that as they will have to run some tests for you regarding possible hormone disorders and/or treatments. Every woman is so different during menopause and seeking physicians assistance is best.

Did you already set up an appointment with the endocrinologist? Can you please keep us updated on what he/she says about your issues? You may be able to help many other women suffering from the same symptoms.

Good luck!

June 26, 2010 - 6:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you so much for your reply. Yes I have seen the endocrynologist once and she had me do a 24 hour urine test, and a lot of lab work. I will find out on the 13th of July the results.

June 27, 2010 - 8:32pm
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