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I am 48 and think I may be going thru change of life? !

By August 16, 2011 - 11:45am
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I have gained like 50 pds within the last 9 months and I don't eat alot. I also Have been Bleeding continuosly I go thru pads and tampons weekly for the past three months/and pass clots as big as my pad or the palm of my hand and it scares me. I hav No insurance and go to school on line full time and I am not working ! I use my grants to get by with bills and things! What can I do? I have also been having swelling in my left leg and numbness in left arm and left leg.

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i am 51 yrs of age and i think i am pregnant, my breasts are tender and heavy, my cycles have been normal. my cycle is 4 days late, i took a test and it say negative, what should i do

August 28, 2011 - 11:14am
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I am unclear why you think you are pregnant if you had a negative pregnancy test, along with normal cycles?

When was your last menstrual period (the first day of bleeding)?

A period that is 4 days late is not considered "late", as long as it has not been longer than 35 days since your last menstrual period (again, counted as the first day of bleeding).

August 28, 2011 - 1:35pm

Hi Teresa,
You have a heavy burden to carry. I am glad that your daughter can help you get some much needed medical attention.
Wishing you the best,

August 17, 2011 - 5:35pm

As a 48 year old woman it is very likely that you can be in perimenopause, which is that transition time before you stop producing estrogen completely. I am very concerned about the prolonged, heavy vaginal bleeding, the 50 lb weight gain in a period of 9 months, the swelling in your left leg and the numbness in both your left arm and left leg. These are not typical signs of perimenopause. I understand your financial concerns of seeking medical attention when you do not have insurance and limited funds to pay for care out of pocket. But, you need to seek medical attention right away. Is there a health clinic at a hospital in the area where you live? Often hospital health clinics or community health clinics offer care at very little cost or cost based on the ability to pay. A social worker at your local hospital can help you find resources for assistance in paying medical expenses. Another option is to go to the emergency room of your local hospital. I don't think this is a matter which you can ignore. Please seek medical attention.


August 16, 2011 - 4:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank You so much for replying to my question! That makes sense cause I didn't think it all was for that! I was wondering could it also have something to do with my thyroids? And Our medical Hospital is so full that sometimes people are there up 8 hours before actually talking to doctor! I have my daughter coming over tomorrow to take me back to her house to watch grandson two days a week so I will have her take me out by her place to the hospital, maybe quicker there to be seen. I have no transportation because I sold my car and used my savings to have my oldest daughter cremated a year ago August 8th, so my emotional state probably isn't the best but, I stay focused on school and my other kids and grandson. she was 26 and left a boy 6 and girl 5 behind!. I think My physical health was ok until she got real sick and I took care of her twenty four/ seven almost to the end til she and I decided it was getting to much for both of us. But I will keep ya informed for I have no one family or close friends to confide or ask of my symtoms.
Again, I am concerned too and appreciate your input and advice !
Sincerely, Teresa

August 16, 2011 - 5:15pm
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