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By March 7, 2011 - 5:31pm
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I have had palpitations for years which are worse around the time of my period, I am usually anaemic/heavy periods count of 7 last time. As well as this my period has always been every 28 days but in october it went 45 days and felt as if my stomach was going to burst. Fine the next couple of months but now last period 15th january/ i am 44, I feel as if my stomach is about to pop,it feels as if I am carrying around a great weight in my stomach, I am very overweight, I was 9 stone before I had my twins 5 years ago but am now around 16st having been 13 stone after their birth at full term. I also have shooting pains in my back passage and pains in my stomach so am very worried thinking I have something awful. I do react to certain foods i.e. if I have biscuits or weetabix I constantly feel that I need the loo, no blood but backside very itchy. I feel as if I am getting bigger every day even though I dont eat proper meals/ 3 meals aday. I have had a polyp removed previously but visited the doctor about a year ago and she couldnt feel anything and I had a barium swallow last year as felt as if there was something in my throat which went after I had the test done. I also have pins and needles all down my legs and lower back pain.

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Hi daisydoo,
Welcome to EmpowHer. Reviewing your symptoms, I can offer these suggestions:
Make an appointment with your physician to have the following blood tests: check thyroid function and cortisol levels
complete blood count or CBC to check for anemia
a food allergy panel and celiac screening (to rule out the causes of abdominal fullness, rectal and abdominal pain, and weight gain)
You may need an echocardiogram to determine the possible cause of the palpitations and a pelvic ultrasound to determine what is causing the heavy menstrual flow.
The additional weight could be causing the sensation of pins and needles down your legs and the pain in your lower back. An x-ray of your spine would help your doctor see if there are any changes that are possible causes of the pain.
Hope this information is a start to helping you get answers to your health concerns. Keep us posted of your progress.

March 7, 2011 - 5:59pm
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