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Thyroid stimulating hormone levels

August 31, 2011 at 9:33am

I recently had blood work done because I have been very fatigued and have experienced a real loss of energy. My Vitamin D level was 17.8 and my Free T4 was .49. My TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was in the normal range of 2.09. My doctor put me on a Vitamin D supplement. Will the Vitamin D make my thyroid level go back up, and do you think I should be on thyroid medication? My doctor says that I should get my blood work done in two months and see how it is then.

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Cervical Dysplasia

August 29, 2011 at 11:37am

My sister just had a pap smear and the results showed cervical dysplasia. What exactly is this and could she be at risk for cancer?

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Menstruation and Digestion Issues

August 23, 2011 at 6:06pm

Before my period begins, I experience digestion issues, including gas and diarrhea. How can I prevent or minimize these issues?

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Carbohydrates and a Healthy Diet

August 23, 2011 at 6:04pm

Can you please explain how carbohydrates affect our weight and how to figure out how many carbs you should have in your daily diet?

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Vivelle dot and thin skin

August 23, 2011 at 5:58pm

I am 55, post-menopausal and have been on the lowest dose of Vivelle-dot patch for 18 months. My skin is quite thin, most notably on the inner thighs, which appears striated and is tender and is prone to pimples. Would a higher dosage patch encourage the skin to thicken?

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Vitamin B12

August 23, 2011 at 5:56pm

How much is too much B-12? Does taking B-12 pills help one have more energy?

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Swollen cervix

August 23, 2011 at 5:53pm

What are the most common causes for a swollen cervix without other symptoms?

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Bone pain in the hips

August 23, 2011 at 5:47pm

I am 71 and beginning to have some pain in my hips. I exercise three hours a week and walk 1/2 mile each day. Is it better to push through the pain or better to lay off for a day?

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Pagets Disease

August 23, 2011 at 5:46pm

I would like to know what Paget’s Disease is and what the symptoms are.

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laryngopharyngeal reflux

August 23, 2011 at 5:42pm

Is there a cure for LPR (Laryngopharyngeal) reflux? I am not a medication person and do not want to take Zantac forever.

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