Nurse Mary

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Question Archive:

Question:

What are some food choices that can help strengthen my bones?

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April 22, 2014 at 3:08pm

Question:

I feel like I continue to gain weight while on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). I've exercised five to six times a week since I was 18 years old. I also do cardio five days a week.  

I went on bio-identical HRT three years ago and my body composition has changed in an awful way. I have gained roughly 10 pounds. Is it the hormones or would it have happened anyway? I get so down about it that I feel like I don't want to go to the gym anymore because it's a waste of my time.

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April 18, 2014 at 5:50am

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I am a 38 year old women that doesn't know what is wrong. I had a hysterectomy at age 18 due to polycystic ovarian disease that started when I was 16. During that time, the doctor I had tried to help me, but I ended up going through 23 surgerys to try to save my ability to have children.

Anyway, he never gave me hormones and said I shouldn't need them since I was just 18 years old. I am a wreck at age 38. I can't sleep more than three hours at a time. I constantly feel down like I'm not good enough. Its ruining my relationship with my boyfriend. I just feel angry and mad all the time and now I'm crying. Do I need hormones? Please help, I just want to be normal again! 

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April 17, 2014 at 9:39am

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My hair is falling out of my head. I have had bloodwork done, but no doctor seems concerned. I am in the beginning stages of menopause and have read that hair loss is normal.  

What type of doctor should I see for potential hormone treatment? I really don't want to wait until I am bald to get help!

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April 16, 2014 at 8:58am

Question:

Is there such a diagnosis as a person having a stroke at the level of the Pons in the brain? The person is 71 years old, she is a smoker, has gait problems and has vision problems.

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April 15, 2014 at 8:50am

Question:

I have a friend who is about 50 years old. She is currently taking vitamins that state that they support healthy cellular response, repair and regeneration. The claim is that as we age, celular renewal can slow or be compromised by oxidative damage to celular DNA.The basic ingredients seem to be a claim of using discovering and developing the world's highest-quality therapeutic-grade essential oil products.

The products are distributed by independent product consultants who working from home, introduce, educate, and sell the product. They have a skin care line, hair care, wellness (the vitamins), weight loss, and digestive health as part of this program. What do you think?! I have suggested she save her money because it is very expensive.

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April 14, 2014 at 5:28pm

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I am a 43 year old woman with a 4 year old child delivered by c-section. In 2007, I had a myomectomy for uterine fibroids (in order to help with infertility) and an appendectomy in 1981. For the past year, I have had some terrible upper abdomen pain that only comes during the first 3 days of my period (however, not every month). It is a constant mild pain for those few days, but comes in very severe waves of pain after I eat anything, even water. I become nauseous and my stomach becomes very bloated and painful when even mildly touched. Curling into the fetal position is the only thing that has helped ease the pain.  

My gynecologist did an ultrasound and found no cysts on my ovaries, but did find some new small fibroids and said my uterus was slightly larger than normal. She said all looked normal, though, and suggested I take ibuprofen during my period to help with pain. Do these things have to do with menopause approaching???

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April 7, 2014 at 11:14am

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Is the sodium in nasal sprays enough to raise blood pressure if used daily to flush the nose?

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March 31, 2014 at 12:13pm

Question:

I started on a hormone therapy pill back in September (Estradiol 1 mg.). A month after starting the hormone therapy pill, I completely stopped having periods. I then got my period about 4-5 months later and it's still going. It stops for a day or two and then starts right back. I recently quit taking the hormone pill, hoping to stop the bleeding. My period is now light, but still there.

I am 49 years old. And my family doctor perscribed me the hormone therapy medicine. I have no insurance and my husband is out of work, so I cannot afford to keep running to the doctor. So, is it common to bleeding like this?? I'm very worried about it and would appreciate any help and advice. Thanks so much.

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March 30, 2014 at 8:55am

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I had a partial hysterectomy last year, and since then I have gained almost 25 pounds. I am still very active as I was prior to the hysterectomy.

I get hot more often than not, but don't feel it is a true hot flash. I am not sure if the weight gain is from lack of hormones, but would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.

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March 29, 2014 at 5:47am