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Old 03-11-2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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What specialist do I go to?

ive been havin lingering health issues that havent been solved for the past several years and id like to see a specialist

-losing my hair fast
-multiple skin problems......rashes, psoriasis/eczema reoccuring, facial skin red
-stomach juts out and there is a dark blueish line that goes out from my belly button each side. my stomach was flat before. doctor said it was "yeast" and i used antifungal cream on it which did nothing
-generally feel very weak some days


all of these problems started at the same time

i have seen a couple doctors several times last year and a dermatologist twice. ive also had several blood tests done and told them specifically to test me for hypothyroidism/autoimmune. ive suspected a possible immune disorder through my own research. with the dermatologist, he claimed my discolored red skin was "acne" and said i was probably just going bald from MPB. i was given a prescription to some stuff for my skin and i saw no change in my skin, didnt clear up. the dermatologist gave me another prescription for something else but i never bothered to fill it.

i've tried to get answers and even tried natural remedies to see if they would help but im still nowhere. i have been trying to change my diet to eat better and work out

who do i see? an endocronologist? a natural doctor?

 
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Re: What specialist do I go to?

How about a dermatologist?

 
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Re: What specialist do I go to?

It all sounds like allergies to me. Maybe food (gluten, lactose) intolerance. Maybe an allergist...Sera

 
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Re: What specialist do I go to?

just exactly what specific labs were checked when they did the blood draws on you? FB
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:49 PM   #5
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Re: What specialist do I go to?

i dont know? the only thing they told me was they wanted check my liver levels again because they were off or wrong or something. i think that couldve been due to taking supplements (multivitamin, biotin, saw palmetto). when i first went back to the doctor i told the nurse i wanted to get blood work to done and to check for hypothyroid/autoimmune.

writeleft i went to a dermatologist twice as state in my original post. it did nothing to improve my skin and i wasted money on two bottles (never even finished the 2nd)

i do have allergies but ive had them all my life and the way all these problems just popped up at once seems weird

i have other stuff wrong besides skin stuff but they could be attributed to anything

the reason i thought of an endocrinologist is because they deal with hormones and thyroid. i also have a high metabolism, very hard for me to gain weight at all.

i suspect either of these things:

-hypothyroidism
-autoimmune disease
-parasitic infection
-candida yeast overgrowth

 
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Re: What specialist do I go to?

did they ever recheck your liver labs or scan your liver at all to see what things are like in there? this actually is what i was wondering about, your liver. your symptoms would kind of fit with possible liver issues. i would make certain they look very closely at your liver in all this just so you know where the functions are at. you have some of the very same symptoms my son had with his liver problems. if you do not already have a copy of those last labs, get one and also get copies of any other lab work or testing that gets done on you. its just a really good way to try and stay on top of things on your end. i really am curious as to just what specific liver functions were out of range and by how much. and of course, just where they are right now with that retest. FB
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:51 PM   #7
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Re: What specialist do I go to?

i guess i should call kaiser. they had me come back a couple times because they wanted to recheck my liver levels but after that they didnt say anything and i didnt get any results sent to me. i was actually asked whether i drink a lot and i dont drink alcohol at all. would taking dietary supplements mess up my liver?

did your son lose a lot of hair? my hair is really thin on the top now and ive lost a lot in a short period of time. i have seborrheic dermatitis as well, was given some medication by the doctor and have been using salicylic acid shampoo.

hopefully i can get to the bottom of this...its affecting my daily life

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Re: What specialist do I go to?

Given that your symptoms started about the same time, and given the kinds of symptoms you are experiencing, it is possible that you have one or more bacterial infections going on...all of the symptoms you have could be explained by Borrelia burgdorferi and/or its coinfections. Although you don't give much of an explanation of the red lines going out from your belly button, there is a similarity between what you are saying and cat scratch fever which can accompany borrrelia burgdorferi...but the skin problems, the rashes, the yeast, the fatigue, and yes, the rapid hair loss all could be explained by one or more bacterial infections.

A Lyme Literate Medical Doctor would be the specialist to see...I'm not sure, but Kaiser may not be the place to find this kind of specialist. Best check with the Lyme Boards for more info.

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Re: What specialist do I go to?

he did not actually lose hair but since he recieved that lifesaving transplant a couple months after that crappy stuff i found on his head, i doubt it got to the point of where you are with it. but this stuff he just developed in a few different spots on his head were really thick, kind of crusty and a bit greasy as well, i had no clue just where this came from or what it really was. he had so many different really crazy things that were taking place during his failure it was really difficult to really get anything truely Dxed,ya know? it was just one more crazy thing he had during that time. about those suppliments? some can affect certain results/organs but other labs would really show the whole story when they are looked at overall? it would depend alot on just what you were taking, how much per day and, what overall affect if any it actually has on any given organ. just what have you been taking?

i seriously would call your docs office and ask for a "release of information" to be sent to you(you just have to tell them you want to obtain all your medical records,they know what to do). you just sign it telling them you want copies of EVERYTHING in that file including any and all testing results for how ever long you have had ongoing symptoms. get about at least the past two years worth. this will have all the info you need to see just what is and was going on during any tests done and also will give you your very important docs 'impressions" of what he may have felt was going on at any clinic visit you have had(they HAVE TO do a dictation after every visit they have with any patient).

if you have ever seen any other docs for this, also obtain those records too. you just REALLY NEED to see these records for yourself and then start asking questions of your doc. the more info you can obtain the better for you. this is what i have had to do for my ongoing major medical problems and my sons too, just to be able to try and stay on top of everything. just keep all the most pertinent info, like all testing results in an expanding type of folder. i take that folder to every single doc or specialist visit we have. that way, when some doc wants to know something i cannot remeber, i just have to pop into my own files. it really does help alot or i wouldn't be telling you to do this,trust me.

but you just DO really need to know for certain where your liver is at right now. just because you don't hear anything from any given doc does NOT mean that everything is actually okay, believe me, i have been thru that one many times unfortunetly. the fact that someone actually asked about alcohol consumption would be a concern here too. i would be making some phone calls today just to get that ball rolling. it usually takes about a week or two to get the records just so you know. they will send them in the mail right out to your mailbox. pretty handy. you just really NEED those records right now. please keep us posted as to anything you find out. good luck, FB
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