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Old 04-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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Hormones or something else?

I breastfed my daughter for 16 months. I stopped over a month ago.

I started to feel pretty different around her turning 9 months old. I started to feel extremely tired all the time and had a lot of dizzy spells. Then I developed a red rash across my chest and on my feet that was very, very itchy. I did see my doctor who said she was not sure what it was but gave me so cream for it. She said maybe it was something related to my hormones but was not sure. She also said the tiredness was hormonal related likely.

Shortly after this I began to develop shortness of breath problems. I have a hard time sleeping because of this and wake up very often throughout the night feeling short of breath. I did a sleep study and it came back normal. I also did some lung test, they found mild scarring on my lungs but I did a respiratory function test which came back normal. I still have this problem currently. My doctor suggested that it might be hormonal and told me to take an anti-depressant.

Now I am having chest pain on the left side of my body that radiates to my side. It feels like my chest is sore and I've noticed my arm and neck are hurting as well. I went to the doctor again and he said it was most likely chest wall pain stemming from calcium depletion during breastfeeding. But my blood work didn't show any calcium depletion.

It seems every time I go to the doctor for something they stem it back to hormones or breastfeeding. I fear I might have some undiagnosed illness that is being brushed off because I have never felt so ill than as I have over the last several months but I'm unsure of what to do next because my doctors keep saying the same thing. Plus I'm in my 20s so I know doctors brush things off thinking I can't have anything serious at my age. Is it possible that these things really could be a result of hormones?

Thanks for your input.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:34 AM   #2
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Re: Hormones or something else?

You have alot of allergy symptomes.. itchy,tired,dizzy,shortness of breath etc...
have you tried Cetirizine for allergies? its a cheap over the counter med that may help or releive some symptomes of itchyness or skin irritations.

Dont rule out stress as well cauing physical pains, you can be suprised what stress can do to a body. Having a baby, running into some health concerns and getting the run around from doctors, plus your regualr daily amounts of stress can all be hitting home.

You should try chaging around your diet though. Try eating cleaner and more organic foods, avoid foods like soy that raise estrogen levels and get plenty of water.

Dont start taking anti-depressants, a doctor who would recommend that is an idiot and should go back to school. Anti-depressants dont actually "fix" anything, only mask problems.

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