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DraftyAiresMum 03-11-2013 04:47 PM

Need help making a list...
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xxdanioo 03-11-2013 04:50 PM

I love lsit making. What kinda list?!

Clayton Taffy 03-11-2013 05:08 PM

I am a list maker too.

Clayton Taffy 03-11-2013 05:10 PM

We could make a list of what we need to do today, that is my favorite list.
Trouble is it seems to be the same list over and over again, just gets longer and longer.

DraftyAiresMum 03-11-2013 05:24 PM

Gah! Stoopid smart phone!


I am going to be making a doctor's appointment soon to get myself checked out and need help making a list of what to talk to the doctor about. I hate going to the doctor, but I seriously need to, as I can feel that something isn't right in my body.

Here's my stats:
Weight-Currently around 230# (this is part of the issue, though)
Race (if it matters)-White/Caucasian (most likely Scotch/Irish for the most part)
Occupation-Car washer at a local car dealership
Previous medical-Two pregnancies (one live birth nine years ago and one miscarriage at 6 weeks six years ago), torn meniscus (required arthroscopic surgery), pinched rotator cuff/chipped collar bone (required arthroscopic surgery), fractured left ankle, minor sprains/illnesses as would be expected for 30 years of somewhat rough/accident-prone use. Lol
Family medical history-Completely unknown (I was adopted when I was a newborn).

Ok, so here's my list of symptoms/what's going on with me:
-Sudden weight gain about six months ago with no real change in eating habits (gained 50# between September and mid-October last year)
-Moderate to severe fatigue (no matter how much sleep I get, I wake up tired)
-Frequent urination, especially considering the small amount of fluids I drink throughout the day
-Easily winded, even doing the simplest tasks like walking across the parking lot
-Sudden, sharp, fleeting pain in my uterine area (basically feels like someone stabbed me, but it goes away within a few seconds)
-Irregular menstrual cycle and periods (includes being more than a week late and no two periods being the same for flow/severity)
-Unusual "tightness" in uterine area (really difficult to describe)
-Inconsistent/irregular bowel movements (one day I'll have a "normal" BM, the next I'll have constipation, then I'll not have a BM for two days and all of a sudden have very soft, almost diarrhea-like, stool...and it doesn't appear to reflect what I eat).
-Waking in the night repeatedly (my boyfriend says I rarely snore)
-Waking drenched in sweat for no reason in the early morning hours (usually around 2-3am)
-Mood swings (one minute I'll be perfectly fine, the next something will set me off and I'm pissed as hell, then an hour later I'll be fine...but this doesn't happen every day)
And the big one...
-Absolutely ZERO sex drive (this is beginning to affect my relationship)

Okay, so now that you know what's up, how would you approach a doctor's visit? I am absolutely awful when it comes to doctors and tend to blow stuff off because I don't want to seem like a hypochondriac. Weird, I know, but the way I was raised, if you don't need multiple stitches (and even that's subjective), something isn't obviously broken, or you haven't been sick (read: puking your guts out) for more than a week, you don't need to see a doctor. The first time I went to a hospital (except to visit) was when I had my son. I've been to the ER twice: once when I had my miscarriage and had hemorrhaged (drove myself) and once when I fractured my ankle (my best friend made me go or I probably wouldn't have).

So, I need all the help I can get. Would you write/type out the list I made above and just hand it to the doctor with a "Here. This is what's wrong"? Help!

ETA: Sorry this took so long to get up. My phone accidentally posted it before I could type anything and then this post took forever to type on my iPhone.
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nvr2many 03-11-2013 05:32 PM

Print out what you typed to us and give it to the DR.

wausuaw 03-11-2013 05:35 PM


So, I need all the help I can get. Would you write/type out the list I made above and just hand it to the doctor with a "Here. This is what's wrong"? Help!
Yes, that's exactly what I would do, and keep it with you between now and then in case you think of anything else.

I hate doctors :(

DraftyAiresMum 03-11-2013 05:35 PM


Originally Posted by nvr2many (Post 1933260)
Print out what you typed to us and give it to the DR.

Thanks. That's what I thought, but like I said, I wasn't sure if that would be okay.

Oh! Another thing for the list! Horrible memory and trouble concentrating. I have a hard time thinking of words when I speak and sometimes entirely forget what I was about to say. Sooooo not normal for me.
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Clayton Taffy 03-11-2013 05:36 PM

I think you have made quite a good list.
You know how your body works and it is not working correctly now.
I would go over that same list with your MD and if you do not get the answers, results, concern etc. you need, go to a different MD.

DraftyAiresMum 03-11-2013 05:54 PM

Now to find a doctor. :-/

I moved back to my home town, but the one doctor I went to growing up (for physicals and such) wasn't very helpful the last time I went to him (had an almost third degree grease burn on the top of my foot and because of his treatment and lack of wound care instruction, I have a quarter-sized scar on the top of my foot that shouldn't be there). I think I'll ask my FB friends who they use.
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