Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
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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