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Cardius

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Female Issue? Can you help me? - Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:53 AM
I need advise or possibly validation.  This is the 4th year in a row, at this time of the year, I uncontrollably gain weight, have erratic cycles.  It's like I'm on a clock.  When this happens, it takes longer for me to recover from DOMS, my joints pinch and I feel sluggish when trying to move.  This time it started a little later, as I really tried to control my diet and go gung ho with new workouts.  So I'm somewhat hopeful.  Has anyone experienced this, if so, what were you able to do about it.  I wanted to buy either Jillian Michaels or Jackie Warner's book, as they address controlling hormones through clean eating.  Does anyone have their books, which would you recommend. I guess this is a two part question, but I'm trying to combat this problem.  Right now, my jeans will not button at the top, I only have them zipped.  Two weeks ago, they fit fine.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:34 PM
You didn't mention your age, but I'm guessing you're pre-menopausal.  It can last a few years.  You might also speak with your doctor about a thyroid test.  When I was about 45 I started having the same symptoms.  I found out I had an under active thyroid.  I still struggle with it.  I am now a few months shy of 55 and still struggle with hypothyroidism as well as scoliosos and osteo-arthritis. I've had to become more realistic about what is a good weight because as we age, our bodies change so much.  I think you need to speak with your doctor first.  Good luck and keep us posted.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:56 PM
Thanks Denise, I will be 53 in May, and considering changing my ob/gyn.  Not really crazy about her, and another friend of mine (her name is Denise too), didn't care for her too much.  I have tried to address the issue, but am told it's because I'm getting old. Yeah, I know that & I'm not that dumb.  But if heart attacks are a leading cause of women our age, then how does telling us "your getting old" address that issue.  Kind of leaving me helpless.  That is what I call useless info.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Friday, February 17, 2012 1:51 PM
Cardius, I'm going to PM you about the issues you mention.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Saturday, February 18, 2012 8:37 AM
Ok,  when was your last physical?   That is a good place to start. (Had I not had my annual physical in Nov, would not have known that I had sky-high cholesterol and had gained 8 pounds.)
I suggest you take a pause and look at your diet.   Are you eating tons of sweets and soda pop?  Are you hydrated?  Too many salty chips?  If you need to,  write down every bite fora week.  Junk in means a bloated, uncomfortable body. 
Then I suggest you take this time also to look at your exercise program.  What fits your body's needs at 40 may not work atage 55, for example.   Are you doing a balance of strength,  cardio,  stress reduction, stretching?   I have found that if I rely too much on just one mode,  I really don't feel my best.   Balance is everything!   I do not rely on any one book,  just lots of reading and seeing what works on this aging, mesomorphbody of mine.  
I do want to share that have lost 6 and 1/2 pounds just by cutting out sweets and baked goods in 3 months.  My jeans now button with room to spare.   Hope you find a plan that works for you too.  
But,  again,  I would start with a check up and discussion with my physician if I were you.  
PS  Do you work in an environment with stale air,  windows sealed,  or hunched over a desk
for hours?   That can be such a killer for posture and well being.   Take a daily walk in fresh airor keep a dyna band in your desk to stretch your upper body so you don't get that hump.   
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Saturday, February 18, 2012 12:11 PM
Sure, workouts and eating play a part in this, but...

Hormones (in my experience) tend to override much of what we/I try to do.
I gain 5 pounds easy before each period, and hold onto it for 2 weeks before I start. The weight gain has increased as I've gotten older, but I expect it now. I whine and then get over it.

I have played around with different ratios of estrogen/progesterone birth control pills which I need for seizure control, but I also use them so I don't DIVE into menopause. They ease you/me into it--especially the extra progesterone.

While I understand that birth control pills get a bad rap, I have learned from many people (western doctors and au natural homeopaths) that this does help. I do have some symptoms of menopause, but not much compared to my friends.

P.S. This is what has worked for ME. In no way am I recommending this since I know what most people's opinions about b/c pills are. Just want to clarify before I get slammed :-)
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Saturday, February 18, 2012 2:37 PM
I don't know if this could be a factor...but when you mention seasonal.......I wonder if it could be related to Vitamin D.  Your body makes Vit D from being in the sun.  And you body can store Vit D to some extent.  But would you have stored enough to get you through the winter?     Some food products such as milk are supplemented with Vit D.  I've heard many or most people, at least in the US, are low in Vit D...so perhaps just getting it in supplemented food is not enough. 

I'm meticulous about using sunscreen, and haphazard about taking my vitamins..and since I'm dairy allergic....it's something I need to be more vigilant about.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Saturday, February 18, 2012 3:15 PM
ditto mlb on vitamin d...i was tested(blood test) last year at the recommendation of a nurse  and found to be severely deficient even though I eat/drink a lot of foods that are fortified with vitamin d-it was apparently not enough.  I went on a prescription dose for 6 months and found especially my hip pain to moderate and overall feeling of well being improved and my finger nails seemed healthier-they had gotten very thin and had developed ridges.  I retested 6 months later and had gone up into the normal range enough so that I now take an over the counter dose.  One of my neighbors, also about my age(early 50's)works outside more than anyone I know and she was deficient in vitamin d as well.  We are always wearing hats, covering up with clothes or sunscreen and most of us work inside.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Saturday, February 18, 2012 5:38 PM
One of the sources of vitamin D is sunlilght.  Something some of us do not get enough of.  I take a supplement and that seems to be enough for me.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:09 PM
Katie,

I'm curious, which direction do your fingernail ridges go?  Mine were very thin and have ridges from base to tip.   I've seen a lot of improvement in them getting thicker since I improved my diet...and some improvement on the ridges on most fingers.  I haven't been tested for Vit D.  Not very consistent with taking vitamins....so maybe my ridges will go away if I am consistent.  I've had the ridges in my ring fingernail for decades now....how cool if that were to go away.

I did recieve bone scan results last week and they turned out AWESOME!  I have really dense bones for a 56 year old (menopausal, finally) woman.  :)   I'm sure I have my lifelong love of exercise to thank for that.  But I do need to remember to take my cal/mag/d since most bone loss is in the first 3 years following menopause.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Sunday, February 19, 2012 9:52 AM
mlb, that's awesome on the bone scan!  I need to talk to my provider about that this year..I'm 53 and post menopause.  my finger nail ridges are side to side starting at the base and then grow out.  I think I was D deficient for quite a few years as I'd notice the ridges in winter on my right thumb and then they'd go away in the summer.  I thought it might be diet related more towards eating more fruits and veggies in the summer but didn't make the vitamin d connection.  Last winter was really long and gray and every nail got those ridges to some degree and they felt very thin.  Some dr.'s in our area think vitamin D is just a medical fad right now...I disagree.  The nurse who encouraged me to get tested was right.  The normal range was 30-80 and I was a 16, I retested 6 months in the normal range but can't remember the number.  My nails(as well as other things) have improved quite a bit.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:29 AM
Thanks for reminding me.  I am due for my 3rd bone density test.(got the post card)  My first 2 were borderline - no change between visits.  I know I should add more calcium.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:51 PM
AK- I had decided over the weekend to sched a physical.  I haven't had one I think since my early 30's.  Yes I do hunch over a computer,sealed windows.  I find doing barre or yoga works well for me,  but I was just losing muscle tone using light weights and endurance.  So I was trying to "up" my workouts.

swimmy-ditto to everything you said, gaining weight before and after. 

mlb- Wow! good to know, hadn't even thought about vit/d, but my nails are splitting w/ridges mid/finger to the end and are thin.  Last year my eye lashes started falling out, and were stubby.  Then they grew back in the summer, fell out again around November.  Not good at taking calcium pills, but I do wear a hat when I'm doing yard work or at the beach.  I'm going to try this.  Here I thought maybe it was vit/b complex I was lacking.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:49 PM
mlb or katie, what was the dosage of vit/d you took.  In fact, give me the brand.  Was it vit d2 or d3?
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:20 PM
Hi Caridus, sorry you are going through so much. I just wanted to mention to ask for a complete blood panel for your physical including thyroid tests, glucose, vitamin D plus all the standard ones. I have hypothyroidism, and it really can wreak havoc with your body. Mine was caught very early, and it actually was an autoimmune disease- Hashimoto's. There are sooo many things it could be or could not be. Women can have all sorts of hormonal problems, too (endocrinologist). Do a search on what to check for at your decade of age.Then you will have a feel for what the MD should be ordering and doing/recommending.[font="'times new roman'"] Sometimes, it can take some detective work by different specialists. I'll be praying for you and wisdom for your doc!!!

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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:56 PM
Cardius,

Until last week, I've never taken any D3 other than what I get in my multi.  I'm useing up a small bottle which is 5000 units per capsule, then after that I'll probably drop the dose down to 1000 or 2000 units.  I've got an apt coming up with my reg doctor and my naturopathic one....going to talk with them about it further.   I want to get my D lvls tested.  But even without being tested....I figure I am probably deficient.  (Always wear sunscreen, hat, long sleeves and pants, and don't ate D3 enriched foods.)

 I feel it is likely I am deficient.    I did change my diet last summer (mostly unprocessed whole foods, strongly plant based, no dairy) and that helped a lot with digestive issues, allergies and energy.  My diet is rich in antioxidants and minerals...probably getting most of the calcium and magnesium that I need from diet.  But definately, not the VitD.   

OH!  It is a very good thing I have STRONG BONES.  Had a BAD BAD day, suffered a bad slip and fall today.  Fell hard onto my shoulder.  No broken bones.  I did think at first I might have dislocated my shoulder, but now I'm thinking it is probably just muscle damange, not joint damage.  It hurt, a lot.


Cardius, it would be great if it turned out that Vit D is the answer for you, because that is a pretty easy thing to correct.  Not sure how long it takes to build the lvls up though. 

I thought of another thing you might consider.....not that this is seasonal...but are you getting enough of your omega oils?  A lot of people find that if they add a little fish or flax seed oil to their diet, joint aches improve.....they are supposed to have an antinflamatory effect...good for arthritis etc.  Something to think about anyhow.  I've found that it helps me with achy joints, and seems to work pretty quickly for me too.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:01 PM
Didn't see Caroline's responce until after I posted last one....good suggestion Caroline, about getting a checkup.

VitD and omega oils can help with some stuff, but seeing a doctor to rule out any underlying hormone issues is a good idea.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:02 AM
Cardius, I also take vitamin D3.  Right now the supplement I have is in 400 IU's and I take about 3 a day.  I just got a new bottle that is 1000 IU's and I've decided during winter months to take two a day and drop down to one a day during the summer.  When I was on a prescription dose it was 50,000 IU once a week.  This got my Vit D from a level of 16(severe deficiency) and took it up between 30 -40 points in a 6 month period, into a normal level(midrange). Now my  OTC dose is for maintenance.  I will probably get retested sometime this year to see if I'm maintaining a normal level or need to tweak my program.  I did notice improvement to some joint issues(specifically hips) as well as my finger nails getting stronger and in general felt better.  Like mlb, I take fish oil as well.   Hopefully you have a healthcare provider that you're comfortable working with that you can discuss some of this with along with the thyroid, etc.  Other than the Vit D and injury related osteoarthritis, I don't know much about these other things.  HTH
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:50 AM
Thank you Caroline, mlb & katie!
I just changed my ob/gyn yesterday and went with a friend of mines recommendation to go to her doc.  Fortunately, she takes HMO's, but I've been hearing she is very good.  I plan on discussing all of this with her next month at my appt.  Getting a t/panel done is what I really wanted to get done and to see an endocronologist.  That thought was further solidified when I took a look at Jillian Michaels book this weekend.
    Re fish oils, I used to take them, but burped it up all day.  I usually eat alot of tuna (canned, water) and started eating anchovies and sardines, eggs & nuts.  And I use olive oil, evoo.
    I don't know if I mentioned this before, but when it started 4yrs ago, I became anemic due to extremely long heavy cycles.  After the diagnosis, I expressed a dissatisfaction with the fact they didnt take a panel, and as far as I know, didn't check my hormone levels, only blood. Between a range of 8-12, 8 being really anemic, I was right under the 8 like 7.98. If you are athletic or workout alot, you want to be at 15, other than that 12 being the optimum.  I didn't get this info from by ob/gyn, she just told me take an iron pill a day, and prescribed estrodial.  I found this info out on the internet, WebMD. So as you can see, I'm on my own to find this out, so hopefully this new doc will be what I've been hearing about.
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Re:Female Issue? Can you help me? - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:46 PM
In my late forties I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and this was when I started having extremely heavy, long periods, and started having nutritional issues.  I got my thyroid lvls adjusted with medication, and this helped energy, fuzzyheadedness, low heart rate and low blood pressure.  It did not help with the heavy periods.  My HMO general physician was NO help.  He just told me: "wait a while"  "wait a while longer"....he was waiting for me to go through menopause.  I was 46...didn't go through it till 56, so I would have been waiting a Loong time.  I went to a naturopath after two years of no help from my doctor.  Naturopath helped me in less than three weeks by having me take progesterone to correct "estrogen dominance".   My first period 3 weeks later was 1/2 as heavy and 1/2 as long, and the next month, 1/2 again.  Taking progesterone was not something I went into lightly, but it was low dose and short duration.   Your homone levels can be effected by your diet....in my case..I needed help immediately because it was so severe.   Definately you should get a hormone panel.  

Have you ever considered seeing a naturopath?  I see both a regular doctor and a naturopath.   I just switched insurance and have a new doctor, the HMO one I had for 10 years I was very unhappy with, and the old insurance plan did not cover naturopathy.   Now I have the best of both I hope,  I have a naturopath that works wells so with reg doctors and a reg doctor who so far works well with the naturopath.   Now when I get test results, both look at the results and work together on it.
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