The following is a question submitted by reader, Kimberly, and answered by Dr. Anca Lamse, MD and Dr. Heidi Kline, DC.
Q. Kimberly asks:
I am in my forties now and find that my body is changing in many ways – my period, appetite, libido, weight, etc., and I wondered what, if anything, should I be concerned about. I have an upcoming check up and want to share the important things with my doctor. Is there any advice you can give on this subject?
A. Dear Kimberly,
Here are a few things that could mean trouble, but please don’t consider this an all-inclusive list. Tell your doctor about anything that you feel isn’t right. Women know their bodies better than anyone else.
1. Early satiety – meaning getting fuller during a meal much earlier; it can be due to many medical reasons, but you want to rule out cancer and ulcers.
2. Breast changes – Peau d’orange” skin over the breasts looks like the peel of an orange; could be a sign of cancer.
3. Hair loss – causes include hormone imbalance, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone; insufficient protein intake or poor digestion of protein.
4. FATIGUE without a reason is NOT normal with aging; something must be off.
5. Moles that change color or size; rule out cancer.
Dr. Kline’s answer:
A. Dear Kimberly,
Red flags for women to see your medical doctor asap:
- Having the WORST HEADACHE EVER!
- Numbness or tingling anywhere that does not go away.
- Severe abdominal pain and or bleeding.
- A lump in your breast during your monthly shower check. It is normal for lymph nodes to swell with our cycles so knowing your normal “lumps” is a must.
- A changing mole that is asymmetric, undefined borders, and/or changed colors.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Shortness of breath for unknown reasons (not after climbing stairs!).
See your chiropractor
- After a fall
- After a car accident
- Any joint pain that lingers for more than 3 days
- If you just don’t feel right and all your labs from your medical doctor are within normal range and you are experiencing stiff, sore joints, headache, heartburn, gas pain-bloating, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety-Irritability, restlessness, insomnia, and or depression.
- After dental work to check your jaw alignment
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***For more information about this important health topic, contact Dr. Heidi Kline. Chiropractic & Wellness Center 1305 W. 96th Street, Suite C 317-580-9867 chirowellnessindy.com
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