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Secondary amenorrhea, gall stones - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Menstruation and Miscarriage
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User :   hello
My periods have been really hit and miss for about 8 months now. I have had 1 normal one during that time and have missed a lot of them. This month along with April I spotted with a heavier day in there at times. At times during this spotting it appears to be orange in color. Not all of the time but towards the end of it I would guess. I do know that I have had gall stones for years. Should I be concerned or is this normal for a woman with gall stones at my age?
User :   hello
Doctor :   hi
User :   how are you?
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. Let me read what you have typed.
Doctor :   I am good. thank you.
User :   ;-)
User :   the spotting I am having lasted about 10 days in April and has been 8 days so far this time
Doctor :   please provide your age, location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness and treatment if any
User :   I am 40
User :   XXX, XXX
User :   XXX
User :   240
User :   5'9"
User :   to c-sections
User :   2
User :   normal period very regular until about October
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you on any medications?
User :   the reason I am more concerned right now is that I am getting ready to drop my health insurance this month and go to a Health Savings thing
User :   yes
User :   doxycycline
User :   hrdroclorothiazide
User :   vitamin D
Doctor :   i would recommend you to get a complete check done before you drop your insurance
User :   have been on all of that except the doxycycline for a while
Doctor :   get a hormonal study done to look for abnormalities in your period cycle
User :   started that maybe 4 months ago or so
Doctor :   and also other tests to look for the current status of the gall stones
User :   was afraid of up my health insurance isn't the best idea right now
User :   could this be cancer?
Doctor :   we cannot say unless we go ahead with the investigations
User :   but its possible?
User :   from what I have researched online it seems that a lot of women have this problem
User :   and even t hough I have chatted with my dr. a few times about it I can't remember if I mentioned the "orange" tint at times
Doctor :   first we should do tests like blood levels for LH, FSH, Prolactin, Liver function tests and thyroid tests to see your amenorrhea or lack pf periods is related to these
Doctor :   and a abdominal scan to see current status of gall stones, and also pelvic organs to see if there are any problems there
User :   she told me last month to keep loosing weight and try to eliminate some stress and the periods would come back
User :   I just had a pap 2 months ago
Doctor :   if anything is found abnormal, then tumor maker tests can be done to confirm/rule out chances of cancer
Doctor :   *tumor marker
User :   she wanted me to have some blood work done a month or so ago just haven't done it........should have while the insurance was good.........
User :   I did have some done last year but I know things can change
Doctor :   yes, it will be better to egt all of the above investigations done once before you drop your insurance
Doctor :   if anything is found abnormal, corrective steps can be taken while you are on insurance
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   I think that is it.....thank you I appreciate it
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
Doctor :   do get back to me in case you have further queries
Doctor :   or need help with your reports
User :   how do I get you?
Doctor :   you can come on live chat and ask for Dr. XXX
User :   ok I will do that thx
User :   have a good evening
Doctor :   thanks. wish you the same
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