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Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:Hi Dr
I am 47 years old, going through perimenopause . My symptoms started 6 month ago, when we moved from Europe to the States. I had night sweats, insomnia, very bad anxiety, depression, etc.
My PC checked my hormones, and I had very low progesteron level, and still ok eostrogen. Since then I am on low dose BC, called Gildess Fe 1/20. Now I have good weeks, and feel like everything is ok, but all of a sudden the symptoms are just coming back, and feel like to do nothing just checking myself. I took citapram 20mg, and Xanax 0.65mg for anxiety and PMS, and now I need to take 30 mg of citapram. My question is, am I on the good medications, and is it " normal" I still have this bad symptoms ? I know I am worrying too much , feeling lonely, not working, but coming from the medical field, so this makes it even more difficult for me. any good advice? thank you so much for your support !
Doctor:Give me a moment to read your query
Doctor:I have read your query
Doctor:I need to know if you have gotten your blood glucose levels checked since then
User:no, did not
Doctor:Night sweats may be a symptoms of low blood glucose
Doctor:That said, you have been responding to this set of medicines
User:let me check my last labor data
Doctor:Do you have any stressor at this moment?
Doctor:Since external stressor may cause symptoms to return
User:yes, my husband is a scientist, thats why we moved here, and I am stressed when he leaves for a conference
Doctor:For how long have you been taking these medicines?
User:I am not confident, and think I can not solve problems. we have 2 teenager boys
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:This is past of symptoms of depression
User:I started to take citapram 8 years ago, not long after we moved back to eu, felt I can not fit in
Doctor:Mostly you need to take citopram for atleast 3 weeks to see any effect
Doctor:As I said earlier, the symptoms usually return when there is external stressor present
Doctor:Usually the treating doctor ends up changing the antidepressant
User:thats my PCP increased from 20 to 30 mg 6-7 weeks ago
Doctor:You are on good set of medicines
Doctor:You may try something else along with medicine to elevate your energy and confidence
User:feel so bad, I am a physician also :(
Doctor:I can give you a few ideas if you want
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:Physicians are also humans
User:please do
Doctor:I have seen many people who are stressed and lonely to respond to meditation
User:not working, became a stay at home mom
Doctor:You may do volunteer work
Doctor:for parttime
Doctor:or you can join healthcaremagic as doctor
User:yes, that is the plan,
Doctor:and contribute to our company
Doctor:All you need to do is register and start answering public forum questions
User:I would love to. I am a clinical pathologist,
Doctor:Sure you are welcome
Doctor:Also consider meditation
Doctor:Check for a course nearby and learn it
Doctor:It will help elevate your energy levels and give you opportunties to serve
User:has 20 years of experience, and all of a sudden I can put my diplom to the garbage :( makes me sad
User:thank you, i would love to
Doctor:I understand it is important for a doctor to work
Doctor:In meditation try transcendental meditation which transcends your energy
User:i started pilates, use to do TRX in my country, and now just walking my labrador
Doctor:Now coming to the pharmacological aspect
Doctor:It is just a phase of life
Doctor:Every one goes through such phases
Doctor:Mostly depression follows after exertion
Doctor:So we need to keep our activities in moderation
User:i know, and when I feel great, I am just smiling of myself :)
Doctor:You never know how well you will do tomorrow
Doctor:till then keep patience
User:I try, and whenever i am around people feel better
Doctor:It is a good sign
Doctor:doctors are used to being surrounded by people
Doctor:and they feel really alone when not surrounded by people
User:but do you think I should change anything in medication?
Doctor:Have you heard about breathing techniques
Doctor:It seems that citapram is not working well for your
Doctor:You may ask your physician to switch to another medicine
User:thats what i thought
Doctor:Do you have any doubt here?
User:any vitamins, minerals you would suggest?
Doctor:Actually you may get checked for anemia
Doctor:If any is deficient you may take it
Doctor:People may prescribe omega 3, 6, 9
Doctor:But I feel it has many side effects
Doctor:Also try drinking cleaner water
User:ok, and i take B complex and Mg, I just can not figure the right amount
User:what has side effect, omega?
Doctor:Omegas have gastrointestinal side effects
Doctor:Like diarhea, intestinal bleeds, bloating etc
Doctor:Regarding B complex and Mg you may take just the minimal dose as these are indicated only if deficiency is present
User:I dont take it, eat fish, and healthy food
Doctor:That is good
Doctor:Fish is good
Doctor:Fiber rich food is also good
Doctor:avoid sugary treats as these may lead to weight gain
User:ah, I do not have a good appetite when I have the bad time
User:banana keeps me alive
Doctor:Eat small regular meals
Doctor:Also get investigated for conditions that can mimic depression
User:yes, trying, but I need to cook for my boys, and i just hate it sometime :(
Doctor:like hypothyroidism, anemia,infections, etc
User:like what?
User:they checked, i was ok
Doctor:Hope you will follow lifestyle changes that I mentioned
Doctor:they help tremendously when you are feeling low.k
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