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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been having problems with fatigue and shortness of breath for a little over a year. I also started having night sweats again a few months ago even though I am on Prempro. My normally low bp decided to act up and is now controlled with meds. Any ideas?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query
Doctor :   Let me know few more details
Doctor :   What is your age, gender and occupation?
User :   58 female housewife
Doctor :   When was the Prempro drug dose revised?
User :   I`ve been taking the same amt since I started
Doctor :   When was it started and what is the dose?
User :   have to check be right back
Doctor :   Ok, apart from that I wish to know few more things about fatigue and SOB
Doctor :   Do you have short of breath during your normal activities?
User :   0.625mg/2.5mg I`ve been on it a couple of years I think
User :   yes on sob during normal activities
Doctor :   Can you describe all about fatigue?
User :   Some days I just am very tired and want to sleep
Doctor :   How many hoiurs do you sleep?
User :   It has gotten better since my bp is lower but I am still too tired most of the time
Doctor :   What is the heart rate?
Doctor :   What is the BP measurement for the last three recordings
User :   sleep sometimes 5 sometimes 8 hrs
User :   last bp was 124/75 before that 158/108
User :   not sure before that
User :   heart rate around 100
Doctor :   Do you have swelling of foot
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have swelling of face or abdomen
User :   no
Doctor :   Did you address this problem with yoiur docotor, What was your doctor' opinion on your last visit?
Doctor :   Were some tests done?
User :   he pretty much ignores me
User :   blood work done all normal
Doctor :   When was that?
Doctor :   Was ECG / stress test done?
User :   about 2 months ago
Doctor :   Any abnormal findings
User :   no stress test
Doctor :   Was Thyroid test done?
User :   yes on thyroid it is always normal even though I had goiter removed 15 yrs ago and have small amount of breast milk for the last 30 years
Doctor :   Were you put on Thyroid supplements?
Doctor :   Is your primary physician an MD in Internal Medicine?
User :   no all tests are normal
User :   doctor is GP
Doctor :   From what you have described, the possibilities are menopausal symptoms where the current medicine is not helping
Doctor :   2) Your BP recordings are pretty on higher side not lower side, I am not sure if you are taking medicines to control it
Doctor :   3) Fatigue and Short of breath, can happen with pressure on heart not able to supply blood to meet the body requirements
User :   reading I gave you on bp was with meds without it was 186/114
Doctor :   My suggestion would be to choose a primary physician who has MD in Internal Medicine
Doctor :   even that is on higher side
Doctor :   and this is causing more problem on your heart
Doctor :   You need a better work up
Doctor :   in the form of stress test
Doctor :   and better medicines to control BP
Doctor :   All is because of higher BP
Doctor :   I need more time
Doctor :   to tell you better
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