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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
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Doctor :   Hi.
User :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I have a question
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I have been experiencing hair loss for a year and a half now
Doctor :   Ok
User :   irregular periods sice December 2007
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details -Age: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   divorced, 5ft. 5in. yes
User :   I have developed allergies recently
Doctor :   Ok
User :   itchy ears, roof of mouth, sneezing
Doctor :   Ok
User :   tired a lot
User :   47
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I am under a lot of stress
User :   my scalp and hair have become extremely dry
Doctor :   Have you recently put on weight?
User :   itcy scalp
Doctor :   Ok
User :   not recently but lately
User :   mostly in stomach
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I have had testing done
Doctor :   Is there any recent voice change?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   cbc, pelvic ultrasound, thyroid, all normal
User :   then hormone panel
Doctor :   Ok
User :   elevated dheas 697(normal 110-154)
Doctor :   Are there any hot flashes?
User :   slightly elevated gfr and bun/creatinine ratio
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I fell hot sometimes I don't know if these are hot flashes or not
User :   feel*
Doctor :   Do you have any high BP, Diabetes or any other health problems?
User :   Have not been checked for diabetes, bp always good
User :   I have recently given blood and was told my cholesterol was 215
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   that was not fasting
User :   I have always had very healthy hair until now
Doctor :   Ok
User :   my scalp and hair has become very dry, itchy
User :   and I have thinned all over
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but most hair loss is in crown
User :   I did a 10 day hair count-I lost almost 400 hairs on day of wash
User :   other days 36-130
Doctor :   You are probably experiencing the symptoms of menopause.
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Are you with me?
User :   sorry
Doctor :   You are probably experiencing the symptoms of menopause.
User :   Why the elevated dheas level
Doctor :   Thinning hair, high cholesterol, elevated androgens usually indicate Menopause.
User :   None of my sisters have thinned hair
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and some of them are older than me
Doctor :   Did you get an Ultrasound Abdomen done?
User :   so I'm sure they have been where I am
User :   no
User :   just a pelvic
User :   I had a regular period in May and June
User :   July 25th I started...I stopped August 17th
User :   I started again Sept. 2 still o
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   That happens in Menopause.
Doctor :   The symptoms of menopause vary between persons
User : you think that all this is related to menopause?
Doctor :   It is most likely that you are experiencing these symptoms due to Menopause.
Doctor :   Did you fet your FSH, LH levels done?
Doctor :   get
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Were they elevated?
User :   everything was normal except the ones I mentioned being elevated
Doctor :   Ok
User :   should I just leave things alone?
Doctor :   Did you undergo a physical examination by a Gynaecologist?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I saw a nurse practitioner
Doctor :   When was the last pelvic ultrasound done?
User :   and I saw a dermatologist
User :   he suggested an endocrinologist to see if the elevated dheas level was the cause for my hairloss
User :   I have had two pelvic ultrasounds done in the past year
Doctor :   It is most likely that the symptoms are due to Menopause. You should anyways see a Gynaecologist and get a physical examination and get another Ultrasound done.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   When was the last scan done?
User :   I'm sorry I only had one
User :   that was 6-8 months ago
User :   I had bloodwork twice, cbc, thyroid
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Elevated androgens should be looked into.
Doctor :   As that is not found in Menopause.
User :   ok
User :   what would cause that?
Doctor :   If the elevation was an incidental finding then all other findings
Doctor :   can be attributed to menopause.
Doctor :   You probably need to get your FSH, LH levels done in a couple of months again.
User :   I am waiting for an endo to look at my tests results and records and to see what medicaid will pay for to decide if he will see me
Doctor :   There is mostly no cause to worry about but get the elevated androgens looked into.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   what did you mean by if the elevation was an incidental finding?
Doctor :   It could be a non-specific finding and nothing to worry about, that is what I meant by incidental.
User : are saying that the elevated dheas may be nothing to worry about
Doctor :   It could be, but it is better to get it looked into.
User :   ok....I am just concerned with the hairloss
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   It could be a result of menopause too.
User :   thank you so much for your time and answers
User :   I truly appreciate it
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User :   done
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User :   Have a great day!
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