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Pawz4me last won the day on March 26 2014

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  1. I have the same problem--staying asleep. I only take 1 mg. when I've gone several nights without decent sleep. Taking a higher dosage than that, or taking even that low dose for more than a couple of nights in a row, causes me to have weird dreams.
  2. With an enlarged thyroid and nodules I think I'd want to see an endocrinologist. (And I say that as someone with Hashi's who has always felt perfectly comfortable allowing my PCP to handle it. Just posting that so you know I have some familiarity with thyroid issues.) Also, did your PCP not do a full thyroid panel -- T3 and T4 as well as TSH? You really do need the full panel, at least while in the investigative stage. I've been at this for several years now, and I'm fine with just having TSH tested as long as I'm feeling okay. But for an initial diagnosis you certainly need the full panel.
  3. I hope you get some answers. I've had that sensation quite often from two totally separate issues -- acid reflux and thyroid/Hashi's. It was often my only symptom of acid reflux.
  4. Yes, I'd be a bit worried. 1200 calories a day is extremely low calorie for a man. I would expect him to be losing weight fairly rapidly on that amount, and if he's already at a good weight -- well, obviously he doesn't still need to be losing. And it increases my concern that this only started a month ago. Besides an underlying health issue causing the lack of appetite, it also could be the onset of disordered eating or even a full blown eating disorder. Nobody is immune from those, even grown men. It's difficult to impossible for a man to meet minimum nutritional needs on 1200 calories a day. I'd be adding higher calorie, lower volume foods like nuts and nut butters, or perhaps cheese if he eats dairy--much more bang for the buck nutrient wise from things like that than from adding pure fat. And I try that for a week or two and see how it goes.
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    OCD, ASD?

    Every professional who saw DS said he wasn't on the spectrum. When he hit his teen years and the anxiety set in and we finally got in to see a psychiatrist she met with him once or twice (I forget exactly--it didn't take her long at all) before telling me she was positive he was on the spectrum. I had not told her beforehand that I'd been positive for most of his life that he was. She got there all on her own. Formal testing by a psychologist confirmed it. Kids who are high functioning--yeah, I know, some people hate that term but I don't know how to describe it better--and especially those who are gifted can be quite expert at compensating and hiding. Until they're not.
  6. It's 22 here this morning, which isn't unusual for this part of NC if it were a month or two from now, but pretty cold this early. I love it! It's like a cool, refreshing blessing after nasty summer heat and humidity. DS20 is about two hours away, up in the mountains. It's 14 there right now with a wind chill of 0.
  7. I love Feetures, but they're not totally no-show.
  8. Pawz4me

    OCD, ASD?

    If she were my kid I'd get some professional advice. The right professional (and yes, that can certainly be a challenge to find) will know how to work with her. FWIW, that was about the age that DS20's ASD started causing obvious impairments, and I think that timing isn't unusual. You obviously know her best, but in general I think it's always good to talk about these things with them, as long as you can do it in a supportive way. I'm personally doubtful that "insisting" on some action to reduce symptoms will work. IMO it's much more likely to be harmful to her self esteem and/or to your relationship. If she has OCD or ASD she's not fully in control of what she's doing. It's somewhat similar to "insisting" someone who is a paraplegic get up and walk.
  9. I totally agree with you on all of this. Someone would have to pay me hugely big bucks to do something like 23andme. And I admit to kinda mentally rolling my eyes anytime someone mentions it or other genetic testing companies. Yeah, right (no). But I do kinda sorta disagree with you on electronic medical records. I was leery of them at first, but after DH's cancer diagnosis--it makes consulting between different specialists SO very much easier than having to run around here and there and everywhere collecting hard copies, or trying to get one office to send something to another. Our experience with a serious illness really changed my mind, and I do believe that for many people the benefits of EMRs outweigh any risks.
  10. Note those figures are three--almost four--years old. Which makes them completely meaningless given how quickly health insurance/health care costs have been rising.
  11. One or both of them probably told me and then I promptly forgot it! I've never researched it. I've just assumed it's true since both of them said it. The doc I never liked or trusted very much, but I puffy heart love my vet and have never been misled by him.
  12. FWIW -- Both my vet and an internal medicine doctor I used to go to say that only about 50 percent of humans have the enzyme necessary to metabolize glucosamine (all dogs have it).
  13. I have RA. My rheumatologist advised trying curcumin/turmeric at 500 mg. twice a day. According to him there really is some solid evidence that it might help, and no risk to trying. I took it for seven months and couldn't tell it did a thing for me, but I have relatives with osteoarthritis who believe it helps them. And ditto the advice about good shoes. I only buy high quality, well fitting athletic shoes. For my RA-affected feet that means New Balance or Brooks. But definitely go to a good store with knowledgeable staff who can advise you on the best choices for you.
  14. I also have MVP, although I don't know what caused it. Thankfully, it's a non-issue for me and has been since I was diagnosed about 20 years ago. A GP with keen hearing heard it and sent me for an echo, and then the cardiologist diagnosed it. I get flutters a few times a year, but other than that I don't even know it's an issue. I hope yours turns out to be very mild.
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