Not my doctor filter: Help me come up with questions/ask for tests from my doctor.
Ok, I'm a fat lady who could technically probably be considered middle aged. I am tired of being a fat lady. (There's not much I can do about being middle aged, given that the other option would have been to die young.) So, since November, I have been going to the gym 5 times a week. I treadmill/elliptical/bike for 30-45 minutes, getting my heart rate into the 135-150 range and keeping it there for the majority of the cardio workout. I also do a round of the weight machines, low weights - high reps. (average 40 pounds, 100 reps in sets of 20). As well, I work in a couple of belly dance sessions or yoga each week.
I hired a nutritionist to help me review and tweak my diet to an average of 1200-1500 calories a day. I eat almost no white foods, I don't drink alcohol, I don't drink sodas or fruit juices, although I do drink coffee and tea with sugar and fat free half and half, but that was built into my calorie "budget". I use fitday software to track calories in vs calories out, and according to it, I'm burning way more calories than I'm consuming.
I hired a trainer to review my workout, and according to her; unless I was going home and eating an entire cake every day, there is no logical reason why I'm not losing weight.
But I haven't lost any weight. In fact, I've gained weight. I've not lost size either. I've gained inches in my calves and waist, and lost about an inch around my biceps. (which is nice, I don't have that scary bingo wave thing going anymore.)
There has to be something physically gone haywire here. Other symptoms:
- I am probably perimenopausal.
- Since I started working out, I seem to have lost my voice; it's become very low and hoarse sounding.
- My dentist mentioned that I have an extraordinary amount of bone loss in my jaw and that I should have my bone density checked; he seemed to think I would lose teeth in the next couple of years because the loss was so dramatic.
- I'm developing a beard. Well, I would be if I weren't using an epilator/tweezers on my chin every day.
- I'm ridiculously forgetful now. Seriously, I have whiteboards everywhere just to remind me what I'm supposed to be doing at any given point in time.
My doctor, whom I adore, has been my doctor for a very long time, but he seems to reach for the anti-depression prescription pad as standard operating procedure - which is not something I want or need. That said; I thought I should probably start with him, but perhaps what I really need is an endocrinologist?
I know we've been trained to not ask for tests, assuming that doctors know things that we don't - and they do, but doctors are also overworked and carrying a heavy patient load. I've become increasingly scatterbrained, and I find that I need to write things down and check things off my list, or I won't remember them while I'm there.
Help me define what I should ask my doctor to check.