How do I find out if some bigger health problem is causing thus depression?
December 28, 2011 8:27 AM Subscribe
Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside.
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Hypothyroidism runs in both sides of my family. Complications - it fails to alter the weight of the skinny side, and also on that side the blood numbers look normal until medication is added and symptoms improve. Further complication - I only speak to 3 of my biological relatives with anything approaching regularity.
This is a punny set up for my next worry. My poop has been...different. For a while (months? A year?)it was mucousy, now (6 months or so) it's not firm and is kind of grey. I've always liked pooping, well. I mean, it's never bothered me. Now I get a bit constipated. My farts. (ok, I'm a lady, we don't fart, but the closest thing I do to farting...) They used to be infrequent and never smelled like anything before. Now. Oh they're awful. Drove by a sewage treatment facility on a road trip recently and that sick cloying sweet smell. I fart like that half a dozen times a day now. No changes in my diet. No antibiotic use. No travel to foreign country.
My menstrual cycle used to be very very regular. 23 day cycle (yes, miserable, a week of bleeding and 2 weeks off) so when they started getting closer to 28-20 days last winter, I rejoiced. I'm 30. It didn't seem strange a year ago, but they're just not regular. Sometimes 24 days, sometimes 30. Not crazy, never longer than 36, but...that seems like a big window. Not on birth control.
Gained 10 pounds about this time last year, after years and years of working at it, but I hadn't changed anything.
Twice in the past week some stranger has asked about 'the baby' but I'm not pregnant, so that was awful.
And the depression. This bout has been my worst ever. Onset was a few months after an abusive relationship ended and coincided with the beginning of winter. I live in Florida (and am asking anon to protect potential future health insurance coverage/spare my family from worry/spare myself from being accused of being a drama queen by the 1/3 of my 'family' who might read mf). I sought out my psychiatrist and have changed mess twice since October. Improvement, yes. But! It's Xmas and I'm visiting family, hiding in my room, crying when I talk with the 2 family members here. They want to make this better.
I'm dizzy, achey, cranky, and not in a PMS way.
At home I run 3 times a week even though the depression tells me bed is all I deserve. I walk a lot for commuting.
What should I ask whoever I see? What else should I be reporting on? Urination is frequent, but I've always had a tiny bladder, so that seems unrelated to me. Migraines, I started getting then about 3 years ago. Very very painful. Auras. Difficulty controlling my arms/fingers sometimes when migraine is happening.
My once perfect and lustrous fingernails peel after just two or three days w nail polish now, so I've stopped using it. My skin is still very soft, only a tiny bit dry on elbows.
Breast cancer in my aunts on both mothers and fathers sides. The only sibling health issue I know of is the hypothyroid in my younger sister.
Gmail: maybe.cancer at well, gmail of course that would be a dot com thingy. I return to south Florida Wednesday. I can access miami, ft lauderdale and boca via piblic transportation. Where do I go to be seen for, um, free? I work 20 hours in the busiest week and have applications out everywhere for 'real jobs.' Rent and psychiatry have taken all my money to date.