I am a 34 year old woman who leads a relatively healthy lifestyle. I have been diagnosed with proctitis for 5/6 years, currently taking predfoam and pentasa. I have had asthma for 16years and take both ventolin and bectotide inhalers. I caught a bad flu 2 christmases ago and ever since then have been suffering from sudden onset of fatigue, weakness, feel cold with some shivering, mild nausea, sometimes thirsty, symptoms of which can last for up to two days. It seems to strike around ten days before my period starts. Not sure if there is a correlation but if it is hormonal, do you have any suggestions as to what to take or course of action to pursue?
I have been to see my gp a few times about this and had some blood tests done which all came back normal. He mentioned that the prolonged usage of predfoam, which is a steroid, may be having an adverse effect but he is not sure and was quite vague.
My personal and professional life suffer considerably due to this imposition every month. I am very worried as professional doctors cannot seem to offer any solution or indeed prognosis. Would be very grateful if you could shed some light on the situation?
Yours very concerned,
Your symptoms sound more GI related than gynecologic, and I would wonder about something like carcinoid, but that is out of my terrritory. Another possibility might be periodic paralysis--which is related to thyroid dysfunction, and once again doesn't fall within my area of expertise. You might want to google these two conditions and check your symptoms.
If your symptoms are related to your cycle, the way to approach that would be to change your cycle. If you were my patient, I would offer you a trial of oral contraceptive pills--maybe even one like Seasonique that switches your periods from monthly to quarterly--and see if there was any change in your symptoms.
If changing your cycle DID reduce your symptoms, and if there were no contraindications, oral contraceptives would certainly be easy to prescribe.
I hope this information is useful!
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