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Hello Over the last few weeks I have been getting random slight

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Hello Over the last few weeks I have been getting random slight pain in the back of my chest, which feels just about at the lowest point of my left shoulder blade. It never lasts more than a few seconds or say 2-3minutes and doesn't seem to have any other effect.
I am 51, 5'5.5" tall and weigh 10.5stone although don't do much exercise (I know I should).
When I was about 18 my GP commented that I had a heart murmur and all through my adult life I have noticed having palpitations at apparently random times, not linked to exercise although possibly worse when I am tired. About 10years ago, just before I was being given a general anaesthetic prior to a D&C (never having given birth I was advised a local would not be enough) I asked the anaesthetist if there would be any issues with this. He did an ECG, to put my mind at rest I think, but said that the ECG had not shown anything worrying and I did confirm this with my GP later.
I have been having irregular periods, sometimes extremely heavy, for about the last year. Periods have been quite heavy for years really. I've never been diagnosed as having anaemia, but was rejected as a potential blood donor years ago for failing the 'drop test' (I think they called it!) However, I have started taking iron supplements just in case, although I do eat red meat and green veg quite a bit. I'm not feeling particularly run-down/tired/lethargic apart from when I don't get enough sleep!
I don't know if any or all the above has anything to do with it, but wondered if I should be getting properly checked out or if I am just being menopausal?!
Thanks for your time
S
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.
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Hi there, This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist. I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

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You do need some proper evaluation.

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Irregular heavy periods can be caused by the thyroid gland disorder.

Dr Basu :

Thyroid gland also can cause palpitations.

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Hence, serum TSH and free T4 levels should be checked.

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Also you will need a holter monitoring 24 hour at least to look for any atrial fibrillation or any other irregular heart rhythms.

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the irregular period can sometimes be related to the uterus lining thickening.

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this can be sometimes precancerous known as endometrial hyperplasia.

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Hence, a pelvic ultrasound is required to check for uterus lining thickness and also presence of any tumors.

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Anemia can be related to your heavy periods.

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Still vitamin B12 and folate deficiency should be checked which can also cause anemia.

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Please ask for these tests from your GP or consult with a gynecologist.

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Best wishes,

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.
Dr Basu : Hi there, This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist. I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
Dr Basu : You do need some proper evaluation.
Dr Basu : Irregular heavy periods can be caused by the thyroid gland disorder.
Dr Basu : Thyroid gland also can cause palpitations.
Dr Basu : Hence, serum TSH and free T4 levels should be checked.
Dr Basu : Also you will need a holter monitoring 24 hour at least to look for any atrial fibrillation or any other irregular heart rhythms.
Dr Basu : the irregular period can sometimes be related to the uterus lining thickening.
Dr Basu : this can be sometimes precancerous known as endometrial hyperplasia.
Dr Basu : Hence, a pelvic ultrasound is required to check for uterus lining thickness and also presence of any tumors.
Dr Basu : Anemia can be related to your heavy periods.
Dr Basu : Still vitamin B12 and folate deficiency should be checked which can also cause anemia.
Dr Basu : Please ask for these tests from your GP or consult with a gynecologist.
Dr Basu : Best wishes,
Dr Basu : It was my pleasure to help you today.
I am Dr Basu experienced in Metabolic Diseases.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I clicked the Excellent face straight away yesterday as I was happy with the speed of your response (although I was surprised at your thyroid suggestion and will follow up with my GP). I have no idea why it didn't register, but I am not happy having my inbox filled up with messages from you! I will now simply rate 'Good'.

Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.
Hi there,
I have no role in sending you messages --that is just the website marketing.
Best wishes