Lab Tests/imbalance

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I am a 64 year old female, 5' 102 lbs. I have had a vaginal discharge for over a year. my gyn has done culture after culture, tested me for everything from STD to cancer to genital culture, routine,Advanced Lab Study Of Cells, bacteria infections, Urine Analysis,and a Pap Test. Everything comes back negative. He says it is an "imbalance". There is no odor with this discharge. But it is very annoying. Wearing a panty liner is not the answer as I feel wet all the time and it burns like a urine leak. When my doctor shows it to me it is a whitish yellow milky type of discharge. I am now resorting to wearing a tampon all the time. Do you have an answer as to what to do for an imbalance? I know this is not your specialty but I thought I would ask and maybe you would have an answer.

Thanking you in advance.

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An imbalance in what is the question. Sounds like they don't know what's going on, and if all the other testing so far as come back good then I wouldn't get too worried. Sometimes discharge can be increased by wearing bleached feminine products like panty liners and tampons. The vaginal canal is a self cleaning environment and I would not encourage wearing anything but a panty liner to let the discharge flush naturally. Perhaps the vaginal bacterial environment is imbalanced, I would perhaps try a feminine specific probiotic (yogurt does NOT cut it) with a good 50-90 billion bacteria per capsule to try.

Perhaps look into checking your progesterone and estrogens as well, perhaps it's a hormonal imbalance and this is your symptom... worth checking if it hasn't been checked.


Hopefully this offers some sort of help,

Dr. Kalli Prater  

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Dr.Kalli Prater

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I can answer questions about routine lab work, functional lab ranges for optimal health, what lab tests should be considered and when you need to seek a second opinion. I can also answer questions about specialty testing like: stool testing, hormone testing, and saliva testing.

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I run lab tests in my office as a functional medicine practitioner and use functional lab ranges looking for patient's optimal health not their disease. I review many charts and labs and look at trends through the years as well as current symptoms. Usually I find more things on labs that the traditional doctor that correlate to the patient's concerns/issues.

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American Chiropractic Association

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Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, B.S. in sports Medicine.

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