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HELP! I am getting so frustrated!!! Back pain, weight gain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 11, 2010
  • 07:07 PM

Hello, I am a 20 year old female and 5'3 and 160 pounds.
Over the past year I have started to get some really strange symptoms!
All of a sudden I started getting UTIs and had 3 in a row and afterward up till now I still have uncomfortable feelings when I pee and have sex. It is almost like the UTI will not COMPLETELY go away. I also have struggled with my weight for most of my life but usually I could eat healthy and exercise and it would disappear...I started working at a gym and worked with nutrition advisors at my work but i managed to gain 20 pounds. I workout 5 days a week at least for around 2 hours and eat very healthy, I managed to drop about 15 of the 20 but the last 5 wont go away and I have stayed in this 5 pound range for months now, and despite how much I eat or dont eat or workout the weight WILL NOT come off. I seem to carry the majority of it in my belly as well. I have also a new tendency of developing stretch marks, of course I have the typical ones that show up when your growing or put on weight on the sides and back but now ive started to just get them on my belly and for no reason?! I soon developed extreme lower back pain!!! this back pain is so horrible that I even went to the ER for it before, its right along where the hip bones are in that area of the back and is just awful and has no onset, it just shows up whenever. I have always been hairy but it seems that recently I have developed an extreme male pattern of hair, its embarrassing!! I found out not soon after that I have high levels of testosterone? I just dont know what is causing all of this and it seems to be getting worse. I find myself getting hot real easily and sweating and experience flushing in my face, and have fainted a couple of times recently. It seems like im developing extreme anxiety as well. I have had a pelvic ultrasound with nothing, an ekg with nothing, blood tests just showing slightly elevated Test. levels and had a pap, that showed nothing (that was a while ago though), and x rays of my bladder and back with nothing.
I am about to go to the gyno again for another pap and hopefully some more tests to figure out whats up. If you have any idea of what could be wrong please please let me know!

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  • I hope you will please consider, because of the back/bone pain, investigating Hyperparathyroidism (not the thyroid, okay, but the parathyroid). I hope this may be of help to you! As crazy as this sounds, you should search by the term high calcium.I'm sorry for your pain and good luck to you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2010
    • 03:36 AM
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  • With the exception of the frequent UTI's this sounds like a thyroid issue. I'd find a good endocrinologist as they can test for other hormone issues if it's not your thyroid. Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, hot flashes, joint pain and many other things. I had a mass (benign) on my thyroid years ago and had it removed. I've experienced many of these symptoms when my meds need adjusted. On the UTI note, I also had bladder infections every 4-6 weeks for about 2 years...like they never fully went away. I finally saw a urologist and found out I had a pocket on the urethra that didn't allow me to fully empty my bladder and would hold bacteria. I had surgery and had it fixed and have not had an infection for 7 years. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2010
    • 03:41 AM
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