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Unexplained rapid weight gain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 25, 2007
  • 05:40 AM

I have had the following symptoms over the past 5 weeks:

- Unexplained weight gain (2lbs/week) despite eating the same (which is very healthy)
- Extreme tiredness and fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Constant nausea and headaches

I have had bloods done so far and the only thing was abnormaly low (0.03) TSH. T4 fine. T3 was not checked. I am so confused as this would indicate symptoms of hyperthyroidism, however my symptoms don't fit.

I need advice I am going crazy with teh weight gain and not being able to concentrate at work. I've seen 3 doctors and they all have no idea and say "wait and see".

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  • get your heart checked out
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Were any of the doctors you saw an endocrinologist?
    lsoroosh 51 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had the following symptoms over the past 5 weeks:- Unexplained weight gain (2lbs/week) despite eating the same (which is very healthy)- Extreme tiredness and fatigue- Difficulty concentrating- Constant nausea and headachesI have had bloods done so far and the only thing was abnormaly low (0.03) TSH. T4 fine. T3 was not checked. I am so confused as this would indicate symptoms of hyperthyroidism, however my symptoms don't fit. I need advice I am going crazy with teh weight gain and not being able to concentrate at work. I've seen 3 doctors and they all have no idea and say "wait and see".You didn't indicate whether male or female. So I'll ask, are you pregnant?Next, if not, you can have a very low TSH and be hypothyroid.You can gain weight and be hyperthyroid.I know confusing. Everyone is different.You say T4 fine, result and range would be better to see and get copies of your records.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Are you retaining fluids? How is your blood pressure? Are your heart valves ok? You'll probably have to adjust your caloric intake downward if you are still lethargic. Which came first? the lethargy or weight gain. Are your bones and joints painful?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Make sure you have a blood test for Thyroid antibodies. I had the same situation as you and everyone was baffled. Finally I found a doctor who ran the antibody tests and bingo we figured it out! Once I started taking the correct amount of Thyroid medication, (both Synthroid and Cytomel) everything became so much better. My doctor even put me on Metformin (though I am not diabetic) to control my pancreas' output of insulin...which can be drastically affected by the thryroid antibody problem. I am beginning to feel human again!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 06:32 PM
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