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Unexplained Weight Loss

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  • Posted By: Foley99
  • July 31, 2008
  • 09:13 PM

I'm a 32 year old male. I've lost 15 lbs in 2 months. My only other symptom is increased burping and gas that occurs throughout the day even when I haven't eaten. I haven't changed my diet or exercise patterns. I continue to consume on average 2700 calories per day. I currently weigh 170 lbs but that is quickly dropping.

My doctors have performed an MRI on my brain and neck, an upper GI of my stomach, an endoscopy where they took a biopsy of my stomach, a CT scan of my abdomen, and a host of blood work and urine tests. The doctors have considered and ruled out (to name a few) hyperthyroid, HIV, hormone imbalance, addison's disease, whipple's disease, and diabetes. A complete blood count was also performed that showed normal levels.

Based on the above tests my doctors say they can find no evidence of cancer. I am told that brain, pancreatic, gall bladder, liver, intestinal, stomach, colon, leukemia, or lymphoma cancers would have shown up on one of the above tests.

The biopsy from the endoscopy showed no evidence of celiac disorder (wheat intolerence) or any kind of parasite, although my gastrointernologist says that these conditions are sometimes difficult to diagnose. My gastro doctor has not performed a colonoscopy but says that based on my CT scan and other symptoms he doesn't see one as necessary at this time.

Has anyone out there had a similiar experience? What was the diagnosis? Can anyone recommend a diagnostic test that I have not yet tried?

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  • Thanks, Blaze. I'll check into that.
    Foley99 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you had a full stool exam done?DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes. A full stool exam was done. No sign of blood or parasites.
    Foley99 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Parasites can be hard to detect and it could be possible that you have some type of tapeworm eating up your food. Have you ever considered having a colonics? Water goes in, contents of your stomach comes out. Trust me, I've had one done and I actually did have some worms. You would be surprised at what's inside of your stomach. Things that can't even be picked up on an exray. Sometimes your organs get in the way and when they take the picture all they see is the organs, not the many things that could be behind them. I encourage you to have one done. It could help you rule out the possibility of having worms. It you have them you won't after you have the colonics done. Good luck to you.
    OdorMystery 6 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 08:03 PM
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  • Good advice from OderMystery...Sounds like giardia, which often doesn't show up in the stool tests. Ask your doctor to consider treating for giardia. The newer treatment is alinia for 3 days; older one is flagyll for 5-7 days (more side effects). I've had both. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 11:44 PM
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  • I posted on another thread about low stomach acid, or non existant stomach acid (called hypochlorhydria), which can cause gas, belching, diahhrea and/or constipation, and poor absorbtion of foods/minerals/vitamins/protien. You might try googling this and see if the symptoms match. It could cause weightloss through poor absorbtion of food.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2008
    • 06:31 PM
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