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Unexplained weight loss

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  • Posted By: olivia1
  • October 30, 2008
  • 00:31 AM

I am concerned about a person I know who has undergone a profound unexplained weight loss over the past year. She is 44, 5'4", and weighs 93 lbs- she has dropped 6 sizes in a year and a half. She is NOT anorexic or bulimic - her partner and people who work with her see her eat and she does not have ambivalence or odd habits with food.

There is no drug use that I know of. She does not have health insurance- so although it is a concern- a workup would be expensive. She works full time and does not miss work. Still, it seems to me that something very serious must be wrong and that her heart might be at risk if she keeps losing weight. I am concerned, but I don't know what to do.

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  • Thanks Blaze. I'm going to mention that to her. We actually live in a high risk area for Lyme disease. I know of someone who was not diagnosed with it until 20 years after she contracted it- and she had had many wrong diagnoses in the intervening years.
    olivia1 2 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 05:00 PM
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  • There's not enough info here to try to guess a diagnosis. Weigh loss can be anything from stress to infection, to cancer. And yes, anorexia or bulemia may be the problem-- you have no idea unless you are the person you describe. People with eating disorders are very good at hiding their issues. Best of luck.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 05:23 PM
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  • Aquila, you're right. I only know that she claims to "graze" all day-and her job involves preparation of food. But if she were a minor she would be hospitalized as she appears dangerously thin. She really seems to want medical help, but people are so complicated. Something certainly has changed.
    olivia1 2 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 05:31 PM
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  • Information is very poor. If you really want to help this person find out more about her symptoms.Ask the following questions :does she have any bleeding between her menstruation,ask her to check her booms for any nodules, have her lymph nodules checked (by someone who knows),help her to have a hiv blood test,x-ray of her chest,ultrasound of her liver,digestion and absorbtion also should be checked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 08:41 PM
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