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6 ft. tall, 125 lbs

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  • Posted By: DeeZee
  • December 9, 2007
  • 10:08 PM

I'm 25 years old, 6 ft. tall, and weigh an incredibly low 125 lbs...

I've pursued my weight problem a few times (I've always been very skinny) and it never led me anywhere. When I was 22 I underwent all these tests for Marfan's Syndrome, since I have a heart murmur, but that was ruled out. They said that though phenotypically I fit the bill of a Marfan's patient, I (thank God) do not actually have the disease. Around the same time I went to a gastrointerologist who ruled out Crohn's disease and Ciliac, saying nothing abnormal showed up in the colonoscopy.

Then, about a year and a half ago, I read some stuff about hyperthyroidism and I really thought I might have that as I fit a bunch of those symptoms as well. That was ruled out very quickly in a pretty thorough blood test. However, the test did turn up a very low cholesterol level, which is no surprise considering how underweight I am.

Aside from being extremely underweight, I also have fairly frequent bowel movements (I can go months with 2-3 a day, but have gone through periods where I'll have 3-5 a day).

I also started exercising a little over a year ago, run and lift weights twice a week. I have not gained any weight and only noticed a very slight change in muscle definition. In fact, one disconcerting thing about exercising is that I know most people gain energy from working out, but I'm more tired on the days I exercise than the days I don't. Overall, I'd say I have a pretty low energy level, am often tired, and don't get the boost I should from

These failed pursuits to find out what is causing me to be so underweight are extremely frustrating. At one point I even had a nutritionist suggest to me that I should just eat more and even smoke weed to increase my appetite (that was in San Francisco, no surprise). However, I eat what I can eat, and I think I eat pretty healthy, making sure that I get a steady intake of protein and fat by consuming eggs, fatty yogurts, stuff like that. As of a few years ago, I stopped eating beef and don't eat as much meat as I used to, though I still eat poultry a few times a week. However, my being underweight greatly predates this change in my diet and I actually feel better since I cut beef out, so I am pretty sure that has no bearing on my weight.

So at this point I am willing to take another go at it and meet with more doctors and be more insistent that there is actually something wrong with my body, but I don't want to run into more dead-ends that consist of doctors telling me what I do NOT have. I am the skinniest person I know and the few people who I have revealed my weight to are in disbelief when I tell them. I'm not looking to turn into Schwarzenegger either; I just want to be at a healthy weight. Am I wrong for thinking that this problem goes deeper than just not eating enough? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I am currently doing a little online research into malabsorption, but past experiences have taught me not to diagnose myself online.

Thank you for reading.

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  • I too was very thin for the longest time. I weighed about 132 and was 6 ft tall up until about the age of 38, at which time I began to slowly gain weight. It probably is either just your metabolic rate is amped up or a malabsorption problem with the intestinal villi. YOur frequent bowel movements would tie into not having adequate time to absorb nutrients into your system. If you are not anemic at this time (blood tests would reveal) then I would not worry too much about it. It may be that you are just constitutionally thin and will gain later in life. Just my opinion, and good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 12, 2007
    • 05:45 AM
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  • Food intolerances can lead to malabsorption problems, and it is hard to pinpoint exactly which foods may be causing you problems. I suspect there may be some dairy intolerance causing your frequent stools...please research a treatment called NAET and see if it sounds good to you. NAET has helped many people on this site, including myself. But it's not for everyone... Do you suffer from sinus congestion or other sinus problems? This often comes with a dairy intolerance. To help with your bowels I recommend a good quality PROBIOTIC with several strains of beneficial flora - try to find one that is non dairy based. This is a very safe and effective way to help build your intestinal flora. In addition to NAET, I would recommend other holistic healing methods like acupuncture, chiropractic, or naturopathy. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 12, 2007
    • 08:19 PM
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  • One other thing you may want to check out is the possibility of having parasites. If you do, they can be eating the food that you have predigested for them. They are actually pretty common. Regular medical testing is not comprehensive enough. I would suggest Electrodermal screening to see if there is a possibility of them being there. You may find a practitioner in your area by calling BioMeridian at 801-501-7517. There is also a good lab - I do not know the current name but it used to be Great Smokies Lab. Best things I have seen for getting them out are supplements for specific parasites from Systemic Formulas of Ogden UT. 800-445-4647. Been using their products with many patients for 10 years.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 15, 2007
    • 02:02 AM
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  • I also have problem like this. After I have read the discussion I have a lot of information gain here. thank very mush.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 19, 2010
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