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Rapid Weight Gain - help!

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  • Posted By: FunkyChicken27
  • September 7, 2007
  • 02:56 AM

I've gained 20lbs since April (10lbs since July). I have a back problem so I can't exercise as much as I want but I am active and eat a healthy diet. I don't think I eat that much. I have Polycistic Ovaries Disease (PCOD) and my doctors prescribe the contraceptive pill to help manage my weight, but it is not working (I'm 5'5" and 175lbs). I only drink water and juice - I get thirsty a lot. Sometimes I have no appetite and others I get very low blood sugar really quickly. My hair is thinning, it doesn't grow, my skin is dry & cuts don't heal. I bruise easily, get restless at night, have bladder problems and little energy. My doctor says its from the PCOD.

I had a thyroid & diabetes test last year and everything was normal. What could it be?

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  • I would have your docs check for Cushing's Disease/Syndrome. Although it is quite rare, some of your symptoms are those of Cushing's. This condition is sometimes found in those already diagnosed with PCOS. Have your internist or endocrinologist order Serum Cortisol and/or 24 hour Urine Cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol levels is the main symptom, although to be absolutely sure, your doctor may order this test several more times. A one time elevated level does not confirm the diagnosis. You must have most of the physical symptoms also (buffalo hump, rapid weight gain, facial acne, increase in hair growth (especially facial), purple striae on abdomen and/or breasts). Cushing's is very difficult to diagnose because it is so rare. Most doctors don't have the experience, so they overlook it. Hope this helps - good luck.nursesindi@yahoo.com
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