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Sudden Weight Loss Calls for Doctor's Full Attention

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Recently, Apple founder Steve Jobs exhibited sudden and extreme weight loss, prompting much concern for his health. Involuntary weight loss is typically indicative of a significant medical problem. While Jobs initially attributed his weight loss to a hormonal imbalance, we now recognize that it is much more serious.

Because Jobs has a history of pancreatic cancer, many physicians are speculating that the sudden weight loss indicates a recurrence of his cancer. It is not uncommon for recurrent tumors to cause such sudden declines in a patient's weight because the presence of the tumor causes the release of molecules called cytokines, which can lead to appetite suppression and the breakdown of muscle and fat. With a complete removal of the tumor, the body can restore its balance.

Regardless of Jobs' particular situation, anytime an individual experiences involuntary weight loss equal to 6 percent or more of his original weight, it almost certainly points to a major medical problem and indicates a high risk of severe illness. In patients older than 70, this degree of weight loss is a powerful predictor of death within 12 months. Any complaint of weight loss must be taken seriously and requires a comprehensive examination to identify the main cause.

Often, weight loss is the first and only manifestation of an illness, which can be perplexing for patients and physicians. The quest to identify the root cause of involuntary weight loss always begins with a careful evaluation of a patient's history. This can determine whether the patient is using any medications of which appetite suppression and weight loss are recognized side effects.

Medications used to treat depression — particularly the classic selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro — all cause weight loss. Weight loss is also a side effect of many medications that treat heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and many other conditions. In addition, narcotics (including many illegal drugs) and alcohol can play a role in weight fluctuation.

In addition to identifying any medications that can cause weight loss, a careful medical history evaluation also can detect another major factor that can affect your weight: depression.

Even without the classic symptoms of depression, involuntary weight loss is often the result of emotional turmoil or high stress. If depression is suspected, treatment with medications, as well as psychotherapy, can be greatly beneficial. Interestingly, even though many of the drugs used to treat depression suppress one's appetite, addressing the root cause of the depression can help a patient readily gain back any lost weight.

If drugs and depression can be excluded, the physician must investigate further to identify other medical conditions. Serious infections, immune diseases and cancers all can be present with extreme and sudden weight loss. Tuberculosis and a number of fungal infections can cause extreme weight loss. To exclude TB, a skin test and an X-ray of the chest are needed to make the diagnosis.

The common inflammatory illnesses that cause weight loss include lupus erythematosus, polyarteritis nodosa, severe rheumatoid disease and a very common condition in older people called polymyalgia rheumatica. These conditions are excluded by physical examinations and specific blood tests.

Finally, the most common cancers that cause weight loss are pancreatic, lung and kidney cancers, as well as colon cancer that has spread widely throughout the body. Blood tests, X-rays and CT scans, where indicated, are needed to make the diagnosis. In the very old, weight loss occasionally occurs for no good reason.

This condition has been called "failure to thrive in the elderly," and despite our very best efforts, the prognosis remains very poor.

Once the physician diagnoses the main cause of unexplained weight loss, weight gain will occur naturally if the condition can be treated or cured. If not, the best approach is to liberalize the diet by making it rich in calories and protein; in other words, if it is bad for you, eat it! Ice cream, fatty meats, bacon and eggs are good choices. Nutritional supplements can be of value, as can exercise and physical therapy. While our weight-obsessed world tends to glorify shedding pounds, never ignore sudden or unexplained weight loss. It is typically a symptom of a much larger medical problem.

Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. More information is available at www.drdavidhealth.com.

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I have been suffering with an enlarged disc since oct. Had steroid shot in Feb and one in May. The feb shot went into wrong disc based off mri 3 yrs ago. May was new MRI and shot. Doc said shot won't help and this won't heal on its own. I need surgery. I have been bedridden now about 6weeks. If I walk, climb stairs, sit or drive too much I have what I describe as AGONY. I cry in pain for 25-30 minutes until the medicine kicks in. My mom died of cancer and she had the same symtoms. Back and leg pain and then became housebound. I have lost alot of weight as well. I am normaly 116-118 and Since Mid June I have dropped to 103. I mentioned to 3 or 4 different docs about my concern of the weight loss and that my mom died of cancer and they seem to brush it off. I had pre-op testing and they took blood 4 days ago. Maybe if they had found something they would have called. I am looking forward to being able to walk with a straight back and be painfree. So many wonderful people have come into my life recently and are helping me in many more ways then they could ever imagine. I will be forever grateful and will pass the love and care forward.

But the weightloss concerns me. The surgeon said the pain is probably doing it to me. I would like to have a physical and have blood checked just to be ease my mind.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Tracy Lawrence
Tue Sep 1, 2009 5:28 PM
I was weighing 165.In about 6 months I am at 135.I was on Loritabs for a year because of a lot of pian with trigger finger and fibromyalgy.Now I am off of loritabs and my paxil which i have been on for about 5 years.I take xanax,and Lamotrigine for depression,Atenolol and vitamin D 50000.because of a low count.I am almost finished that.My weight loss doesn't seem to be a problem with my doctor because I was over weight any way.My metformin is working to keep my diabetes .I am 5 feet tall.I am happy I lost the weight because I have been trying so long.But my right side hurts around the liver area.I have fatty tissue on the liver for 8 years.Should I be worried?
Comment: #2
Posted by: Carolyn Goulas
Wed Jun 2, 2010 2:35 PM
I HAVE LOST ABOUT 20 LBS SINCE MARCH OF 2011.I'M 51 YEARS OLD AND HAVE HAD BREAST CANCER, UTERUS CANCER,AND COLON CANER ALL IN 10 YEARS. I'M WORRIED BECAUSE IM TRYING TO GAIN AND I KEEP LOSING.
Comment: #3
Posted by: DORIS DENNIS
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:27 PM
My mom is 72, has been having severe weight loss fir 3 months now. She can only get down a couple ounces of ensure upbto maybe 2 cans a day. She has had so many tests, but the doctors are scratching their heads. If anyone has an out of the ordinary idea that could be something to look for I would so appreciate it. Has any one heard of anything in the brain causing a persons stomach and/or intestines to not work right? I think her head might be the only thing not examined yet. My husband had a pituitary tumor and it sure affected his body functions.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Patti
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:35 PM
I have an Aunt who is 62 years young she has been severely obese for a number a years now. Because of this it it has caused a host of other problems such as diabetes type 2, fibromyalgia, severe arthitus and only has one functioning kidney,
Last Christmas of 2010 she nearly of kidney failure. Her future was headed to kidney dialasis she was at stage 4 of kidney desease. After being in a hospital for 10 days she rebounded her good kidney went from a stage 4 to stage 3 and according to her Doctor that was rare. During her hospital stay and her weight at 420 she was also diagnosed with diabetes type 2. Well that diagnoses was her wake up call.
I became her official care giver and the day she came home from the hospital I decided that being her enabler like most of her family had become just to keep her happy, I looked at her directly in the eye and asked her "do you really want morbid obesity written as the cause the reason you died on your death cetificate? And with tears in her eyes and the years of hoplesness she has felt, she said "no". So I said lets get to work!
Fortunatley I am highly educated in nutrition and fitness and have worked with severely obese people before. I understand there shame and lack of self esteem when they go out in public. My Aunt has been in a wheel chair for 5 years now due to the severe arthitus and she was unable to hold her body weight. She has been told been many Doctors to go home and die. was also told by her former Doctor that her knees were crushed and that's why she was unable to walk. Everyone gave up on her, she gave up on herself, she was so close to just wanting to take her own life because she saw no hope at the end of a very dark tunnel.
Although I had worked with severly obese clients before I had never I had never had one that was wheel chair bound. For 5 years she has been eating in her room, watching tv in her room, going to the bathroom in her room. She basically had no reason to leave her room. Plus when she transfered to bed to porta potty she needed help lifting her legs back on the bed and then rolling over.
Getting out of the hospital shortly out after Christmas weighting 420 pounds it was time to start creating new history, time to start making some life saving changes that she thought were impossible. I started with buying her a table bicycle that you use by cycling with your arms. The first time she used it she could barely do it for over 3 minutes. Next she had to give up the highly sugared soda for diet soda. I then made a rule of no food being stored in the bedroom and she was very sneaky at that. That was a hard one!
But it all started to come together and diabetes had became completly controlled by diet and exersize and did not need to take any additional medication. I did not mention earlier but she is on about 10 differant meddications to s all of her other health issues plus morophene to control the chronic pain in her legs. So one more medicatioon was just one more that would have put more additional stress on her only kidney.
I asked her just to trust me, I told her I believed in her and in time she will start believing in herself. As I was teaching her new ways to eat and teaching her the importance of exersize and how it all works together I had to also educate her husband of 43 years and her 18 year old grandson that they raised. They had spent such a long time just wanting to keep her happy. They had been there would she would scream and cry for several hours in the middle of the night from being in so much pain in her legs. They had lived many miserable days for several years and for once they to started to have hope. Her husband worships the ground she walks on. But he needed to learn how to help her and not enable her and I know it has been difficult for him but I give him much praise for all his effort.
I then brought back family dinners in the dining room. I don't know how long but the three of then were all eating in seperate rooms and it was isolating them. These people love the Lord yet they all sit alone blessing there food alone. Carol (my aunt) at first had a hard time with this because it took a lot of strength for her to get to the table. But I reminded her that she had to start some where and she would never gain the strength if she did not try. I started educating the importance of not missing meals and the importance of reading lables. This was hard because she does not read or write well. But she is learning. The nick name she has given me is the "Bull" because unless she really has a good excuse she has to get out of that bed that she has been living in for the past 5 years and be a part of life. She also uses the toilet in the bathroom. The first time she tried she fell and previous times before when she has fallen the only option is to call 911 or use the lift if you can get it in the room. Normally takien a fall like that would keep her from trying again but she did try and she has had great success. She is also able to get into the bath on her bathing chair with very little assistance.
Due to her large weight there are only a few places we can weigh her at and one of those places is our local hospital called General Hospital. So after month 1 we went down there and the scale rewared her, she lost 11 pounds and you would have thought she had won the lottery, we both cried tears of joy and even the nurses at the hospital who did not know us celebrated.
Month 2 carol is now doing 20 minutes on bike, still having some challeges with the snacking part a little to much....but we went to GH and she lost another 10lbs and dropped below the 400lb weight. We now have become regular at the hospitals to weigh in. Her Doctor is thrilled, Carol is watching her sizes going down from a 4x to a 3x. She has more energy. One of our goals we set was for her to be able to sit in her wheel chair long enough to watch dvd with her husband. She achieved that goal 2 months earlier then planned. Her pain has decreased so much we have been able to cut her morophen in half.
This has been such an incredible journey for Carol and myself. I told her from the beginning that holding onto weight is a symptom of something else usually some kind of emotional trauma that she may have gone through in her life time that still haunts her. I have told her that as she starts to see the weight come off she will most likely start to fell some old hurts regurgitate from the past that has not healed. Her belief in Jesus Christ is strong and I encourage her when she starts to feel that old feeling of hopelessness and low self esteem give it to God. Don't stuff it! Let it out so she can move on through this journey. I am not sure she understood this at first but I am sure she gets it now. Her and I have but heads during this process she has taken out her old anger on me a few times and said some hurtful things. This is what she used to do with other friends and family in her life. The differance between me and them is I know how to draw the boundry line and have walked out on her when she starts to go there. I challenge her to think of the hurtful things she has said because it seems she really does not have a clue. At the beginning of this process I would ask her "did you eat dinner?" or did you take your medicine?" and her old answer would be "no, because no one gave it to me" she always blamed some one else. It has taken me months to get her to take responsibility to not be a victim and take charge of her life.
Now its almost 9 months and shes down to 318 pounds and it is amazing. When I started this post it was only supposed to be a very short response but I felt I had to tell Carols Story because in the last month and a half she has lost over 55lbs. Just last week she lost 33lbs in 5 days. Her Doctor ordered blood work and a cat scan which we did yesterday. As thrilled as she is with the weight loss I am so frightened. This is way to much and I have know of to many people who have had sudden weight loss only to find out they had cancer. She has no complaints of pain or being more tired. I watch her like a hawk. We will probably get test results on Monday and I am dreading it. 33 POUNDS IN 5 DAYS!
I NEED TO KNOW WHAT ANY THING THAT COULD BE CAUSING THIS!
tHANKS TO ALL FOR READING MY STORY, JULS
Comment: #5
Posted by: julie
Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:10 AM
Re: Patti
There is a condition called "elder decline" or "elder anorexia". It was originally thought that decline was just from being "old." But it was found (I ran across the Journal Article about 7 yrs ago) to be caused by a certain kind of bacteria ( possibly pryobacter - I'm not certain) - but one found very common to be in nursing homes. When the bacteria was treated, patients recovered their ability to eat.
Gastroenterologists can determine which bacteria are in your gut. Often one swallows a string, which is then extracted.
15 mg Zinc (Dr. OZ) can help restore sense of taste; which can be helpful because people don't want to eat if they have no sense of taste.
Try dietary enzymes, available in health food stores.
Vasculitis (a systemic immune system condition) is perhaps another possibility.
Find out how many calories/day are input. Up them to gain 1 lb/day or every 2 days. See if weight gain occurs when caloric intake is sufficient. Using foods, just look at the food labels (which give the calories per serving size) - and eat serving sizes.
Have the case reviewed by an expert on gall bladder. Gall bladder is often missed as a root cause; sometimes for many years!
One can install a "feeding tube", which pumps Jevity or other nutrition into the stomach; which should determine if caloric combustion system is working for the body.
Don't give up! You have to find a doctor who treats what it is that is wrong with you.
Comment: #6
Posted by: James Bela
Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:12 PM
Re: Patti

People who are hospitalized in crisis mode for anorexia nervosa are routinely given a brain scan to check for tumor.
Comment: #7
Posted by: James Bela
Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:21 PM
Well, I am a 29 year old woman, and I have lost 16 pounds in about 3 months. I usually weigh about 115. I was up to 125 for about a year because I was taking risperdal. I stopped taking that in may. I now weigh only 109 pounds. I wasn't really too worried about it, but people have been mentioning it more the past couple weeks. Also, I have lately been feeling really exhausted all the time, and normally I don't need much sleep. My stomach has been kind of funny the past week, and I'm really scared to go to the doctor. I have no idea what could be wrong with me. I've been healthy all my life. Does anyone know what it could be?
Comment: #8
Posted by: Julia
Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:03 PM
Ive lost 38.3 percent of my weight in 4 months,for no reason AT ALL!Went to my primary,hes concerned but doing nothing,what doctor should I see.Loosing 3/4 pound a day,as of 4 days ago 74.6 pounds.It has progressed from a 1/4 pound to 3/4 pound a day.
Comment: #9
Posted by: cliff K
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:04 AM
MY husband has lost from 306 to 200 pds in 6 mths. He has not tried to lost weight. He has had extreme pain in his lower back. He has degenerative arthrtist in his lower back. He says his food don't tast like food. He stay's in constant pain. The Dr. he has don't seem to help. I am giong out of my mind trying to find him . He don't have insurance. He is 63. I need help.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Rhonda
Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:12 PM
I thank you for your help . I wish I could find a Dr. in my home town that would help him since he does'nt have insurance. I don't want to loose my husband becuase noone will help us.

Thank you for your time,

Rhonda Kelley,
I have no Insurance to help him, I cannot work becauce I'm diabled myself I have Brain Degenratine Disease, Nf1, Nasopharxngealsqumous, I rec' Medicare. I wish I could get my husband on medicare as I said before he is 63, and cannot hardly move around anymorw. In tears in S.C.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Rhonda
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:40 AM
My name is Lisa and I am 43. I have lost approximately 30 lbs in less than 3 months. I have CRPS and am on many narcotics which usually makes me train weight. My primary care doctor has ruled out any normal issues: thyroid, diabetes ect... I am now waiting for her next plan of action.
Comment: #12
Posted by: Lisa
Wed Apr 4, 2012 3:19 PM
Re: James Bela
I am an RN. Please don't confuse the term "anorexia" with the term "anorexia nervosa". they are fundamentally different: Anorexia simply means a decline in appetite/failure to eat (reasons are varied or there may be underlying health issues/aging, etc). Anorexia Nervosa is a psych based behavior: the conscious decision to NOT eat or take in nutrients because of the psychological underlying belief that one is fat (even if they are not) with tendencies to want to control an aspect of one's life and also paired with a false sense/obsession that one's body is never perfect enough (what they see in the mirror isn't reality to them--body dismorphic disorder). One is a choice (with psych/emotional based causes), the other simply describes a lack of appetite or failure to eat. I see people confuse these terms all the time. hope this is helpful.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Cathy
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:51 AM
Hi. I am 37 years old and am worried about my husband. He is 39 years old. Over the past 4 months he has dropped 3 pants sizes and lost approximately 35 pounds without trying at all and he is a good, if not great, eater. My husband is a smoker, and has also developed a pain in the bottom, left side of his rib that is always bothering him and wont go away. He has the persistant cough as well. We know he has COPD, and I am wondering if the weight loss is possibly from this, or maybe it is something more to look into. I hate to think of the cancer word, but it keeps coming in my mind. Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you...
Comment: #14
Posted by: sandi cockerham
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:54 AM
Hi. I am 37 years old and am worried about my husband. He is 39 years old. Over the past 4 months he has dropped 3 pants sizes and lost approximately 35 pounds without trying at all and he is a good, if not great, eater. My husband is a smoker, and has also developed a pain in the bottom, left side of his rib that is always bothering him and wont go away. He has the persistant cough as well. We know he has COPD, and I am wondering if the weight loss is possibly from this, or maybe it is something more to look into. I hate to think of the cancer word, but it keeps coming in my mind. Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you...
Comment: #15
Posted by: sandi cockerham
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:54 AM
I posted on 4/18/12....can anyone give me any ideas??? please??
Comment: #16
Posted by: sandi cockerham
Thu May 3, 2012 6:38 PM
If anyone can help, please let me know. I am 36, don't have health insurance, and have been pushing my doctor at my clinic to have additional testing done. He had me see a gastroenterologist who has yet to order more tests. I am 5'11" and last December/early January, I weighed 147 lbs. I am now down to 134 lbs. and I have had terrible abdominal pain and up set for the last 5 months, coupled with gastric reflux. I was given GERD medication (I am now on the 3rd prescription since the first 2 I didn't react well to at all). I cannot pinpoint down any specific food that irritate me, other than coffee, soda, sugar. I don't know if I am lactose or glucose intolerant. I have been getting more and more depressed and the longer this drags on, the worse I feel. I used to smoke, so I don't know if it may or may not be cancer. All I know is that I have no more weight to lose and though my doctor has at least taken the steps to have me be seen, I don't feel like I am being tested for a full range of problems quickly enough. We have a history of thyroid, autoimmune, and rheumatism in the family. I am really scared. I also have anemia and mitral valve prolapse with mitral regurgitation. I was diagnosed with the MVP with MR at a time in my life where I was stressed and experiencing terrible blood sugar problems. They had me do a fasting glucose test, and no diabetes. I remember the doctor said back then perhaps I may have had an insulin or islet cell problem. They never really found out, but once I reduced the stress, the hypoglycemic problems dissapated (but never full disappeared). It has been roughly 15 years since then, and now I am wondering if all along my symptoms were part of a much larger problem. Part of me is so upset because I don't have health insurance, but as I understand it, even those WITH health insurance may face delays and denials from their doctors and insurance. I cannot figure if this is a gastroenterological problem or an endocrine problem (or something else yet). If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I don't think my doctor is taking this as seriously as he should.
Comment: #17
Posted by: Uninsured in California
Sat May 12, 2012 7:29 AM
I have had a severe weight loss. I am a 32 year old, female who has never had any serious health issues and don't know all of my family's history. My mother's mother died at a very young age of cancer, though I don't know the type. My father had juvenile diabetes starting at 5 years of age and passed at 32 years... I am just over 5' 7' and normally, weigh around 130. I used to be much smaller as a young adult but since having children have kept a pretty steady weight. About a month and a half ago I started to do some yoga at home and thoght it was contributing to loss of weight/muscle tone.... now, i'm not so sure... I haven't weighed myself but am fitting into my 13 yr old daughter's 26' jeans!! For an aspiring model, I thought great! But I am looking in the mirror andI it seems I keep losing and keep losing...i have no health insurance, which is why I am on here looking for advice. I, also, in the past four months or so, have been getting a very strange sensation in my head...like the feeling you get before you faint, except there is no dizziness or tingling or stars.. it is just a very odd feeling.. I stop in my tracks because it is almost like i'm blacking out. But i'm not sure...
Comment: #18
Posted by: S.a.W
Thu Jun 7, 2012 4:15 PM
HI! MY NAME IS JENN. I AM 38 YRS OLD WEIGH 107LBS AND DECLINING. i AM ONLY JUST BARELY 5'4'. iVE ALWAYS BEEN SLIM AS HAS MY MOM,DAD,BROTHER & UNCLES. BUT AS OF LATELY, I WENT FROM ABOUT 125 TO 107 WITHIN SAY 2 MONTHS. I AM UNDER alot OF STRESS.!!!!! IM MY MOMS SOLE PRIMARY CARE GIVER. SHE HAS END STAGE LIVER DISEASE OR PSOROSIS. SHE LIVES WITH MYSELF, MY HUSBAND & OUR TWO BOYS 15 & 12. NEEDLESS TO SAY IT HAS BEEN A MADHOUSE! i GET HARDLY any HELP WITH MY MOM BECAUSE MY HUSBAND MUST WORK TO BRING IN INCOME AND I CANT WORK! i WAS JUST WONDERING IF ITS STRESS RELATED? IVE TRIED HARD TO PUT THE WEIGHT ON BUT NOTHING! iM DEFINATLY NOT TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT! I EAT!! YOU KNOW,BAD THING IS I HATE WHEN OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE GET MADE FUN OF. I KNOW IT HAS TO SOUND STRANGE, BUT I KNOW HOW THEY FEEL A LITTLE I THINK. I HATE SO MUCH WHEN PEOPLE ALWAYS GO ON & ON ABOUT HOW SKINNY YOU ARE! IT MAKES ME UNCO,FORTABLE! AND ESPECIALLY WHEN IM AROUND OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE! I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE BUT THAT IM NOT SURE OF CUZ ALWAYS MAKING COMMENTS AND EVEN MY HUSBAND NOTICED HOW THE BIGGER GIRLS SEEM TO WANNA HANG OUT MORE OR HAV MORE IN COMMON. IM SO SWWET DEPENDABLE TRUSTWORTHY & I AM A VERY GOOD LISTENER! HELP!
Comment: #19
Posted by: JENNIFER MILLER
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:17 AM
I'm 48 years old and weighed 175lbs living in atlanta ga, I been loosing weight for no reason as of today the scale shows 147 lbs but im eating but i still seem to loose weight. yes i'm under stress been out of work since 12/31/2011 cant find work getting over the shingles and a cold that i just can't seem to shake, i very rarely get sick, but now me being 6'1 weighing 147 i leaning towards making funeral arrangements for my self i keep all this to myself as my parents are not in the best health and i have been avoiding seeing them so they wont worry about me i want them to get better themselves. I eat but now food has no taste to me but i still eat any suggestions

Scottie
Atlanta
Comment: #20
Posted by: scottie
Tue Oct 2, 2012 1:32 AM
I am 70 year old woman.I was weighing 116 lbs a month ago,now I am weighing 99 lbs,I have sugar,but since I take sugar control pills it is around 140-145 average.My ESR,Urea,Creatinine,CBC and thyroid are all under control.Please advise about this sudden weight loss.
Comment: #21
Posted by: Anjana
Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:10 AM
hi I have a 81 yr old relative who has got severe weight loss. loss of appetite been in hospital twice and has been told its lack of calcium what can I do to help her get bettr
Comment: #22
Posted by: lorraine lewis
Mon May 6, 2013 1:50 PM
Im 35 years old. I lost 17 pounds in 2 months. My gastro doctor is sending me for a ct of abdomen and pelvis. I have 3 genetic health disorders already. Ive had about 10 benign biopsies in the past 2 years including breast, colon polyps and cervical. All of my current health conditions are under control and monitored including bipolar, hypothyroidism, and genetic dkin problems. Im also being monitored for low grade cervical cell changes with hpv present. I just hope that some day soon someone will know what is wrong and why im 17 pounds underweight.
Comment: #23
Posted by: beth Erickson
Wed Jun 5, 2013 5:24 PM
My grandma passed of final stage pancreatic cancer less than 2 years ago. Since ive had constant health problems for 2 yrs and a ct scan tomorrow of abdomen and pelvis im hoping it isnt what my grandma passed of. Advanced stage pancreatic cancer moves quickly. My grandma lived 5months once diagnosed and noticed no prior symptoms
Comment: #24
Posted by: beth Erickson
Wed Jun 5, 2013 5:41 PM
one of my friend treated with thyroid medication,gradually losing weight.Is it serios?
Comment: #25
Posted by: pradip kumar chakrabarty
Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:21 AM
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