Posted by: Adrien Naude | 2012/05/13

Extremely worried about my Wifes Loss of Weight

Please can you help me.I am extremely worried about my Wifes loss of weight. The loss of weight has been gradual, over a year or two but she is now down to 43kg with a height of between 1.7 and 1.75 metre. She is 53 years old, smokes about 20 cigarettes per day, she uses Grandpa head powders a lot 2 or 3 per day, the smoking and grandpas are also a deep concern of mine. She is extremely hard headed and refuses to go to a doctor. It is as if she is unable to eat large portions of food and does complain about abdominal pain wich over the last few months seems to have become more severe. As I have said she absolutely refuses to seek medical advice but takes a mixture of Lenons turlington and condense milk which she absolutely swears by and says brings relief from the pain.
Can you please give me advice.

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Hell Adrien,
Irrespective of whether your wife is 1.7m or 1.75m tall, at the weight you mention she is significantly underweight. I am neither a medical doctor, nor would I want to make any medical assumptions or a diagnosis on this forum, but I think that you need to be insistent that she see a physician urgently to explore what could be a myriad of addictions and dangerous lifestyle patterns. It is unlikely that she is going to be cooperative to this process, so y need to take charge if the matter and insist on an intervention/investigation. You cannot assume that your wife is capable of making sound judgement in her current condition.

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