Posted by: Smiggi | 2009/09/02

What is wrong?

Hi Doctor,
I am worried as I have lost 11 Kgs in 4 months and I am constantly tired. I was on Eltroxin last year as I had an underactive thyroid and I had put on a severe amount of weight. I went off my medication in January as well as my my Wellbutrin and Epitec as we were trying to conceive. I am eating but I can' t eat all of my food. Roughly an hour after I have eaten I am hungry again. Please would you advise what this could be?

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Dear Smiggi

There are many causes of severe weight loss, most commonly diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, severe depression, malabsorbtion. We also always screen for cancer in a patient that lost more than 5 kg in the previous 3 months. Please see your doctor for a good clinical evaluation, as some blood tests may be needed.

Not taking your thyroid medication when pregnant can cause developmental problems in your baby and lead to a low IQ with learning difficulties as you are the only source of thyroid hormone for the baby in the first 3 months of pregnancy. Thyroid abnormalities may also cause infertility in some patients.

Dr Bets

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