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Rapid Weight Gain on my Tummy and Not Pregnant.

By Ellis9600 April 11, 2010 - 11:52am
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I've been experiencing rapid weight gain around my belly very rapidly. Three pregnancy tests say I'm not pregnant. An external ultra sound checked my liver and gallbladder. An internal ultra maid sure I did I didn't have any fibroids or tumors. I have no appetite and am eating under 1200 cal per meal. This have been going on since Aug.09 I weighed 135, then by Oct. 09 when I weighed 150. By Jan I was 162lbs and now I weigh 170lbs. And ALL the weight goes straight to my belly. I look 5 months pregnant. I can't fit into any of my clothes! I think it would bother me less if I were gorging out on chocolate and fried foods or I was 5 mos pregnant. But, I'm barely eating. I'm doing everything I am supposed to be doing and I am not menopausal or post menopausal, and the pounds keep adding on.

The other thing that is sort of strange is that I had lipo five years ago on my tummy, so technically the fat should be going other places.

I have found another website with a forum for women who have the same problem. It seems like there are a lot of us out there.

So I guess the question is what would make me gain so much weight so fast on my tummy, but no where else?

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EmpowHER Guest

I have the same symptoms. I found out I have a pituitary adenoma.
Have docs run blood work. Check prolactin levels and other hormones. Get with a good endocrinologist. A MRI will show if you have this. The pituitary controls everything.
3 years continue to gain weight. Fit my whole life. Don't over eat.
I'm headed to Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center. It's very frustrating and complicated.
Check into it
Good luck!

January 15, 2016 - 10:27pm

I too am living this nightmare. :-(

November 17, 2015 - 3:38am
EmpowHER Guest

I have the same exact symptoms been to so many Doctors! But I don't have all of the Cushing symptoms my Doctor thinks I'm a hypercondriac lol I am looking for answers myself my next step is to go to the Mayo Clinic but would know what type of Do your to choose!

October 13, 2015 - 12:39pm
EmpowHER Guest

If you can post your diagnosis that would be very helpful. My weight gain mirrors yours and so do my conditions although I also have carcinoid cancer from tumors in my stomach. I have already had a large cyst (benign) removed from my ovary. Thank you to the responder for the info, my research turned up the same possible causes but I have no idea which one. Can elevated cortisol levels occur without Cushings and how quickly could it cause a 25lb gain? I have a gastrin level of 40x normal. Also hypothyroidism (on synthyroid), fibro, kidney pain, carpal tunnel/pinched nerves both hands, other neuro, bad back/neck/knees and of course anxiety from being 37 and so ill.

June 14, 2015 - 2:31pm
Diane Porter

Hi, Ellis,

So glad for the update on your endoscopy and your appointment with your endocrinologist. I'm glad the endoscopy went smoothly and that you're at least on the path of finding out what's going on there with your hoarse voice and your cough.

So sorry that the endocrinologist is not open to your input. I have a hard time understanding how he thinks your weight gain could be impossible when you're standing right in front of him with doctor's records!

Does your GP know of another endocrinologist he would feel good about? Now that the GP is on board, perhaps he'll help you find an endocrinologist who will accept the explanations of what's going on and start looking for a cause.

April 28, 2010 - 8:54am

Hi Andrea, I had my endoscopy yesterday. Very smooth procedure. My hoarse voice and deep cough have been getting worse. But it looks like they are going to be here for a while. The found a pollup and took tissue samples looking for damage tissue and the big C. But, they didn't have to dilate so that is great. I am still eating mushy food.

I also saw the endocrinologist last Tues. He is repeating my thyroid test. Unfortunately, he is not open to listening to me. He says my weight gain is "impossible." Luckily my GP finally got it when I took my weigh log and food log into his office. That morning I weighed 165.1 at 3:00 I weighed 170.0.

It was interesting. The nurses looked at my chart and said if I was pregnant. When I said ,"no" They all got worried. And said, you've gained 10 lbs in 10 mos. That's not right. All the nurses were asking about other symptoms.

So the GastroEnt. thinks whatever is going on, it is is not GI. I, just have a hoarse voice and a sore throat. I will look for another a new Endocrinologist who is a little more open to working with the patient. And the lbs keep coming.

I have my endoscopy yesterday.

April 23, 2010 - 7:05pm

I couldn't find the response you were referring to in your email. Shucks I was looking forward to reading.

Update on reflux damage: I go in for an endoscopy next Wed at 2:30. The are going to see if they can stretch the Shacters ring in my throat or stretch my esophagus.

I see the endocrinologist on Tues. I'm bringing all my reports plus your article and of course my food and weight chart. BTW, I gained 5lbs yesterday. And a shop keeper asked when I was due. I just smile and say it is a medical condition. But I know they feel mortified. I feel mortified later. All I can say is this is a strange journey we are on.

April 16, 2010 - 11:42am

Hey that sounds like you might be onto something. Right now, I'm dealing with the damage from the reflux. Next week I have am having an endoscopy to take care of a Shacter ring that has developed in my esophagus.

I'll call my GP tomorrow and ask for a referral to and endocronologist (sp) to see about cortisol levels.

I read up on your article and the links you've provided. And let you know if look like it fits. So far it looks good.

Thanks again for your hard detective work.


April 15, 2010 - 5:12pm
Diane Porter (reply to Ellis9600)


You are so very welcome. I'll watch for your updates as you learn more!

April 16, 2010 - 10:01am
Diane Porter

Hi, Ellis, so good to hear back from you.

I am very glad that your doctor is responding to what's going on. That's so important, because clearly something isn't right.

Are you swollen anywhere else? Ankles, feet, fingers?

Have you been tested for Cushing Syndrome? Here is a list of Cushing's symptoms from the Mayo Clinic:

Weight gain, particularly around your midsection and upper back
Muscle weakness
Rounding of your face (moon face)
Facial flushing
Fatty pad or hump between your shoulders (buffalo hump)
Pink or purple stretch marks (striae) on the skin of your abdomen, thighs, breasts and arms
Thin or fragile skin that bruises easily
Slow healing of cuts, insect bites and infections
Depression, anxiety and irritability
Loss of emotional control
Thicker or more visible body and facial hair (hirsutism)
Irregular or absent menstrual periods in females
Decreased libido
New or worsened high blood pressure
Glucose intolerance that may lead to diabetes
Bone loss, leading to fractures over time

and here are some possible causes:


Are you having any of the other symptoms in that list except for the rapid weight gain?

Did your doctor also check out your kidneys? Did he do blood tests or just the ultrasounds?

When your doctor did your ultrasounds, was he looking just at your organs and tissue, or also exploring (for instance, for large areas of retained fluid?)

I'm doing research for you, but as you know this is quite a puzzle. Hang in there with us!

April 14, 2010 - 9:58am
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