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weight gain, fatigue, bloating = all blood tests have come back normal, but I'm miserable and frustrated HELP!!

By Anonymous April 29, 2010 - 1:18am
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I'm 24 and for the past 2 months have been battling the following symptoms:
-bloating after eating even small amounts of anything (extremely uncomfortable)
-fatigue (despite sleeping 8+ hours/night I'm tired within a few hours of waking and by mid afternoon sometimes feel completely exhausted, I can't run more than a couple errands before feeling like I need a nap)
=weight gain of about ~12 lbs (I've always hovered around 105, I'm almost up to 120)

I run 3-4 miles EVERYDAY and don't think I'm taking in more than ~1800 cals/day plus I'm burning ~400 by running. I've always watched what I eat and tried to eat lots of fruits and veggies. I've been tested for anemia, vit D deficiency, h.pylori bacteria, hypothyroid and all have been normal. Although they are normal, I don't FEEL good and should be in the prime of my life. Could it be hormonal?

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Please let us know what happens, would you? It will help others.

Good luck. I hope it is something very minor.

April 30, 2010 - 7:08am
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Thank you so much for responding. I've seen my primary who recommended a referral to the endocrinologist, which I'm waiting on an appt for. In the meantime, my annual GYN appointment is coming up so I will discuss these symptoms with her. Periods have been normal, I've been on the generic Yasmin for at least 2 years (was on name brand before). I'll discuss if that may be causing any of these symptoms. It's nice to know these websites exist as I'm sort of at a loss as to which direction to head.

April 30, 2010 - 6:53am

Hi Sunshine

This must be really frustrating. I'm wondering what kind of doctors you have seen so far. Is it just your primary provider? If so, I think it's time to see a specialist. Do you have any other symptoms? How is your period? Do you have joint pain? How is your digestion doing?

These vague symptoms are always harder to diagnose. They take more time, and doctors don't have a lot of time for figuring out mysteries these days, even though that is something they should do. So sometimes when you have odd symptoms that don't seem life threatening you kind of get pushed to the side. The thing is, you know something is wrong. So that is important.

If you have no other symptoms, I suggest you see your gynecologist for testing to rule out hormonal issues or PCOS, things like that. If there are any other symptoms, head in the direction of that specialist. Meaning if your gut isn't working right, either, see a gastroenterologist. If you have joint problems and pain along with all of this, see a rheumatologist. If there are no other symptoms and a gyne doesn't find anything, head for the endocrinologist.

Each specialty in medicine looks at the picture from a different angle, and they have different ideas and test for different things. That is why even if your primary provider knows the things the specialist knows, they don't have the same mindset, so they take longer to get to the diagnosis.

Please feel free to write again if you have any questions or other symptoms. At the very least we can try giving you some resources or point you in the direction of a specialist who can help figure this out. In the meantime, here's our PCOS page: http://www.empowher.com/condition/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome

Good luck to you.

April 30, 2010 - 6:36am
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