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What could be the cause of my 21 yr old rapid weight gain

By Anonymous September 27, 2014 - 10:27am
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M has had a lot of health problems including having a kidney removed early of in life.
She has had lots of antibiotics because of chronic bladder infections (also part of her urinary tract problems from birth) and now sees a Chinese md for her immune/auto immune system, she suffers from depression but takes Wellbutrin which does not cause weight gain. She exercises a lot, she eats for candida, so has no sugar, dairy, gluten or yeast and has even tried giving up the meat recently. She does occasionally cheat but not enough to cause this crazy weight gain. She had a skyla iud for a few months but had that removed last month thinking that might be the cause. Last year she went on the pill and that caused a lot of weight gain. This is driving her crazy, she doesn't sleep well and it makes her more depressed. She is at college living with girlfriends and just wants to feel happy and not self conscious. Life is always a struggle for her but this is really worrisome.

Not really sure where we should go next with this and wondering if an endocrinologist should be the next step

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post and I'm sorry to read if your daughter's ongoing medical issues. 

Firstly, it sounds like she is off the birth control pill and the IUD? If so, that's good, as neither sounded like they suit her body chemistry and caused weight gain. As long as she is using condoms, she'll be protected from pregnancy and just as important - many SYI's. 

I do think it's a good idea to see an endocrinologist. They can really delve into her testing to look for hormone imbalances - not just her female hormones but her thyroid and adrenalin glands too. If she has some kind of disruption there, they'll find it. 

Ask for her to be testing for Cushing's Syndrome. 

Read more on that here:


I see that she is on a restrictive diet. Is that to try to rule things out or does she have a known allergy? If not, have her fully tested. 

She also may be cheating on her diet more than you know. It's pretty typical of college kids to underestimate what they eat and drink. It's very normal behavior - she's young and in college. 

Her depression could be causing some of these issues but of course, her issues could be causing the depression. It can be a vicious circle. 

Talk to her about seeing an endo - she is a grown woman now, of course, but she could probably do with some guidance from you and I think this is an excellent first step. 

Will you keep us posted, Anon?



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