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Guidance on procedures for weight gain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   halo
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   am a female aged 26
Doctor :   Please go ahead with your query.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i have questions on diet and weight
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i have been trying to gain some weight as am too small
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details -Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   am 26years, female, i work as a xxxxxx,am in xxxxxx
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   yes i have dependants
Doctor :   What is your weight and height?
Doctor :   Please calculate your BMI with this link WWW.WWWW.WW
User :   am 1.73m high approximatly. i weigh 38 presently
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   is it normal for a person of my age to have that weight
Doctor :   Your BMI is very low.
Doctor :   It is supposed to be 18-22 for a female.
User :   what is mine
Doctor :   You need to gain a lot of weight.
Doctor :   your BMI is 13.
Doctor :   Do you have any other health problems?
User :   no
Doctor :   I suggest that you take a very high protein and calorie diet.
User :   i rearly get sick
Doctor :   You should take meat everyday.
User :   apart from headaches when i have had too much work
User :   ok so i increase my meat intake?
Doctor :   You should add nuts like cashews, almonds, walnuts
Doctor :   atleast once in your diet,
User :   those are difficult to find here, i dont live in the city
Doctor :   You should take more fish, ehhs, poultry
Doctor :   eggs
User :   i live in the country side
Doctor :   You should take soy milk and tofu.
User :   ok
Doctor :   what is your daily diet?
Doctor :   If you can give me an estimate
Doctor :   I can prescribe a diet for you.
User :   i eat very little
User :   mostly eggs, pork, beef, nshima, and ground nuts
Doctor :   You should have 2 eggs in the morning.
User :   i olso eat vegetables
Doctor :   Do you get whole milk there?
User :   ok am following
Doctor :   Take more root vegetables like colocasia, yam,
Doctor :   with more energy
Doctor :   take potatoes
User :   realy
User :   milk only the processed one
Doctor :   also drink 2 glasses of whole milk everyday.
Doctor :   If possible mix some protein powder in your milk.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Add butter or cheese to your diet.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Also eat small frequent meals
Doctor :   as much as you can eat
Doctor :   eat atleast every 2-3 hours.
User :   do i need to take vitamins like B co.
User :   how will they help me
Doctor :   It is not really necessary
Doctor :   If you take whole grains
User :   ok
Doctor :   Also I suggest that you take any green leafy vegetables that you can get like celery or lettuce.
Doctor :   Dont eat a lot of fast foods or junk foods.
User :   i like fried foods
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i like fried meat and fish
Doctor :   You can take them till you gain some weight
Doctor :   after that you can go for baked alternatives.
User :   ok
User :   i have been this small from childhood
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   But that is not a healthy BMI for a normal person.
User :   these days i even feel less energtic
Doctor :   Yes
User :   mornings i have no energy
Doctor :   If there is an illness your body wont be able to cope with it.
Doctor :   I suggest that you increase your diet intake by eating frequently.
Doctor :   Get your haemoglobin checked once if possible.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Low haemoglobin means iron deficiency
Doctor :   and you may have to take iron supplements.
User :   i was told by a doctor i also have low blood presure
Doctor :   Once you start eating your appetite will increase.
Doctor :   Yes that happens when you are underweight.
Doctor :   I suggest that you avoid soft drinks, alcohol and smoking
User :   i dont need to take medicine to improve my apetite?
Doctor :   restrict the intake of coffee
Doctor :   and tea
Doctor :   as they kill the appetite
User :   ok,i take tea and coffee quite alot of times
Doctor :   You should restrict them to once or twice a day.
Doctor :   also you can take digestive enzymes like VITAZYME [cap/ liquid/drops] if you can get an alternative in your country.
User :   will taking a mixture of raw egg with milk help me
Doctor :   avoid any smoking as it kills the appetite.
Doctor :   better dont take raw egg as it causes a b vitamin deficiency.
Doctor :   better to take it boiled.
User :   ok
Doctor :   snack on milk shakes
Doctor :   or any snack
User :   i will follow the diet you have given me
User :   biscuits
Doctor :   eat whole grains as much as possible
Doctor :   yes you can snack on them.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   yes please
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   early this year i was involoved in a road accident
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   at the hosiptal doctors said i was fine
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i sometimes experience a pain at the nap of my neck
Doctor :   Did you get an XRay done at that time?
Doctor :   was there any finding in it?
User :   could it be a result of my accident or spending long hours in front of a computer?
Doctor :   I believe it is the later.
User :   no xray was done, i requested for it but the doctors insisted i was fine since i dint even sustain external injuries
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Its probably due to the long hours before the computer.
Doctor :   You need to take frequent breaks every hour or so
Doctor :   for a couple of minutes.
Doctor :   Your chair should have good arm rests
Doctor :   We will send you a document on simple exercises
User :   my office chair is very bad
Doctor :   that can be done sitting before the computer screen.
User :   ok i will appreciate that
Doctor :   Also if the pain doesnt subside with this
Doctor :   then I suggest that you get an XRAY Cervical Spine AP and Lateral view done.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   one more thing
Doctor :   ok
User :   i will be getting married soon
Doctor :   ok
User :   with my weight will i be able to have children
Doctor :   Thats one more reason why you should put on weight as underweight causes hormonal imbalances and infertility, but with good weight gain, that can be corrected.
User :   ok i will try to improve
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
Doctor :        
Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   i think thats all doctor,
User :   thank you very much for your help
Doctor :   YYYY@YYYY
Mobile : 0000 please confirm your details
Doctor :   can we send the document to this mail id?
User :   YYYY@YYYY , mobile number +0000
User :   yes please you can send to that email address
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting Health care magic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   thank you for your help
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