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Query about anti depressants and birth control pill - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am wondering if my symptoms are related to something being wrong. I am tired all the time, feel sick in the late afternoon, from my head feeling kinda funny, weight gain of 15 to 20 pounds a year for a few years now. I am currently on the birth control pill, and on anti depressants.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   Nice to meet you, I am hoping you are able to give me some insight to these reacurring issues
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know ur age, weight, height and the medications that u r on ?
User :   I am 5'7", age 24, and my weight is 230
User :   I am on birth control, and anti depressant, I can't remember the name
Doctor :   how long have u had these issues ?
User :   For approx 8 months now for the being tired
Doctor :   fatigue,. weight gain and depression could be sighs of endocrine abnormality
User :   I work in the day from 8am to 4:30pm, go home nap, then get up and go to my second job cleaning, which is about an hour, then back home and in bed by 10 the latest
Doctor :   have u got your blood tested for thyroid anomalies ?
Doctor :   also can you mention if u have heavy and prolonged periods ?
User :   I have had my thyroid tested and they say that it is fine
User :   My periods are normal.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I would begin by asking you to get a simple blood tests including CBC, hemoglobin to check if u have any anemia or vitamin deficiency
User :   I have hemochromotosis
Doctor :   ok, in that case have u done your liver function tests and iron levels, to know the severity as well can u mention the treatment that u r taking for that ?
Doctor :   hemochromotosis can present with liver issues including fatitue, decreased appetite, and lethargy, weak movements , etc
User :   I have had my iron levels tested since I was 16, and they have always been good, I had them tested about 3 months ago and they came back fine
Doctor :   also u need to know that a few antidepressents can also induce weight gain ,
User :   I have been on them for approx a year
Doctor :   it would be better if u can mention the medications u r on for depression
User :   and the weight gain has been going on for quite a few years, since I was 18, every year I get heavier, but I don't do anything different than before
User :   venlafaxin
Doctor :   a weight of 230 pounds indicate an increased BMI and signify overweight
User :   I am pretty sure it is that
Doctor :   You need to take steps to control ur diet and also join a gym to take steps to lose that weight
User :   I know, it is obese
Doctor :   routine cardio and walking for 45 min a day will help you to lose that weight
Doctor :   Are u able to sleep well ?
Doctor :   Do u snore at night ?
User :   I don't snore, I sleep well most nights
User :   I have the odd night where I toss and turn all night
User :   For 2 weeks straight I was freezing when going to bed, actually shivering
Doctor :   ok
User :   and then the last couple of nights, I have been sweating so bad in my sleep that my clothes are wet when I get up, and being that hot isn't waking me up, and it used to
Doctor :   to start with, you need to change your diet, to include more fibre and fruits
User :   I eat fruit and vegetables every day
Doctor :   and make a plan and join a gym, to lose the weight
User :   ok
Doctor :   once you lose about 50-80 pounds you will feel fit & much better and healthy as well
Doctor :   the fatigue, depression will fade off as well .
User :   ok
User :   What about the sick feeling
Doctor :   obesity and depression form a vicious cycle and each feeds the other to increase in severity
User :   ya tell me about it
User :   Thank you for your help
Doctor :   You need to break this cycle by taking steps to curb obesity by losing weight consitantly over the next few months
User :   I am going to try my hardest
User :   I hate being this size, its really depressing
Doctor :   thats good to know and i hope u rach your goal sooner
User :   Thank you! :)
Doctor :   You r welcome
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