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Weight loss due to medication for Bipolar disease and anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi,
User :   i have lost alot of weight in the last 2 months due to stress mainly. 40 lbs gone. I now weigh only 90 lbs and have lost my appetite almost completly and cant seem to put it back on. I am starting to feel weak and stay up all night two or three times a week. one of my friends said i look like a cancer patient with hair. not much to. thats falling out now. what can i do? is my health in jeopordy? I'm 5'3" tall with a very slim frame at a healthy weight. advise please?
Doctor :   any sudden weight loss is bad
Doctor :   May i know the reason why you lost weigh ?
Doctor :   were you on any diet plan ?
User :   I'm also taking several medications. one for bi polor one for sever anxiety. one for help sleeping and one for adhd. this combination of drugs usually makes me eat. and no. i have never dieted in my life. i just cant eat under severe sterss. but never like this. my husband want me to start eating now. BUT I ACTUALLY THROW SOMETIMES WHEN I FORCE IT
Doctor :   Have you ever had fever episodes during this weight loss ?
User :   no. just cant eat. i actually look like a pretty good amount of my muscl is gone to
Doctor :   ok, i do not think loss of appetite alone will reduce the weight so much within 2 months
User :   i just cant eat under stress. this was a cool little trick when it short lived a harmless. but this is diffrent
Doctor :   you have to be examined and also get blood cholesterol levels done
User :   what then? usually if I lose 5 or 10 lbs it comes back right away. not this time
User :   is my health in danger? do you have any ideas why i cant regain? husband thinks its because my body ate thru my fat reseve and went on to muscle
User :   what does cholesterol have to do with it?
Doctor :   yes, he is right , such a sudden weight loss will eat up all fat reserve
Doctor :   when fat is burnt more than normal , some bad cholesterol levels rise in the blood
Doctor :   cholesterol is the byproduct in fat metabolism
User :   oh. so in comes one possible health issue
Doctor :   in you the major cause for this problem what i suspect is the drugs you are on, some of them are hunger suppresents
Doctor :   and some depressants
Doctor :   both have effect on the appetite
Doctor :   consult your doctor and get them changed or removed if possible
Doctor :   consume more protien food , also fruit juices with sugar and malt like foods
Doctor :   work out everyday with good amount of energy supplements
User :   the depokote and seaquil usually make me eat and off set pretty much th adderral although i did lose a little weight when I begain adderral, nothing big
Doctor :   also take multivitamin
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