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What causes obesity? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:hi doc
Doctor:How can I help?
User:i am putting a lot of weight
User:even having no changes in my schedule
Doctor:How much is your weight and height
User:i weigh approx 78 and height is 5feet 4 inches
Doctor:Give me a moment to calculate BMI
Doctor:Your BMI is 29.5
Doctor:It comes in the category of obese
Doctor:Do you have any other symptoms apart from weight gain?
User:n this increasing weight has started to bother me a lot nowadays,like i have swollen feet,reduced vision(my spectacles no has dropped), i forget things a lot
Doctor:What else do you have?
User:i have low energy and feel tired from afternoon only
User:i even feel like sleeping a lot
Doctor:When was the last you time you took blood tests?
User:and have lost apetite and interest in normal like too
User:approx an year back
Doctor:All these symptoms correlate with hypothyroidism
Doctor:There can be other causes too
Doctor:I want you to repeat the blood tests
Doctor:Include thyroid profile in that
User:one more thing i have irregular periods also ,say once in 1.5 months to 2 months
Doctor:So the reason can be female hormonal imbalance too
User:ohh how can that be checked
Doctor:By checking the female hormones in blood
Doctor:LH, FSH etc
Doctor:Also you may get an ultrasound of abdomen to rule out polycystic ovaries
User:iam anaemic too and have had blood transfusions done
Doctor:a fasting blood glucose is also needed
Doctor:What is the cause for your anemia?
User:these tests sound so terrifying
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:But they are needed
Doctor:Anemia can also cause irregular periods
Doctor:so we need to make sure what is going on
User:my last discharge report says i had pyrexia of unknown origin with megaloblastic anameia
Doctor:For megaloblastic anemia you will need b12 and folic acid
Doctor:Is your fever better now?
User:It keeps coming and going every month
Doctor:Do you have vaginal discharge?
User:at times not regular
Doctor:What colour is it?
User:white or transperent
Doctor:What is the smell of it?
Doctor:It seems like fungal infection
Doctor:We can be sure with a pap smear but is done only in sexually active women
User:pap smear??
Doctor:In this test a smear is taken from cervix (opening of uterus) and studied under microscope
User:n tested
Doctor:Sorry I did not understand
User:that sample is tested for what
Doctor:For infections and abnormal cells (cancerous)
User:n what if one is not sexually active
Doctor:Then you can go for vulval smear and complete blood count
Doctor:But it will not be very accurate
User:what do u suggest
Doctor:So you need to arrange for all these tests
Doctor:Also you may adapt some lifestyle changes
Doctor:One thing that may help is drinking cleanest water (preferably from RO system)
Doctor:Secondly take measure to treat megaloblastic anemia
User:i do that now too
Doctor:Also do not eat high calorie food
Doctor:High calorie food means milk products like cheese, butter, ghee, cream , icecream, sweets
User:u saying i should take all medicines again
Doctor:You also need to exercise for atleast 20 min a day
Doctor:If you are still anemic
Doctor:You will need to repeat your blood tests for anemia
Doctor:If you want
Doctor:I can get a dietician consult arranged for you
User:i have filled dietician form too today itself
User:does all this has somthing to do with stress too
Doctor:So the dietician will contact you soon
Doctor:Stress and depression can definitely cause weight gain
Doctor:But I do not want to blame it unless I have ruled out other causes
User:ask me something so that i can confirm of depression
Doctor:Do you feel sad?
Doctor:Do you do everything slowly?
User:i feel lazy
Doctor:Do you feel hopeless about your future
User:to major extent
Doctor:There is no XXXXXXX or pleasure in life
Doctor:Are you there?
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