Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

149 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Blood work was normal. What could be the reason for weight loss?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Robert Galamaga

Oncologist

Practicing since :2002

Answered : 2631 Questions

default
Posted on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 in Cancer
Question: I am 71 yr old female and have loss 15-20 lbs in last 2 yrs--have not changed lifestyle/eating habits/exercise-Dr tells me my weight is proportional with height and all tests/bloodwork are normal
doctor
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Weight loss concern Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for sending the question. This is an excellent question. There are multiple possible reasons for unexpected weight loss. Among the categories include anxiety or stress. It sounds like you have plenty of that going on in your life. in addition another obvious concern is that there could be some type of process such as cancer going on in the body. You do have an increased risk for this in light of your smoking history. We have good data now that supports annual CT scanning of the chest for patients who smoke for extended periods of time. I would suggest that you talk about obtaining a CT scan which can be ordered by your primary care doctor. Also it is important for you to consider your normal lifestyle including diet and exercise level. It sounds like you probably spend a lot more time working then you do in leisurely activity or exercise. I would categorize alcohol consumption in your case as slightly excessive. I would consider decreasing your consumption to roughly 50% or less of your current daily consumption. your doctor might also request some blood tests to check for vitamin deficiencies or abnormalities in the way your kidney or liver are currently functioning. Thank you again for sending your question. I can appreciate that this is somewhat of a stressful situation and most likely you have nothing going on inside your body other than the significant stresses that you have placed upon yourself. Thanks again for sending your question. Please let me know if you have any additional specific concerns Dr XXXXXXX
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

Recent questions on  Weight loss

doctor1 MD

Hi, I workout 3-4 sometimes 5 days a week, really depends, but my workouts are of weight lifting, one day arms and cardio, another legs and cardio, and another day circuts and cardio, and on other days when available some light 30 min jogging. But I have noticed my stomach is getting way bigger, and I am getting very uncomfortable about it and I am not sure why. I dont eat that bad all the time, and I try to eat few snacks so I dont have to have a huge meal and that way I can keep my metabolism running. there are some days were I eat a little more due to times of classes, so missing meals, and then workout times. Is there any way you can help me and tell me why my stomach is getting much bigger even though I am working out and doing ab workouts as well?

doctor1 MD

Hi, I had gastric bypass 12 days ago with no problems until 2 days ago when I was attempting to put my s left sock on, as I stood up from bending I felt an excruciating pain in my left mid abdomen , directly across from my belly button. Since then the pain is there and severe only when I stand or walk and feels like it radiated straight threw to my back. I have no pain when I am sitting or lying flat on my back. I have no other symptoms or concerns regarding this, the diet is going well.

doctor1 MD

Hi, I am 43 years old. my height is 5 3 wt 66 kgs msrment 37-36-41:( . From the past one yr I am experience bloating and excess gas which very uncomfortable and painful. Bloating increases as the day progress and towards night, it is unbearable. I am working as a teacher and am constantly on my toes. I am careful about my food and have almost stopped eating rice and have switched to wheat ( chappati, rawa, lapshi etc) I walk for more than half and hour and do all the household chores myself. I have included lot of steamed cauliflower and salad with raw cabbage and other veggies. My meat intake is very limited yet my weight from the middle refuses to go, I am not losing weight nor inches. I hate to go shopping because the figure in the mirror depresses me as I do not get the clothes of my choice. I have now started maintaing a food diary so that I can monitor what goes inside me. Please Help me to get a desireable and healthy weight.

doctor1 MD

Hi, I was just getting a bit paranoid because I found out my cat had worms a few weeks ago. I got him treated and he is now worm-free. I was just wondering if I could have gotten them? I haven t noticed weight loss , nor have I really been paying attention. I have been constipated, followed by periods of loose excretion . I also have these really itchy lumps on my arms and legs. Now, I understand that they could be fleas, but I have treated my house so many times, and have given the cat baths. There have been no signs of fleas in the house since the worms were exterminated. I have noticed that I m not as hungry as I usually am and actually tend to be nauseous.

doctor1 MD

I am a 39 year male and I am urinating every 30 minutes to 1 hour. I don't have any pain or discoloration. Just concerned at how often im going I'd like to know what this could be if anything dangerous or to be concerned of.

doctor1 MD

Can I reverse a possible chance that I have Typ 2 diebetties ?

doctor1 MD

How much ghee is good in a day if I have normal health reports