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Hello, I am trying to find out what is wrong with my daughter. She is 25 years old. A pediatric oncology nurse at a large hospital in Northern NJ. For about two months now she has been gaining weight (normally she was 140 lbs and 5'7") She is now 160 lbs. She hasn't had a period in 3 months, has a distended/bloated stomach, explosive diarrhea out of nowhere, severe cramping and back pain. She has very little appetite and exhausted all the time. She has seen a gynecologist, had an vaginal ultrasound and pregnancy test (both negative). She has seen a gastroenterologist and had a colonscopy but that was negative for colitis. She had normal blood work done by her primary doctor and nothing abnormal. She and I know that something is definitely wrong but no one can figure it out. Help please. She can't keep living like this. Thank you.
Thu, 1 Feb 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Thyroid levels and adrenal functions should be reviewed

Detailed Answer:
Hi! Welcome to HealthcareMagic. Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. We will try to help you in the best way possible. First of all, it's sad to know what your daughter had been going through lately.

Based on the history you have shared, though obvious gynecological pathology isn't evident in her basic work up still hormonal nature of her symptoms can't be ignored. Endocrine issues can present with all these set of symptoms that you have shared and thyroid profile, as well as serum cortisol to look for adrenal functions, should be done. LH, FSH may also be needed alongside.

Meanwhile, gut motility agents like domperidone or itopride can help with the gastric symptoms along with antacids like Omeprazole. If symptoms persist a CT scan abdomen, and pelvis might be needed.

Using soft diets and avoiding stress or anxiety triggers is advised in the meanwhile. A baseline ANA, ESR and CRP levels can be done to rule out rheumatological causes.

Wishing her a speedy recovery. Hope this has answered your query.
If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.

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Follow-up: Hello, I am trying to find out what is wrong 24 minutes later
Thank you for your help. She is calling her gastro doctor today to try and get a cat scan scheduled. I will also suggest to her the blood work you suggested and thyroid and adrenal functions. Avoiding stress and anxiety triggers will be tough for her given her job. It is a high stress environment. Not the patients but her co-workers and management. She works nights as well and is going non stop from 6 pm until about 8 am sometimes later. I will write all this down and I'm hoping to go with her to her doctor. We have to keep pushing until we find out what is wrong. One thing she has noticed too is that she has very dry patchy skin. I will be back in touch once she gets all of the above tests done. Thank you.
Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
It can be due to micronutrients deficiencies after chronic diarrhea

Detailed Answer:
Hi! Thanks for the detailed feedback. Keep me posted regarding the progress. And the skin condition that you mentioned can be due to micronutrients and vitamin deficiencies due to chronic diarrhea. It's better to start replacement for vitamin D3, B complex and vitamin C alongwith zinc for the skin. Vitamin A deficiency also causes dry skin but should be replaced with caution and after discussing with your primary care physician. Regards
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Follow-up: Hello, I am trying to find out what is wrong 9 hours later
Good Morning, Thank you for your help. I will mention this to her as well.
Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
You are welcome

Detailed Answer:
Hi! Thanks for the appreciation. Regards
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