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Swelling and fatigue 16 year old girl.

My daughter is 16 years old and has gained about 30 pounds in the past 4 months. My husband and I are both very thin and all 3 of us are on the same diet. I just thought that my daughter was sneaking food--but that would be a lot of calories to consume to gain that much weight, right? Also, since January, she has been coming home from school and taking 2 to 2 1/2 hour naps. She is tired all the time now and has developed dark circles under her eyes. When she and I were shopping yesterday, I noticed that when she removed her boots, her ankles were swollen; which led me to take a closer look at her and I have found that she is swollen in her feet, legs, ankles, hands, and face. She and I exercise each evening, and although I have no problem maintaining my weight, she just seems to be getting larger. Is this indeed a weight problem with her, or could it be swelling? If it's swelling, what could be causing this?
Tue, 15 Nov 2011
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Don't be stupid she's pregnant <duh>

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Amy Beaver's  Response

As her mother who does her laundry, changes her bathroom trash can, and buys her maxi pads each month, I know for a fact that she's not pregnant. I didn't know this was a forum where I would come to be insulted. I thought this was a safe place to come to get real answers. Thank you for being so helpful and informative. Wow, what a great website.

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I stumbled across this while surfing on the internet.I am a doctor and the symptoms you describe to me are very worrying .YOU need to insist her to see a doctor immediately .If she was pregnant like the other viewers pointed out -remember some women continue to bleed upto 4 months into pregnancy.Anyway even if she was pregnat she should not gain so many pounds in 4 months---it is way too much .get her seen quickly.

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Why haven't you taken her to a doctor!?  Any idiot can post an answer on this and many other medical websites.  If money or health insurance problems make you reluctant to go to a doctor, then you really should ask actual doctors who will take questions over the internet, such as

That said, to me (NOT a medical professional), it sounds like your daughter may have hypothyroidism (low functioning thyroid gland), which can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.  According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms may include all or some of the following:

Increased sensitivity to cold
Pale, dry skin
A puffy face
Hoarse voice
An elevated blood cholesterol level
Unexplained weight gain
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
Muscle weakness
Heavier than normal menstrual periods
Brittle fingernails and hair

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Sarah's  Response

It sounds to me like she is suffering from Bulimia. Those are all the signs..when you constantly throw up, your fluids shift and make your feet and legs swollen. Your eyes get blood shot and you develope dark circles under your eyes. I would say that going on that diet triggered something in her to do this. Esp. since ya'll are "food focused and weight focused" being tired alot is a symtom..throwing up puts alot of strain on the heart, and body. When you throw up you tend to gain weight instead of lose weight because the fluid retention and electrolyte imbalences. I would ask her about it!

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Trisha's  Response

I had periods all through my pregnancy; that's how i kept it from 'my mom' for 4 months when i was 17.l

General Surgeon Dr. Swapnendu Sekhar Ghosh's  Response
welcome to healthcaremagic
please get a consultation with physician and get a check up and investigations to find out the cause of the condition
may be she is having hypothyroidism
ma e suffering from anaemia
hope she will be all right with proper diagnosis and treatment
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Psychiatrist Dr. Manjula Rau's  Response
sudden gain inweight may be due to endocrine problem
pl take her to an endocrinologist and get her examined
all the best
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