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Offline Gomubukai

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Question about losing weight
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:46:38 AM »
I am fairly slim and have a bad habit of not eating when I'm stressed or worrying about something.

There have been quite a few things in the past two weeks (especially) for me to worry about which means i havent been eating as well as i normally do and I have also had a kidney infection that I am still on antibiotics for.

My question is this.

Does anyone know how much weight a person has to lose in a short period of time before they should be seeing a doctor?

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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 07:29:25 AM »
Personally I wouldn't see a doctor unless you were getting physically ill from not eating right.   For instance in 2002 I lost 25 pounds in a month and if I were say 200 pounds that wouldn't be a problem, but I was 137 and dropped to 111 (I'm 5'6"), because of not being able to eat (I'd be hungry, but after taking 2 bites I couldn't even swallow without feeling like I was going to gag) - it all stemmed from worrying about a weird thing with my eye.  My stomach then got upset ALL the time, very nauseated all day long and I COULDN'T eat (the not eating CAUSED the stomach to get upset like that - gas, acid, etc).  THAT is when I went to see a doctor.    So it all depends on your starting weight and percentage of weight being lost.  Like I said 25 pounds was almost 20% of my body weight lost in a month, that is not healthy.   If you are 200 pounds and lost 10 pounds in a month you are fine, if you lost 10 in a week, not good.
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 12:47:07 PM »
Sunlover- was the cause of your symptoms truly just anxiety? I am going through the same thing and convinced it is pancreatic cancer?!! How long did these symptoms persist mine have been a bit over a month now and I am overwhelmed with worry! I agree though gomu- you shouldn't be worried stress and antibiotics really cause you to lose your appetite, and a few pounds is nothing.
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 01:02:56 PM »
First off, congrats on spelling "losing" right.  I hate it when people say loosing.  ;)


I agree with the other poster though, that is the best answer.
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 02:49:31 PM »
Thanks guys.

I'm 5'9' and was 163pounds I weighed myself yesterday and I was surprised to see I am at 155.

This morning I weighed myself again and I've lost another 3.5 ounces since yesterday despite feeling like I've been eating much more properly the past three days...

Does that sound ok??
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 05:20:26 PM »
Sunlover- was the cause of your symptoms truly just anxiety? I am going through the same thing and convinced it is pancreatic cancer?!! How long did these symptoms persist mine have been a bit over a month now and I am overwhelmed with worry! I agree though gomu- you shouldn't be worried stress and antibiotics really cause you to lose your appetite, and a few pounds is nothing.

Yes.  In July of 2002 I had a really FUNKY thing happen with my vision.   The eyedoctor had no idea what it was, he didn't SEE anything at all and his, "I never heard of that" really made my day :( 
I freaked out so bad that I couldn't eat, I was getting lumps in my throat so bad (globus) but I was thinking it was lumps of puke that would appear there and get stuck (my other fear is throwing up!) so then I had 2 things to freak out over.  I'd actually be really hungry, sit down with a big burger and potatoes etc, take 2 bites out of the burger and felt like I was going to gag, I couldn't eat.  It got so I'd eat a bite of toast for breakfast, and maybe 2 bites of chicken around lunch and that was IT.  After about 3 weeks I started getting so nauseous I'd be laying in bed because if I moved I'd actually gag - it was HORRIBLE!!  I finally went to a local clinic, he did a blood and urine test and told me that it showed I was actually "starving" myself and told me to suck on ice pops and get some gatorade.  He told me I did that ALL to myself!   After I did what he said in one day I was able to eat a whole chicken leg, then the more I was able to eat the better I became.  It was all from worry about my eye!  I was finally pretty normal by Christmas.  I was able to eat a pretty normal Christmas dinner.  All pure anxiety and I vowed never to let that happen again!
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 05:28:38 PM »
You answered this one yourself really, not eating right=weight loss or gain, depending on if you overeat, or in your case, undereat, causing weight loss. You could ask your doctor to pass you on to a dietician (diet specialist) who will help you plan out a healthy eating regimen to follow each day to maintain a healthy weight.
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 05:33:51 PM »
Thanks sun lover- this sounds a lot like what I am going through but I also have heartburn and gas/belching. I have been to a GI doc and he believes it is stress related as well and my labs looks normal besides gastritis. I just love food so much I never expected this to happen!
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014, 06:14:19 PM »
Thanks guys.

I'm 5'9' and was 163pounds I weighed myself yesterday and I was surprised to see I am at 155.

This morning I weighed myself again and I've lost another 3.5 ounces since yesterday despite feeling like I've been eating much more properly the past three days...

Does that sound ok??

Weight fluctuates on a daily basis.  I weigh myself often because I refuse to go above 133 pounds, one morning I'll be 133.5 and be upset then the very next day it will read 131.0.  I didn't LOSE 2 and a half pounds, it's just the fluctuation.   And 3.5 ounces my scale wouldn't even register as it records only in half pounds.  When you weigh daily you'll see fluctuations.
Oh, and another thing, if you had been eating less and losing weight, you don't immediately start gaining it back when you are eating more.  When I had my stupid problem and then started eating almost normal I dropped one more pound, then I stayed there for a few weeks before my eating caught up with me.  That's how it works.  So if you have only been eating normal for 3 days it will take a while.  It's like a car crashing into a brick wall at 60mph, the car may have stopped, but the people inside still fly forward at 60mph until THEY catch up and crash into the wall too.
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Re: Question about losing weight
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2014, 06:15:24 PM »
Thanks sun lover- this sounds a lot like what I am going through but I also have heartburn and gas/belching. I have been to a GI doc and he believes it is stress related as well and my labs looks normal besides gastritis. I just love food so much I never expected this to happen!

I should have mentioned I had heartburn too!  I even forgot about that until you mentioned it - I was put on Prevacid for a while!
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