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Can't gain weight
Posted by: Angela Lomax
Date: November 8, 2001 9:06 PM

Twenty months ago I gave birth to my 4th child. I was forced to maintain breast feeding until she could be seen by a consultant on a waiting list which took nearly 5 months. I started to lose weight at 13 weeks and at a height of 5' 8" I dropped to 7 stone 6 Lbs. Once my daughter was onto formula I could not regain the weight and my G.P. prescribed "Ensure Plus" at a dosage of 200 ml. 3 times daily in addition to my regular meals and snacks. I have a healthy diet and snack on chocolates and cakes, biscuits etc. and yet after taking "Ensure Plus" for the last 8 months my weight has only increased to 8 stone 1 lb. If I stop taking the "Ensure Plus" the weight begins to fall off me again. The doctor has done blood tests for diabetes, and thyroid problems. I am only 32 and feel constantly tired. The doctor has tested for any signs of tapeworm etc. and can find nothing. I cannot function for longer than a couple of hours without feeling exhausted and am at a loss as to what to do from here.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at June 11, 2007 4:29 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Can't gain weight
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 10, 2001 4:22 AM

(For our American readers, if I remember right one stone is 14 American pounds.) What you describe would be consistent with a failure to digest and assimilate your food. Oral digestive enzymes are useful in such situations. I hope you can adopt better eating habits than snacking on chocolate stuff, but the really important thing is to actually break down the food you eat and assimilate it. If enzymes are not sufficient to bring back your weight when combined with a robust healthy diet, then you may need to be evaluated for more serious digestive disorders. The most common problem in this area is chronic infection of the gut associated lymphoid tissue. The real trick is to find a doctor who knows anything about such matters. While you may not have such a doctor who understands this, you at least know who does not: the one you have now. Fire that person and search for a replacment.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at June 11, 2007 4:29 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

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