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WEIGHT AND WENT FROM 140 LBS. TO 117 IN ABOUT 2 YEARS.

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I AM LOSING WEIGHT AND WENT FROM 140 LBS. TO 117 IN ABOUT 2 YEARS. i AM ON LEVOTHYROXIN 75 MG DAILY. ALSO LISINOPRIL 20 MG DAILY.
I HAVE LOST MY SENSE OF SMELL. MY APPETITE IS NOT VERY GOOD EITHER.
COULD THIS POSSIBLY BE THE LEVOTHYROXIN ? ALSO I HAVE PAIN IN MY ARM MUSCLES BETWEEN THE ELBOW AND SHOULDER, IN MY SHOULDERS.
I HAVE LOST ALL MY MUSCLES FROM ELBOW TO SHOULDER.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Too much levothyroxine can cause weight loss, loss of appettite, loss of muscle mas, loss of bones causing pain.

Hence, that should be checked with serum TSH, free T4 levels.

Levothyroxine dose should be lowered or discontinued if TSH is very low.

Other causes can be undiagnosed malig***** *****ke colon cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma etc.

Malabsorption syndrome is another strong possibility.

Malabsorption syndrome includes the follow possibilities:

1. Excess bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine known as SIBO syndrome.

This is not usually diagnosed by the colonoscopy.

Small intestinal aspirate can be sent for bacterial count.

Carbohydrate breath test (D xylose) is a simple test to diagnose this condition.

But, the treatment is much easier.

A 14 day course of Rifaximine improves the symptoms dramatically.

2. Lactose intolerance--- regular milk, dairy products.

3.Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease--- Wheat based products.

4. Chronic pancreatitis --- deficiency of the digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas.

5. Gastroparesis -- delayed gastric and intestinal movement.-- treated with metoclopramide or domperidone daily.

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