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Question: 18 y/o girl 5'1"198 lbs help with weight-suto tumor ceribrie


 xelainea - Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:06 am

I'm an 18 year old girl 5' 1" and 198 lbs.
About 5 years ago i was diagnosed with suto tumor ceribrie. My father tried to figure out what was wrong with me for a long time because of all the symptoms i had. Eventually we found a doctor who knew what was wrong and i went into the hospital for a week.

After i returned home from the hospital i was prescribed a 250MG of Diamox to be taken twice daily. I would have a regularly 3 month check up to keep track of my condition. Three years ago I was prescribed to reduced the Diamox to once a day.
Then two years ago i finally was able to stop taking the Diamox completely. I go every 6 months with my doctor.

Everything has been going pretty good until about December 08. I was very tired all the time and seemed depressed. I never felt good and eventually stopped doing anything besides going to school and working. I never did anything with friends (before i was very social) Finally in February my parents took me to my pediatrician and i discovered I had Mono (for the second time, first time was a year ago December 07) I was told i had already had it for a couple months and everything should be getting better. I took two weeks off from work and a week from school to get rid of my exhaustion and make the mono effects go away. It took an additional week for most of my symptoms to leave.

During the time period of Jan 08 to jan 09 i went from 178 lbs to 198 lbs. I'm afraid i will soon start getting back my symptoms. I recently, in the last month or two, started to have headaches back and this stinging pain in my head that i had b4. I still feel very tired and it seems like i might be depressed. I have tried to get my weight under control for Years upon years. There is nothing wrong with my hormones or anything. I got that tested when i found out i had mono.

I get home from school at 11 so i have all my meals at home by myself. My main question here is their any meal plan that is complete. I feel i need a strict diet to jump start my way to feeling better. I know that at 178 lbs i am way more content with myself and feel better. Is there any thing i can do right now? I don't want it to get worse.

Help is truly appreciated and needed immediately.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:23 pm

User avatar Hello Xelainea,

I would actually recommend you follow up with your pediatrician again. I would suggest you have your thyroid hormone levels tested. Low thyroid levels can present as increased weight gain (despite "normal" food intake) and poor energy levels. It can also contribute to depression type symptoms. Pseudotumor cerebri has also been reported to occur with hypothyroidism.

Certainly eating healthy and moderately is important but I think, given your history, you should consider looking into some of the medical reasons for weight gain as well.

Best wishes.

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