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Weight Loss Without Etiology?



Has anyone ever filed a claim for weight loss without etiology? I have been going through lots of medical issues for the past several years. but as of late I have been loosing weight and the doctors can not explain why. I was weighing 179 and now I go back and fourth from 135 to 145. I lost the weight in about three months and have not been able to be able to gain it back in the past year.

I complained to my doctor about a year ago when the problem started and the first thing she said was quote "You have PTSD and Major Depression are you taking your medications". I got mad and requested a new doctor at the VA. The first thing he did was look and see I complained about blood in my stool and ordered a colonoscopy. The results were a little abnormal with a few extra pileups but not uncommon at my age of 50. He also did a Major blood work up on me with nothing showing up. I was recommended to a dietitian at that point. His conclusion was weight loss without etiology.

I'm not a large man. I'm only 5'8 and at 135 to 145 I am weak and look as if I have cancer or something. Any thoughts on what's going on or anyone else gone through this?

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I have had upper and lower GI's from the VA and exams from Scott & White Hospital but no doctor can figure this out. I wish I knew what it was. I told both hospitals and sets of doctors I'm always tired even when I get up. I don't sleep well and hardly ever more than a few hours at a time.

They always say its PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, or Fibromyalgia. Always the same thing.


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I'm just getting into the va system. I was in desert storm February to august 1991. I'm tired of hurting all the time, with my hands and feet going intermittently numb. I'm 44 years old and feel like I'm 60. I don't know if they will ever pay me, but I figure I can make them treat me. Who knows, maybe they will eventually come to the truth by the time I'm 60. Seems like they found a new way to tell us gulf war illness is all in our heads.

They told us it was all in our heads back then too, just less subtly. Then Khamisiya came to light, and it became more difficult. I guess with ptsd and depression being the hot button issues today its easier to tell us we are imagining it again.

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Depression can cause weigh loss or weight gain.If you are not eating they need to look into supplementing your diet. Good Luck

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