I have been losing weight drastically (Plus , muscle spasms , nausea , headaches )

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Hey people , So I am a 24 year old male thats been having a heck of a problem. I am going to try and describe as best I can as to whats been happening to me recently and what I have currently done to try and sort my issues. So about 5 months ago maybe more I started losing a bit of weight, that didn't really matter as I had just come off a diet as I had high cholesterol and thought my metabolism was working itself out. Then as the weeks went on my body got small and smaller to the point my wrists are tiny and my bones are way more visible on the arms and legs. I then started to get muscle twitching and spasms which freaked me out a bit so I went to the docs.

At the doctors they did some standard tests like hitting my knees and elbows to check reaction, a coordination test, blood pressure and a few blood tests to check levels. That was all 100% so because my GP took a look at my records and saw i used to be a bit anxious and I used to take medication so they wanted to see if it was my anxiety causing the issues. this is where things went real down hill. they put me on sertaline which is meant to be a "standard" med for "depression?". I took it for a month and noticed I couldn't actually feel my arms or legs because of numbness and I was incredibly weak. Had a look online and apparently sertaline is used to relax muscles in some cases. this is the opposite of what i wanted as i worked in a fast past dangerous environment. so I came off it.

I went back to the doctors and said I need more specific tests and they didn't know what to recommend ?! so I had to go home and research what kind of tests I might need. The best I could come up with was to see someone in neurology as my legs and hands were going haywire with cramps, twitching and because my arms and legs were getting smaller ect. I went back and said I wanted to see one, they referred me and I have had a series of other tests, nerve conduction's , mri and ct scan of brain and spine. all have came back fine, the guy that checked my nerves said that they are Benign twitches and that alot of people get them. But I still have the problem of what the hell is going on with my body, why do i feel sick all the time and dizzy. They doctors said I need to look down less serious paths as they have ruled out tumours in the brain ,bleeding, any serious nerve disorders and imbalances.

I have also checked for STI's because of the amount of partners I had in a sort period of time and that was good.

So my question is whats next? I am not well at all and am losing the will at bit being told to pretty much sort myself out. I have had to leave work for a while. I don't know the specific blood testshey did but the one i had last night was around 5 tubes. that i think checked for more serious problems.

Just to add that my stomach is always upset. I pretty much can't go no where without not eating for at least 3 hours prior otherwise your looking at a spout of stomach pains. though i have had that for years but it wasn't as bad as it is now.

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    I have a lot of your symptoms because I have haemochromatosis,iron overload. Your problem may not be because of this but doctors don't have the wit to test for this,as my fellow sufferers will testify. Get your serum ferritin,transferrin saturation and liver function tested. If the results are elevated you should be referred to a gastroenterologist or haemotologist. My doctor didn't even know who to refer me to. Because of your age it may not be this but it's best to check it early before any damage can be caused.

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    weight loss, within the context of drugs, fitness, or physical fitness, refers to a reduction of the full frame mass, due to a median lack of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon, and other connective tissue.

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    hi there , if just come across your post , n I to have been experiencing some very similar things , weight loss , this started like u about 4 mnths ago n in that time iv lost about 2.5 stone , I have the muscle spasms n my body just seems to be falling apart , I to have had all bloods done a ct scan off chest , pelvis, abdomen , all coming back normal , had a colonoscopy n encoloscopy , n same again , they proved unremarkable in the doctors own words . the doctors n my family seem to just want to focus in anxiety , but struggle to believe that this alone can cause the weight n muscle loss , weakness etc . did u manage to get to the bottom off what was causing your issues . its driving me mad as I'm certain something isnt right , we know our own bodies . any reply would be helpful . I hope your well n on the mend now . cheers danny

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    Hi, i'm having similar issues, weight loss and lack of appetite over 2 months, lots pf tests and scans all clear. Still feel terrible but gp says it is anxiety, the issues have made e anxious but the issues were there first and are very physical. Don't know where to turn/what to do. Good luck!

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      hi I'm sorry to hear about your troubles , I'm in the same boat , the physical symptoms started , the drastic weight loss etc , then followed the anxiety or so I'm told by doctors and family, I'm generally not an anxious person. it wasnt like I was stressed n then I was getting the symptoms , the weight loss etc just came out off nowhere , I'm pretty sure theres something more than anxiety going on , but finding out what is proving very difficult and frustrating .

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      it really is frustrating! It is a relief when tests come back clear, bit so hard when feeling so ill and no idea how to fix it. Saw my Doctor today who admitted he was stumped and has prescribed some stronger reflux tablets

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      yes I agree , iv got to the point where I want a test to come back with something , then I'd be able to start the process of fixing it and recovery hopefully . I know that there is something going on , I have lost 2.5 stone in 3 mnth , not just fat , muscle mass aswell , my arms n legs are getting thinner n thinner and I fear if I dnt get a diagnoses sooner rather than l8er it myt be to l8 . I keep plodding on , I'm going to see a urologist on monday , hopefully they can shed some light on what's going on . I hope your tablets can give you some relief . keep in touch and let me no how you are getting on , all the best .. danny

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    I'm at that point too, anything is better than this limbo. I'm drinking Complan shakes as well as forcing food down every day to try and stip the weight loss, I have also lost muscle mass. As I was a little bit overweight people are saying I actually look healthier now, but I definitely do not feel that way,I feel so weak. There also seems to be very little online about people going through this, so will definitely keep on touch. I'm in the Uk and been off work for 9 weeks. Feel terrible in the mornings with nausea and wretching but going to try going back in the afternoons from next week as being stuck in the house on my own all day isn't helping, and no idea when i'll improve so got to start trying to live for a few hours a day at least. I hope you appointment goes well on Monday and you start to improve.,

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    hi there,

    i also have gone through a lot of testing and nothing seems to be coming up. theres something thats gone haywire in our bodies, but how is it possible they cant find it!? let me know if you have any info that could help.

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