Please help! Weight gain even when exercising, heart racing and weak muscles

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I have been gaining weight steadily for years. When I do sport I can easily gain 1kg per month and if I diet I can gain 1kg per week. My stomach swells up and my heart rate can race for a second or skip a beat (even later in the day when not working out). My musculature does not improve even when working out. When I stop working out and dieting most of these symptoms improve.

For example, I had a baby 4 years ago. Before pregnancy I was 78kg. I lost a little weight in the first trimester and generally felt better than normal. After giving birth I went from 94kg to 65kg without dieting in about 6 months. The second i joined the gym i put on weight and this pattern continues. It was the same for my first child.

I feel like this is something related to an accident I had about 13 years ago. Before it, I was very sporty and felt great. In the accident i hit my right side with force and was fine, then fainted half an hour later. After that dizzy spells started, weakness began. I could barely walk upstairs. I would have almost seizure-like attacks. These were not panic attacks,they could happen even when sleeping and I wasn't stressed or depressed. I am better now but it still happens when my body is stressed in any way, like doing sport or after a miscarriage.

I had a brain mri 3 years ago and last wrek had CT scan for my torso. I have had full stomach ultrasounds and an Hysterosalpinography test for my womb as I have also had 4 early miscarriages. All my basic blood work has come back clean. I have also had cortisol, PTh, glucose, insulin, tsh, calcium, magnesium, creatinine and ALT tests done. I also had estrogen and progesterone checked. Everything has come back fine. The only problem found is a genetic blood clotting one - factor v leiden which might explain the miscarriages but the doctors aren't sure. I fall asleep easily but i dont get deep sleep and wake up a lot - again, not stressed.

I also have a small hump of fat on my neck and a lot of stretch marks on my stomach and legs (not relating to weight). But obviously my tests were negative for Cushings. Is there anything that I am missing or any other ideas you might have? My whole life is being affected by this.

Any helpful ideas would be so welcomed.

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