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Depressed husband, eating fine but losing extreme weight

Posted by @pdnorm, Wed, Jul 11 4:41pm

My husband has been suffering from severe depression for the last year. Last month he “accidently” over dosed on his pain Meds. He had just started taking Serequel and Zoloft a week before, so I don’t know if that had anything to do with that incident or not. But I’ve got him off pain med completely, but he had been loosing weight for the last year, so fast, he looks like he’s been in a concentration camp. He’s a walking skeleton. I feed him all day. I buy special premier protein drinks, he eats about a carton of ice cream daily. He’s had blood word done. He was in the hospital for a week last month. There is no explanation why he is so thin. I keep begging dr’s. Run more test but they keep saying he needs to eat more. I’m afraid they are going to think Im starving my husband. How do I prove to them he eats and snacks all day but continues to loose weight. His normal weight is 190 he is At 140 size 29 pant. Any suggestions out there would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Hello @pdnorm and welcome to Connect,

I am so sorry to hear that your husband is losing so much weight. Your concern is very appropriate. He is fortunate that you are there to advocate for him. You might consider keeping a journal of his meals and the time and quantities that he is eating. Perhaps that would give you and his doctors a better picture of his eating habits, weight and health. Is your husband able to exercise at all, perhaps take walks?

Please know that getting a second opinion is always appropriate when you don't feel like you are getting the answers that you need and especially if your husband is not responding to the current treatment.

Please keep in touch. I hope that you find some answers to help him.

Teresa

@hopeful33250

Hello @pdnorm and welcome to Connect,

I am so sorry to hear that your husband is losing so much weight. Your concern is very appropriate. He is fortunate that you are there to advocate for him. You might consider keeping a journal of his meals and the time and quantities that he is eating. Perhaps that would give you and his doctors a better picture of his eating habits, weight and health. Is your husband able to exercise at all, perhaps take walks?

Please know that getting a second opinion is always appropriate when you don't feel like you are getting the answers that you need and especially if your husband is not responding to the current treatment.

Please keep in touch. I hope that you find some answers to help him.

Teresa

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Thank you, Great advice!!!

@hopeful33250

Hello @pdnorm and welcome to Connect,

I am so sorry to hear that your husband is losing so much weight. Your concern is very appropriate. He is fortunate that you are there to advocate for him. You might consider keeping a journal of his meals and the time and quantities that he is eating. Perhaps that would give you and his doctors a better picture of his eating habits, weight and health. Is your husband able to exercise at all, perhaps take walks?

Please know that getting a second opinion is always appropriate when you don't feel like you are getting the answers that you need and especially if your husband is not responding to the current treatment.

Please keep in touch. I hope that you find some answers to help him.

Teresa

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@pdnorm

Your welcome and I look forward to hearing from you again!

Teresa

@pdnorm

Please have your husband’s doctor refer him to a gastroenterologist who can do an endoscopic ultrasound look at his pancreas. AN MRI of the pancreas may also be needed to get a good look at his pancreas. My cousin lost a large amount of weight suddenly, and after many tests they found pancreatic cancer. He is fine now, after undergoing chemotherapy. My mother also had pancreatic cancer and displayed the same symptoms you relate about your husband, except she couldn't eat. It took them over a year to find her cancer, but that was in 1993. There are much improved techniques for finding tiny tumors now.

Keep in mind that I'm not a medical professional, so I am only relating my personal experience. I'm hoping the best for you and your husband.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

Thank you Gail . I appreciate any any everybody's ideas and certainly will have that looked into. Next Dr. Appt is Wed. The 18th. I'm glad your family is fine now. Thanks again

I’d be concerned too. I’d track what he eats every time. One week should be enough if you both testify that it’s average. He has to speak up too. I’d be concerned about diabetes, cancer and thyroid to start. Take some pics. And keep searching for a doc to listen. Good luck and love. Let us know how it goes.

Could it be an eating disorder?

He is a diabetic but is controlled with Metformin. I'm think now of pancreatic cancer. Looking at the symptoms and what Gail had said. It's scary, but next wed. Will explore this with Dr. I'm a cancer survivor, I had renal cell carcinoma. I had one kidney removed and have a 4 percent chance of it returning so I'm very thankful . Finding the right Dr. Makes all the difference. I'm in northern Utah and used Huntsmans Cancer ? Eating disorder no, he eats plenty it's going thru him. He had a colonoscopy less than six mon. Ago normal. It's crazy. I'm starting a journal of what he is eating . Thank everybody for helping

Had my husband get a CT SCAN with double contrast. I followed Gail advice and brought a journal for a week of every thing he ate, and a picture of him without a shit. The pancreas was normal, I got the results early from radiology, since his Dr. Is on vacation till next week. It did show ATHEROSCLEROSIS disease of the abdominal Aoorta with degeneratetive changes of the lumbar spine.. Also 2 low-attunation areas in the inferior pole of right Kidney, plus diverticulitis,and a hernia. Does anyone understand what the first two problems I mentioned. I won’t be able to talk to his Dr. For another week.. looking in the internet is confusing and scary. Anyone with experience? Would be gratefully appreciated. I got this far following your advice, people please keep it coming. Thank you so much

Hello @pdnorm

I appreciate your post. I'm so glad that cancer of the pancreas was ruled out. I'm sure you were relieved as well. I found some more information on the first two diagnosis you mentioned in your post.

Here is some information about the first diagnosis that you mentioned if you click on these links you will get more information, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arteriosclerosis-atherosclerosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350575

The degenerative changes of the lumbar spine speak of arthritis in the spine, here is a link regarding that https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/expert-answers/arthritis/faq-20058457

I am going to invite Volunteer Mentor, John Bishop, @johnbishop, into this conversation as well. He often does research on Google Scholar and can come up with some good information.

When your doctor returns will you be talking with him about what treatment will help your husband?

Teresa

Thanks for inviting me into the discussion Teresa @hopeful33250. Hello @pdnorm — I know it can be a little scary when looking for medical information on the Internet and it can sometimes be misleading. I think the links Teresa provided on Mayo Clinics website can give you a general idea of what the conditions are but it is probably best to discuss how it relates to your husbands condition with his doctor. I would make a list of the questions that are popping into your mind and have them written down so that when you meet with the doctor you can go over your questions with the doctor and hopefully get some answers.

John

Thank you Gail and John, and Teresa and everyone who cares. Much love in return

Hi, @pdnorm — wondering how things are going with your husband? How are you doing?

Still the same, weight high 130’s Ct scan ok still searching.

@pdnorm

Still the same, weight high 130’s Ct scan ok still searching.

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Hello @pdnorm
I just noticed that your last post was a while ago. Has your husband improved any or have his doctor's found a reason?

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