Q. My 12 years old daughter gained 20 lbs in three months. Can you give your suggestion?

Answered by
Dr. Sugreev Singh
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This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 18, 2021 and last reviewed on: Apr 17, 2021

Hi doctor,

My 12-years-old daughter has gained 20 lbs in three months. She has dealt with acid reflux and constipation for a very long time, maybe even since birth. She is dealing with depression and cannot sleep at night. A few months back, they did a full blood panel to find out if she had Crohn’s disease as something was alarming. The TSH results were 8.2, and her T4 was 0.86. We just had another thyroid test yesterday. Her T4 is now 0.64, but her TSH has come down to 3.3. The doctors are saying there is nothing to worry about. But I am worried. Your suggestion?



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Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern.

Constipation can be associated with Crohn's disease. But depression and destructive sleep can be due to increased thyroid. As you mentioned earlier, her TSH level was 8.2, which suggests hypothyroidism, but after taking medicine now, it seems that it is becoming normal, so you should not be worried. You should continue thyroid medicine for better results. For constipation, you can give her a high-fiber diet such as banana, papaya, orange. These fruits help with constipation. Apart from that, if anything else, please let me know.

Please tell me which thyroid medicine you are giving her currently and what doses?

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