Why did the doctor suggest consulting an endocrinologist for my mother's weight gain?

Q. Why did my doctor recommend endocrinologist opinion for weight gain?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara. P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 31, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 31, 2023

Hi doctor,

My mom is complaining about headaches and burning sensation in the eyes. She has put on weight as well and recently she started complaining about pain in the right leg heel. So, I took her to an orthopedic doctor. He asked her about her menstrual cycle and when she replied that it has stopped, he recommended me to consult an endocrinologist. Why? She is 55 years now.



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It could be due to her stopping of periods called menopause. During this period there occur hormonal changes, which causes these symptoms. I recommend her to get the following tests done and revert back.

  1. Serum estradiol.
  2. Serum vitamin D3 levels.

Thanks a lot doctor,

I have done the above mentioned tests. Please find the attached file of serum vitamin D3.



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I went through the reports uploaded (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your mother's estradiol and vitamin D levels are fine, but still her symptoms are due to her hormonal changes due to stoppage of menstrual cycle. But, there is no need for any hormonal treatment. I suggest her calcium supplements like tablet Shelcal every night and antioxidants like Alpha-lipoic acid like Absolut Woman every morning. She needs to start doing exercise (once her heel pain comes down) like walking and cycling, Ask her to do yoga at least for 20 to 30 minutes. Avoid sweets, non-vegetarian, cheese, butter and potato. Consult her specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the treatment with consent for two months.

Thank you doctor,

I am also worried about different types of medicines she has started taking recently. She is on Cetanil M 50 mg for BP, Rosycap 10 for cholesterol and Bio D3 plus calcium capsules. Does she need to take these tablets life long or can be stopped starting healthy lifestyle?



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Cetanil M 50 (combination of Cilnidipine and Metoprolol) is an anti-hypertensive tablet. She has to continue this medicine life long. If her blood pressure is very much under control, then this medicine can be reduced, but not stopped. Rosycap 10 (Rosuvastatin) is a cholesterol medicine. If her cholesterol is very much under control this medicine, then it can be reduced or even stopped. Bio D3 (Calcium) can be taken for two months and if her heel pain goes off totally, then it can be stopped. Kindly let me know her recent blood pressure reading and cholesterol levels. Also, test for cholesterol if not tested in the past four months.

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