Weight Loss

Weight loss refers to the reduction of your total body mass, which can be either intentional or unintentional. Unintentional weight loss can be due to any underlying health condition like muscle atrophy, malnutrition, cancer, etc. Intentional weight loss is called slimming.

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What is the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker. I recently had one and that came back as 43 (per laboratory should have been under 34). I do not have cancer and I am wondering what else could cause this elevation? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Kumar Padhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. CA 19-9 (cancer antigen) is a tumor marker, but it can be elevated in healthy individual. It can be elevated in benign conditions like pancreatitis, cirrhosis, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel disease. It can be elevated in various gastrointe...  Read Full »

Will hemorrhoids cause loss of weight and fatigue?

Query: Hi doctor,I am losing weight. Earlier it was around 55. Now it is only 51. Earlier my weight was constant. I have mild hemorrhoids occasionally, feel the blood in stool that too occasionally, and stomach aches with a pinch in the whole stomach. I feel tired in some part of the day. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will help you with it. Do not worry. Around 75 percent of people suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in life. Most of the time, it just appears worse than it actually is. Early hemorrhoids (initial grade) can be treated by healthy ...  Read Full »

Why am I losing weight continuously for the past 18 days?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20 year old male, and I am losing weight continuously from the last 18 to 25 days. I weigh 48 kg. I feel hungry, but do not feel like eating anything. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are many causes for weight loss. Some medical conditions and bad body metabolism are common causes.¬†Loss of appetite is one of the primary cause of emaciation. I suggest you try doing the following. Take Ashwagandha and Shatavari powder, 3 gm twice daily with mi...  Read Full »

What is the cause for having fluttering in my chest with shortness of breath?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male weighing 221 lbs. I felt a fluttering in my chest yesterday for the first time, which only lasted for five seconds and I felt short of breath. I got an ECG, x-ray, CBC and HbA1c done today. I am worried about my ECG being abnormal. I am scared that there could be s...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry because the probability of any serious illness at this age is low. However, these are probably an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation or PVC (premature ventricular contraction), which are not a serious condition. These can cause all your symptoms and ...  Read Full »

Will hyperthyroidism cause weight loss and shortness of breath?

Query: Hi doctor,I want to know if I have hyperthyroidism. I have recently lost a lot of weight. Even if I eat a lot, I do not seem to be able to gain weight. I also get shortness of breath sometimes. I tested my TSH. It was around 1, my free T3 at 3.39 and T4 at 1.44. I am having this issue for six months...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thyroid reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) are normal, but it depends because it has already passed a few months, so that time it was normal. Please repeat the test once and then let me know because such weight loss can be due to hyperth...  Read Full »

Will stopping Effexor worsen panic disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, Seven years back, for two years, I had a complete breakdown with agoraphobia, panic attacks, weight loss, anxiety, depression. Little bouts throughout the prior ten years but they only last two weeks or few days. Nearly three years on Effexor for the panic disorder after a breakdown. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have panic disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. However, it would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you: 1) You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like going for a walk. 2) You should d...  Read Full »

What can cause shivering during the day and weight loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a high-degree fever for few days. I took some high doses of Tylenol and Advil. I think it an overdose. Now, my fever is gone after taking medications. But I have shivering with a feeling of having a fever. When I checked it, I do not had fever. My bodyweight is getting reduced and I...  Read Full »


Dr. Nancy Wespetal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have two concerns. You have taken Tylenol and Advil for fever. If you have taken more than 800 mg of Ibuprofen or 1000 mg of Tylenol, then these are considered an overdose and they can cause some side effects. The second concern is about your fever and w...  Read Full »

What kind of eating regimen to implement to lose weight healthily and build muscles?

Query: Hi doctor,I stopped taking an 800 calorie diet before three weeks. After that, I started to do HIIT and light weight lifting. I developed extreme migraines, fatigue, body pain, and energy loss. I took 25 grams of carbohydrates every day. I lost up to 8 kilograms on this regime for two months. I was ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumiya Sulthana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Reduced intake of food affects your energy levels and brain function. If you change your carbohydrate ratio, then it is ncessary to change your protein and fat ratio. Your metabolism fluctuates according to this and hence you feel low. I need some details to provide...  Read Full »

Why does my liver elastogram show a large mass?

Query: Hi doctor, My liver elastogram showed me a large mass of 10 centimeters with increased reflectivity in the right lobe of the liver. I also confirmed it in my CT scan. Currently, I do not have any symptoms but I have a feeling of being weak with weight loss. I was diagnosed with fatty liver five yea...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Before taking a better treatment, it is necessary to do a biopsy of the mass. Your CT (computed tomography) scan has confirmed this large mass in the liver w...  Read Full »

Why does enlarged prostate cause frequent urination at night?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 66 years old male. I am a vegetarian, non-diabetic, but I lost 8 kilograms in the past 12 months from 81 to 73 kg, apparently for no reason. My diet and lifestyle are the same for the last five years. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is my opinion on your asked question. In your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient's identity), important findings are elevated absolute lymphocyte count, slight elevated HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c), increase in LDL (low-density lipoprotein), ...  Read Full »

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