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Poster: another third year med student
Subject: RE: Help my girlfriend solve medical mystery
I happen to be a medical doctor
I don't think that the advice being given to you on this forum by laypersons is reasonable.
Attempting to understand a case like this requires taking a detailed history, doing a physical exam, and reviewing test results.
The smattering of suggestions being given to you based on superficial information is unhelpful and misleading.
If you are unsatisfied with your doctor, seek a second opinion.
If your girlfriend wants to lose weight, she should keep a strict diet and/or increase her exercise rather than presuming her weight gain is related to medical illness.
A large number of potential diagnoses are consistent with your girlfriend's presentation. It is not reasonable for people to suggest that tests or subspecialty referrals be requested blindly in shotgun fashion. These decisions should be made by the treating physician, though you can suggest something if you have a particular concern.
Good luck with this difficult situation.
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