My DD (17) has gained 20 lbs since school started....

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:10:31 PM
She is going to the doctor next week, so we are going to a professional.

Meanwhile, what could be going on?? She does have a hearty appetite but notjing has changed recently. She's exercising frequently (dance). But the weight is just packing on. Any ideas? It just doesn't seem to be simply from overrating, and worried.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:13:06 PM
I have a few friends and family members who have been diagnosed with hypothyroid. Their first clue was unexplained weight gain. I hope answers are found soon for your DD! *hug*

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:13:07 PM
Possibly thyroid?

Of course it could be many other things
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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:14:55 PM
I'm no Dr. (and I don't even play on here on Two Peas) but...


...is she sexually active?



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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:20:24 PM
NO my DD is NOT sexually active. I do realize that could be an explanation given the symptoms but at the same time, I am worried about my child and it really rubs me the wrong way that you'd go there. Anyway, no she's not pregnant and yes, I'm sure.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:24:26 PM
Well, it was one of the possibilities, and it will be one of the questions the doctor asks her, most likely. She's old enough for it to be a consideration. Don't get mad about it.

What is a "healthy" appetite? What's her caloric intake on a typical day? Any new eating habits/daily habits (like, is she allowed to go out to lunch now and eating more fast food or something?)

Has she been depressed?

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:26:56 PM
It could be any number of things. It could be her thyroid. She could have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), shoot.. it seriously could be anything! I hope her doctor is able to help figure things out.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:29:49 PM
How are her menstrual cycles? Any changes? This could also be PCOS. I was fine until I was 18. My periods became irregular (I was every 28 for three days the whole time until then) I gained 30 my freshman year in college. I chalked it up to my Freshman Fifteen (plus some other bitches...never did find her...lol) and the fact that my sleeping patterns were erratic...and my eating habits had changed a bit, even though I was active. I gained 60 pounds my sophomore year and actually was never diagnosed until I was almost 30. Once I knew what the problem was, all the changes and weight gain made sense.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:33:32 PM
I think it's the "cringing and hitting submit" that really did it for me. Anywho....

She has been more stressed and her anxiety has been much more of an issue lately. I don't know of I'd say she's depressed though. I do not think she's eating more than she has. She eats limited fast food as it grosses her out. She eats a lot of hummus lately. I think of that as healthy. It's probably filled with fat, isn't it?

Honestly, my first thought was overeating, but I called the doctor because dd wondered if one of the meds she takes for migraine could cause weight gain (no) and the phone nurse told me that was a very fast weight gain and that I need to take her in to her primary doc.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:38:38 PM
Sorry, OP, I meant no offense. Pregnancy will cause wait gain. As will lots of other things. Pregnancy was what I am familiar with.

By offering pregnancy as an answer to what was causing your daughter's weight gain I was in no way passing any kind of judgement on your daughter.

I am sorry that I upset you. I hope you find and answer to your daughter's symptom, that it is not serious, and that the cure is quick and easy.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:42:25 PM
Thanks I appreciate that. Sorry for overreacting. I'm worried and responded with a knee jerk reaction. Thanks for the input thus far everyone.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:47:48 PM
It's OK. It's hard being a momma. I get it.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:51:09 PM
Not all who dance are skinny.
My daughter dances an average of 5 hours a day, but still does sit-ups, power-walking, and watches everything she eats.

I would take her to the doctors and if there is nothing wrong with her, then start walking before or after dance class.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:53:38 PM

She eats a lot of hummus lately. I think of that as healthy. It's probably filled with fat, isn't it?




Hummus is loaded with calories for the serving size and most of it is fat and carbs. It's a deceiving food in that it's not as "nutritious" as you would expect. Honestly it's a food I generally avoid.

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I really hope you are able to find the source of the weight gain.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:59:18 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure PCOS helped my quick weight gain from 18-20 years old. I

However, I also drank a lot of my calories too.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 12:06:17 AM
Interesting about the hummus. I'll steer her away from it.

I only mentioned the dancing to illustrate that she does exercise. She just finished up a play and is going to be adding running this week.

I think her doc is thinking PCOS because when I called to make the appt they had me talk to the nurse who did ask about periods (irregular).


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Posted: 11/20/2012 2:38:13 AM
You didn't mention what migraine medicine she is on. If it is Depakote, it can absolutely pack on weight. My niece gained 40 and my DH gained 25 or so. It also made my husband kind of foggy and "off" for a long time. They switched him to Topamax, which can cause weight loss. He lost the 25, still had migraine control, and seemed more like himself.

May be way off, just throwing it out there. Hope you get answers soon!

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:08:24 AM
I don't know what type of migraine medicine she's taking, but there are some who do cause weight gain. When I started my amitriptyline/Elavil, I gained weight very quickly! Overall, probably 35-40 pounds in just a few months. UGH!



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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:12:17 AM
Sorry to hear it. Did she get her period later? I ask this because my DD, 15, just got her period about 6 mos ago and she was skinny as a stick. She probably has put on 15 lbs and now looks normal thin. But I haven't seen her eating any more or anything like that.

Some of those Starbucks drinks that the kids love pack the calories. There are a lot of hidden calories. Plus my DD likes to eat late. Her twin sister doesn't eat after 7 and you see the difference.

Hope you find the response, but I often turn to whatever pill they are taking adding weight as a side effect.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:54:54 AM

She could have PCOS

That was my first thought too. My sis gained 50 lbs in a 6 month time frame, dispute the fact that she was very active and watched her diet, she couldn't understand what she could be doing to cause her to gain. She finally went to a doctor and was diagnosed with PCOS

Hopefully for your DD, it isn't anything medical and can be handled with a change of diet/exercise.

Sending positive thoughts your way


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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:23:18 AM
I called about the specific medication she takes (Nadolol) and the phone nurse told me that weight gain is not a side effect and that I should I take her to her primary doc (she goes to a headache clinic for her migraines). Up until I talked to the nurse I was assuming it was just normal weight gain, not something particularly rapid.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:30:58 AM
I hope things are easily resolved. It's not easy, but it may be as simple as the anxiety. I hope it is.


Hummus is loaded with calories for the serving size and most of it is fat and carbs. It's a deceiving food in that it's not as "nutritious" as you would expect. Honestly it's a food I generally avoid.


I guessi t could be full of fat and carbs depending on how it is made, but chickpeas (the base of hummus) are low in fat and full of protein. and an excellent source of iron. It's an excellent source of protein, so don't steer her away from that. Tahini may be high in fat, but it's not a huge ingredient in hummus. It may be high in calories (so serving size is critical), but they are good value calories.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:31:59 AM
As far as the hummus, maybe you could teach her to make her own. It's just chickpeas, a little oil and tahini. None of the hummus I've ever eaten had that kind of nutritional info, that's unbelievable! I'm sure she isn't eating it alone, crackers can add up, too. Maybe carrots or cucumbers could be an alternative.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:52:31 AM
I'm going to reiterate the PCOS line of thinking as well. A classic sign is rapid weight gain out of nowhere. Glad you're getting on top of it quick!! Good luck to her!
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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:54:57 AM

It's OK. It's hard being a momma. I get it.


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OP...I hope you get answers soon!



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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:30:28 AM
I would definitely suspect PCOS, especially if her periods are irregular.

Hypothyroidism and a medication side-effect would come next.

My 20 year old just packed on 30lbs this year after being super super tiny all her life; she is now very normal. This seems strange, but I believe it is a second puberty type thing; she looks like a woman now, not a young girl. I have no idea what the medical explanation is for this, but the changes are striking. Could this be similar to what your daughter is experiencing?

Also, and please don't take offense, you probably should give some thought to your feelings about sexual activity; because you DO want your daughter to be able to talk to you, don't you, whether it's about feelings or desires or actual behavior? As moms we need to react calmly and with compassion and understanding. And keep communicating.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:44:54 AM
In regard to the sexual activity, I was bracing myself for the insistence from another poster that I don't really know if that's a possiblity, because there are a contingency of posters on 2Peas that insist parents don't know their children. So, it was frustrating to see that brought up. That didn't happen, so it is a non-issue for this particular discussion. In reality, she and I (and my younger DD and I) talk about sexuality, and really just about anything all the time. Also, she does not have a boyfriend and is a homeboday. I am not saying that parents aren't shocked by their DD's preganancy or other unexpected teen activities, but in this case, I do know. OK, I am putting that aside now.

I thought of the womanly changes as well, just a natural slowing of her metabolism. I hope it is something like that, because I do not want her to be dealing with a chronic condition. I really don't know it the rapidity of her weight gain would be a normal pattern or not. But that's why I ask the Peas, while I wait for a medical professional.

I saw a couple people comment on the hummus. I guess I will wait to talk to the doctor before making any changes to her diet (other than the obvious problem foods like chips, for instance).



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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:00:06 AM
I'm sorry to hear that your DD is going through this and I hope that you get some answers soon.

You mention that DD has anxiety -- is she a "stress eater" and it possible that she's sneaking food somehow that you aren't aware of? Before you get angry and answer "no!" let me say that my parents were completely unaware of my eating disorder in high school and college until I told them because I was very good about hiding it. I drove, so I'd go to stores and drive thoughs and binge eat and then throw the trash away before I got home or hide it at the bottom of our big trash can. (I was also compulsively exercising and making myself vomit, so weight gain wasn't much of a factor)

PCOS and hypothyroid are also definite possibilities though thankfully very treatable. If she does end up with a PCOS diagnosis, please be sure that, when she's older, you encourage her to consult with her GYN regarding possible fertility issues (if she wants children). I was not educated about those issues and ended up infertile (and in shock) at 35.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:36:22 AM
Sigh, yes that is possible (secret stress eating). I don't *think* so b/c she's been forthcoming all along since she's noticed the weight gain. I think she would mention that, but it's a possibility. I know there can be a lot of shame with eating behaviors, so I will keep the possibility in mind that she is not admitting she knows where the extra calories might come in. This DD and I are very close, so that type of thing would likely come up, however, I am just about done with a household/kitchen cleanse for her benefit along with the rest of us, so whether she is doing secret eating or not might not be as much of a factor. She doesn't have much spending money, so I'm reasonably certain she's not eating a whole lot of fast food on the sly.

Good tip about the lifelong management, should this prove to be a chronic condition.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:57:53 AM
Regarding the Nutritional information for the Hummus linked above.......one thing to note is that the default on the link is the Nutritional info for 1 cup of hummus. That is a lot of hummus. I suspect most people don't eat that much in one sitting. You can adjust the serving size on the link.





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Posted: 11/21/2012 12:24:20 AM
I'm putting in the vote for hypothyroidism. I have it, and if I am stressed at all or have any big changes in my life, I have been known to gain 20 or more lbs in as few as 10 days (which isn't POSSIBLE, but it somehow happens). I have always eaten healthy and had the same level of physical activity. If you do have her tested, test TSH (thyroid hormone) as well as t3 and t4 . Best of luck figuring it out!


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Posted: 11/21/2012 1:44:12 PM
my husband was put on nadolol for high blood presure, and he packed on 15 pounds in under three months. the switched him to atentol sp? and he dropped the extra pounds within the next two months or so. it is definitely a side effect, rapid weight gain is also a possible side effect, which your doctor should have been aware of. i urge you to google nadolol and weight gain, tons of information comes up. hope you get to the bottom of it, it's hard enough just being a teenage girl these days....

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Posted: 11/21/2012 4:12:38 PM
No offense intended, really...

But the first thing I thought of was birth control pills. I know several gals who *quickly* gained 10-20 lbs. after starting them.

(And they're not just for birth control, of course... also sometimes used to regulate irregular periods or shorten heavy ones.)

Hope you get some good answers from the doctor! Poor girl, not a fun time for a problem like this.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 4:31:18 PM
Stress alone can make you pack on the pounds due to cortisol levels. I hope you find answers. I know how frustrating not knowing can be!

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Posted: 11/21/2012 5:51:30 PM
Just curious but did the weight gain make her overweight? I was just wondering why you were concerned. Are you concerned because she gained weight quickly?

I was wondering because I have 2 girls- one is petite and super thin and the other is tall and more of a medium build. I wasn't concerned when the petite girl gained weight because frankly I felt she was underweight. The taller dd gained weight and I was worried. It was 15-20 pounds in a short time span. The doctor reassured me that it was normal. She is much taller than my other dd and myself. Plus she has bigger frame than us. I was super concerned about her weight but then I had to readjust my frame of reference...I was using my size and weight as my guide. So when I saw her weight on the scale I freaked to be honest. Her weight gain would be a lot for me but it was just her body maturing and growing into its adult self. I was a victim of society's idea of normal.

I will add that she does have migraines too so seeing the info on here about migraine meds I will take a look at her meds when I get home.
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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:23:48 PM
Be sure to have her thyroid checked.
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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:29:41 PM
Thanks for the continued input, everyone. She goes to the doctor next Tuesday so we will hopefully get some kind of answers. Even if it turns out to be considered normal. That'll help her address it since its bothering her.

I am concerned due to how rapidly the weight has come on more than anything. The gain has also put her into the slightly overweight category. She looked up her healthy weight range on her own and discovered she's about 5 lbs overweight. For clarity of the situation, she's 5'2" and normally weighs about 128 or so. Recently, she's been weighing 145. Although what's really strange is that in the past week, she's down about 9 lbs. She says she weighed 135 as compared to about 5 days ago. So that makes me think some kind of bloating/water retention.

In regard to birth control pills, are you (sorry on phone so hard to go back to see your name) suggesting she's taking them on the sly? That is not the case for her.

I did google Nadolol and weight gain and didn't find much. I think I'm going to call our pharmacist tomorrow and ask though. We live in a small town so they are always really helpful. Thanks for pointing that out. Edit: I'll call them Friday. When they are open.


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