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I have been having horrible body aches and fatigue for about 3 weeks now. I have had bloodwork done, and most obvious things have been ruled out. It's not infection, flu, cold or viral. I even completed a round of antibiotics JIC. I have no appetite and have lost about 12 pounds (most during the first week's time). Any ideas on what I should have my doc. look for when I go back?

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replied December 5th, 2010
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Answer A17578
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question in E health forum.

Horrible body aches, fatigue lasting for 3 weeks, reduced appetite and weight loss of 12 pounds could be due to a number of medical causes including liver disorders, malabsorption syndromes, or systemic disorders like hypothyroidism.

If not already done a stool examination to check for loss of nutrients in the stool, liver function tests to rule out liver disorders and tests to rule out low thyroid function would help to know the cause.
Chest pain, Loss of weight and presence of fluid in lungs could also indicate possibility of tuberculosis, which can be checked out with a Skin test (Mantoux) and a Sputum examination. Abdominal Tuberculosis could also be a possibility which can cause weight loss, loss of appetite and fatigue.

A evaluation by your gastroenterologist and if needed a GI endoscopic study will help to rule out other disorders of malabsorption as well.

You might consider discussing your thoughts with your GP about the advice provided here which may help to find a solution to your current issues.

I Hope this helps.

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